Tracking Tuesday Storms/Better Temps

June 24th, 2014 at 11:30 am by under Uncategorized

A cold front will bring increased rain chances and more comfortable temps to the Valley today.

Today: Sct’d thundershowers will be likely through this afternoon with an otherwise mostly cloudy sky. Rain chances begin to dwindle after 5 p.m. EDT. Daytime highs only reach near 80 with the winds shifting from the south to the northwest. Relief from the recent stretch of above average temperatures!

Futurecast 1

Tonight: Showers exit and skies turn partly cloudy through the overnight. As winds shift from the northwest on the backside of a cold front, it will begin to feel more comfortable. Low: 66°.

Futurecast 2

Tomorrow: Wednesday will be a mainly dry day with partly cloudy skies. Only a slight chance of stray afternoon showers. Highs in the middle 80s.

Futurecast 3

Extended Outlook: More widespread rain returns Thursday as a secondary cold front looks to push through. Enjoy a break from the high heat! High temps will be in the low to middle 80s through Friday. That is right where we should be this time of year with an average high of 86°. We get back into the upper 80s by this weekend.

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First day of summer…temperatures are right on target.

June 21st, 2014 at 7:36 pm by under Weather


The start of our astronomical summer kicked off at 6:51 AM this morning and it has looked great through the day. Although we’ve already seen summer conditions today was the official start!


Temperatures for our first day of summer have been just around our 30 year average for this time of year. Highs today topping off in the mid to upper 80s and it’s just been a warm, sunny summer day.


Here is a look ahead though…Rainy unsettled summer weather sets up for the new week.7day621



June 10th, 2014 at 3:37 pm by under Weather, WTHI Blog


 This map shows what is causing us to have showers and thundershowers. And, with plenty of moisture from the Gulf of Mexico, we can’t rule out the possibility of heavy rain at times.  The low pressure you see in Illinois will gradually move up into Indiana, but our chances of rain will continue through at least Wednesday night.


June 10th, 2014 at 2:43 pm by under Kevin Orpurt's Blog

NOAA, who operates our weather satellites, recently announced that one of our polar-orbiting weather satellites will be shut down.  Such satellites usually have an average life span of 3 to 5 years, but this one has lasted more than 13 years.  During that time it has helped us track winter storms, severe thunderstorms, hurricanes and much more.  It has orbited 70,655 times, amounting to a total of 2.1 billion miles.  There are still weather satellites up there, so we’re covered, but losing one is never good.


June 6th, 2014 at 4:38 pm by under Kevin Orpurt's Blog, Weather, WTHI Blog

Here is an excellent link explaining how important a role weather played in the execution of D-Day.

Wednesday Severe Storm Potenial

June 3rd, 2014 at 11:30 am by under Weather, WTHI Blog

A tricky storm forecast is setting up for Wednesday with multiple storm “complexes” possibly impacting the Wabash Valley.

Round 1: The first is developing to our west today will move southeast into our furtherest west Illinois counties during the very early morning hours on Wednesday. If it holds together, we could see severe storms throughout the Valley.

Timing: 4 a.m. – 8 a.m. EDT

Threat:  Damaging wind gusts and heavy rain

 severe risk 1 Futurecast 1 Futurecast 2

Round 2: Depending on where the first complex of storms fizzles out and if the atmosphere recovers, a second complex of storms could redevelop and intensify Wednesday afternoon.  The exact timing and positioning is rather uncertain at this time because a lot depends on the first storm system.

Timing: Approx. 2 p.m. – 8 p.m. EDT

Threat: Damaging wind gusts, large hail, heavy rain (1-2″ with isolated spots up to 3″), flash flooding and rotating thunderstorms

 severe risk 2 Futurecast 3Futurecast 4

Thunderstorms will push out Wednesday evening and quiet conditions return for Thursday and Friday.

Stayed tuned to Storm Team 10 for the very latest on the changing weather situation through tomorrow evening.

Protect your iPhone from hackers

May 30th, 2014 at 7:29 pm by under Gadget Talk, WTHI Blog

Hackers are making their way to iPhones…kind of.

This trend started in Australia, and is now making its way to the United States.

Here is what’s happening…

Hackers have gained passwords to some iCloud accounts. iCloud is the service Apple uses to keep all of your photos, documents and music in the cloud. (stored on-line) One other ironic key feature Apple uses iCloud to help protect your phone from getting stolen.

Hackers are gaining access to the Find my iPhone feature. After they gain access they are locking iPhones, demanding $50 to be PayPal’ed to them before they actually let you regain access. In the meantime, in theory, you wouldn’t be able to use your phone.

First things first…if this happens to you, don’t pay them.

There are several ways you can help protect yourself from this being an issue.

Change your password, if you change your password…you should be able to keep yourself protected before it becomes an issue.

Also, back your phone up…and back it up often.

If you are finding this after it has become an issue, don’t sweat it it…a factory restore will fix your problem.

You can do this by plugging your iPhone into your computer, and following the prompts in iTunes. Now, be warned, this option will wipe your phone out, basically turning this into a brand new phone…like when you first bought it. That is where back-ups come in handy.

Another option, it is a little bit of a drive for us in Terre Haute, but Apple is offering to fix the problem at their Apple Stores…now, the closest one to us would be the Keystone Crossing Mall on the north-side of Indy. This option will also wipe your phone. They will basically do the system restore for you.

If you decide to go that route, make sure you make an appointment ahead of time.

The bottom line, what sounds like a bad situation may not be as bad as it seems, just take some steps to help keep yourself protected!


May 27th, 2014 at 7:08 pm by under Kevin Orpurt's Blog, Uncategorized, Weather, WTHI Blog

Warm and rather humid conditions will continue Tuesday night and Wednesday.  A weak cold front will drop south into the region Wednesday afternoon and bring a better chance of more widely spread showers and thunderstorms.7day


May 26th, 2014 at 4:50 pm by under Kevin Orpurt's Blog, Weather, WTHI Blog

Looks like we’re headed for a warm stretch of weather for the last week of May.  Occasional thunderstorms are also possible.7day

It’s surely been a seasonal see-saw.

May 18th, 2014 at 5:23 pm by under Weather


It’s May 18th and we are comfortably enjoying temperatures in the lower to mid 60s. I’m not complaining it feels great outside with the sun pouring down across the Wabash Valley, but this is after two really cold mornings. One breaking a record, that was Saturday the 17th of 39 degrees…and then we tied a morning low today Sunday the 18th at 37 degrees.

Typically we have daytime high temperatures around 76 degrees for this time of the year with overnight lows at 53 degrees. Our weekend wasn’t even close as cold air masked the region. It has been hard bouncing from the 80s to 50s to 30s to 40s over a weeks length, leaving you wondering if it will ever consistently stay warm.

Well we are once again looking at temperatures swinging from the 50s this weekend to the 80s by Tuesday which is a 30 degree increase.  For the time of year though it’s rather common and it leaves gardeners and farmers with a headache trying to pick and choose the best time to plant your crop. For now, those cold morning temperatures look behind us, with another topple in the see-saw.