Jim O’Brien has been covering the ups and downs of Indiana weather for 18 years, 8 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 Melissa and their two daughters.

Recent Articles
  • Cooler, less humid air returns for the next few days!

      Skies are clearing slowly from north to south, as high pressure builds in…a sign that stable (rain-free) air is returning, along with lower humidity!  Temperatures this morning are comfortable while holding in the middle 50s!  Plenty of sunshine today should make it an incredible day… This stretch of pleasant weather will hold through Saturday night before more rain and storms return on Sunday! Here is your extended forecast…  

  • Steamy Tuesday before severe threat returns tomorrow

    Drying out a bit today but the humidity is high and temperatures will crank back up, as sun builds in.  Summer’s feel is back for one day, as temperatures surge to the middle to upper 80’s in most locations!  One word:  STEAMY!                           There is a very limited shower/storm chance this afternoon, as another weak front sneaks through the state.  It appears any rain chance will be mainly […]

  • Storms fire up again this afternoon…better chance for downtown Indianapolis

    (May 29, 2014) – Heavy rain and storms raked the northern third of Indiana yesterday with torrential downpours, small hail, lightning and gusty winds.  Here is a look at some of the communities hit the hardest with rain: The boundary that prompted these storms Wednesday is now shifting south and will give better storm chances for Indianapolis, along I-70 and points south, starting after lunch. Here is a look of what it should look like by 3 p.m. today: High […]

  • Afternoon storms develop, as warm air remains intact

    (May 28, 2014) – Yesterday marked the warmest day, so far, of 2014! More heat expected today but better rain chances too by the afternoon…here is an example of what the radar might look like by 3 p.m. today: Today and tomorrow promise some rain chances but not all will see them…after that, expect the heat to build in (upper 80s) for the weekend with drier conditions. This is great news for graduation parties, weddings and IU baseball!  

  • Summer heat with spotty storms ahead

    (May 27, 2014) – Yesterday marked the third time this month we officially reached 84° in the city.  This is the hottest its been so far, but more than likely we will be beat that today, as more heat builds in! A couple of other notes on the heat: 1)  So far, May has produced seven 80-degree days!  2) Also, we have not had a month above average in the terms of temperatures since September of 2013 (eight months) and […]

  • Heat and humidity build…along with storm chances!

    Another beautiful start this morning for Memorial Day under mainly clear skies and comfortable temperatures…             Lots of dry, summer-like warmth headed our way this afternoon with only the slightest storm chances by late afternoon…Enjoy!               Storm chances will begin to increase tomorrow and on through Thursday afternoon, while heat remains to hold in the 80’s during the afternoon hours…Welcome to Summer!

  • Warming up as storm threat approaches

    (May 20, 2014) – A warmer start this morning expected with lots of sunshine and dry conditions…just about perfect!           Expect plenty of sunshine and temperatures this afternoon reaching the 80s on breezy southwest winds. Bottom-line–a great day ahead!           Storm threat ramps up tonight and will last through the evening hours of Wednesday, as a cold front slips through the entire state:           Beyond the severe threat…great […]

  • Warming up with a small chance for showers

    (May 19, 2014) – Another bright, cool start this morning!  If heading to the track again for more practice later the weather looks great.  Clouds will be increasing with just the slightest chance of a shower this afternoon.  Overall, I’d give today a B+ in terms of sky conditions, temperatures and weak shower threat!           The warm front passage tonight should bring us a burst of warmth tomorrow, as humidity climbs too!  Tuesday looks dry before […]

  • Severe thunderstorm warnings issued for central Indiana counties

    UPDATE (1:40 p.m.): Severe thunderstorm warnings issued for Hendricks, Marion and Morgan counties until 2:15 p.m. TRACKING RAIN AND STORMS THIS AFTERNOON Areas of rain and storms (just lightning) already knocking on Indiana’s western door this morning, with a heavier push of rain later today.  Temperatures are warm and should stay that way all day long.   I still think most of this morning is dry, at least for the city of Indianapolis.  Regardless, grab the umbrella because wetter hours are coming. […]

  • Very warm as storm threat remains…colder by end of week!

    Rain-soaked counties will get some relief this morning, as storms head east to Ohio!  Over the past 24 hours, rain totals ranging from 1″ to 3″ were quite impressive and scary at times!  Along with the rain, lightning, hail and strong gusts made for a busy night here in the FOX59 weather center and now the cleanup begins. A much quieter morning ahead as temperatures remain quite mild and storms are very limited.           It will […]

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