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Cindy And Indy

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Chuck Lofton

Tropical storms are different animals. They aren't hurricanes, but by definition can cause a lot of trouble. These storms are localized, very intense low-pressure wind systems, forming over tropical oceans or large bodies of water like the Gulf Of Mexico and with winds of hurricane force. the storms usually produce lots of rain and can create conditions for the formation of tornadoes.

Even though Cindy didn't reach landfall until early this morning, rain from the storm had spread into Nashville Tennessee as early as 7 this morning. That means this afternoon, and especially this evening and tomorrow, a continuous flow of rain will move into Indiana. In our case, the rain amounts could be....well....a lot. Look for the possibility of 1 to 3 inches of rain with a marginal risk for severe weather both late today and Friday. I would not be shocked to see some localized flooding late tomorrow.

Don't worry, the weekend looks great. As a cold front barrels into Indiana, highs will be 5 to 10 degrees below average and in the 70s both Saturday and Sunday.



Power Outages In Marion County

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Sean Ash

Unfortunately a band of gusty showers this evening was enough to cause some power outages in Marion County. While radar estimated wind was well below severe criteria (58+ mph)... a weather watcher in Broad Ripple reported seeing at least one blow transformer.

IPL's power outage map at 10pm shows pockets of outages in Marion County with an epicenter from Meridian-Kessler to Broad Ripple.

This likely occurred on the leading edge of a quick-moving band of downpours around 9:30pm. Pockets of rain with occasional thunder continue another few hours before diminishing after midnight.

Mainly quiet and warm weather can be expected Wednesday before a wet set up returns Friday. Heavy rainfall exceeding 3" is possible in some areas before Saturday morning. We'll updated timing, coverage, and amounts in the days ahead.



Chance of Storms This Evening - SkyTrak13 Weather Blog

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Kelly Greene

It will be a pleasant and breezy afternoon with mostly sunny skies and highs in the low 80s. Winds will be out of the west, gusting around 20 mph.

There is a chance of a few isolated pop up showers and storms early evening into early Wednesday morning.

There is a low risk that a few storms could be strong to severe. Damaging winds are the main threats.

Temperatures will only fall into the mid 60s.

Wednesday is the Summer Solstice. The sunrise is 6:17am and the sunset is 9:17pm. It will feel like summer as more heat and humidity start to return. Temperatures will soar into them mid 80s with dew points in the low 60s.

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Tropical Rainfall Later This Week?

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Sean Ash

Enjoy the welcomed break in the Muggy Meter with dewpoints in the 50s providing a comfortable feel to the air. Despite the drier air we've still had enough ingredients in place for spotty showers and rumbles of thunder.

These will weaken overnight and expect clouds to clear too...setting the stage for a comfortable night with lows dropping in the 50s but with a rapid warm up Tuesday under a blanket of sun.

Highs climb into the 80s and we'll monitor for spotty storm development Tuesday evening into predawn Wednesday as a disturbance moves across the state.

The summer solstice occurs at 12:24am Wednesday when the sun's direct ways cross the Tropic of Cancer. This marks the longest daylight of the years with nearly 15 hours of sun and daylight will shorten each day until the winter solstice December 21st.

We'll be monitoring a system in the Gulf of Mexico for local impacts later this week. Regardless if it strengthens or not... the circulation around this feature likely pushes muggy air northward and aids in producing heavy rainfall Friday and Saturday.

Heat and humidity build later this week to eventually bring the return of widespread rain and storms Friday into Saturday morning. The weekend remains unsettled with another storm chance Sunday. Enjoy the evening - Sean Ash



Father's Day Early Morning Storms - SkyTrak13 Weather Blog

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Kelly Greene

Showers and thunderstorms moved over central Indiana this morning. There were a couple of severe weather reports in north central. Fairmount had a wind report of 65 mph winds.

Wolcott also had a wind report and a report of a funnel cloud.

Heavy downpours from storms continued through this morning. The heaviest rain fell in Hamilton and Madison counties.

Monroe, Lawrence, Brown and Jackson county also had some heavy rain.

Here is a look at the highest rain totals since midnight from our WeatherBug Network.

A few more lingering showers will be possible through the afternoon, mainly in east central and south central Indiana.

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Late Night Severe Weather Possible - SkyTrak13 Weather Blog

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Kelly Greene

A cold front will start to move in late this evening. Thunderstorms will move in tonight, likely after 11pm. Some storms have the potential to be strong to severe. The highest threat for severe storms is in northwest central Indiana. Benton, Warren, Fountain, Tippecanoe, Parke, Vermillion and Montgomery counties are in the marginal risk area but all of central Indiana is in a risk of severe weather.

The biggest threat tonight will be damaging winds.

Some large hail will be possible and an isolated tornado can’t be ruled out.

Be weather aware by having your SkyTrak13 Weather App ready to go with notification alerts set “on”. With overnight storms, it’s a great way to wake you when severe weather arrives.

Storms will likely continue into late morning and early afternoon Sunday. It will be mostly cloudy and cooler with highs in the low 80s.

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Strong Storms Possible Late Tonight - SkyTrak13 Weather Blog

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Kelly Greene

A cold front will start to move in later this evening. Showers and thunderstorms will be possible late tonight, mainly after midnight. There is a risk of a few strong to severe thunderstorms with the main threats being damaging winds and large hail.

It doesn’t appear that the storm coverage will be widespread but those areas that do get storms, heavy rain looks likely, as well as some gusty winds. Temperatures will fall into the low 70s.

Scattered storms will be around Sunday morning and will diminish from northwest to southeast by mid afternoon. Father’s Day will be a bit breezy with partly sunny skies and highs in the low 80s.

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Timing Weekend Storm Chances

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Angela Buchman

It won't rain all weekend, but there will be a weather system bringing a round of rain and storms to central Indiana. The timeline is late Saturday night through early Sunday. There is a risk for severe storms Saturday night and early Sunday. There will be lots of dry hours on Saturday, with highs near 90. Your dry hours on Father's Day will be later in the day, with highs in the 80s. This weather system brings a weather pattern change you will feel late Sunday. By Sunday evening. cooler and less humid air will arrive.

Here is a look at the timing with FutureTrak13 for the storm chances this weekend. There will still be some adjustments to the timing and we will bring you those updates.



Adding On to the Heavy Rainfall this Week - SkyTrak13 Weather Blog

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Kelly Greene

The unsettled weather pattern continues through the weekend. This week, Indianapolis has already recorded 1.75" with a June total of 1.77" so far. The departure for Indianapolis so far this year is 6.53".

Heavy rain is expected this evening Saturday and possibly Sunday.

Saturday will be a steamy day with temperatures climbing back into the upper 80s and low 90s. Heat indices will be in the mid 90s. A cold front will trigger showers and thunderstorms by Saturday evening.

These storms will have the potential to be strong to severe. The main threats will be damaging winds and heavy rain. Thunderstorms will weaken overnight.

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What were those scary looking clouds Wednesday evening?

Clouds over Shelbyville Wednesday evening. (Photo: Jerad Parker)
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Angela Buchman

The storm clouds had people talking and tweeting. If you were out Wednesday evening as the storms arrived, you know what I'm talking about. Here are a couple of viewer pictures of the scary/crazy looking clouds.

The official name for the cloud is a shelf cloud. These clouds don't rotate and develop at the beginning of a storm. These form as cold air rushes out ahead of a thunderstorm.



Storm Chances Linger Overnight

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Angela Buchman

Hot and stormy has summed up the last 2 days. Storms have brought heavy rain, lots of lightning, hail and damaging winds. There were reports of batting cages damaged in Avon and we got 1 picture of a broken outdoor dining table in Greenwood on Wednesday evening. The threat for storms will linger into early Thursday morning. Here is the timeline with FutureTrak13.

A ew more storms are possible Thursday through Sunday. Check Live Doppler 13 Radar before your outdoor plans. It stays hot and muggy, with highs in the upper 80s and lower 90s. The high heat and high humidity break early next week.



8:30pm Update

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Angela Buchman

The line of storms is now in eastern Indiana. This is how Live Doppler 13 Radar looked at 8:30pm. Additional storm development is expected over the next few hours. Heavy rain, lots of lightning, small hail and strong winds are possible.