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Eclipse 2017 In The Books...2024 Officially On The Clock

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Sean Ash

Unfortunately the forecast of a mixed sky and isolated storms during Eclipse 2017 in Central Indiana verified. Some places in the viewing area had a great view of the max eclipse of 91.5% while others were cloudy and stormy.

But despite the sky condition wasn't completely optimal locally it still put on a show:




WTHR photographer Joe Fenton traveled with Chuck Lofton to totality land in southern Illinois and capture the money shot!

Satellite imagery captured the passage of the Moon's shadow as it traveled across the United State at nearly 1,500 mph. A truly stunning view.

Imagery along the Gulf Coast shows how afternoon cumulus that develop during heating of the day disappeared under the shadow as the surface cooled.

Speaking of cooling... Indianapolis' temperature dropped 6° from 1:50pm to 2:25pm when the max eclipse occurred.

At the point of greatest totality in Hopkinsville, KY the solar radiation output during maximum totality reached zero with an 8 degree temeperature drop!

We can only hope for a clear sky on April 8th, 2024 as much Central Indiana, including Indianapolis, will be in the direct path of totality.




Solar Eclipse Frenzy! - Live Doppler 13 Blog

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Kelly Greene

A strong storm system will take shape and the latest model data has sped up its arrival. There will be about 40 to 60% cloud coverage during the solar eclipse Monday afternoon.

And now, a few scattered thunderstorms will be possible too, with a better chance in northwest Indiana. There is also a threat of a strong to severe thunderstorm.

It will be a hot and humid August day.

There is high confidence for partly cloudy to mostly cloudy skies and low confidence for rain during the eclipse. It will be a hot and humid day with highs in the mid to upper 80s. If you are spending time outdoors for the eclipse Monday afternoon, make sure you still wear sunscreen and keep hydrated.

Looking for eclipse viewing "parties"? Here are some spots in central Indiana.



Solar Eclipse Frenzy! - Live Doppler 13 Weather Blog

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Kelly Greene

If you haven't heard, a solar eclipse is happening on Monday, August 21st.

In Indy, the eclipse begins at 12:57pm and will end at 3:48pm. The max eclipse is at 2:25pm.

Right now, Monday looks to be a dry day with mostly sunny skies! Fingers crossed for minimum cloud coverage. It will be hot and humid with highs in the upper 80s, feeling like the low 90s.

There are many viewing "parties" across central Indiana, if you like to be a part of the eclipse frenzy. Here are some viewing spots across central Indiana.

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Foggy Start this Morning - Live Doppler 13 Blog

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Kelly Greene

Patchy fog developed this morning, especially in north central Indiana. Here are some of the views from our camera network.

Lynn sent this picture via Facebook of the fog development in Monrovia in Morgan county.

The air temperature fell into the 50s this morning, falling at or near the dew point. The wind was also calm. All three are ingredients for fog development.

Visibility fell to less than a tenth of a mile at times this morning.

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Some Showers Today - Live Doppler 13 Blog

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Kelly Greene

After a quiet and comfortable pattern, a cold front will bring unsettled weather to central Indiana. Scattered showers and thunderstorms will develop this afternoon, especially along and south of I-70. It’s actually been a dry month so far and rain is needed.

There is a low risk that a few storms could be strong to severe.

With the cloud coverage in place, there is low confidence for strong storms but an isolated strong storm will be possible. Strong gusty winds will be the main threat.

It will be warm and humid with highs in the low 80s.



Great Night for Outdoor Events - Live Doppler 13 Blog

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Kelly Greene

It will be a beautiful night across central Indiana. It will stay mild with a few clouds building in ahead of a cold front. The chance of rain will hold off until after midnight. It will be perfect to head out to the Indians, the State Fair or Farmer Bureau Insurance Lawn at White River State Park.

The Indianapolis Indians will be taking on Syracuse tonight with the first pitch at 7:05pm. It’s Thursday Craft Beer Night too. Try a Sun King craft brew or choose from a rotating selection of statewide breweries. Craft beer will be available for everyone 21 and over in the PNC Plaza located in Centerfield.

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The Farmer Bureau Insurance Lawn at White River State Park is such a great venue and tonight will be perfect for the Pentonix show. You are allowed to bring in a bottle of water and beach lawn chairs. (Low chairs only for this venue.)

Here is the forecast:

The Indiana State Fair is going strong right now. It will be awesome to take a ride, go through the barns or enjoy the Yacht Rock Revival Tour 2017 at the Hoosier Lottery Grandstand. There will also be Harness Racing at 6pm.

Here is the Fair Forecast:

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Another Cool Morning, Quick Warm Up - Live Doppler 13 Blog

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Kelly Greene

Another fantastic August day is shaping up. It was cool this morning, with temperatures falling into the 50s across central Indiana.

With the dry air in place, temperatures are already warming up quickly.

It will be a bright afternoon with highs in the low 80s, near normal for this time of year. Humidity will remain low.

It will be clear and cool again this evening. The kids will need the jacket again at the bus stop as temperatures fall back into the mid to upper 50s.

The warming trend continues on Thursday. A few more clouds will be around in the afternoon with highs in the mid 80s.

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State Fair Forecast For Wednesday

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Sean Ash

Another stellar day on tap at the Indiana State Fairgrounds Wednesday. Temperatures start in the 50s but quickly shoot into the mid/upper 70s by noon and into the 80s during the afternoon.

Definitely pack plenty of sunscreen as clouds will be sparse in the blue sky. The wind comes from the southeast and eventually brings in more humid air later in the day.

Have fun and prepare for another warm day Thursday with a shower or storm possible Friday.



Coolest Day During First Week Of August In Indy Since In 23 Years

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Sean Ash

You might be thinking Sunday was quite cool for an August day in Central Indiana. You are correct.

In fact the 73° day in Indianapolis marks the coolest day during August 1st-6th since 1994. It was 11° below the average high, just above the daily record low maximum, and matched the average high temperature for September 26th.


Despite the predominantly overcast sky... it was admittedly drier than I had envisioned going into the weekend. Relatively dry air at the surface proved to be a formidable opponent to lack of lift in the atmosphere. The track of low pressure much farther south than expected (and modeled) and 70 miles proved to be a game-changer in separating sprinkles to steady rain that's ongoing from Bloomington to Bedford right now.

While a few showers remain possible around Indy tonight and early Monday... the main area of precipitation will be south of I-70. A comfortable north-northeast wind wrapping around departing low pressure delivers less humid air to pave the way for a pleasant stretch of days much of the week.

We're forecasting lows in the 50s with highs near 80 and plenty of sun into Thursday afternoon. Slight rain chances as of now Friday and Saturday with scattered storms the early call for next Sunday. Have a great week and Chuck Lofton has an updated forecast on WTHR Sunrise beginning at 4am.



Cloudy, Cool, and Wet August Day - Live Doppler 13 Blog

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It will a cool, cloudy, and at times, rainy day. Spotty showers have moved in this morning with periods of moderate rain likely this afternoon. A few embedded thunderstorms are possible but severe weather is not expected.

Temperatures will struggle to climb into the upper 60s to near 70°.

The average high for today is 84°. The record lowest maximum high for today is 71°, set in 1991. Indianapolis could break that record today.

Scattered showers will continue this evening with lingering showers through Monday morning. Temperatures will fall into the low to mid 60s.

A few spotty showers are possible Monday afternoon.

Otherwise, it will be mostly cloudy with highs climbing back into the upper 70s.

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Sunday Showers - Live Doppler 13 Blog

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Kelly Greene

While temperatures ran more than 10 degrees below normal today, it was a pleasant first Saturday of August. Temperatures started off at 54° and climbed to 77° in Indianapolis.

Clouds have been increasing this afternoon ahead of the next storm system. It will stay mild this evening, with temperatures staying in the low 70s this evening and then falling into the low 60s by morning. There is a chance of a few spotty showers overnight.

Showers will become likely by early Sunday afternoon. Showers will become more widespread by late afternoon with the heaviest axis of rain along and south of the I-70 corridor. A few embedded thunderstorms are possible but no severe weather is expected.

Temperatures will struggle to climb into the upper 60s to near 70°.

Showers will continue Sunday evening into Monday morning. Rain totals will be from a half inch to one inch.

A few scattered showers and storms will be possible Monday with temperatures climbing back into the upper 70s.

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Showers Return Sunday - Live Doppler 13 Blog

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Kelly Greene

Steady showers will become likely by Sunday afternoon. Some rumbles of thunder are possible too but no severe weather is expected.

The heaviest rain will likely by along and south of the I-70 corridor. It will be a rain cooled day with highs in the upper 60s to near 70 degrees.

Showers and embedded storms will continue Sunday evening into Monday morning.