The sunshine was abundant, the wind was light and here on this Friday, we achieved 2015′s highest temp…so far.
Friday’s high temp was the highest we’ve seen in 2015.
Get ready for a wonderful Saturday with temps in a similar range. Today’s high of 77° marks the 3rd time this year we’ve hit a high of 70° or above.
You should enjoy Saturday’s sunshine and dry weather because things change Sunday. The clouds will be back and more rain comes to the area. The rain starts in the morning and continues during the afternoon and evening, becoming more scattered as the day goes along.
Rain arrives Sunday morning
Continues during the afternoon
Scattered by evening
While we’ve experienced some periods of rain on a number of days this week (Monday, Wednesday and Thursday), the daily rain on these dates has been below our typical daily April rainfall value (.12″). That’s why the whole week appears as brown below. With 17 April days in the books, we currently sit at just over a half-inch below average in terms of monthly rainfall. This weekend’s rain could level the playing field – a half inch to an inch of rainfall is possible on Sunday.
We’ve been drier than average all week, despite some occasional rounds of rain.
Two signs of spring have come back into view in your Live Doppler 15 Fury Forecast: the UV index and Allergy Report.
For Friday, the UV Index registers as “High” with a value of 7. We’ll have barely a cloud out there and, thus, LOTS of sunshine. In comparison, Thursday’s UV Index was only 2, considered low. So, if you’ll be outside for an extended stretch of time on Friday, make sure to protect your skin with sunscreen. You can read more about the UV Index scale here.
It may only be spring, but the sunlight’s powerful enough to cause sunburn and skin damage.
With budding and blooming beginning, thanks to the warmer weather and increased daylight, common seasonal allergens are showing up in the air. Right now, though, these remain at low levels.
Some scattered clouds will remain in the sky during the day Wednesday, but these clouds will still be thin enough to allow glimmers of sunshine to shine through.
The difference in pressure between the unsettled weather to our south and the calm weather we’ve been experiencing here will cause winds to pick up in speed on Wednesday. Expect breezes from the east at 5-15 mph, gusting up to 25 mph at times, through the day and into the night.
Winds pick up during the day
Winds remain strong into night
By nighttime, the amount of clouds will significantly increase as the scattered rain that’s been hanging out to the south will make its move north, affecting us from late night into Thursday morning with additional scattered rain expected during the day Thursday.
Scattered rain begins late Wed/early Thu
Continues during Thu AM commute
On/off rain through the day
Sctd. rain still lingers Thu night
You should get used to having the umbrella on hand because periods of rain remain in the forecast from Friday through Monday. Stay tuned for updates.
After some recent warm, spring days, I know many of you are “itching” to get into your gardens. In fact, I’ve already fielded a couple questions about our weather and when it’s safe to plant things without worries for frost and freeze conditions.
Although our latest 7-day forecast shows mid-April conditions that are significantly above the freezing mark during the upcoming nights, you should know that frost and freeze conditions remain possible throughout the entire month of April and into May.
Based on climate data from 1980-2010, the median date for the last 32° freeze is between April 21-30. Keep in mind since we’re talking about the median date, a freeze after this point is definitely not out of the question.
Common wisdom around these parts identifies Mother’s Day weekend (May 9-10 this year) as a good planting time. Growing up, though, we often used Memorial Day (May 25 this year) as a guide – that is likely to be a better bet.
Double check with your garden center as to how hardy your plants are that you wish to put in the ground…different plants can withstand different conditions. And, if you do plant soon, be sure to tune in to your Live Doppler 15 Fury Forecast for any frost/freeze alerts to see if you need to cover up and protect your plants from the cold air.
A cool front is on the way for Monday and, as it passes through during the day, it will bring not only a mostly cloudy sky but, also, the potential for scattered rain and a few thunderstorms.
This incoming weather system, in today’s model runs, is looking to be slower in moving through the area on Monday…so, instead of the system breezing through and being out of here by early afternoon, the rain/storm potential will linger into the evening. In fact, the best rain potential doesn’t arrive until we get into the afternoon.
Mostly cloudy morning, but some glimpses of sun
Rain arrives NW of Fort Wayne early afternoon
Rain/storms sink SE through area
Rain clears region by late evening
Out ahead of this system, southwesterly winds will blow in strongly, sustained to 20 mph and gusting to 30 mph, and these warm winds will boost our highs to the 70° mark. Behind the front, our winds will shift, becoming northwesterly during the evening. The thick cloud cover will clear and nighttime temps will fall to around 40° by Tuesday morning.
Note the cooler air NW of Fort Wayne that moves in after the day’s rain passes through.
Although, the TinCaps were scheduled to begin their season on the road this past week, all of their games ended up getting postponed due to rain and wet grounds. So, Sunday’s home opener will also be their season opener and, boy, what great weather you will have to enjoy if you’re going to the game.
You can expect sunshine, some scattered clouds and highs in the upper 60s. The winds will be breezy, at times, but, coming out of the south, these breezes will bring pleasant springtime warmth!
Rob previewed the TinCaps forecast last night and I’m pleased to provide this update that continues to call for great game-time weather:
Saturday’s eclipse won’t last long, only 5 minutes of total eclipse, and it will occur at dawn – meaning the brighter it gets at daybreak, the harder the eclipse will be to see. Don’t forget, sunrise is now at 7:20 am. NASA says this is the “shortest lunar eclipse of the century”.
Around here in northeast Indiana and northwest Ohio, you have the best chance of catching the eclipse in action when the partial eclipse begins at 6:16 am and soon thereafter.
You’ll know the eclipse is underway when you see a shadow coming across the moon. The shadow seen on the moon is the shadow of the Earth – coming from the sun shining on our planet. The moon can take on a reddish appearance during the eclipse. This is called a “blood moon” and happens when the Earth blocks the sun’s rays from reaching the moon directly and, instead, the rays are scattered around it.
Heads-up…widespread rain and t-storms coming Thursday. Be alert for isolated severe weather developing.
Thursday storm potential
Scattered rain and storms become possible by Thursday morning, in advance of the primary system (a cold front) crossing the region during the afternoon and evening. While rain and thunder are possible starting early in the day, our highest potential for strong (and, perhaps, a few severe storms) will come from the afternoon/evening storm activity. By late evening Thursday (9 pm and after), this round of rain and storms will be over. Additional periods of rain will arrive on Friday.
Rain starts to scatter in during morning
Rain/storms still scattered at noon
Evening line of rain/storms expected
Storms clear area by 9 PM
The biggest storm threats we have across the area on Thursday are gusty, damaging winds and hail.