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
  • Continued dry and quiet; wet end to workweek!

    A mix of sun and clouds to start our Wednesday morning, while temperatures hold in the lower 20s. A quiet day ahead with light winds and milder air. This should be the best day of the week…enjoy! Tonight, cloudy skies thicken as dry weather holds throughout the state. Lows tonight will drop down into the upper 20s, not as chilly. Back to cloudiness the next few days, while rain chances increase Thursday evening and intensify into Friday morning. As I […]

  • Early snow ending, eyeing another wintry mix to end the workweek!

    Flurries are falling early this morning but should wind down by mid-morning! Expect a light dusting in a few spots, mainly on elevated surfaces, as most roads should be just fine. The snow chances will end, as high pressure (ridging) pushes into the state through late morning. Expect increasing sunshine by the afternoon, along with light winds. This should make for a fairly nice day with highs in the lower 30s. Skies will remain clear tonight and lows will drop […]

  • Bitter open to workweek, brighter days ahead!

    Skies are mainly cloudy to start the morning, while limited flurries fly around. Early temperatures will begin in the middle teens, as wind chills hover near 0° in many locations. Expect some sunshine at times today and less wind through the afternoon. Still quite cold but not as harsh as Sunday! Wind speeds will range between 5 to 10 mph from the northwest. Clearing skies later tonight, as high pressure builds in from the western Great Lakes Region. This will […]

  • Tracking messy open to weekend, Winter Weather Advisory starts tonight!

    All is dry to begin our Friday morning out-the-door! Although quite cold, in fact, the coldest morning since December 20, roads are dry! We may enjoy some limited sunshine in the early hours after sunrise before turning overcast and breezy this afternoon. Highs will struggle and this could be end of our mild stretch of consecutive days above average. This evening, a WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY will go into effect starting at 7 p.m.! The updated map now includes Indianapolis and […]

  • Sunshine rolls, dry too… spring-like storm arrives Saturday!

    Skies are clear and another cold start to your morning! For the fourth straight day, an abundance of sunshine will be available through the day, as dry weather holds! A cold front snuck through the area overnight and will bring a change in the wind flow today, along with a slight pullback in our temperatures. Afternoon highs will climb into the middle to upper 30s. Clear skies tonight and a bright start expected for your Thursday morning. Clouds will begin […]

  • Mild January rolls on…rain chances rise in the days ahead!

    A dry, quiet and not overly cold start to your Tuesday morning! A few more additional clouds will be in the mix today, while winds increase from the west-southwest at 12-18 mph. This will add a coolness to the air but highs should still reach the lower 40s by 3pm. Skies will clear overnight and temperatures will be colder to start your Wednesday morning, in the lower 20’s (cold front passage). Tomorrow brings plenty of sunshine, slightly cooler air, and, […]

  • Dry stretch holding with sun; flooding concerns by the weekend!

    Skies are mainly clear, winds not as gusty and roads remain dry to begin our Monday. Expect a nice, bright start to the day but still chilly enough to have the heavier gear. High pressure (stable air) builds in through the day and lighter southwest winds should help to move the thermometer back into the lower 40s, marking our 18th day, in a row, above average. Tonight, scattered clouds and dry weather holds, as we settle back down into the […]

  • Rain to snow by Saturday as colder air returns!

    Areas of rain will continue off and on through the day, as temperatures remain mild for early January! Although it will not rain all day…cloudy skies and patchy drizzle will pass through at times keeping it a bit unsettled. Additional showers will build back in this evening, as another cold front approaches the state. Showers overnight will gradually changeover to pockets of light snow by sunrise, while colder air begins to work in. Considering lack of moisture and relatively warm […]

  • Mildness holds as rain chances rise through the evening! Snowy Saturday?

    A dry, milder start to begin our Thursday morning! Coats will be needed out-the-door, but no need for that umbrella just yet. We will enjoy early sunshine while thicker clouds should hold off until the afternoon. On breezy, southwest winds, temperatures will climb into the lower 50s, nearly 20° above the seasonal average. Shower chances will creep up from the south during the late afternoon and likely to arrive downtown around the rush hour in spots! Expect steadier rain this […]

  • 2020 opens sunny and pleasant; turns sloppy into the weekend!

    After several cloudy days…sunshine is back for your Wednesday, as we start a new year! Although a touch chilly at sunrise, lighter wind and ample sunshine through the day should bring our afternoon highs back into the middle 40’s. This will make for a pleasant afternoon and great for travel across the state. Thursday (tomorrow) will bring an increase in clouds through the day and eventually spotty showers by the evening. First beginning in the south and moving north through […]

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