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Warm summer is back on track; Tropics turn active

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WARMTH IS BACK ON TRACK

The 22nd warmest summer on record to date is getting back on track. Afternoon sun has mixed with clouds and temperatures are on the rise. We reached the low to mid 80s Wednesday afternoon.

Summer 2016 is running 3° warmer than last summer with an average temperature of 76.3°.

SUMMER temperatures

We are getting some needed dry time but it is not likely to hold. Scattered showers and a few t-storms are possible into early overnight and just after midnight especially to the north and northwest. I'm posting the 1 am forecast radar image below.

Latest HRRR Central Indiana Composite Radar

The humidity remains high and it has been persistent, the dew point has been above 60° since August 9th, 8 consecutive days.

Ready for relief? a real refreshing change is on the way! A long advertised cold front is still on track to sweep the state starting Sunday. Storms are likely ahead and along the front starting Saturday. A few strong storms could develop, we will monitor then winds will shift and the humidity will take a dive. September-level temperatures are likely for a few days early next week!

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6th NAMED STORM OF THE SEASON

It looks like the Atlantic hurricane season may be ramping up.  Late Wednesday the 6th names storm of the season, Fiona was named as it reached tropical storm strength.  While no threat to the US at this time, there could be strengthening out over the open waters of the Atlantic.  Forecasters at the National Hurricane center are still predicting a 70% chance of an above normal hurricane season with 12 to 17 named storms, most since 2012.

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