New Military Satellite Launched

April 18th, 2014 at 11:23 am by under Weather
A United Launch Alliance Atlas 5 rocket carrying the Air Force's DMSP-19 military weather satellite lifts off from Space Launch Complex-3 at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif., on April 3. (Photo: United Launch Alliance)

A United Launch Alliance Atlas 5 rocket carrying the Air Force’s DMSP-19 military weather satellite lifts off from Space Launch Complex-3 at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif., on April 3. (Photo: United Launch Alliance)

The U.S. Air force has launched a new high tech weather satellite that will help with tactical weather forecasting and severe weather. This information is crucial to many U.S. Military operations. Read more about it here.

 


Light Friday Rain

April 17th, 2014 at 11:45 pm by under Weather

A weak front moves through on Friday which gives us the potential to see a few raindrops here…the key word to know is “few”.  The rain really won’t add up to much – maybe just a tenth of an inch or two.

The front passes through early Friday morning, producing our best rain chances then.  There’s a slight chance, though, that the afternoon could see a few lingering raindrops.

 


Palm Sunday Tornadoes

April 17th, 2014 at 8:44 am by under Weather
Palm Sunday Tornadoes of 1965 (NWS IWX)

Palm Sunday Tornadoes of 1965 (NWS IWX)

Ever since I moved to Indiana back in 1989 I’ve heard stories about the “Palm Sunday” tornadoes. I’ve heard several personal accounts of what happened that day back in 1965. Here is a documented account of what happened that day, not only in Indiana but throughout the Midwest.

 


Questions About NOAA Weather Radios

April 16th, 2014 at 8:58 pm by under Weather
Image Credit: Midland Radio Corporation

Image Credit: Midland Radio Corporation

It’s been great hearing that so many of you who didn’t already have NOAA Weather Radios are heading out to local Kroger and Walgreens stores to buy them!  Now, you’ll have an extra level of protection during severe weather – especially when storms strike overnight.

Don’t forget…through the end of April, Walgreens stores across NE Indiana and NW Ohio are offering a special discount on Midland NOAA Weather Radios.  You’ll get an extra $5 off – making the price $24.99.

After you buy your radio, the next step is to program it.  Programming weather radios has become easier and easier through the years with advancements in technology.  Every Midland Weather Radio comes with step-by-step instructions on how to program it.  Many of you, though, still prefer to have them programmed by the Live Doppler 15 Fury Weather Team -and we’re happy about that.

We’ll be making stops at select Kroger and Walgreens stores to say hi to you, our WANE viewers/wane.com visitors, and to assist you in setting up your radios.  This year our “Weather Radio Tour” features 2 visits around Fort Wayne, plus visits to Auburn and Bluffton.  Click here to see a list of these events and times – All weekday events are from 4-7 PM with one Saturday event scheduled for Noon-3PM.

Do you have questions about Midland NOAA Weather Radios?  Click here to go to Midland’s NOAA Weather Radio info page.


Another Record Broken

April 16th, 2014 at 11:12 am by under Weather
Almanac

Almanac

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Temperatures continue to break. This morning an almost 80-year-old record was broken as the temperature was 23° at 6am.  This cold is a carry over from yesterday where the high temperature was only 36 and set another record which you can read about in Nicholas’ post.  The forecast high today is 50 which is 11° below normal and this morning we were 17° below normal so in just 24 hours we are off 28°. The last two days will have erased the above normal days we had this weekend and puts our temperatures for the month below normal as of today.


Our Mid-April Winter Blast

April 15th, 2014 at 9:05 pm by under Weather

Our Monday night/early Tuesday morning snow added up to 1.1″ at the Fort Wayne International Airport.  So, that brings us up to 74.7″ for the July-June snow year.  We’re still trailing the winter of 1981-1982 which saw 81.2″ of snow.

Snowiest Years Based on the July-June Snow Season

Snowiest Years Based on the July-June Snow Season

6+ inches of more snow needed to make 2013-2014 the snowiest year ever.

6+ inches of more snow needed to make 2013-2014 the snowiest year ever.

Cold air also came with the snow and high temps ended up stuck in the mid 30s during the day – setting a new record low high temperature today.

Low April Temps

Low April Temps

Tuesday Night Forecast

Tuesday Night Forecast

And, we have the potential to set another record – for record low temp tonight into Wednesday morning.  The current record is 24° and our WANE forecast calls for a low of 23°.  Tune in to Greg’s Live Doppler 15 Fury Forecast on Wednesday morning to see if we accomplish this feat!

 

 


Overnight Snow Totals

April 15th, 2014 at 11:47 am by under Weather
Snow totals

Snow totals

Many places had measurable snow overnight Monday and early Tuesday. It seems the heavier snow was located across Allen county in Indiana. Other areas to the the north, south and west all received about 1/2″ or less.


Lunar Eclipse Pics

April 15th, 2014 at 5:26 am by under Weather
Lunar Eclipse (NASA)

Lunar Eclipse (NASA)

Most of us missed the eclipse this morning but it was spectacular around the world. Here is a great collection of pictures from NASA.


Lunar Eclipse Forecast

April 14th, 2014 at 8:31 pm by under Weather

UPDATE:  Clouds may start diminishing between 3 am and 6 am.  Early risers might just be able to spot the second half of this total lunar eclipse.

Original post:  The forecast to see the total lunar eclipse tonight isn’t the best.  If you follow along with our blog regularly, you already know the timing of the event comes in the wee hours of the morning.

Overnight Forecast

Late Night Forecast – Monday Night into Tuesday

We are likely to still be dealing with good amount of cloud cover and some falling snow through early morning, when viewing the neat sight would otherwise be possible under a clear sky.

Dates of Future Total Lunar Eclipses Visible in the United States

Dates of Future Total Lunar Eclipses Visible in the United States

But, don’t fret, we have 3 more total lunar eclipses on the way over the next year and a half — one about every 6 months.   And, each one, has the potential to be visible here in the United States…as long as Mother Nature cooperates.

To read more about this grouping of 4 total lunar eclipses, called a “tetrad”, just click here.


Monday Night Snow Update

April 14th, 2014 at 4:02 pm by under Weather

We’ve been dealing with scattered rain today and falling temperatures.  We were around 70° right at midnight but, by afternoon, temps had already fallen into the 40s.

Rain Changes to Snow Around 8 PM

Rain Changes to Snow Around 8 PM

Rain showers continue this evening, but will change to snow showers around the vicinity of 8 o’clock and continue into late night.  Our snow accumulation forecast is quite tricky.  If we were in the heart of winter, this would easily be a 2″-4″ snowfall…but, with highs near 80° both days this weekend, preceded by other above freezing days, the main questions are how much will this snow accumulate and what impact will it have on the morning commute?

Monday Night Forecast

Monday Night Forecast

Taking our recent warmth into consideration, I’d say we’re looking at up to 1″ of snow on area roads with higher accumulations possible (up to 2″) on the grass, parked cars, patios and other exposed surfaces.  We do have a high potential for a slick morning commute (especially on side roads and others that may remain untreated) with temperatures in the low-mid 20s.  During the afternoon, don’t expect much of a warm up – we’ll only see highs in the upper 30s.

Snow Forecast Through Tuesday AM

Snow Forecast Through Tuesday AM