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Dry Air = Less Ice - SkyTrak13 Weather Blog 1/13/17

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Angela Buchman

The threat for ice will continue this weekend, but accumulations will be inconvenient but not devastating. Inconvenient means there will be some ice covered roads, parking lots and sidewalks. It also means it may take you a little longer to get where you are going. The devastating part of the storm system will be to our west across Missouri, Oklahoma and Kansas.

There is enough dry air over central Indiana that it is limiting the development of freezing rain. By late evening Friday, there was freezing rain and drizzle from just south of Indianapolis to Bloomington and Columbus. The lower atmosphere is forecast to saturate enough overnight and early Saturday for freezing rain. Here is the timeline with FutureTrak13.

It is a good idea to check weather and road conditions this weekend. Temperatures are forecast to rise above freezing Saturday afternoon. There is still a chance for another round later in the weekend, but right now it is forecast to be slower. If that timing verifies, it will be mainly rain for the end of the weekend. The SkyTrak13 Weather Team will keep you updated all weekend.



Near Record Warmth In Rare January Air

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Sean Ash

Truly rare January air in Central Indiana this weekend. The 66 degree high in Indianapolis Saturday was just shy of a daily record and 30 degrees above average.

High temperatures today again make a serious charge to near record levels for January 21st. We're forecasting 62 for Indy... which is just shy of the 64 degree daily record, nearly 30 degrees above average, and the warmest temperature for awhile.

If our forecast high verifies it would mark only the 3rd January on record in Indianapolis to have four 62 degree (or warmer) days since 1871... and first since 1950.

Scattered dense fog is around this morning and we believe some showers flare up by 10am along a front that's draped across the region. We're not expecting washout type rain, but it's certainly not going to be as bright or pleasant as Saturday.

Wind-whipped showers continue this evening into Monday as a colder flow of air wraps around an intensifying storm center to our southeast. Highs in the 40s Monday will feel much cooler due to the stiff breeze.

A stronger cold front cuts across the state to deliver near/slightly below normal air late week into next weekend. This colder air is accompanied by scattered flurries/snow showers as well - Sean Ash



Near Record Warmth - 1/21/17 SkyTrak13 Weather Blog

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Angela Buchman

The high temperature in Indianapolis on Saturday was 66 degrees. We only missed the record of 68 by 2 degrees. That record of 68 was set back in 1906. Here are the high temperatures from Saturday. You should keep in mind the average high is 36 degrees. The numbers from Saturday were 30 degrees warmer than average.

With more clouds and the chance for rain returning on Sunday, it won't be quite as warm. Highs will still be near 60 degrees. The best chance for rain is later in the day on Sunday. Here is the forecast to help you plan your day.



Warm Weekend - SkyTrak13 Weather Blog 1/20/17

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Angela Buchman

It will be a warm weekend across central Indiana, with lows near 50 and highs in the lower 60s. Let's put these numbers in perspective. The average high is near 35 degrees. Our low temperature will be 15 degrees warmer than our average high. High temperatures will be in the lower 60s on Saturday and Sunday. A stray shower or storm is possible on Saturday. The better chance for rain is on Sunday.

There might be a little sunshine on Saturday. Here is the planner for Saturday and the forecast high temperatures.



Rain Totals So Far and When It Ends - SkyTrak13 Weather Blog 1/19/17

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Angela Buchman

Rain totals through 10pm Thursday are in the range of .25" - .75". Here are just of a few totals estimated by Live Doppler 13 Radar.

With heavy rain still in the forecast over the next few hours, rain totals will near an inch for most of central Indiana. A few higher totals are possible. Watch for lowland standing water and/or minor flooding. The heavy rain will end as the Friday morning drive begins. Here is the timeline with FutureTrak13.

The steady will be over by 10am. There will be low clouds, fog and drizzle for the rest of your Friday. High temperatures are forecast 50 to 55 degrees.



Anniversary Of Indiana's Coldest Temperature On Record

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Sean Ash

Today marks the 23rd anniversary of the coldest temperature ever recorded in the state of Indiana. On the morning of January 19th, 1994 temperatures plummeted to record cold levels...with most locations along the I-70 corridor in the -30 to -20 degree range!

A combination of deep snow pack and a strong arctic high pressure system centered over the state allowed for maximum raditional cooling. This resulted in Indianapolis' all-time record low at -27 degrees.

But a whooping -36 degrees was recorded in New Whiteland that morning... the coldest ever recorded in Indiana. For more details you can click this link for the NWS Indianapolis story.



Rain Returns - SkyTrak13 Weather Blog 1/18/17

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Angela Buchman

Thursday will start dry, but end with rain. You will have a few hours of dry weather early in the day Thursday. Morning temperatures will be in the 30s and reach the lower 40s by noon. Highs are forecast 45-50 degrees. Rain arrives during the afternoon hours. The heaviest rain will fall from 7pm Thursday through 7am Friday. Around an inch of rain is possible. Here is the timeline with FutureTrak13.



Another Rain-Maker In What's Been A Wet January

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Sean Ash

Thus far Indianapolis has registered 3.01" of precipitation this month, which is nearly 2" above normal to date for January. Most of this precipitation has been rainfall and we're on tap for another heavy rain-maker Thursday afternoon into Friday morning.

Though patchy drizzle is possible Thursday morning, the bulk of the steadier/heavier rain doesn't arrive until late day. Expect late day highs nearing 50 degrees Thursday evening with a rain becoming widespread between 3pm and 6pm. Rumbles of thunder and locally heavy rain rates are likely Thursday night... with many locations nearing one inch rainfall amounts by Friday morning.

Widespread rain departs by late morning Friday, but low clouds/fog/drizzle linger into the afternoon with highs in the 50s.



A Crazy January

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Chuck Lofton

Yesterday, I was working in the weather center when a producer asked me some questions about December 2015 versus December 2016 and temperatures. He mentioned how high energy costs had jumped year to year. A quick look indicated that yes, December 2016 had an average high of 35 degrees compared to 42 degrees in December of 201, thus the jump in our heating bills.

The craziness of this winter season continues this month. It has been a wet month, but not wet in terms of snow. So far, we have had only 1.2 inches of snow the entire month of January compared to a usual 8.6 inches of snow. By the way, the wild temperature swings continue, we are in the 60s this coming weekend!



20 Degrees Colder at the Bus Stop - SkyTrak13 Weather Blog 1/17/17

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Angela Buchman

Temperatures at the bus stop on Tuesday morning were in the 50s. Yes, the warmest part of the day was early. The high temperature of 58 degrees was hit at 6:17am Tuesday in Indianapolis. It will be colder on Wednesday morning. Temperatures will be 20 degrees colder and in the 30s at the bus stop. Kids will need a coat on Wednesday. Morning temperatures will be in the 30 and highs in the 40s.

The overall weather pattern stays warm and above average for January through the weekend. 50 to 55 degrees is forecast for Thursday and Friday. Right now, we have highs in the 60s for this weekend.



You Will Need the Umbrella Through Tuesday AM - SkyTrak13 Weather Blog 1/16/17

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Angela Buchman

The week is off to a wet start. There will be some pockets of heavy rain Monday night and the chance for a few thunderstorms. The steadiest rain will end by late morning Tuesday. Here is the timeline with FutureTrak13.

In addition to the rain overnight, there will be areas of fog. Temperatures will climb slowly in the lower and middle 50s too. So Tuesday will start wet and warmer than it will finish. Temperatures fall back into the 40s for Tuesday afternoon.



Warm But Wet - Skytrak13 Weather Blog

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Kelly Greene

It will be a cloudy but mild day with temperatures rising into Tuesday morning. Temperatures will be in the upper 40s by late afternoon. Showers will move back in by late afternoon, from west to east.

A few thunderstorms will be possible tonight through Tuesday morning. The warm front will allow temperatures to climb into the mid to upper 50s by 3am.

The cold front will start to push in overnight, allowing temperatures to fall the rest of the day after an early morning high.

Showers and isolated storms will taper off by early afternoon with temperatures eventually falling into the upper 40s by late afternoon.

It will remain cloudy through the afternoon and evening.