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
  • Summertime heat continues, rainfall still lacking

    Skies are mainly clear and dew points have dropped…allowing for a great, less humid start! Expect a fantastic morning with bright sunshine and temperatures hovering in the middle 60s. Ample sun and a warm dome overhead, along with dry soil, should aid in another day of unseasonably warm, summer-like temperatures. Afternoon readings will reach the upper 80s in many locations with winds from the northeast at 5-10 mph. An average high this time of the year for downtown Indianapolis is […]

  • Heating back up! Rain chances remain elusive…

    A few weak showers overnight (downstate) are now fading away and plenty of sunshine will get underway at sunrise (7:27 am). Hazy sunshine will be with us through the day and temperatures will rise back into the upper 80’s, nearly 10° above seasonal average! A random shower may pop-up through the day but many will stay day. This lack of rainfall is noticeable with Indianapolis now running -1.55″ below average for the month. This week will be another long, hot […]

  • Spotty storms bring a quick break from the heat!

    Good Friday morning! A great start out-the-door under clear skies and mild temperatures, with no jacket needed! Hazy sunshine and hot weather again in the forecast today, while winds increase from the southwest at 10-20 mph. Today could mark our 4th straight 90° day (22nd of the summer), unusually hot for this time of the year! A cold front will be moving in this afternoon between 2:00 and 6:00 pm. This front should produce some spotty storms and quickly move […]

  • More heat, more humidity with limited storm chances

    Another hot day ahead under a mix of sun and clouds. After reaching 92° on Tuesday, likely another 90° day is on its way! The pattern is a touch more unsettled today, so added clouds and a slight storm chance will exist with the sagging of a boundary across northern Indiana. This could prompt a few storms (20%) to develop MAINLY NORTH of downtown for the afternoon, in the peak heating of the day. Any storms will weaken by the […]

  • Summer’s heat is back; limited storm chances through Friday!

    Plenty of sunshine and heat on the way for today! As the hot dome builds in, accompanied with a southwest wind, our afternoon highs should reach near 90° by 5:00 pm. The hottest in nearly 3 weeks (August 19th)! Dew points are climbing too, so the sticky factor will be felt too! Tonight will continue warm with scattered clouds around, while winds remain from the southwest. More heat on the way for our Wednesday, as a few storms enter the […]

  • Quiet open to the week; hotter days bring the 90s back

    A dry start this morning under partly cloudy skies with only a touch of haze. The morning rush hour should remain uneventful, minus the road construction and closures. This afternoon, expect a mix of sun and clouds, plus a southeasterly wind which should help to move our temperatures into the lower 80s. Shower chances remain VERY limited for today and whatever falls should be mainly north of downtown. Skies clear tonight and the heat begins to build on Tuesday. Near […]

  • Weak front brings small shower chances; Dorian still pounding East Coast!

    Mainly clear skies to start your Friday morning, while temperatures hold in the upper 50s. Another great start underway! Clouds will slowly increase through the day, as a weak cold front slides across Indiana. Our shower chances will be small and very limited. Expect most areas to remain dry as temperatures warm to near 80°. Tonight skies will clear a bit as temperatures settle into the lower 60s. A mix of sun and clouds for your Saturday and slightly cooler […]

  • Drop in humidity and temperatures; Dorian remains a major threat for the Carolinas!

    The passage of a cold front this morning is clearing the skies and taking any rain chances with it! For now, we are done with any shower activity and dew points will begin to drop through the afternoon, marking a great day. Plenty of sunshine and a light, northwest wind will make for a comfortable afternoon and evening to be outdoors. Skies will clear tonight and temperatures will cool into the middle 50’s. Plenty of sunshine on the way for […]

  • Storm threat tonight, some possibly severe! Hurricane Dorian remains offshore of Florida

    Patchy fog around to begin our Tuesday morning while temperatures hold in the middle 60s. Another bright day ahead with sunshine and gusty southwest winds. This should help to boost our temperatures back into the middle to upper 80s by 5 p.m., marking the warmest day of the week! An approaching cold front will arrive later tonight and could bring a threat of strong to severe thunderstorms for the state. At this time, it appears the greatest threat will be […]

  • Labor Day forecast brings rain chances; Hurricane Dorian continues to strengthen!

    A cloudier start this Friday morning, as a cold front is on the move across the state! Along with additional clouds, muggier (higher dew points) air has returned too, with temperatures now hovering in the upper 60s. Most of today will be dry but a stray shower will be possible as the front moves slowly south. The greatest threat of rain or a storm will be late this afternoon (between 4-7 p.m.) and mainly south of the city, where the […]

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