Like weather? Live in Montpelier, OH? This post is for you.

July 30th, 2014 at 9:04 pm by under Weather
Logo Credit: NWS/NOAA

Logo Credit: NWS/NOAA

From time to time, we get word that our local National Weather Service office is in need of weather observers in various communities across the area.  Right now, they are looking for an observer in Montpelier, OH.  Do you fit the bill or know somebody who does?  Please contact the NWS!  Here’s the description of what they’re looking for:

“The National Weather Service (NWS) seeks someone to take over the weather observing duties for our Montpelier, OH COOP weather observing site. The NWS COOP program consists of more than 11,000 volunteers taking observations on farms, in urban and suburban areas, National Parks, seashores, and mountaintops. COOP observational data supports the NWS climate program and field operations. Its mission is two-fold:

  • To provide observational meteorological data, usually consisting of daily maximum and minimum temperatures, snowfall, and 24-hour precipitation totals, required to define the climate of the United States and to help measure long-term climate changes
  •  To provide observational meteorological data in near real-time to support forecast, warning and other public service programs of the NWS.

There are many uses for the weather observations collected and archived. Just a few are…insurance industry, consultants, engineers, medical, transportation, communications industry, agriculture, and many more. The volunteer observer would be required to take a daily observation of rainfall, snowfall, snow depth, maximum temperature, and minimum temperature and submit that to the NWS. All equipment, materials, and training will be provided by the NWS. If you are interested and live in/near the Montpelier, OH area, please call Brentley Lothamer at 574-834-1104 ext. 327 or e-mail at Brentley.Lothamer@noaa.gov for further details. Also see http://www.crh.noaa.gov/iwx/?n=coop for more information.”


Very close to record

July 30th, 2014 at 9:06 am by under Weather
Average temperature calculated through July 29th, 2014

Average temperature calculated through July 29th, 2014

We are very close to the record for coldest July on record. Through July 29th our average temperature which is calculated using the median temperature is 69.1ª. This is only two-tenths from the record for the coldest July of all time which is 68.9º. Even if the record is not set we will still remember this July for a long time for its cool temperatures and below average rainfall.

So far we’ve received only 2″ of rainfall officially at Fort Wayne Airport the average for the month is 4.24″. Unless those scattered thunderstorms dump about 2″ over the airport today or tomorrow July will end up as a very dry month.


Our cool July

July 29th, 2014 at 9:26 pm by under Weather

Thought I’d take some tonight to share with you some July weather “fun facts”.  Some of you may not think these facts are so fun, however.  That’s because they all relate to how cool it’s been this month and I know you lovers of hot, humid weather have been a bit bummed out by the summer so far.  This July really is a far cry from being a “typical” one.

We haven’t experienced a single 90-degree day this month and 23 of the 29 days so far have been below average.

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July 2014 statistics – Updated July 29

This month continues to rank as the 2nd coldest July on record, but only half of a degree separates us from the record of coldest July.  With more cooler than average days and nights ahead, stay tuned to see if we can set a new record!


UPDATE: Weather Radios

July 29th, 2014 at 9:14 pm by under Weather

The NOAA Weather Radio signal was restored earlier today.  All of your NOAA weather radios should now be receiving the weather broadcasts.  No further action is needed on your part.

 

 


NOAA Weather Radio

July 29th, 2014 at 8:54 am by under Weather

Weather radio is still off the air in Fort Wayne. Here is the latest from the National Weather Service:

...FORT WAYNE INDIANA NOAA WEATHER RADIO BROADCAST REMAINS OUT OF
SERVICE...

THE FORT WAYNE NOAA WEATHER RADIO BROADCAST...WXJ-58 AT 162.550
MHZ...HAS BEEN OFF THE AIR SINCE SUNDAY EVENING. TECHNICIANS
CONTINUE TO TROUBLESHOOTING THE PROBLEM...HOWEVER THERE IS NO
ESTIMATE AS TO WHEN SERVICE WILL BE RESTORED. SURROUNDING
BROADCASTS INCLUDE ANGOLA /KXI-94 AT 162.425 MHZ/...MARION /WXM-98
AT 162.425 MHZ/...MUNCIE /KJY-93 AT 162.425 MHZ/ AND CRIDERSVILLE
/WXJ-90 AT 162.400 MHZ. WE APOLOGIZE FOR ANY INCONVENIENCE THIS
MAY CAUS

 


Almost a record low

July 29th, 2014 at 8:40 am by under Weather
Last two years have been nearly record setting

Last two years have been nearly record setting

Even though we did not set the record of 47º in 1904 we came very close. This morning we saw the Fort Wayne Airport temperature go down to 48º which makes it the second coolest morning low temperature for July 29th since records of been recorded. The odd fact about this low temperature is that last year’s low of 50 was the second coolest until today. So the last two July 29th’s have been very cool.

This near record cool weather has put us in place to record the second coolest July of all-time for a average temperature of 69.1º through July 30th. The coolest July on record was in 2009 when the average was 68.9º.


Meteor shower tonight

July 28th, 2014 at 3:45 pm by under Weather

Conditions will be right for you to get a glimpse of some meteors in the sky tonight…but, it’s best if you’re a night owl or early bird, as the optimal viewing hours are between 3 and 5 AM.

You don’t have to look in any specific direction in the sky.  Basically, if you’re outside, looking up and are patient, the meteors and their tails should catch your eye.  If you are a frequent stargazer, you can try locating the star Delta Aquarii – that’s where these meteors will appear to be coming from.  But, again, you don’t need to be a trained stargazer to try to see this show.

While the meteors will be out there, you should know this shower does not have a high amount of meteors associated with it – at most, it’s estimated there will be a max of only 15 meteors per hour.

Here’s a link to a great article where you can read more about the Delta Aquarids.

Try catching the Delta Aquarids Meteor Shower Monday night into Tuesday morning

Try catching the Delta Aquarids Meteor Shower Monday night into Tuesday morning

 

 


Weather radio is off the air

July 28th, 2014 at 12:03 pm by under Weather

If you’re wondering why your weather radio is not working there is a very good reason. The National Weather Service says that Weather Radio is off the air. Here is the latest statement from the NWS:

...FORT WAYNE INDIANA NOAA WEATHER RADIO BROADCAST IS DOWN...

THE FORT WAYNE NOAA WEATHER RADIO BROADCAST...WXJ-58 AT 162.550
MHZ...HAS BEEN OFF THE AIR SINCE SUNDAY EVENING. TECHNICIANS ARE
TROUBLESHOOTING THE PROBLEM...HOWEVER THERE IS NO ESTIMATE AS TO
WHEN SERVICE WILL BE RESTORED. SURROUNDING BROADCASTS INCLUDE
ANGOLA /KXI-94 AT 162.425 MHZ/...MARION /WXM-98 AT 162.425
MHZ/...MUNCIE /KJY-93 AT 162.425 MHZ/ AND CRIDERSVILLE /WXJ-90 AT
162.400 MHZ. WE APOLOGIZE FOR ANY INCONVENIENCE THIS MAY CAUSE.

 


Heat has been on low this July

July 28th, 2014 at 8:36 am by under Weather

If you’re thinking this July has been cool you are correct. In fact, so far the median or average temperature for the month is 69.6º that ranks in our area as the third coolest July on record. This week will not help up that average either.

The coolest July on record wasn’t too long ago in 2009 where the median temperature was 68.7. The other interesting fact about that July was a striking similarity to this  July. There were no 90 degree days. The warmest it got to in 2009 was 87°.  So far, our warmest day has been 89º recorded on July 22nd.  The second coolest July was back in 1947 with a median or average temperature of 69.1º.


Cold air funnels this evening

July 27th, 2014 at 8:08 pm by under Weather

From the National Weather Service of Northern Indiana:

ATMOSPHERIC CONDITIONS ARE FAVORABLE EARLY THIS EVENING FOR THE
FORMATION OF COLD AIR FUNNELS. A FEW REPORTS HAVE BEEN RECEIVED
ACROSS THE REGION OF COLD AIR FUNNELS THIS EVENING…AND MAY NOT
BE IN ASSOCIATION WITH ANY SHOWERS. THESE COLD AIR FUNNELS
TYPICALLY DO NOT POSE A SIGNIFICANT THREAT…AND ONLY IN RARE
INSTANCES WOULD THEY TOUCHDOWN AND CAUSE MINOR DAMAGE. THE
POTENTIAL OF COLD AIR FUNNELS SHOULD DIMINISH TOWARD SUNSET.

Brandy Strine - Huntington

Brandy Strine – Huntington