INDIANAPOLIS — Some good weather news: The threat of severe hail and/or wind has diminished greatly. Although rumbles of thunder will be embedded within an expanding area of rain over central Indiana, we don't foresee storms reaching severe limits.
Now some bad weather news: That widespread rain and associated cloud cover occurs during the total lunar eclipse tonight, which we won't be able to see in the WTHR viewing area. We'll have to wait until Nov. 8, for the next chance to see a total lunar eclipse.
Rain will depart by 5 a.m. Monday and we're setting the stage for a pleasantly mild afternoon Monday and Tuesday. Temperatures will be in the 50s in the morning and 70s in the afternoon, which will feel better than the air this weekend as the Muggy Meter drops with dewpoints in the 50s.
This times out nicely for the return of the Indianapolis Indians' latest homestand (against Toledo Mudhens) and the opening day of Indy 500 practice on Tuesday.
Wednesday and Thursday look unsettled with a stalled boundary upping the ante for another round of rain and some thunderstorms. Friday looks unseasonably hot with highs nearing 90° thanks to a breezy southwest wind.
Modeling shows an increase of rain Friday night into Saturday morning along an approaching cold front that will deliver much cooler air a week from now. That rain could impact Indy 500 qualifying Saturday. Right now, Bump Day looks dry and pleasantly cooler. Check back for updates.