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The heat wave settling over the Midwest is a byproduct of what’s left of Tropical Storm Barry, according to the National Weather Service.

NWS Meteorologist Mike Ryan says Hoosiers in central and southern parts of the state can expect high temperatures combined with high humidity through Sunday.

He says the tropical humidity is what makes this heat wave so unusual.

"It’s amplifying, basically, how it feels outside with the temperatures that we’re expecting in the afternoon," Ryan says.

National Weather Service officials are surveying the damage from Saturday’s severe weather. They believe tornadoes may have touched down near Ellettsville, Freedom, Ridgeport, and Beech Grove near Indianapolis. 

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National Weather Service officials say all the rain clouds this month may hold a silver lining for Indiana.

NWS hydrologist Al Shipe says this year was shaping up similarly to the most recent drought year of 2012 – until recently.

“This was the second-warmest start of the year to the record warm year of 2012," Shipe says. "Starting in early May of 2012, it got warmer and drier. This year, it got cooler and wetter.”

Shipe says that means it’s likely the state has at least forestalled, if not escaped, the possibility of a drought this year.

Hazardous Roads, Freezing Rain Forecast For Weekend

Jan 13, 2017

Expect hazardous travel conditions due to freezing rain falling through the weekend in Greater Lafayette and Central Indiana.

The National Weather Service issued a freezing rain advisory from 7 p.m. Friday until 1 p.m. Sunday, warning drivers and pedestrians to think twice before heading outside.

Forecasters expect rain to change over to freezing rain Friday evening through Saturday morning with the overnight low temperature in the mid-20s.

A second round of freezing rain is expected Saturday night through Sunday morning.

NWS: Kokomo Tornado Rated EF-3

Aug 25, 2016
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UPDATE: The National Weather Service confirmed a fifth tornado, an EF-0 in Marion County.

Residents and teams from the Indianapolis National Weather Service office are surveying the damage after several tornados swept through Central Indiana Wednesday evening.

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Two thousand homes and businesses in Indianapolis were still without power early Monday afternoon after wind gusts reaching speeds over 55 miles per hour created disruptions to electricity throughout the state over the weekend.

Outages began on Saturday afternoon, mostly between 4 p.m. and 5 p.m. Indianapolis Power and Light reports as many as 31,000 people were without electricity over the weekend.

Joseph Nields is a meteorologist for the National Weather Service. He says there are a variety of ways the wind can interrupt the flow of electricity to one’s house.

Up To 7 Inches Of Snow, Winds Expected To Impact Travel

Feb 23, 2016
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A winter storm is expected to dump between 5 and 7 inches of snow in the Greater Lafayette area.

The snow, combined with winds gusting up to 35 miles per hour, are expected to diminish visibility and exacerbate travel problems on slick roads.

Amanda Lee, a meteorologist at the Indianapolis National Weather Service office, says rain will change to snow as temperatures begin to drop from the low-to-mid 30s Wednesday morning.

"There is a chance before changing over to snow that we'll have some sleet mixed in," she says. 

After Heavy Rains, Floodwaters Receding In 'Lucky' Indiana

Dec 30, 2015
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After peaking at 21 feet in West Lafayette, nearly twice the 11 foot flood stage, floodwaters are receding in the Wabash and Tippecanoe Rivers.

Indianapolis National Weather Service Hydrologist Al Shipe says storms dumped up to six inches of rain on West Central Indiana during the past week.  

But Tippecanoe and surrounding counties aren’t seeing the devastating floods sweeping through Missouri and Illinois because it was a dry fall, and local rivers had capacity to hold the rain.

Another Cold Snap Making Its Way Into Indiana

Feb 11, 2015
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Weather forecasters say the state’s temperature roller coaster is about to take another nose-dive.

National Weather Service Meteorologist Jason Puma says bitterly cold temperatures and windy conditions are returning to the state tomorrow.

He says low temperatures will fall into the teens, which is a bit below normal for this time of year.

Puma says a second cold front will arrive Friday night and linger into Saturday, bringing temperatures in the single digits by Sunday morning.

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National Weather Service meteorologists say the cold snap heading to Indiana beginning Tuesday night is going to hang around for at least the next ten days.

"Teens and twenties at night and thirties for highs," says National Weather Service meteorologist Mike Ryan. "Still looks like potential maybe for some light snow on Sunday and then also some maybe some later next week. But again, that being out a few days -- need to fine-tune that."

Ryan says the system is funneling cold air down from Canada over much of the eastern U.S.