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
  • Sharp cold front arrives Saturday afternoon; a taste of winter, windy too!

    Mostly clear skies and chilly temperatures to start your Friday morning, and a coat is still needed. Roads look great and the radar remains quite dry. Clouds will begin to slowly increase by early afternoon and a shower chance will follow by the evening. Rain chances remain low and widely scattered, while southwest winds will keep our temperatures relatively mild for tonight. The Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk on Saturday morning will be dry and very pleasant with sunshine and […]

  • Pick of the week! Timing next rain chance and possible snow mix

    Clear skies, light winds and dry air are allowing temperatures to “bottom out” this Thursday morning! Another frosty start underway, as a freeze warning is in effect until 9 a.m. Bright sunshine and light winds all day should help to boost our temperatures into the upper 50s, marking the warmest of the week so far! Enjoy… Friday starts sunny but clouds will be increasing by the afternoon while temperatures climb on a breezy, southwest wind. Eventually, a FEW showers will […]

  • Pattern remains cool but dry; no sign just yet of a warm-up

    Skies are clear and temperatures remain on the chilly side to begin your Wednesday morning! Another bright, sunny day expected with temperatures still running 10-12 degrees below the seasonal average of 65 degrees. The passage of a cold front around 10 a.m. will drag in slightly cooler air for the afternoon, along with some gusty, northwest winds! This stubborn, cooler pattern is holding steady with little give, but at least the rain chances are small for the days ahead and […]

  • Coldest start in 6 months…dry weather holding with sunshine back!

    Clear skies and light winds have allowed our temperatures to drop quickly overnight! We are staring at the coldest start in nearly 6 months, since April 29th, when our temperature dropped to 30-degrees (a record low). After some patchy frost, expect plenty of sunshine through the afternoon while temperatures slowly recover into the middle 50’s. Freezing warnings and frost advisories remain in effect until 9am. Keep in mind, it will be a little breezy this afternoon, so an added chill […]

  • Tracking early showers; temperatures running well below seasonal average!

    Areas of rain on Live Guardian Radar to start your Monday. This rain will be with us through mid-morning and ease slowly east of downtown by noon, if not, earlier! A passing cold front will push rain out of the state by the afternoon, while moving our temperatures downward. Afternoon temperatures will hold in the upper 40s to lower 50s, as sunshine builds in to end the day. After a hot open to October, temperatures have definitely shifted to a […]

  • Autumn air underway across the state; Michael still impacting southeast US!

    A colder start underway, across the state, under clearing skies and breezy northwest winds! Autumn is here and staying with us right through the weekend. The official high today has already been reached just after midnight (63-degrees) and most of the day will have us hanging in the middle 50’s under partly sunny skies. Time to grab the heavier coat, as it will be needed most of the day! Shower chances return Friday evening, as a another quick moving front […]

  • Catastrophic hurricane within hours from landfall in Florida; rain and storms arrive in Indiana!

    A lot to talk about this morning from rain here returning, a sharp change in our temperatures and hurricane Michael as a category 4 bearing down on Florida! Hurricane Michael was upgraded to a category 4 overnight and remains very well organized and DANGEROUS, which means parts of Florida will experience a heavy, if not a devastating, blow today and into tonight. The threat of flooding, wind damage, power outages, tornadoes and loss of life are all on the table […]

  • Hot days coming to an end; major hurricane to impact Florida!

    Busy couple of days ahead with warmth ending, storms arriving and a major hurricane making landfall! First things first, another near record high day ahead with sunshine, mugginess and afternoon readings reaching the upper 80’s in most locations. The record high today is 88-degrees set back in 1939, our forecast today calls for a high of 86-degrees, close but no dice. Just the slightest shower chance this afternoon too (5%) with better chances arriving tomorrow (Wednesday) along the front. This […]

  • Nearing record warmth; huge shift to colder late week!

    Hot weather rolling on to open a new workweek! Near record heat on the way this afternoon and Tuesday…currently, morning lows are already above the AFTERNOON seasonal high of 68-degrees! Plenty of sunshine and dry weather will hold through Tuesday afternoon before a cold front arrives midweek! We are one week into October and Indianapolis is running 14.4 degrees above average…autumn remains on hold!?! Rainfall and some storms are to arrive midweek (Wednesday) along a sharper cold front. This cold […]

  • Spotty storms around today; turning hotter this weekend!

    Tracking showers and storms at this hour across northwestern Indiana. Spotty storms will be in the mix for this morning and afternoon but expect plenty of dry hours too! It appears the greatest threat of rain or storms will remain for the northern half of state (including Indianapolis). With the passage of a warm front, warmth will steadily build and really drive our afternoon highs up today and this weekend. Limited storm chances for your Saturday with the steadiest likely […]