Needed rain on the way along with storms

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Area temperatures surged again Thursday, temperatures were running at late June levels and even warm for a summer day.  Some area temperatures at 5 PM included a toasty 88° Kokomo, Seymour, 87° Anderson and Geist.

This is the warmest air in 8 months with high so far 84° in the city.  This level of warmth is normal for June 21st but average date of a 84° high or warmer right on schedule, May 9th.


Early season warmth


No measurable rainfall now in 9 days and for the first 8 days of May – driest open to May in 22 years (1992).  To date Spring 2014 is now running -.87″ below normal.  Drying out comes quicker this time of the year as the sun angle climbs.  Since march 1st 7.77″ of rain has fallen – most coming in April.

Rainfall Specific cities

RPM rainfall. Average off 7 models at .57″ for the city


Showers and thunderstorms will make a push into the state later tonight and early Friday morning.  Current timing after 2AM in the city with rain likely into the Friday morning commute.

rainfall amounts through Friday night and early Saturday could reach a half-inch or more.  The average off 7 computer models has .57″ of rain for the city with a spread from .29″ to .64″.  Amounts will vary – and will be much higher in and around thunderstorms.

HRRR Thu 5-8-2014

Forecast radar 12 AM Friday


The conditions for severe storms Friday will depend on how much rain free/dry time develops late morning into early afternoon.  Meteorologists refer to the atmosphere after rain and storms as “recovering” meaning, becoming more unstable with dry time and heating.  The length of time before sunset will determine whether or not it can support a few severe storms.  At this time it is marginal and bears close watch.  The Storm Prediction Center has out looked a portion of Indiana for the “slight” risk of sever storms.  Current forecasts suggest damaging wind gusts the primary threat targeting the southwestern corner of the state.  Stay tuned!

Severe Outlook 2

Severe storm outlook Friday Afternoon and Evening