INDIANAPOLIS – Strong evening storms may pose a severe weather threat in Indiana Saturday.
Radar updates throughout Saturday
This slide show of radar updates illustrates that very active weather was present all afternoon and evening across Indiana. Excessive lightning and heavy downpours were present constantly. This actually helped to exhaust some of the energy out of the environment, making a less severe storm impact on Indiana.
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The storm environment Saturday afternoon
We’re in a nice plume of moisture, tapping into some gulf energy. Dew point temperature is at 60° in Indianapolis by 5:30 p.m. Warm air from the south is being pushed in at the surface. Check out the surface flow as several thunderstorms in the area:
All about that wind energy!
Sustained winds are ramping up to 20 mph at times. Gusts have been 30+ so far. There have been isolated higher gusts within thunderstorms.
Timing out storms Saturday evening
Saturday night, especially after sunset is when storms entering the state will pick up extra energy. After 7 p.m. is when we expect stronger storms to increase with severe potential. The biggest threat will be damaging winds and large hail. Radar by 9 p.m. is expected to be very active. Heavy downpours and excessive lighting will also be a concern with these storms.
Severe threat may linger overnight into early Sunday morning
We will continue to monitor storms throughout the evening and overnight hours into early Sunday. Make sure you check in with our social media accounts outside of show times if you wake up to some rumbles of thunder late Saturday night – early Sunday morning. We will be here analyzing radar and updating our channels with the storm information you need to know, should storms continue to stay strong overnight.
Severe weather outlook
The entire state was at risk for strong thunderstorms to reach severe criteria Saturday. Isolated instances in the green space. A better chance for stronger storms in the yellow.
The ‘all-clear’ is expected early Sunday morning
We are expecting things to start quickly drying out Sunday morning. The day will feature a mix of sun and clouds, with mild temperatures in the upper 60s and low 70s after the storms pass.
Tornado warning just outside of Chicago Saturday night
A tornado warning just outside of Chicago was allowed to expire at 6:15 EDT (5:15 CDT) on Saturday night, with a severe thunderstorm right behind it. While this warning was of course not for Indiana, it is a part of the same system that poses a severe weather threat for Hoosiers Saturday night.