WEDNESDAY WARM UP
Wednesday afternoon turned mild and cracked the 60° mark for the first time in nearly 1 week. The official high of 61° marked only the 9th time above 60 this year – fewest to date since 1993! Since March 1st, the start of meteorological spring, 67% of the days have been below normal.
WAITING ON 70°
The wait is over, 70° temperatures are expected to officially occur here Thursday – the longest wait for the first 70° day in 30 years. On average the first 70 arrives March 18th – the latest April 25, 1984. The number of days from our last 70° reached 178 days (October 13th at 71°) Wednesday – ties for the 6th longest on record, and longest in 56 years!
2 CHANCES AT 70°
Looking ahead, this will be the warmest weekend of the year and warmest weekend since mid-October! The high temperature Saturday will surge again into the middle and upper 60s with Sunday potentially reaching the middle 70s! This will be the warmest Saturday and Sunday since October 12 and 13 when the highs were 77° and 71°.
NOW THE RAIN CHANCES
First 9 days of April are the wettest in 57 years with 3.43″ so far. Showers will return Thursday evening and the 7 day rainfall numbers are averaging 1″ for the city. Rainfall coverage peaks Monday with a spring storm and approaching cold front. We feel there will be plenty of dry time over the weekend to get out and enjoy.
SEVERE WEATHER SEASON STILL QUIET
Tornado production so far this spring is down – only 31%. The normal tornado reports through April 9th (93). A byproduct of the cool spring temperatures.
NEW COLD SURGE
The signals off the overnight computer runs are strong for a new surge of colder air coming early next week. The cold front that passes early Monday will bring a sharp temperature drop and possibly change from rain to snow before ending. Some solutions put heavy, wet snow into northwest Indiana and northern Indiana – a trend that will be monitored. The 8 to 14 day temperature outlook is overall a cold one with the average high temperature off the normal by 10 to 12 degrees through April 25.