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
  • Nearing record heat again today; cooldown coming soon

    Another great, comfortable morning with readings in the lower 60s for most under clear skies. The dew points slowly dropped over the weekend, so even though it’s hot, it’s not as humid! Sunshine still dominating the afternoons, much like the weekend, and near record heat again expected today! A cold front is expected to sweep through the state on Wednesday! This will bring an end to the 90° streak and a taste of autumn for the upcoming weekend. Unfortunately, rainfall […]

  • Much needed rain locally; tropics hoping for relief from Hurricane Maria

    We’re tracking showers and storms this Tuesday morning, which is great news because the rainfall is desperately needed! Heavy downpours and lightning in some of these storms but any going severe looks EXTREMELY low. I will continue to monitor/track through the morning! Showers and storms become less active during the afternoon but a chance remains. Along with the rain chances, the warmth and mugginess will hold too! Here is your breakdown… More stable air (ridging) is to return by tomorrow […]

  • Limited rain and storm chances before more heat returns; tropics remain quite active

    Clouds are back and so are some rain chances for today! Scattered stuff but some will benefit, while others will hope for anything. Most rain chances will be driven by minor instability and convective heat during the afternoon hours. Highs today will not be as hot as Sunday’s 89°, but still quite muggy! Bottom line, warm and muggy with showers drifting around all day! Heaviest rain may actually fall south of Indianapolis, after observing the latest data. Additional showers and […]

  • Remnants of Irma moving in, while September remains unseasonably cool!

    Clouds continue to thicken as remnants of Irma approach the state! This will make for a rather overcast, gray day, while keeping temperatures in check and well below normal for mid-September (coolest since 1974). Rain chances remain fairly weak but some should creep in by the afternoon. Our greater chances still hold for tomorrow (Wednesday), as the actual low of Irma passes through the state! This will provide the best lift and instability to shake things up a bit. Rainfall […]

  • Irma on the move north with impact locally on Wednesday.

    More sunshine in the forecast today after another cool to chilly start this morning. Temperatures again starting out in the 40s for most and jackets are a great idea out-the-door. After a beautiful weekend, the incredible stretch rolls on for today with highs slightly below average but extremely comfortable. Hurricane Irma still hammering parts of Florida this morning, especially the northern and central part of the state! Thankfully, it’s on the move and now a Category 1. Remnants of Irma […]

  • Sunshine and great weather for Indiana, as Irma edges closer to Florida

    Another great, cool start today, marking our third straight 40° morning in a row! Autumn feel remains, while temperatures continue to hold below average through the weekend. Ample sunshine will make it perfect for anything and everything outdoors tonight, Saturday and Sunday! Enjoy… All eyes continue on Irma and its track, as it moves closer to Florida at this hour! Over the past 24 hours, subtle changes have come on the track of Irma and I still expect to see […]

  • Autumn-like conditions continue locally, as the tropics remain highly active!

    Expect another chilly start this morning and be sure to grab a jacket out-the-door! For most, mainly clear skies are expected and temperatures in the 40s to greet you for the morning rush. A bright sunrise and a fairly quiet day ahead, as most rain chances should remain VERY isolated and mainly north of Indianapolis for the afternoon hours. Here is your breakdown: Tropics remain busy! We are in the peak of hurricane season and now three hurricanes churn in […]

  • Chilly start with showers returning this afternoon! Irma still on a western track…

    Skies are clear and temperatures are chilly to begin our Wednesday morning! Expect a crisp, bright start, as dry conditions hold for the morning with a jacket needed! Clouds will begin to develop late morning and thicken through the afternoon. This will result in spotty shower development through the day and early evening hours. This wave will drop south of Indianapolis tonight, while even colder air settles in for the overnight under clear skies! Autumn-like conditions will remain for Indiana […]

  • Taste of fall returns next few days; Irma still in play for Florida this weekend!

    A cold front is through the area and drier air is now beginning to settle in across the state. Dew points will slowly drop through the day and winds will increase from the northwest, ushering in a taste of autumn. Partly sunny skies and breezy conditions should make for a great afternoon with highs in the middle 70s. This pattern will hold the next few days with even cooler air in for tomorrow and Thursday. A few showers could be […]

  • Remnants of Harvey bring wind, cool temperatures and some rain; improving through weekend

    A breezy, cloudy start this Friday morning but rainfall remains elusive! At this time, rain is falling, but remains well south of our viewing area and should SLOWLY work its way north and northeast through the day and night. In the short term, clouds and wind will keep our temperatures in check, marking a cool open to September. Here is the breakdown: Rain chances increasing this evening and overnight are expected with the heaviest, steadiest south and east of Indianapolis. […]