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Jim O’Brien has been covering the ups and downs of Indiana weather for 20 years, 10 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 and their two daughters.


Recent Articles
  • Busy, hot race weekend ahead…storm chances remain limited!

    Good morning…it’s finally Carb Day! A busy, fun day ahead at the track and the weather continues to remain tranquil. Expect another great sunrise ahead and yet another dry day too. Sunshine will reign overhead and temperatures will remain well above the seasonal average (76°). Although it will be getting hotter today, the humidity still is holding in a somewhat comfortable range. That said, the UV index will remain high (apply the sunscreen) and hydrating will be a must–so drink […]

  • Steamy, somewhat unsettled race/holiday weekend ahead

    Skies are clear again this Thursday morning, as temperatures remain in a very comfortable range. Another incredible sunrise is expected at 6:23 a.m., while winds stay light. Sunshine will hold all day and temperatures will again warm quickly through the afternoon. Humidity will drop through the day again, while dew points remain in the comfortable range! Enjoy! Slightly hotter weather expected on Carb Day at the track and sunshine will again hold through the entire day. It goes without saying […]

  • Unusually warm May rolls on and even bigger heat for upcoming weekend!

    Mostly dry conditions roll on for today, as a “cool” front slowly drags across the state! This should be enough to pop a few showers or a t’shower through 6 p.m. Otherwise, another warm and muggy day underway with highs reaching the lower 80s. No severe threat expected this afternoon! Skies clearing tonight and less humid air will slip in, allowing for a more comfortable night ahead and cooler start Wednesday morning in the middle to upper 50s. Tomorrow marks […]

  • Radar turns active today as storm threat increases

    A nice, mild and mainly dry start this morning across central Indiana! Always a great way to start a Monday morning. Temperatures are comfortable and the skies should remain mostly clear through mid-morning. Clouds will begin to thicken this afternoon, as the storm threat rises steadily. The combination of heat, high dew points and positioning of a frontal boundary with accompanying low should be enough to get storms going. There is a slight risk for severe storms between 2 p.m. […]

  • Rain and storms could hamper Indy 500 activities this weekend!

    So far, mostly dry conditions are holding to start our Friday morning drive. Temperatures remain comfy and above the seasonal average (53°) while heading out-the-door. As we begin the afternoon, showers and storms will begin to develop slowly across the state. This could hamper SOME outdoor activities for a brief time, but not all day rains anticipated. KEEP ALL PLANS!!! We will continue in this type of setup for the entire weekend with plenty of dry time mixed in too. A […]

  • Best potential for rain and storm chances today; rain needed in central Indiana

    Spotty showers and storms already on the radar this morning, but more is needed for today! Expect a very warm, muggy start out-the-door and a heightened chance for additional rain and storms this afternoon, while a front drops through the state. This rain is needed, as we are running nearly 2 inches below the monthly average! Not a good way to start the growing season, as I’ve already seen some neighbors watering their lawns. With the added clouds and rain […]

  • Hottest of the year today, possibly a new record high

    Hazy sunshine and warmth still holding to start a new workweek! Expecting a great sunrise and some very warm conditions throughout the day, while temperatures push to near 90°. This will mark the warmest of 2018, so far, and likely a new record high (88° set in 1881). Shower and storm chances appear very limited today with about 20% coverage area and most of that for our northern counties. Storm and rain chances will begin to increase in coverage tomorrow […]

  • Tracking showers this afternoon; will it last through the weekend?

    So far, dry conditions are holding for central Indiana, while temperatures linger in the 60s and 70s. Later today, between noon and 2 p.m., a cold front will drop through the city, kicking off some scattered showers and t’showers. By 4 p.m., sunshine will be building in and we should be off to a great weekend! The Mini-Marathon forecast tomorrow morning looks ideal! Skies will be clear and winds light, along with very comfortable temperatures to start our Saturday morning. […]

  • Warmth holding while rain and storms emerge tomorrow

    A milder start out-the-door this morning, under mainly clear skies. We expect another great and unseasonably warm day underway with highs reaching the lower 80s, breezy too! By this evening, a weak shower chance may develop, while clouds thicken across the state. DO NOT alter outdoor plans. All in all, another incredible early May day! Rain and storm chances will increase on Thursday and into Friday. For now, any severe threat looks very low, although some heavier rains may fall […]

  • Warmest of 2018 arrives today but threat of fire danger heightened

    Skies are clear and temperatures are cool to start our Tuesday morning. We expect another beautiful start to the day and not as chilly either! Once again, sunshine will dominate the city skyline, while temperatures move into the 80s later this afternoon, marking the warmest so far of 2018. A RED FLAG WARNING begins at noon today and will run through 8 p.m. Due to low humidity and gusty winds this afternoon, any fire outdoors could spread quickly! Outdoor burning […]