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
  • Spotty storms this afternoon; hot weather building for Saturday!

    After a rough and tumble Thursday, as storms blew through the state! Drier conditions are working back in at this hour. Expect a warm and damp start out-the-door as showers are now moving into Ohio. Plenty of dry time expected today with a few storms re-firing late afternoon (30%). Other than a few storms, warmer, muggy conditions will continue to build in. Highs this afternoon will hit the lower 80s, likely marking the warmest of 2019 until tomorrow! This evening […]

  • Warming trend gets underway… hot temperatures for the weekend!

    Skies are clear and temperatures have cooled in the overnight! Some patchy fog is around but nothing too thick to cause concern. Expect a bright sunrise and sunshine to hold all day long! This will be great day and the beginning of a warming trend for Indiana. Afternoon highs will reach the upper 60s and the winds will be relatively light from the west at 5-10 mph. Practice begins out at IMS and the Indy Indians are back home, no […]

  • Gloomy start to the week, sunshine will return tomorrow along with boost in temperatures

    Overcast, damp and unsettled to begin to your Monday with passing showers through the day, steadiest early! This cooler pattern is lingering for one more day, until the upper-low FINALLY pulls east. Temperatures are running 10° to 15° below the seasonal average with highs in the upper 50s, normal is 72°! Skies will clear by late in the day and we could end the evening with some sunshine. Keep in mind, tonight, fog will develop and could be quite thick in […]

  • Cooler pattern emerges…rainy at times this weekend!

    The cold front has passed through the state and cooler temperatures are settling into the area! Currently, we are running 20° colder out-the-door this morning. A few showers linger this morning but drier air will continue to work in through the morning and afternoon. Eventually, some sunshine will work in and highs should reach into the lower 60’s. Cool but at least dry to end the workweek! Saturday will start chilly and dry! Clouds will quickly increase by mid to […]

  • Remains mild with weak shower chances; cooler pattern for the weekend!

    A mix of sun and clouds will be in the forecast today, as a cold front drapes itself across the state. With the front in the area, weak shower chances will be around for today and tomorrow (Wednesday). Our best chances remain for tonight and into the early morning hours of tomorrow. This front will add some extra clouds at times, so not as sunny, but just as mild. DO NOT ALTER OUTDOOR PLANS TODAY!!! Thursday remains our best chances of […]

  • Pick of the week! Showers and another cool-down on the way

    Cool, clear start for most people out-the-door! Plenty of sunshine on the way today, while we warm steadily into the middle to upper 70s this afternoon. Should be a fantastic day and the “pick of the week!” Spotty showers begin their return on Tuesday and will remain unsettled through Thursday night. A few storms may impact us too through the week but nothing overly severe jumps out at this time. The weather pattern will cool by Friday and into the weekend. […]

  • Warmer, more humid air has arrived! Rain threat remains into the weekend…

    We finished the month of April with above average precipitation across central Indiana. Indianapolis received nearly five inches of rainfall (4.96”), which is more than one inch (1.15”) above average for the month. Since March 1, nearly 10 inches of rain has fallen in Indianapolis with almost 11 inches in the Bloomington area! May is the wettest month of the year for Indianapolis with an average precipitation total at 5.05”. Based on the monthly outlook released by the Climate Prediction […]

  • Dodging showers while temperatures warm; Saturday’s mini still calling for some showers!

    Cloudy skies remain heavily intact across the state, while showers remain weak but around. Not as cool, out-the-door, and mainly dry to begin your morning rush. Much like yesterday (Monday), dry hours will be expected and enjoyed today, while temperatures remain seasonal, nearing 70° by 5 pm. This afternoon, will likely bring our best chance of showers for your hometown, around 30% for our viewing area. Warmest of the week on the way tomorrow (Wednesday) on gusty southwest winds! Spotty […]

  • Warmer, more humid weather on the way as we dodge rain and storms through the week!

    The unsettled pattern continues with heavy clouds and spotty showers in the mix today! Although showers and a few storms will pass across the state, plenty of dry time will be in the mix for some too, especially southern half. Southwest winds will become steady, as well, helping to move our temperatures back to seasonal levels of 68°, south of I-70, 70s will be likely by 5:00 pm. The Indy Indians are back home again, for a long home stretch, and […]

  • Dry weather back for your Sunday! Unsettled weather returns tomorrow; busy pattern remains!

    It’s a cloudy start to your Sunday, but drier air is working in! This will eventually bring us sunshine by the afternoon for central Indiana. Out-the-door temperatures are holding in the upper 30’s now and wind chills are in the lower 30’s. Not a great start to the day but at least its dry. As sunshine works in this afternoon, highs should reach to near 60° by 5:00 p.m. and yard-work will be possible for you all day! Additional rain […]

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