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Unusually mild winter continues; hints of cold in sight

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INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — Most of the weather chatter around central Indiana over the last few weeks has been the springlike temperatures and the lack of snow.

It should come to no surprise that for the month of January 2020 is ranked the ninth-warmest to date (through Jan. 13) with an average temperature of just under 40.

In fact, looking at the data, we have yet to have a high temperature at or below average for the entire month. Typical high temperatures for the month hover in the middle 30s. In most cases, we were well above-average.

But it hasn’t just been January. December was warm, too, especially around the holidays. Since Dec. 1, our average temperature is just under 38 — good for 10th warmest to date.

So what is causing this unusual surge of milder air? You can thank a big dip in the jet stream to the west, which is helping to bottle up all of the arctic air in western Canada. The opposite is true for the eastern half of the country, where temperatures are well above-average, along with a very active and wet pattern over the last several weeks.

A “strong” polar vortex is also keeping the winter chill in far portions of the Arctic. A strong polar vortex means the circulation of Arctic air is tight and stays close to the center. A weaker vortex would mean better chances for chunks of bitter cold to swing farther away from the center.

But, there are signals of a change, or pattern flip, for the second half of January. Many models are on board with slightly below average temperatures starting on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Jan. 20, and hanging around for a week or two. While it doesn’t appear to be significant chill, it certainly will be a shock to the system compared to where we have been for the past several weeks.


Florida woman accused of zipping her boyfriend in suitcase for hours until he died

(CNN) — Sarah Boone called 911 and said her boyfriend got trapped in a suitcase and died during a game of hide-and-seek, according to court records.

The Florida couple had been drinking Chardonnay and doing puzzles Sunday night in their Winter Park apartment, Boone told authorities, when they thought “it would be funny” to hop in a suitcase as a part of the game, according to an arrest affidavit from the Orange County Sheriff’s Office.

Boone, 42, zipped up Jorge Torres Jr. in the blue suitcase containing a few items for donating. Two of his fingers stuck out, so she assumed he could open it, according to the affidavit.

She went upstairs to bed and thought he’d get himself out of the suitcase and join her, only to wake up Monday and find him still in it and not breathing, the affidavit says.

Boone was arrested Tuesday and faces a second-degree murder charge after investigators determined videos on her phone contradicted her story.

The phone footage shows her mocking her boyfriend as she filmed his cries for help, and telling him it was his punishment for cheating, according to the arrest affidavit.

“I can’t f**king breathe, seriously,” her boyfriend said in the phone video. “That’s on you. Oh, that’s what I feel like when you cheat on me,” she responds.

The video shows the victim pushing on the suitcase and trying to get out, the affidavit says. When police showed the video to Boone, she pushed it away halfway through and said she didn’t want to watch it, the affidavit says.

Police searched her iPhone after she signed a waiver and gave verbal and written consent. CNN has reached out to her public defender.

Boone denied intentionally leaving Torres in the suitcase, according to the affidavit.

Boone called police Monday afternoon and said she woke up hours earlier but assumed her boyfriend was on his computer in another room. When she could not find him, she suddenly realized he was still in the suitcase.

“Sarah unzipped the suitcase and found Jorge unresponsive and not breathing,” the affidavit says. “Sarah zipped Jorge in the suitcase to where he could not get out. Jorge begged Sarah repeatedly telling her he could not breathe and Sarah left him in the suitcase … and demonstrated a depraved mind without regard for Jorge’s life.”

When police arrived at the scene, they found the victim near the front door with a laceration on his lip and bruising around his eye.

Boone is being held without bail. No cause of death is listed on the arrest affidavit.