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Enjoying Dry Time... For Now

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Sean Ash

To date it's been the 6th wettest May 1-22 on record in Indianapolis with nearly 7" rainfall at the National Weather Service office on the southwest side.

Many areas in Central Indiana remain several inches above normal rainfall this month. Though we're enjoying the pick-of-the-week today... we're also focused on the next round of rain/storms arriving Wednesday into Thursday.

With the center of an impressive mid-level low sitting over Central Indiana we'll need to monitor stronger cells closely for spin-up potential. This would be true if any breaks in the cloud deck emerge to help further destabilize. Brief tornadoes are not uncommon in this type of set up.

This looks to deliver another .50" to 1.5" rainfall during that time and is followed up by another unsettled/stormy stretch during Indy 500 weekend.

While it's too early for specifics on timing/coverage/location... at this time it does appear we'll have multiple rounds of heavy rain and storms this weekend. We'll have to wait until we get closer to pinpoint timing during the IPL 500 Festival/Legends Day and Race Day. Check back for updates - Sean Ash



Saturday, May 20, 2017 Storm Reports - SkyTrak13 Weather Blog

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Kelly Greene

Strong to severe storms moved over north central Indiana Saturday evening, May 20th. Temperatures had climbed into the upper 70s with juicy dew points in the upper 60s to near 70°. The atmosphere was very tropical with high perceptible water in the column of the atmosphere. Storms started to fire after 6:30pm and by 7:30pm, radar indicated that there was possible rotation. Tornado Warnings were issued. The main rotation was in Benton - Jasper-White counties and from Boone-Clinton counties.

There were funnel clouds and tornadoes observed from trained storm spotters and Emergency Managers.

The storm that moved from Boone into Clinton county had sites of funnel clouds and radar indicated rotation.

Here are some of the storm reports from Saturday evening.

The National Weather Service will likely survey the areas with damage to determine whether there was tornado damage or straight line wind damage.

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Unsettled Saturday - SkyTrak13 Weather Blog

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Kelly Greene

The unsettled weather continues today with more scattered showers and thunderstorms.

A warm front will lift across central Indiana this afternoon, triggering thunderstorms in the midst of a very moist environment.

Stormy conditions pushed in late morning and will continue into mid afternoon with heavy rain and lightning.

. Temperatures will climb into the upper 70s and low 80s.

More thunderstorms will develop later this evening along the cold front.

Some storms could be strong to severe. The main threats will be damaging winds and large hail.

More wide spread rain will be likely this evening. Heavy downpours will be possible and a strong to severe storm will be possible into Sunday morning. Temperatures will only fall into the upper 60s.

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Timing Weekend Rain Chances - 5/19/17

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Angela Buchman

The weekend still includes a couple of rounds of rain and storms. The weekend also includes some dry hours. There will be a round of rain and storms Saturday morning, with some dry hours Saturday afternoon. There will be another round of rain and storms Saturday night through early Sunday. There will be more dry hours on Sunday afternoon. Remember you can take us along with you and track the rain with Live Doppler 13 Radar on your phone, with the SkyTrak13 Weather App. Here are some maps to help you make your weekend plans.



A Few Strong Storms Possible This Afternoon

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Kelly Greene

A very unsettled pattern is moving in over the course of the next few days. There is a slight risk of severe weather today.

A few thunderstorms will continue to move in again early this afternoon. Some heavy downpours are possible. Another round of storms will be possible late afternoon into the evening.

Some of those storms could be strong to severe with the main threats being damaging winds. Along and south of the I-70 corridor has the biggest risk of stronger storms. Temperatures will climb into the mid 70s.

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Rain and Storm Chances Increasing - Friday and Saturday Timeline

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Angela Buchman

A stray storm or 2 will be possible Thursday evening. There are better storm chances on Friday and Saturday. More of central Indiana will have showers and storms. There will be more wet hours than dry hours on Friday and Saturday. If you have outdoor plans, you will need the rain and gear. You can also take us along with you on the SkyTrak13 Weather app. You can track the storms with Live Doppler 13 Radar from you phone. Stay weather aware Friday through Sunday.

Here is the timeline for rain on Friday, with FutureTrak13.

There will be some dry hours Friday evening through early Saturday. Right now it looks like rain and storms return by late morning Saturday and linger into Saturday night. Here is a look at the timing.

We are forecasting some dry hours for the end of the Sunday. There will be some updates to the timing of the steadiest rain and we will bring you those to help you make your weekend plans.



Warm And Windy Wednesday

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Sean Ash

Strong non-thunderstorm gusts continue to impact Central Indiana and many places have had gusts at/above 45mph.

Peak gusts on the WTHR WeatherBug network were 55mph in Sharpsville and 50mph in Carmel. A Wind Advisory continues for a good chunk of Central Indiana until 7pm.

The windy, warm day comes courtesy of a storm center that's triggering severe storms in Iowa/NW Illiniois. A tight pressure gradient around its center gradually relaxes overnight as the storm center moves to the north.

Spotty showers and storms are possible tonight, Thursday morning and again Thursday afternoon. Greater storm chances arrive Friday afternoon and lingering into Sunday afternoon. Though it won't rain/storm non-stop... we're expecting bouts of heavy storms that will impact qualifying at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Summer warmth gives way to a much cooler pattern next week with several days likely in the 60s for highs.



What A Month May Has Been!

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Chuck Lofton

The month of May strikes different emotions. In Indiana, the month brings to mind the roar of engines, with all the activities associated with the Indy 500. For farmers, it means emerging crops or as is the case this month, crops that need to be replanted. For some, it means spring love, or in this case, falling out of love....

"The wind is tossing the lilacs,
The new leaves laugh in the sun,
And the petals fall on the orchard wall,
But for me the spring is done.

Beneath the apple blossoms
I go a wintry way,
For love that smiled in April
Is false to me in May."
- Sara Teasdale, May

My news today is not nearly as dire as the poem by Sara Teasdale but it is unusual. Today our high of 86 will be the warmest high temperature of the year and breaks the cool trend we had last week. look for the 80s all the way through the qualifying weekend at the track but....also be weather aware as showers and thunderstorms around the area. Next week it is back into the 70s.



Air Quality Alert Issued

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Sean Ash

The combination of warm temperatures, light wind, and increasing low-level pollutants leads to the first Air Quality Alert for some counties in Central Indiana... including the Indy metro area.

If you're elderly, have young children, or have a sensitive respiratory system you're going to want to limit outdoor exposure the next several days. The Alert is for today and Tuesday. There may be enough Wednesday to mix-up the low-level pollutants enough, but we'll update as we get closer.

Also impacting respiratory systems is high levels of pollen that will not drop until late week. The drop in pollen coincides with increasing chances of showers and storms beginning Thursday and lasting this weekend.

At this time it's impossible to say exact coverage, timing, and location of stormy and it will certainly change before the weekend. Check back for updates on how this will impact Indy 500 practice and qualifying - Sean Ash



Warmest Week Of The Year!

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Chuck Lofton

Wasn't yesterday wonderful? Temperatures warmed to 83 degrees in indianapolis yesterday, tying the warmest day of the year. The high was 83 back on April 26th as well. Today, we should get up to 84 bu tomorrow and Wednesday the high will be 14 degrees above average at 86 degrees.

Why is this happening? Warm, summer like days come courtesy of high pressure and and upper ridge move across Indiana. The deeper we go into the week, the more likely we are to experience rain and thunderstorms, especially for the late work week and weekend. A front will stall out over the Ohio Valley and that will cause unsettled air, thus the storms. As I put together the forecast, it looks to me, like an area of low pressure and a cold front will bring those thunderstorms. Even if we cool down to the 70s on Pole Day, that is still well above average for this time of year\

 


Warmest Week Of The Year Thus Far

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Sean Ash

Mother's Day highs in Central Indiana climbed into the 80s under a blanket of sunshine. The 83° high in Indianapolis ties for the warmest this year thus far and is the 6th 80° day of the year.

It also marks the beginning of the longest streak of 83° days since September with several forecast this week. This is due to a warm, summer-like pattern across the eastern US due to unseasonably warm on the eastern side of digging upper level storm out west.

Though we're warm, much of the week is dry until Friday when the pattern gets unsettled with scattered storms.



Beautiful Day - SkyTrak13 Weather Blog

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Kelly Greene

Temperatures finally climbed above normal today. There has only been one day this month that is above normal.

Temperatures climbed to 75° in Indianapolis today.

The record is 88° set in 1956.

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