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A strong low pressure system will impact the Wabash Valley today, bringing in the potential of strong to severe storms during the late afternoon and evening hours. The Storm Prediction Center has placed the entire Valley is under a “slight risk” of severe storms.
This afternoon (through 5 p.m. EDT): Pre-frontal storms will be rather scattered in nature and push through this afternoon. We will then see a break in the rain through 5 p.m. before the main line of storms moves in from the west.
Highest threat of severe weather is approximately 6 p.m. – 11 p.m. EDT: Thunderstorms will be likely along a squall line moving from west to east throughout the evening hours. There is a threat of damaging wind gusts in excess of 60 mph along with brief spin-ups within the line itself.
After 11 p.m. EDT: The main line will exit to east and lingering rain showers and storms will continue into the overnight.
Winds will remain strong gusting as high as 30 mph at times throughout the day and this evening.
Storm Team 10 will bring you the very latest with the changing weather situation both on-air (if warranted) and online throughout the rest of the day.
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!
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°.
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.
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.
HAPPY SUMMER SOLSTICE!
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.
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.
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.
Here is an excellent link explaining how important a role weather played in the execution of D-Day.
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
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
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.
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!
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.