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
  • Humidity and heat take a break, along with rain chances!

    The cold front has cleared the state, while rain and storm chances have now come to an end! The cooler air is lagging behind by a few hours, so mugginess continues this morning, along with milder temperatures. Through the day, we will slowly transition into drier air (lower dew points), as the winds increase from the northwest. With sunshine expected all day, afternoon highs should reach the middle to upper 80’s. Tonight will be fantastic, under clearing skies and cooler […]

  • 90’s heat breaks…shot of cooler air for midweek!

    Warm and muggy conditions remain in place for now, as a cold front sits just north of Indiana! Expect another hot day before this front arrives, while the heat index pushes 90°+ at times. Eventually, storms will develop and push southeast. Not expecting anything too severe but like Sunday, a few storms may put down heavy rainfall totals in some very confined spots with embedded lightning. Rainfall still needed in many locations and this is the greatest shot until Saturday. […]

  • Heating up for the weekend…the hottest of 2018 so far!?!

    Sunshine will greet you this morning and last through the entire day, while temperatures return to the upper 80’s by late afternoon. Humidity and dew points remain low and comfortable, so even though it will be very warm, the mugginess holds off for one more day. Hotter and more humid conditions begin to build in on Friday! Sunshine will still be dominant and the “feels like” temperatures will push us into the middle 90’s. Rain remains absent across the state […]

  • Best of the week before 90’s return this weekend! Rain chances remain absent…

    Good morning! Skies overhead are clearing and temperatures are cooling slowly to start this morning. Along with slightly cooler temperatures, our dew points are dropping, as the air is drying out (mugginess relief). Plenty of sunshine will rule the day and afternoon readings will be very seasonal in the middle 80’s, compared to the 90’s, as of late. This will be your pick of the week! Thursday will remain pleasant but a little warmer by the afternoon. Another warming trend […]

  • 90’s hold today as weak storm chances develop this afternoon!

    Skies are clear, winds are light and temperatures out-the-door remain comfortable for this Tuesday morning. Plenty of sunshine will greet us at sunrise and hot weather is expected again today, as 90’s strike again. An approaching (weak) cool front with the combination of today’s heat and humid conditions should be enough to pop a few storms through the afternoon and early evening. Best chances will be from Indianapolis and especially points east. Slightly cooler, less humid air to drop in […]

  • Heat creeping back in but storm chances remain limited!

    Sunshine continues to hold and a return flow from the south will aid in boosting our temperatures back into the 90’s this afternoon. This will mark our (18th) 90° day this summer, along with another very high UV index. Dry weather should hold today before a dying cool front drops in on Tuesday. More heat on Tuesday and higher dew points will bring a slight chance of storms tomorrow afternoon and a return to lessor humid air on Wednesday. Storm […]

  • Hot streak takes a break…best weekend of summer on the way!

    Skies are clearing, temperatures are cooling and storm chances have ended! This will be the pick of the week, along with a picture perfect evening ahead. The most noticeable change will be the drop in our dew points. The air will be incredibly comfortable by this afternoon, while winds freshen from the northeast. This is a great way to end a week of spotty storms and 90° heat. Be sure to step out this evening and notice the comfortable changes. […]

  • 90° heat and storms on the way today before a refreshing change…

    Steamy start out-the-door, as temperatures hover in the upper 70s and haze lingers across the Indianapolis skyline. Storm threat will be rising this afternoon, as temperatures rapidly heat into the lower 90s! Another HEAT ADVISORY underway too, as the heat indices push into the lower 100s. We will sweat it out again, and storm chances appear likely for about 50% of our viewing area, starting around 1 p.m. or 1:30 p.m. Some heavy downpours, lightning and wind gusts will accompany […]

  • Hot stretch rolls for the holiday with afternoon storms around…

    Good morning and Happy 4th of July! It appears another hot one is on the way today with high dew points, plenty of sunshine and scattered storms redeveloping. Mother nature will provide its own fireworks this afternoon and a heat advisory will once again begin at noon today. Much like days prior, storms will be spotty and provide cooler temperatures, heavy downpours and sporadic lightning for selected areas. Storms will die off in the evening, as the heat ebbs and […]

  • 90° heat rolls on; new heat advisory for this afternoon!

    Hazy sunshine, hot temperatures and spotty storms will be in the mix today! At least this morning remains mild and muggy AND dry for the morning rush. Sunshine will heat things up quickly and higher dew points will create a very tough, stuffy afternoon for outdoor activities. The heat index for our area will range between 95° to 100°, as storms develop in the peak heating (2 p.m. through 6 p.m.). Any storms will produce healthier gusts, lightning and torrential […]