Night of Lights forecast

November 25th, 2014 at 8:17 pm by under Weather

Conditions are looking good for Wednesday’s Night of Lights in Fort Wayne.  Yes, there will be a chill in the air, with temps dropping through the lower 30s.  But, winds won’t be bad at all – from the northeast at only 5 mph.

So, enjoy the lights, your hot chocolate and those Coney Island hot dogs.

Night of Lights forecast for 11/26/2014

Night of Lights forecast for 11/26/2014

Tricky travel weather

November 25th, 2014 at 10:43 am by under Weather

Your trip to grandma’s house may be a little tricky if you are leaving Wednesday. A large scale weather system will move across the eastern third of the U.S. causing heavy rainfall along the coast and heavy snowfall inland. This snowfall will spread into New York by Wednesday evening which will most likely cause lots of travel headaches.

Still windy Tuesday, but not as windy as today

November 24th, 2014 at 9:17 pm by under Weather

Our highest wind gust today at the Fort Wayne Airport reached 60 mph at 12:33 pm.  Thousands across the area lost power at some point and a number of reports of property damage and downed trees came in to the weather center.  I & M is estimating that all power will be restored by noon on Tuesday, if not before.

A list of some of Monday's highest wind gusts across NE Indiana and NW Ohio

A list of some of Monday’s highest wind gusts across NE Indiana and NW Ohio

We’ll still be windy on Tuesday, but nowhere near the 60 mph wind gusts of today.

The highest gusts will be experienced primarily during the morning, before tapering off significantly later in the day. Tuesday’s highest gusts will top out around 25 mph.

Record rainfall and gusty winds

November 24th, 2014 at 11:47 am by under Weather
Record rainfall in many locations

Record rainfall in many locations

The rain came overnight ahead of this powerful storm system and Fort Wayne recorded an all time record of 1.56″ through midnight shattering an old record from 1979 of .69″.

Wind gusts of 50 mph common late morning and early afternoon Monday

Wind gusts of 50 mph common late morning and early afternoon Monday


Gusty winds were the next problem as they began moving in late morning with a wind gust of 50 knots or 57 mph at Fort Wayne Airport (10:19 am). These winds also knocked out power to thousands of residents across the area as power poles got knocked down by trees and the gusty winds.

Hold onto your hats!

November 23rd, 2014 at 4:37 pm by under Weather

The two big stories we’re tracking for you as you start your new workweek are significant rains and very strong winds. Rain is falling this evening across the entire WANE viewing area. We’re still anticipating 1″+ amounts to fall by Monday afternoon. The wind is the other concern. The robust system responsible for the rain will barrel through the Great Lakes region Monday and will be the culprit for strong winds. We’re anticipating winds of 25-35 MPH sustained throughout the day Monday. I would not be surprised to see reports of 45 MPH gusts in some spots. These winds will be transitioning from southwesterly to westerly throughout Monday.


Incoming rain update

November 23rd, 2014 at 12:52 pm by under Weather

A few scattered showers will move through the area this afternoon before a bigger batch of rain arrives this evening. Based on the latest Futurecast model runs, the rain should become more widespread around 6 or 7pm tonight. Here’s a breakdown of the timing:

Once this batch of rain moves through tonight, some BIG changes are on the way. The top two stories tomorrow will be the falling temps and the windy conditions:

The forecast models have been pretty consistent with rain gauge totals from this storm. When all is said and done, most can expect to pick up at least 1″ of rain. Some locally higher amounts up to 1.5″ will be possible.

Some locally higher totals will be possible.

Some locally higher totals will be possible.

Timing out Sunday’s rain

November 22nd, 2014 at 5:24 pm by under Weather

Your forecast for Sunday is calling for a lot of rain, but Sunday will have many dry hours. We’re tracking two main waves of rain to move through the area on Sunday. Wave one is the least impressive. Light rain and showers will move through in the morning. Futurecast is doing a great job of timing the expected rain.

Sunday 7AM

Sunday 7AM


We will see many dry hours in the afternoon with the exception of a passing sprinkle of shower. A strong SW wind 15-25 MPH ahead of the second, more impressive wave will allow temperatures to soar into the middle 50s in the late afternoon. The second wave, looks to come in after sunset. Futurecast is showing widespread rain (some heavy at times) in the area around 8PM


Sunday 8 PM

Sunday 8 PM

The rain will linger overnight Sunday and into the first half of Monday. We’re expecting impressive rain totals out of this system. Area wide we anticipate about an inch of rain with some locations exceeding an inch.

7 Day

Colder air filters in for Monday and temps crash throughout the day. The other big story for Monday will be the very breezy conditions. Winds will stay sustained out of the SW 25-30 MPH with gusts to 40 possible.

Cold trend comes to an end…for now

November 22nd, 2014 at 1:30 pm by under Weather

After the past several days, today will feel downright balmy in northeast Indiana and northwest Ohio. With gusty winds from the southwest pulling in some much warmer air, temperatures today will climb into the upper 40s. That’s almost a foreign concept to many of us as of recent. In fact, we haven’t been out of the 30s for over a week!

We've had daytime highs in the 30s or lower over the past 10 days!

We’ve had daytime highs in the 30s or lower over the past 10 days!

With such a cold spell representing a good chunk of the month of November so far, this has done a number on our monthly stats. When we compare our temperatures to November averages, it’s clear to see that this was an almost unprecedented cold snap:

So far, temperatures for the month of November are running over 9° below average!

So far, temperatures for the month of November are running over 9° below average!

In fact, according to data from the Midwestern Regional Climate Center, this currently ranks as the 3rd coldest November on record in Fort Wayne! We will see a brief respite from the cold this weekend with seasonable temperatures today, and above average warmth tomorrow. Then the cold air makes a return late Monday through Thanksgiving. We could be in the running for coldest November ever after this next cold spell arrives by midweek. Stay tuned!

Weekend warm up

November 21st, 2014 at 11:26 am by under Weather
Gulf of Mexico air moves north toward our area over the next 12 hours

Gulf of Mexico air moves north toward our area over the next 12 hours

Air from the southwest United States is coming in and a couple of things are going to happen that we need to highlight. First of all it won’t be a 100% smooth transition. This warmer air will move in to the middle layers of the atmosphere, while the colder air sinks. this will cause a brief period of freezing rain before dawn. Most of our model solutions are now favoring a very quick warm up Saturday morning so ice accumulation and dangerous weather from this situation should be rather minimal.

Bottom line is that this should be a warmer but mostly wet weekend. The majority of the precipitation comes in Sunday with one of our hi-resolution forecast solutions bringing almost an inch of precipitation! The good news is that it will all be liquid this time.

Christmas on Broadway forecast

November 20th, 2014 at 11:36 pm by under Weather

Friday’s the big day…the official lighting of the Broadway Plaza Christmas Tree.  The lighting takes place at 6 PM, but the crowd will be gathering beforehand to see Santa, meet his reindeer and enjoy hot chocolate during this neighborhood celebration.  And, guess what’s new this year??  Fireworks!

The festivities take place on Broadway Plaza, which is right in front of the Shine & Hardin Law Offices at 2810 Beaver Ave.

Christmas on Broadway 2014 Forecast

Christmas on Broadway 2014 Forecast