Cold front to bring strong storms late Tuesday; Hurricane Nicholas makes landfall in Texas

Weather

Indianapolis averages 3.14″ of rain in September. After a wet day on September 4 when we received almost an inch of rain, the month has been mainly dry. Most of central Indiana’s soil is in the abnormally dry category, and monthly rainfall deficits are less than one inch.

An approaching cold front will cause scattered thunderstorms Tuesday evening. We’ll have a risk for strong to severe storms, mainly north of I-70. Rain will linger into Wednesday morning, and up to a half inch of rain is likely.

So far this month, Indianapolis has avoided 90-degree heat. After a warm start to the week with highs in the upper 80s, cooler air will move in behind the cold front for Wednesday and Thursday. Another warmup will begin Friday, and highs will be back in the upper 80s for the final weekend of summer. Fall begins a week from Wednesday.

11pm Update:

Hurricane Storm Nicholas, the 14th named storm of hurricane season, reached hurricane status late Monday night and will made landfall early Tuesday morning in southeast Texas. The storm will bring 8-12″ of rain to Texas and Louisiana, with up to 18″ amounts in isolated areas. The storm will move slowly across the central Gulf coast and saturate areas devastated by Hurricane Ida two weeks ago.

Most of the state is in the first category of drought.

We’ve had less than an inch of rain this month.

September has been dry so far.

Central Indiana will have a risk for strong to severe storms Tuesday night.

We’ll have a chance for rain for the next three days.

Up to an inch of rain is likely this week.

Temperatures will stay in the 80s this week.

Tropical Storm Nicholas will bring 12-18″ of rain to Texas and Louisiana.

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