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Saturday Storms - Live Doppler 13 Blog

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Lindsey Monroe

A cluster of storms that tracked through Missouri, Illinois and now into Central Indiana has a history of producing hail and damaging wind gusts.

This threat of strong to severe storms continues over the next few hours as the area of storms tracks east through the state.

We have lots of outdoor events going on during this time frame from the State Fair to the Colts tailgate, so plan ahead with rain gear or make a "Plan B".

Scattered showers and storms will begin to dissipate closer to kick-off time. We've also been notified the roof will be closed for today's game due to rain chances and a heat index near 90.

The line of storms will continue to move into the Indianapolis metro through the lunchhour and should hold together bringing areas of heavy rain and frequent lightning.

However, as the line progresses east, it should lose some moment and begin to taper off.

We'll still have a chance of another round of pop-up storms later this evening from 8 pm to midnight.

You'll notice the heat taking over on Sunday -- highs back in the lower 90s with a heat index climbing from 95-100.

There will be lots of dry time Sunday but a weak atmospheric wave could prompt late afternoon/evening showers and storms.

The main timing for this line of 5 - 10 pm.

Highs continue in the lower 90s with a 95-100° heat index Monday and Tuesday with spotty storms possible both days.

We find relief from this humid outbreak with a passing cold front on Wednesday. Expect it to still be muggy with highs in the mid 80s as showers and storms develop along the front.

Thursday and Friday will be the picks of the week with sunshine, low humidity and highs back near 80.



Rain Chances Timeline - Live Doppler 13 Blog

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Lindsey Monroe

While temperatures remain just below the seasonal average today in the lower 80s, a weak system is set to push through and could spark a few widely scattered showers or storms in the afternoon with otherwise mainly cloudy skies.

The main timeframe for rain chances is from 11am to areas west and moving into the Indianapolis metro by 2pm. Most of these showers will erode by the evening drive home and we'll stay mainly dry this evening.

The Colts host the Brown tomorrow to kickoff the pre-season home games.

After a round of morning rain, Tailgate Town looks dry with temperatures in the low to mid 80s. Stray storms will be possible again in the evening.

The best chance of rain at this point looks to be along a round Saturday morning with spotty showers in the late afternoon.

Another batch moves in Sunday morning but a bulk of the rain with this system stays mainly north.

The heat will start to build in this weekend and sets us up for a stretch of above average temperatures with more humid dew points. Highs will be near 90 through the weekend and into early next week.

The heat index will also be in the 95-100° range so plan ahead for any outdoor activities. This hot pattern looks to break mid-week next week.



Dry Today, Then Daily Storm Chances - Live Doppler 13 Blog

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Kelly Greene

It will be a fantastic Thursday with low humidity and partly sunny skies. Winds will be out of the north, allowing cooler and drier air to arrive. Afternoon highs will climb into the low 80s.


It will be a comfortable evening with temperatures falling into the low 60s by morning.

Most of Friday will be dry but a few widely scattered storms will be possible Friday afternoon into the evening.

It will still be pleasant, with highs in the low 80s.


Daily storm chances will continue well into next week.

More heat and humidity arrives for the weekend. Scattered storms will be possible mid to late morning Saturday.

There will be many dry hours, allowing temperatures to soar into the upper 80s. The heat index will be in the mid 90s.


Sunday will be hotter yet with highs around 90° and heat indices will be in the mid 90s. More scattered storms will be likely by Sunday afternoon into the evening. A few strong to severe storms will be possible.
The heat, humidity and widely scattered storm chances continue Monday and Tuesday with highs in the low 90s.



Heat, Humidity Return This Weekend - Live Doppler 13 Blog

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Lindsey Monroe

We have a brief break from the high humidity today as a column of dry air takes over our atmosphere.

Dew points will increase a bit tomorrow but the real oppressive air returns on Saturday and will continue through much of next week.

The sky will be mainly clear through the day with a few late afternoon clouds and a very low chance of a stray shower mainly east.

Highs will be very seasonal in the low to mid 80s.

A developing system is set to bring strong to severe storms to parts of the lower Midwest and Plain states on Friday but stay just west of Central Indiana. Even with a low severe threat, a few showers associated with this system are possible come Friday afternoon.

While temperatures remain just below the seasonal average on Friday in the lower 80s, a weak system is set to push through and could spark a few widely scattered showers or storms in the afternoon with otherwise partly cloudy skies.

The best chance to see these showers are in the late afternoon - early evening.

The heat will start to build in this weekend and sets us up for a stretch of above average temperatures with more humid dew points. Highs will be near 90 through the weekend and into early next week with spotty storms possible as multiple weak system move through.

The best chance of rain at this point looks to be along a round Saturday morning then another batch that stays mainly north on Sunday.

The heat index will also be in the 95-100° range so plan ahead for any outdoor activities. This hot pattern looks to break mid-week next week.



Cold Air Funnels Reported Today - Live Doppler 13 Weather Blog

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Angela Buchman

A few showers and storms have developed with afternoon heating. A few of these cells have produced funnel clouds across Carroll and Clinton counties. These are cold air funnel clouds. In this type of atmosphere, these rarely touch the ground so the threat for tornadoes is small. We will track the spotty showers and storms closely through early this evening.

Here are a couple of pictures.

Skies clear overnight and it will be milder, with overnight temperatures in the lower and middle 60s.



Humidity Stays High - Live Doppler 13 Blog

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Kelly Greene

After a stormy start this morning, clouds will stick around this afternoon. Indianapolis only had 0.05" of rain today.

A few isolated thunderstorms will be possible this afternoon into the early evening. It will still be muggy this afternoon, too, with dewpoints in the upper 60s and low 70s.

Afternoon highs will climb into the mid 80s.

It will be mostly cloudy with temperatures falling into the upper 60s.

The skies will gradually clear out to sunshine on Wednesday with still a chance of a few isolated thunderstorms from afternoon into the evening.

It will be a warm and muggy day with highs in the mid 80s.

High pressure moves in on Thursday. It will be mostly sunny and humidity will fall. Afternoon highs will climb into the low 80s.

Friday will be pleasant too with sunshine and highs in the mid 80s.

Temperatures will soar back into the upper 80s and low 90s over the weekend.

Scattered storms will be possible Sunday and Monday.



Morning Storms Being A Very Humid Day

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Sean Ash

Early morning radar has areas of heavy rain and thunderstorms moving across Central Indiana. With the exception of far southern Indiana, this is mainly lightning and downpours.

This activity quickly diminishes by 6 AM but very humid conditions linger today with oppressive dewpoints in the 70s.

The muggy air, combined with daytime highs in the 80s, pushes heat indices into the 90s this afternoon with only spotty rain/thunder redeveloping during peak heating.

Though less humid air arrives Wednesday, an upper disturbance keeps a chance of late-day showers or thunderstorms in the forecast.

For now... we're keeping Thursday and Friday quiet with less humid and comfortable highs in the 80s. However, early morning model data suggest a more progressive pattern of upper air disturbances that may require rain chances to be added in the coming days.



Tornado Watch Canceled For Marion County

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Sean Ash

Though rumbles of thunder and downpours remain possible around the Indianapolis metro area, most of the region is now is out of the threat for severe storms.

The focal point for damaging wind and/or rotating storms will be from Sullivan County to Lawrence County... and the atmosphere in this zone could spawn a tornado.

Please remain Weather Aware in southwestern Indiana though.



Tuesday Morning Radar Update

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Sean Ash

Radar trends suggest the area of greatest risk of seeing damaging wind and/or a tornado will be south of I-70.

A complex of storms continues to propagate south toward the most unstable air located in southwestern Indiana. This complex has a history of wind damage, flash flooding, and earlier produced some tornadoes in Illinois when it was more cellular.

It's appearing that the Indy metro area may miss severe weather, but downpours of rain remain very much in play... even for cities north of I-74 as an area low pressure moves across the northern half of the state.

We're expecting all storms to be out of the state by 6 am but we'll still be in a very humid air mass Tuesday. Dewpoints in the 70s, combined with highs in the 80s, produce heat indices in the 90s Tuesday afternoon...with only spotty storms around.



Tornado Watch Until 4 AM For Parts Of Central Indiana

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Sean Ash

Tornado Watch now in effect for areas along/west of I-65 and along/south of I-74... including Indianapolis.

A line of storms continues to strengthen over Illinois as low-level wind fields increase to provide needed lift within a highly moist atmosphere.

These storms are moving east toward the heart of Central Indiana with greatest impact expected along the I-74/70 corridors... including the Indy metro area.

Please remain Weather Aware, have a way to get warnings, and leave your phone notifications on overnight for push notifications from the Live Doppler 13 Weather app

Flash flooding rainfall and frequent lightning are likely in storms between now and 5 AM... with severe wind gusts and/or tornadoes possible within stronger cells.

The threat of severe ends by 6 AM as the line of storms moves along/south of the Ohio River.



Stormy Night Ahead: Damaging Wind, Flash Flooding Possible

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Sean Ash

Thus far Central Indiana has reaped the rewards of cloud cover much of the day... which limited heating and instability.

Now we're monitoring northwestern and central Illinois closely for expected storm initiation this evening in an area that's under a Level 3 (out of 5) risk of severe weather. This "enhanced" zone of severe weather extends east to I-65 and the Indy metro area too. Main storm threats for our area are damaging wind, flooding rain, frequent, and a lower risk of tornadoes.

The odds for tornadoes increases in Illinois were discrete cells have a better ability to rotate before merging into one or more storm complexes. It should be noted that the main timing in Central Indiana for the expected storm complex is 12 - 6 AM Tuesday. With that said... isolated severe storms can't be ruled-out locally this evening but it's to be determined if the late-day sun/warming will be enough to initiate storms here.

At this time we don't know how strong the complex will be when it crosses the state line, but do know it will eventually weaken as it moves away from Illinois. Either way, have a way to get any warnings and be Weather Aware overnight into predawn Tuesday.

Tuesday remains rather humid with only a 30% rain/storm chance in the afternoon/evening. Less humid air arrives Wednesday afternoon and hangs around for Thursday/Friday... the picks-of-the-week at this time.

Based on latest guidance, we've introduced a chance of showers/storms this weekend for mainly late in the day.



Hot Start To The Week With Severe Storms Possible Monday Night

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Sean Ash

We're wrapping up a quiet weekend of weather in Central Indiana with filtered sunshine, highs in the 80s, and a Muggy Meter that's neared/eclipsed the line of discomfort (60° dewpoint).

Most importantly for outdoor plans... it's dry. However, it's not great news for the parched land in Central Indiana with many areas over 2" below normal rainfall the past 30 days and some places over 4" below normal.

There will be much-needed rain to fall the next 36 hours, but it should be noted that some places may not get a drop during that time either.

We do expect some showers, and possibly some thunder, around Monday morning... so some bus stops and drop-offs will be impacted.

But there will be many dry hours on Monday with highs near 90 and heat indices in the 90s as the Muggy Meter continues to climb.

All of Central Indiana is under a risk of severe weather... mainly for Monday night and predawn Tuesday. At this time many computer model solutions have a complex(es) of storms developing in Central Illinois and moving quickly to the east to impact parts of Central Indiana.

What's uncertain is exactly where this potential feature will track and how much storm coverage actually occurs. It appears the main timing for this possible complex would be between 8 PM Monday and 4 AM Tuesday.

Due to the overnight timing please make sure you have your phone or weather radio turned on for notifications. Flooding rain and damaging wind are the main storm threats but tornadoes can't be ruled out... especially if any cells develop earlier in the day along an approaching warm front.

Very humid air hangs around Tuesday to keep scattered downpours and storms in play along with heat indices of 95° to near 100° over the southern half of the state.

Less humid arrives Wednesday afternoon to pave the way for the picks-of-the-week... Thursday and Friday. The early call for next weekend is mainly sunny and building heat with highs near 90° Saturday and heat indices near 100° possibly next Sunday.