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
  • Tracking steadier rain, fog and the best of the week tomorrow!

    Light drizzle and fog continue to hamper the state this morning while temperatures hover near the 32° mark! Overall, roads look damp but not icy, and most of the rush hour should be fairly solid. Today will bring additional, steadier showers this afternoon as a new wave swings across the state! Rainfall totals should be under .10″ in most locations, but the clouds and rain will keep our temperatures again below the seasonal average of 51°. Our 9th day in […]

  • Remains cloudy and cool…warm-up still on track!

    Patchy light drizzle and freezing drizzle continues to be monitored but really lacking on Live Guardian Radar. Overall roads are dry to lightly damp in spots but not icy! We will continue to watch over the next few hours, through the rush hour for any issues. Plenty of dry time this afternoon, but also, rather cloudy and cooler than normal…something we have grown accustom to these past 7 days! Winds will remain light from the southwest, limiting any real wind […]

  • A new record low this morning…bitter cold remains intact for now!

    We have set a new record low this morning, one that stood for 108 years! Along with the harsh conditions, wind chills are in the subzero range and multiple school delays are underway. Expect partly sunny skies around today with a few passing flurries. Could see a brief snow shower in the northeastern corner of our viewing area. Bottom line, frigid with highs only reaching in the mid to lower 20’s, 30° below the seasonal average high! More record cold […]

  • Snow accumulation expected with slick conditions before record cold

    A transition from rain to snow will begin this afternoon, while temperatures fall into the middle 30s. Although snow will be falling, most will melt on contact to start, as roads temperatures are too warm and treatment will be laid down by DPW and INDOT (130 trucks total). By the evening rush hour, snow will still be falling and temperatures will cool below 32°. This should allow from some untreated roads to get slick and wind chills will drop in […]

  • Sunshine builds but cool! Arctic blast early next week?!

    Early rain is slowly winding down from north to south! Most rain should be ending by 9:00am, as sunshine slowly works in across our northern counties. By noon, sunshine will be enjoyed across most of our area, while temperatures slowly climb back to near 50°. Winds will be a touch brisk, but the increase in sunshine will be welcomed through the afternoon. Wednesday will bring another dry and rather quiet day, under a mix of clouds and sun, while temperatures […]

  • Quiet open to the week! A few late-day showers possible

    Expect a blend of sun and clouds for today. Clouds will be thickening through the afternoon, along an approaching cold front! Breezy winds will hold from the southwest and should help to move the thermometer into the middle 50s by late afternoon (slightly below the seasonal average of 58°). Highs today will range between 53-56° for central Indiana. The cold front will arrive by late afternoon and through the evening. This front will spark a few isolated showers and a […]

  • Rain chances go up, temperatures go WAY down!

    Cloudy skies are back in Indiana as a cold front approaches from the west! It will be a cooler day ahead as the front passes around midday. This could spark a few limited showers but most areas will remain dry. The afternoon high will likely be reached between noon to 1pm around 58°, then slide through the evening. Rain chances begin to ramp back up by sunrise tomorrow (Wednesday) and should be with us through the day, heavy at times. With the […]

  • Best of the week! Colder shift by Halloween…

    Patchy fog in spots or haze should be expected out-the-door this morning! Nothing too thick but certainly something we will monitor until 9:00am. After the fog, plenty of sunshine is expected through the day and this will mark the warmest, best of the week! On light southwest winds, afternoon temperatures should climb into the upper 60s. Dry weather will hold through tonight, so be sure to knock out some yardwork before changes later this week! Tuesday will bring an increase in […]

  • Tracking heavy rain and storms for your Saturday…breezy too!

    This morning starts cloudy with a few, light passing showers. These showers will end early but clouds will hang tough for most of the day! With the clouds, plus, a northeast flow, temperatures this afternoon will hold in the 50’s. Overall, not a bad day but we’ve had better as of late. Tonight, expect mostly cloudy skies while temperatures slowly slip into the 40’s. It will be a dry night for high school football games, as well as, the Indy […]

  • Quiet to end workweek, wet Saturday shaping up for most of Indiana

    A cold front will slip quietly through the state today with a subtle wind shift from the northwest. The front should come through mainly dry. Any shower chances look weak and mostly concentrated for the southern 1/3 of Indiana by the evening! Not as sunny today, as thicker clouds will be around but still remaining seasonal for late October. Friday, more of the same, dry with a mix of sun and clouds but a bit cooler. Any plans Friday evening should be […]

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