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
  • Winter’s grip eases slowly, more sunshine today too!

    Skies will be clear this morning and temperatures still frigid but not as harsh as it has been of late. Bright sunshine, dry conditions and a southwest breeze will move our temperatures up nicely this afternoon. This should add in some snow and ice melt on roads still covered, especially on driveways and sidewalks. The forecast high today is 33°, above freezing, and the first time possibly since last Friday. Some areas will not get there but still a great […]

  • January thaw continues with new snow chances

    Fog is thick in spots and could worsen before sunrise at 8:06 a.m. but no advisory, at this time, is in place. Considering temperatures are below freezing, fog could freeze on contact with road surfaces to create black ice issues, especially on bridges and overpasses. After sunrise, conditions will slowly improve and temperatures will steadily rise into the upper 30s by 4 p.m. The skies may actually brighten at times, but clouds will dominant for state again today. Tonight, temperatures […]

  • Wintry mix early will slow travel; warming trend still working in!

    A mixed bag of rain, snow, and ice continues to fall or accumulate in spots this morning! This is creating slick to icy conditions for SOME counties and roads at this time. Extra time is needed and extra distance for the car in front of you. This wintry mix will begin to taper down mid morning and should be clear of the state around 1 p.m.! Cloudy skies will linger all day, while temperatures rise slowly into the upper 30s. […]

  • Warming trend underway but first a wintry mix to get through…

    Skies will be mainly clear tonight and temperatures will actually slowly rise overnight on light southeasterly winds. Sunrise temperatures will not be subzero but still cold enough! Plenty of clouds are in the forecast tomorrow (Sunday) but any chances of a wintry mix will not arrive until well after sunset. Even with the clouds, warming will occur for the state with highs around 30° by 5pm Sunday. Still below freezing but certainly not as harsh, as the past 2 weeks! […]

  • Frigid open to weekend; light snow late Sunday night, turning milder too!

    This morning marks the 6th time, for the winter season, that air temperatures have fallen below zero. We have not had this many subzero mornings in a season since 1990 (28 years)! It is dry and skies are clear, so overall roadways look good. Wind chills are dangerous, if out for too long, and a wind chill advisory is in effect until 11:00am. Bright sunshine should dominant the Indiana skyline through the day (sunrise: 8:06am), as temperatures slowly recover back […]

  • Colder end to workweek; still eyeing the evolution of Sunday’s system!

    Skies are partly cloudy to mostly cloudy this morning, while roads remain dry locally! Temperatures are now colder too, after the passage of the arctic front last night. So a colder day ahead with passing flurries here and lake-effect snows across northern parts of the state. No accumulations locally but brisk winds will keep us subzero all day in the terms of wind chill! This will linger through Saturday morning with more sunshine heading into the weekend. The east coast […]

  • Tracking light snow and slightly milder air today

    Temperatures are still harsh and dangerous but not as brutal compared to 24 hours ago! Steady but light southwest winds along with some added clouds overnight have kept our temperatures up and holding in the positive territory. Additional clouds will increase this morning and through the day, as snow chances increase, too! Not a huge system, but a dusting to 1/2″ of snowfall will be possible in spots today, with added slick spots, while traveling through the early evening. Highs […]

  • Record cold this morning; harshest start in 131 years!

    Clear skies and brutal temperatures to begin our Tuesday morning! Before sunrise, temperatures should reach, if not, exceed below -12°. This will mark the coldest morning ever for this date–a record that has held since 1887! A wind chill warning remains in effect until 1 p.m. for Indianapolis and all counties north. Sunshine and a light southwest wind will help to ease the harshness throughout the mid to late afternoon with highs around 10°. Wednesday will bring us a return […]

  • 2018 opens brutally cold with little relief next few days!

    Nearing record level cold this morning (-12° in 1968)! Along with this northwest breeze is creating a dangerous wind chill out-the-door to begin 2018. Sunshine will add little to no relief through the day, as advisories and warnings will remain for the next several days. Fresh snow on the ground and an arctic air mass will make for no huge changes in our pattern in the short term, but signs of the cold easing a bit by the weekend remain […]

  • Mild open to holiday weekend; snow chances and cold ramping up!

    Busy weekend ahead with weather, travel and celebrations! In the terms of weather, today remains relatively tame compared the activeness leading up to Christmas morning. Fog, pockets of light rain and mild temperatures should hold for most of the day. Roads are wet to damp and will remain that way through this evening, if traveling or doing some last minute shopping. Nothing tricky in the forecast through midnight tonight. Tomorrow (Saturday) poses an interesting scenario, as rain from the south […]