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Waiting, Wondering and Worrying About the Weather

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WISH-TV Chief Meteorologist Steve Bray tells viewers what's on the way for March 25, 1913.

Each year, as I prepare for my family’s annual summer trip to Michigan, I pull up the 10-day extended forecast. Without it, I am powerless to pack, as the temperature can fluctuate more than 40 degrees from year to year. If it looks like a lot of rain is heading that way, we might even adjust our travel dates in an effort to enjoy sunnier skies.

While modern weather monitoring and tracking have been beneficial to me on things like this, today’s ability to predict the arrival of severe weather has helped people prepare for (or even flee) catastrophes and saved countless lives. Unfortunately for Hoosiers from a century ago, they couldn’t flip on a television set to get the latest, breaking coverage as events of the Great Flood of 1913 began to unfold. But what if they could have?

To arm our guests with some background and perspective that will help them maximize their experience in our upcoming You Are There 1913: A City Under Water, we teamed up with our friends at WISH-TV 8 to create an imagined but fact-inspired newscast for March 25, 1913 – when the waters were rising in Indianapolis, but the levees had not yet broken.

The report features Daybreak anchor Scott Sander relating local and regional news and a report from chief meteorologist Steve Bray about what weather has contributed to the current situation – as well as what is still on the way. Guests can even catch a phone-in, eyewitness account of the rising waters from 10-year-old Indianapolis resident Adeline Claghorn (voiced by Emma Hermacinski, daughter of WISH-TV reporter Jay Hermacinski).

It’s hard to imagine how modern meteorology would have changed the lives of the characters you’ll meet when you step back in time to the Wulf’s Hall relief station on March 31, 1913. Even so, I think you’ll be inspired by the way Hoosiers were able to band together to help one another in the wake of disaster. I hope you’ll visit us when A City Under Water opens on March 26!

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