Amber Hardwick joined the FOX59 team in March 2018 as the weekend morning meteorologist. Amber was born and raised in Speedway, IN and takes a lot of pride in being a Sparkplug! Becoming a broadcast meteorologist in Indianapolis has been Amber’s dream since she was in third grade. She is thrilled to join the team and to forecast the weather in her hometown. Before arriving to FOX59, Amber was a meteorologist for WLFI in West Lafayette, IN.

At a young age, Amber was terrified of thunderstorms, but her fear turned into a life-long passion. She graduated from Ball State University with a B.S. degree in operational meteorology and climatology. While at Ball State, Amber was an executive board member of the Ball State Storm Chase Team and she also participated in a storm chasing summer course. The class involved chasing severe storms in the Great Plains for nearly two weeks!

Amber enjoys outdoor activities, running in 5Ks and walking her dog. She also likes to bake desserts when she has free time. Amber and her husband, Nick, are looking forward to living closer to family and friends in the Indianapolis area.

Recent Articles
  • Clear start to Sunday; Tracking a big cool down early in the week

    The weather was active in the Midwest on Saturday, especially through central Illinois. There were several tornado reports, hail and severe thunderstorm gust reports near Springfield and northeast of St. Louis. There were two tornado warnings issued for Warren and Benton counties in Indiana because radar indicated rotation within a strong thunderstorm. The storms quickly weakened as they entered the more “stable” atmospheric environment in Indiana. It is a much quieter start to Sunday with a mostly clear sky over […]

  • December starts mild with rain and storm chances

    Widespread rain showers moved into central Indiana this Saturday morning. At 7 a.m., Indianapolis already received more than a half inch of rainfall! One inch of rain will be possible with potentially higher totals within the thunderstorms. Heavy rain during the morning hours may drop the visibility at times. Also, watch for minor flooding on roads if you’re traveling around the area this morning. The showers will become more scattered during the afternoon as a warm front lift north of […]

  • Warm end to the weekend; winter storm to impact Midwest

    Areas of dense fog developed over central Indiana overnight and this morning. The fog will lift as the sun rises and wind speeds pick up! We are tracking an active weather pattern for the Indianapolis area this Sunday and early in the work week. Highs will be unseasonably mild Sunday afternoon before plummeting into the upper 20s by Tuesday! There is a winter storm over the Plains this Sunday morning and it will impact the weather in central Indiana. As […]

  • Mild through the weekend; rain and snow arrives late Sunday

    Light rain showers will travel over the state this morning and exit by midday. Rain totals have remained light across central Indiana with more than 0.3” falling in Indianapolis within a 24 hour period. If you plan on shopping for Small Business Saturday, you will want to have an umbrella nearby in the morning. The rain gear will likely not be needed this afternoon. The Old Oaken Bucket game kicks off at noon and drier weather conditions will briefly build […]

  • Quiet weather for Thanksgiving Day; tracking next round of rain

    Happy Thanksgiving! We are starting the holiday with temperatures in the upper 20s and lower 30s across central Indiana! Wind chills have dropped near 20° in the Indianapolis area. Runners participating in the Drumstick Dash or other Thanksgiving Day 5Ks will want to wear layers while waiting for the race to start! Higher pressure over the Mid-South will provide Indiana with dry weather today. A partly cloudy to mostly sunny sky is expected this afternoon. Temperatures will become more seasonal […]

  • Warming trend begins today; staying dry through Thanksgiving

    We are starting off this Wednesday morning with a mostly clear sky and areas of frost. A heavy coat will be needed today! Temperatures will drop into the mid-20s and the southwesterly breeze will create wind chills in the teens. Today will be a big travel day for the holiday weekend and the weather is going to be quiet across the state. The mostly clear skies will become partly sunny this afternoon because of a “dry” cold front. The boundary […]

  • Ending the weekend with light rain and snow

    It is another dry and overcast morning in the Indianapolis area with light snow showers in northern Indiana! Some snow is sticking to the ground within Kosciusko, St. Joe and Elkhart counties. Totals are light and generally below an inch at 8 AM. The precipitation will turn into a wintry mix in the northern half of the state through the morning, then turn over to light rain this afternoon. Skies will stay cloudy through the afternoon and there is going […]

  • Winter-like weather through the weekend; spotty showers possible

    Central Indiana is setting up for a winter-like weather pattern through the weekend. Temperatures will remain below average with a chance for rain both days. Our northernmost counties even saw a few snowflakes on Sunday morning. Saturday offered overcast skies and light rain as the storm system approached the state.  A snow/rain mix was possible in the north as temperatures fell through the evening hours. FOX Futurecast showed a band of snow setting up north of Lafayette and Peru overnight […]

  • November 17, 2013 – Indiana’s second largest tornado outbreak

    Today marks the five year anniversary for Indiana’s second largest tornado outbreak (Largest IN tornado outbreak was on June 2, 1990 with 37 tornadoes). We look back on the destruction left behind by the 30 tornadoes that traveled over the state that day. Many remember the EF-2 tornado that damaged the gymnasium at Southwestern Middle School, or how an EF-3 tornado ripped through a business south of Lafayette. It was an unseasonably warm Sunday as temperatures surged into the 60s […]

  • Quiet end to the weekend; tracking snow early in the week

    Happy Veterans Day! Today’s temperatures will be an improvement from Saturday, when highs struggled to rise into the mid-30s. Temperatures on Saturday were nearly 20 degrees below average for mid- November! Central Indiana is starting off the day with temperatures in the lower to mid-20s under a partly cloudy sky. There is going to be a nice mix of sunshine and cloud cover in the day ahead. It is game day for the Indianapolis Colts! The team is home this […]