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Jim O’Brien has been covering the ups and downs of Indiana weather for 18 years, 8 of those years right here at FOX59! Jim holds a B.S. in Atmospheric Science and a B.A. in Communications from Western Kentucky University. He is also a member of the American Meteorological Society and National Weather Association, where he has been awarded seals of approval for his outstanding work in the meteorological field.

In 2007, Jim was awarded the prestigious Certified Broadcast Meteorologist (CBM) seal. He is one of only a few in the state who have qualified, tested, and passed this rigorous program.

While studying in college, Jim also served 6 years in the military at Fort Knox, where he specialized in reconnaissance and light weaponry. In his spare time, Jim enjoys golfing, fishing and traveling with his wife Melissa and their two daughters.


Recent Articles
  • Frosty, bright start as “warming” trend begins; coldest of the season next week!

    Clear, cold and frosty start this morning but bright sun expected all day! Temperatures will be seasonal and no surprises in the day ahead… GREAT READ on arctic blast next week courtesy of Chief Meteorologist Brian Wilkes! The warm winter (since December 1st 80% of the days have been above normal) is on the clock. As the 4th warmest winter ever sits high on its perch – cold air looms. Cold weather indicators are going negative in unison for the […]

  • More heat and potentially more storms later Tuesday

    (July 1, 2014) – Damaging winds have eased and cleanup is underway this morning after a rough night of storms that blew through Indiana!  Storm reports ranged from wind gusts between 50 to 70 mph here in the city, to numerous reports of trees and power-lines knocked down with over 33,000 homes without power at one point.           Radar is looking much calmer this morning but more storms are possible again this afternoon and evening…   […]

  • Severe threat increases with more pesky storms Monday

    (June 30, 2014) – Storms already up and running on this early Monday morning and remain well north of Indianapolis…the threat for storms this morning remains very low, as storms are lifting northeast.  Most of the day looks fairly dry with only an isolated storm chance from lunch through dinner.           Storm chances should actually increase later tonight and for the overnight, as front approaches from the northwest…here is the breakdown:           […]

  • Foggy start gives way to sunny skies, lower humidity

    (June 25, 2014) – It was a foggy start for many around central Indiana Wednesday morning. Fog limited visibility for drivers early in the morning and was expected to burn off quickly. Wednesday looks sunny and less humid overall. Quieter days are ahead after Tuesday’s quick and powerful storm. PHOTOS | Tornadoes hit central Indiana SEVERE WEATHER | Homeowners clean up after storms Wednesday, we’ll see partly sunny skies with a light chance of storms later in the day. Look […]

  • Tracking more rain/storms but not as severe…

    (June 24, 2014) – Rain and storms already on radar this morning with more on the way through the day…           Unlike yesterday, the severe threat looks pretty low today due to lack of daytime heating from added cloud cover and rain-cooled air.  This  in turn should limit vertical cloud development keeping winds from getting too strong!           Rainfall totals could be high in some spots but an overall average has new […]

  • Rain chances going up with arrival of cold front!

    (June 23, 2014) – Another great start this morning, under mainly clear skies with temperatures in the upper 60s and lower 70s…roads look great and sun will be blazin’! Storms chances return by mid to late afternoon from west to east…although not all will see storms today, some will see some pretty heavy downpours, along with: Today and tomorrow look to be the best chances for rain during entire work week…here’s a look at the percentage’s!

  • Another round of heavy rain and storms likely today in spots

    (June 20, 2014) – Not too bad this morning, as stormy weather takes a break, flooding waters recede and temperatures settle into the lower 70s…The next several hours, like yesterday morning will be quiet! Added cloud cover should temper some of the heat today and perhaps minimize the threat of widespread heavy rain and stronger wind gusts IN SOME SPOTS!  Elsewhere, the storm threat remains with more localized, heavy rain, along with lightning and strong gusts.   These stronger-type storms […]

  • Tropical pattern aids in more stormy weather

    (June 19, 2014) – WEATHER HEADLINES: -TRACKING STORMS -REMAINS WARM, UNSETTLED -HEAVY, TROPICAL STORMS           Chances for clustered storms going severe today are pretty low but can’t be ruled out, if one or two hit the threshold. Otherwise, 50 mph gusts, heavy rains and lightning will accompany any storms now and through the entire day!  We are not under any risk area today or tomorrow, but flooding could be an issue in some spots, where easily […]

  • Rain has arrived, but for how long?

    Rain started falling around 4 a.m. this morning in the city of Indianapolis!  We should expect to see more rain off and on today with gaps of dry weather sandwiched in between. Scattered storms should be anticipated this afternoon with some daytime heating, creating better dynamics.  Nothing too severe should be expected, just some lightning and heavier downpours.             Look for mild temperatures even with the rain around.  Here is your timeline:         […]

  • Tracking rain and storms for tomorrow…

                  Great start this morning with cool temperatures and dry conditions, as rain stays way south of the area.             A mix of sun and clouds expected for most of  the day with comfortable temperatures throughout the area…             Only a small shower chance by late afternoon and mainly south of the city!  Rain chances increase late tonight and into your Tuesday!  Soggy weather […]