Severe weather possible late today and tonight

September 1st, 2014 at 5:49 am by under Weather
Slight Risk area includes all of our region (Storm Prediction Center)

Slight Risk area includes all of our region (Storm Prediction Center)

The Storm Prediction Center has put our area in the Slight Risk category for late today and tonight. A weather system moving in from the west will cause some forcing that will increase our chances for strong storms with the high afternoon heating.

Biggest threats for wind and large hail

Biggest threats for wind and large hail

The two biggest threats this afternoon and evening will be large hail and gusty thunderstorm winds of over 60 mph.

A line of strong or severe storms is possible by early evening

A line of strong or severe storms is possible by early evening

Futurecast has a line of severe storms possible as early as 5 to 7pm tonight.

Futurecast rainfall totals

Futurecast rainfall totals

Heavy rainfall is also possible through late this evening with strong storms and heavy rainfall especially south of Fort Wayne.



Hotel Fitness Championship and Labor Day forecasts

August 31st, 2014 at 8:07 am by under Weather

The extended weekend has many of you outside enjoying the extra time off. With the Hotel Fitness Championship finals at Sycamore Hills Sunday, the Auburn Car Auction and many other events,  the forecast is being watched carefully. There’s good news! Sunday is a dry day with the exception of a very isolated shower or two. It will also be a little on the muggy side.

Blog 2As for your Labor Day forecast, there’s more good news! While it will be a hot and sticky Labor Day, it will be a mostly dry one. An isolated storm is possible in the later afternoon, but again, 95% of our viewing area will stay dry. It will also be a breezy day with winds out of the south-southwest 10-20 MPH. The best chance for rain on Labor Day will come in the late evening and overnight into Tuesday.



Risk for severe weather Labor Day

August 30th, 2014 at 7:47 am by under Weather

There’s good news and bad news when it comes to this Labor Day weekend’s forecast. The bad news: there will be daily chances for scattered showers and storms Saturday, early Sunday and on Labor Day. For the latest on those chances, you can watch our always updated forecast video. A little more bad news: there is a slight risk for severe storms outlined by the Storm Prediction Center for the western half of our viewing area this Labor Day.

JH_blog_4Now for the good news. We are not forecasting a big washout all weekend long. In fact, most hours will be dry! Saturday will feature scattered showers and storms. Some of those storms will produce locally heavy rains, but remain scattered/hit-and-miss in nature. Sunday looks like a mostly dry day despite a few showers or storms lingering in the first half of the day. Labor Day’s rain chances at this time look to be mostly in the evening, overnight, and into Tuesday. It seems most of Labor Day will be dry.


Weekend rain timing

August 29th, 2014 at 10:42 pm by under Weather

As you check the forecast for Labor Day weekend, I wanted to share these notes from our forecast desk regarding our upcoming rain and storm chances.  We have the potential each weekend day to see rain move through, but there are times when it’s more likely than others.  Here’s what you need to know.

Some scattered rain is possible during the morning, but the potential is low.

Much higher chances come for the afternoon, evening and night.  Some thunderstorms and periods of heavy rain are possible.  There’s a lot of humidity out there and plenty of moisture can be “wrung out” as rain and storms move through.  Low-lying areas should be on alert for potential flooding.

Best rain chances on Sunday are in the morning, but the potential is low.  Sunday afternoon and evening are looking mainly dry.

Looking ahead to Monday:
Rain potential will increase for the afternoon and evening.  Once again, some heavy rain and thunderstorms will be possible during this time.

Weekend rainfall

August 29th, 2014 at 8:19 am by under Weather
Weekend rainfall estimates from Weather Prediction Center (NWS)

Weekend rainfall estimates from Weather Prediction Center (NWS)

Rainfall will be heaviest this weekend Saturday and Saturday night. Although this estimate puts the heaviest rainfall south of Indiana. That’s where most of our forecast solutions are putting it as well.

Futurecast puts a little less than .50" across the area through early Sunday

Futurecast puts a little less than .50″ across the area through early Sunday

Futurecast puts under a half inch across the are through early Sunday morning.

Heavy rainfall possible by next week

Heavy rainfall possible by next week

Kind of interesting as we look ahead. Some of our forecast solutions have over an inch of rain for Tuesday of next week. This will be an interesting beginning to what we call meteorological fall.


Friday Night Football – Week 2

August 28th, 2014 at 10:25 pm by under Weather

Scattered rain is possible across the area on Friday night, but it does not look to make a big impact on our area football games.  That’s because, based on data as of this posting, the better rain/storm chances on Friday hold off until late night (around midnight or after) into Saturday morning.

Temperatures will be near 80° at kickoff before falling into the low 70s when the games wrap up.

Football Forecast for 8/29/14

Football Forecast for 8/29/14

Hurricanes on both coasts

August 28th, 2014 at 8:39 am by under Weather

A very active week for both coasts as tropical storm Marie has caused 30-foot swells across the pacific coast line of California.

Meanwhile, another hurricane called Cristobal is causing large swells on the east coast. Although there is quite a bit of activity right now neither storm is expected to make the shore line or cause major issues with the exception of large waves.

Cash for grass

August 27th, 2014 at 9:48 pm by under Weather
US Drought Monitor - Darkest red color indicates the exceptional drought that's occurring.  (Image Credit: NOAA/NWS/NCEP/CPC)

US Drought Monitor – Darkest red color indicates the exceptional drought that’s occurring. (Image Credit: NOAA/NWS/NCEP/CPC)

We all know having a nice green lawn takes a lot of water and money.  Plus, there’s all the maintenance that comes along with taking care of your yard. So, how would you like to not have to worry about watering or mowing it and also not paying such high water bills?  It’s not sounding like a bad idea, right?  Also, how about being paid to remove the grass from your yard?

This is a reality for residents in many California cities (and in some other western states/cities, too).  Local governments are running “Cash for Grass” programs that give residents money for each square foot of grass that is pulled up.  I’ve seen reimbursement amounts between $1 and $2 in my research.

This is an especially important program in Calfiornia right now, where the majority of the state is under an “Exceptional Drought” and water is scarce.   According to the U.S. Drought Monitor nearly 60% of the state currently falls under this most intense drought cateogry.  The money received by participants from these programs is a nice incentive to create a yard that won’t require so much water.

Residents typically use items like stones, mulch and wood chips and certain plants that are able to live on lower amounts of water to fill their yards.   Here are a few examples of what these “grass-less” yards can look like:

Amazing pictures from outer space

August 27th, 2014 at 11:17 am by under Weather
View from outer space of hurricane Marie from Astronaut Ben Wiseman (NASA)

View from outer space of hurricane Marie from Astronaut Reid Wiseman (NASA)

Some amazing pictures and an amazing story of astronaut Reid Wiseman who is now at the International Space Station. Wiseman’s pictures have been nothing short of fantastic. The one from yesterday of hurricane Marie off the pacific coast is spectacular.

Astronaut Reid Wiseman

Astronaut Reid Wiseman

You can view all of Wiseman’s ‘tweets’ and pictures by viewing his Twitter account. Even if you are not a Twitter person these shots are worth seeing.

Rain chances decreasing, less humid air moving in

August 26th, 2014 at 7:38 pm by under Weather

The line of rain and storms mentioned in our previous post continued to weaken as it moved into our area.  Most of the area saw little more than a scattered sprinkle or two, although there was one quite strong storm which developed  in Adams and Van Wert counties and proceeded toward Celina, OH prompting a severe thunderstorm warning there.

For the rest of the evening, only a few remaining sprinkles are expected across the area.  Our attention  is now turning to the less humid air that moves in for Wednesday.  The Muggy Meter is dropping down 2 notches to simply “Humid” for Wednesday.  But, believe me, while “Humid” on many other occasions isn’t so exciting, it will be this time.  Conditions will be noticeably different from the intense humidity we’ve experienced these past couple of days.


Wednesday's Muggy Meter Level

Wednesday’s Muggy Meter Level