August, 2012

Remnants of Isaac

August 31st, 2012 at 11:28 pm by under Uncategorized, Weather

Rain and thunderstorms will be around all weekend before letting up on Labor Day and moving out on Tuesday.  Rainfall totals for the entire Wabash Valley will range from 3″ to 5″ inches between Friday PM and Monday PM.  Isolated severe storms will be possible Saturday afternoon and evening.  Temperatures will stay warm with daytime highs topping out in the lower 80s through Monday.


Isaac’s Remnants Approaching

August 31st, 2012 at 8:42 am by under Weather

Did you see it this morning??? I’m talking about the Blue Moon (or the 2nd full moon of the month). This only happens once every two to three years. The next opportunity to see a blue moon will be July of 2015. I captured an image of the moon on our EyeCare Express Tower Cam during News 10 This Morning.

Completely switching gears now, lets talk about today’s forecast and rain chances. After a beautiful week of weather, the remnants of Isaac are finally making their way into the Wabash Valley as promised. However, it appears the motion of the storm system has slowed down so most of today will remain dry with just increasing cloud cover. As we head through the later afternoon/evening hours, there is a chance for spotty showers with the more widespread rain and storms moving in during the overnight hours into Saturday morning. Highs today will top out in the mid 80s and drop back into the lower 70s during the overnight.

Heavy rain and storms are likely both Saturday and Sunday with highs around 80°. Rain showers will linger into Labor Day and Tuesday with a total rainfall potential looking to be between 3”-7”. Localized flooding and severe storms are possible this weekend as well.

One Last Nice Day, Isaac Remnants Loom

August 30th, 2012 at 8:44 am by under Weather

We’ve had a very nice week of weather here in the Wabash Valley, but that streak will come to an end after today. Still look for sunny skies and hot temperatures topping out near 92° with a southeasterly breeze. The southerly breeze will continue tonight so temperatures won’t get as cool falling back near 67° under a mostly clear sky. Isaac’s remnants we’ve been tracking all week will start to inch into the Valley by late afternoon Friday. At this point, expect a 30% chance of scattered rain showers. Highs will reach the upper 80s.

The better chance for widespread rain and storms will move on Saturday and last through Sunday as Isaac’s leftover area of low pressure tracks through the Wabash Valley. These remnants will contain some storms that could be stronger and flooding is definitely a possibility in some locations.The latest weather model predictions have anywhere from 2″ – 6″ of rain possible as this system passes.

The latest drought monitor was just released and much of the Wabash Valley is still in extreme to exceptional drought. The main moving through will definitely help this, but all the rain all at once could still lead to flooding even though conditions are very dry at this point.


Rain This Weekend

August 29th, 2012 at 10:40 pm by under Weather

Clear skies will again be around tonight with pleasant overnight lows in the upper 50s. Sunny and warmer for everyone on Thursday as afternoon temperatures warm up into the lower to mid 90s! Rain showers from Isaac will begin to move in Friday afternoon and will last through the holiday weekend. Thunderstorms with areas of heavy rain will be most active Saturday and Sunday and will also carry the threat of severe thunderstorms both days. Temperatures will top out near 91° ahead of the rain on Friday while Saturday and Sunday will see daytime highs in the lower 80s.

Uncle Sam, a local man

August 29th, 2012 at 4:34 pm by under Mark Allen's Journal, WTHI Blog

Labor Day is coming soon and while it has its very own history I always think of a Wabash Valley man born on that day who made history himself.

Walter Botts was born in Sullivan, Indiana.

As a young man he was tall, lanky and had bushy eyebrows. As luck would have it, Walt was noticed by a man who was hired to create a model of American patriotism. So, if you look at famous American posters worldwide you will see your neighbor Walt.

They changed his name for the poster. You will see him titled ‘UNCLE SAM’.

When Walter Botts struck that pose saying ‘ I WANT YOU’ he became instantly famous and admired.

After all, he became a symbol of America!

So, this Labor Day I’ll take a moment to remember a Sullivan Indiana farm boy who struck a pose and went down in history



In The Clear Here + Tropical Update

August 29th, 2012 at 9:05 am by under Weather

It’ll be another mostly sunny day across the Wabash Valley as an area of high pressure remains in control. Temperatures will be rather warm topping out in the upper 80s later this afternoon. Expect another clear and cool overnight as temperatures fall back near 58°. Sunny conditions remain through Thursday but it’ll get just a bit hotter with highs reaching the lower 90s.

Changes move in for Friday as remnants of Hurricane Isaac travel into the Midwest. For now, Isaac is slowly moving on shore across Mississippi and Louisiana. It has sustained winds near 80 mph and a pressure of 970 mb.

Rain showers and storms are likely both Saturday and Sunday which could lead to localized flooding here in the Wabash Valley. Anywhere between 2″-6″ of rain is possible according to the latest model data. We’ll be keeping a close eye on the situation.


Pleasant Weather Now + Tropical Update

August 28th, 2012 at 8:49 am by under Weather

It will be a very sunny afternoon as temperatures climb into the upper 80s. Temps will quickly cool off for this evening and during the overnight hours into the upper 50s under a mostly clear sky. High pressure will remain in control through Thursday so expect sunshine in full force once again Wednesday and Thursday afternoon with highs in the upper 80s, near 90°.

Tropical Storm Isaac is still just off the coast of Louisiana/Mississippi and will likely make landfall as a Category 1 hurricane later this evening/early Wednesday morning. Weather models are all pointing towards Isaac’s remnants bringing rain into the Wabash Valley late Friday into Saturday. This could change, and we’ll be keeping a close eye on it.

Soggy Monday + Tropics Update

August 27th, 2012 at 8:40 am by under Weather

A cold front is moving through the Wabash Valley prompting scattered rain showers and isolated thunderstorms this morning and will likely continue through this afternoon. We could see some significant rainfall so watch for areas of water puddled on the sides of roadways. Here at the station, we picked up 1.30″ as of 8:30 a.m. EDT. Some areas to the north have seen over 2″. High temperatures will top out in the mid 80s.

The sky will clear out back behind the cold front for this evening as temperatures fall back near 60°. Patchy fog is likely to develop tomorrow morning then we’re in for a mostly sunny afternoon with high temperatures near 86°. The sky will stay clear until Friday when it looks like we could see the remnants of Tropical Storm Isaac making an impact on the Wabash Valley.

Isaac details: The tropical storm is forecast to make landfall late Tuesday into early Wednesday morning as a Category 1 hurricane along the coast of Mississippi/Louisiana. Up to 18″ of rain are likely at this point.  The storm will lose steam after hitting land and start to dissipate as it travels northwestward. As aforementioned, the Wabash Valley will likely see some rain out of the remnants of Isaac by this weekend.

Sunny & Hot Streak Continues

August 24th, 2012 at 10:53 am by under Weather

The weather pattern remains the same with clear skies,  but expect the temperatures to continue climbing. We hit 92° yesterday, and today looks to be just a bit hotter with highs reaching the mid 90s with lots of sunshine. Remember, today is another Ozone Action Day for portions of the Valley and emissions could cause trouble for those with breathing problems. Otherwise, great weather for football games tonight as temperatures fall through the 80s and 70s during the evening hours. It will stay mostly clear and mild during the overnight hours tonight as temperatures fall back near 60°.

Expect more sunshine and hot temperatures for Saturday with highs near 93°. Changes roll into the forecast by Sunday with more clouds and the chance for thunderstorms developing later in the day. We’ll still see temperatures near 90°. Cooler air moves in behind the rain for next week as temperatures return near normal.



Saying goodbye to 918 Ohio Street

August 23rd, 2012 at 4:41 pm by under Mark Allen's Journal, WTHI Blog

I’m watching a TV station being dismantled.

You know by now that we’re moving to a brand new, state of the art facility within the next few weeks. One of the interesting things about the move is to watch everyone begin ‘abandoning’ this old building. Days ago I walked through the newsroom and noticed shelves once filled with papers, pens and junk now bare.

Today I walked into the sales department area to find most of the cubicle walls gone. (Actually the room looked a little friendlier this way)

Anyhow, we are ‘abandoning ship’, or as Patrece would say preparing to say ‘sleep well’ one last time from the old TV station.

The clearing out and cleaning up is in high gear now. We are all chomping at the bit to move to our new home.

Stay tuned!