July, 2012

Ice cream night

July 31st, 2012 at 10:01 pm by under Mark Allen's Journal, WTHI Blog

It’s ice cream night here at News 10.

I bought an electric ice cream maker at Goodwill, (one of my favorite places to shop) so tonight we are giving it a whirl, literally. Now, you may hate “when I was a kid” stories, but when I was a kid, we cranked ice cream by hand. It was a rite of passage when you were old enough to crank the freezer. I would crank as long as I could stand it, just to look strong in front of my dad and uncles.  Anyhow, I’ll stop with the reminiscing business because it looks like this batch is about ready for dipping.

Aww, the rigors of the TV news business.

Taking part in the Relay for Life

July 31st, 2012 at 4:33 pm by under Patrece’s Perspective, WTHI Blog

Last weekend, I had the honor of taking part in the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life in Vigo County.  Specifically, I took part in the introduction of the many cancer survivors and the cancer survivor dinner.  This used to be an annual thing for me that I looked forward to each and every year.  But about five years ago, the Cancer Society decided to go with another station.  I was very disappointed for the move.

This year, I got the call again to take part and I must say it is a definite highlight for me!  Dozens of cancer survivors line up.  Each one tells me their name in the microphone and how many years they have been a cancer survivor.  And, whether it is decades or just months that they have won their battle, each and every person applauds them for their perseverance and dedication to getting better.  After each name is announced I hugged each and every survivor. Many of them I had the pleasure of introducing year after year.  Many of them I hoped and prayed I would see next year.

This time, I had a personal story to tell these survivors.  I told them how my Mom battled and beat breast cancer this year.  And, just as they did with each person there, they applauded.  You could feel their sincere pleasure knowing someone else fought the fight and won!

Many of these people have known me, even just a little, through small children and now into teenage trials.  They are special people with big hearts.  Thank you American Caner Society for inviting me back to the survivor celebration.  I’m sorry things didn’t work out with that other TV station, but personally I’m glad!

I look forward to next year and meeting even more cancer survivors.  I’ll save a hug for you!

Severe T-Storm Watch Issued

July 31st, 2012 at 2:21 pm by under Weather

A Severe Thunderstorm Watch has been issued for the entire Wabash Valley and will be in effect through 8 p.m. EDT/7 p.m. CDT. The main threat with thunderstorms today will be strong wind gusts and measurable hail. Please stay tuned to Storm Team 10 on-air and online at www.wthitv.com for the latest weather information.

Severe Storms Possible Today

July 31st, 2012 at 10:45 am by under Weather

The Storm Prediction Center has placed the entire Wabash Valley under a slight risk for severe weather today. Conditions will be favorable for thunderstorms to develop and contain severe components. The main threats with thunderstorms today will be damaging winds and hail 1″ or greater.

Some thunderstorms that are to our north are already prompting severe thunderstorm warnings. Please stay tuned to Storm Team 10 on-air and online for the latest weather updates.


Storms Possible This Afternoon

July 31st, 2012 at 9:02 am by under Weather

It will be a mostly clear and mild start to the day with clouds building in this afternoon. A cold front will slide through the Wabash Valley from the north to the south and will prompt a chance for isolated thunderstorms to develop. At this point, if we can get the storms to fire they will be very scattered in nature and it’s about a 30% shot you’ll see the rain today. Otherwise, it’ll be another hot one with highs in the mid 90s.

For tonight, the clouds will clear out and it will get cooler with temperatures near 64°. Wednesday will be mostly sunny with highs again in the mid 90s.

Too much drought talk?

July 30th, 2012 at 9:38 am by under Mark Allen's Journal, WTHI Blog

This drought has made me recall a fella I did a story with a few years ago.

Jerry Shea was a kid during the 1936 drought. He talked about all the terrible suffering that happened during that drought. Hundreds of people died, mostly children and the elderly. Jerry talked about how people would line the streets at the sound of thunder, and every time though the thunder faded off in the distance and no rain fell.

It went on that way for months, but I remember one question I asked Jerry that has always stuck in my mind.
I asked “What did people say about the drought during those times?”
His simple answer….”We never spoke of it.” He went on to explain that people simply accepted it as just the way it was.

I’ve often thought since that maybe we do talk about this drought too much. In fact I just had that thought again, but then it struck me , “’oh, wait I just talked about it again.”

Above Average Temps Remain

July 30th, 2012 at 8:50 am by under Weather

We’ll kick off the work week with partly sunny skies and a slight chance for isolated thunderstorms developing this afternoon. The main weather story today will be the temperatures. We hit 90° yesterday, and today looks to be just a bit hotter with highs reaching 93°.

For tonight, temperatures will drop back into the upper 60s under partly cloudy skies. There is another slight chance for isolated thunderstorms to develop Tuesday afternoon with otherwise partly cloudy skies. Expect even hotter temperatures topping out in the upper 90s.

Temperatures will remain above average for the rest of the week. The next chance for rain returns by the end of the week and into this weekend.



July 29th, 2012 at 4:27 pm by under Kevin Orpurt's Blog, Weather

There is only a slight chance for an isolated storm tonight.  I’m not holding my breath.

Just Not Right

July 28th, 2012 at 5:37 pm by under Kevin Orpurt's Blog, Weather, WTHI Blog

I’ve worn bow ties for years when the weather is pleasant.  Although, today is a pleasant day, the drought is still a major problem.  I just don’t feel it’s right to wear my trademark bows when people are going broke and having other troubles.  Oh, I’ll wear my bow ties again….but not until this drought breaks.

A Pleasant Night

July 28th, 2012 at 4:52 pm by under Weather

No rain tonight, but at least it isn’t as hot.  There may be a slight chance for storms Sunday night…..we’ll see.