Predicting sinkholes with radar

April 24th, 2014 at 7:37 pm by under Weather

I wanted to share this story with you from today’s CBS This Morning broadcast.  It’s about how NASA is using radar to help study and predict the development of sinkholes and how they spread. You’ll see on the map featured in the story, sinkholes are possible here in the Midwest, too.

Check it out. I’m sure you’d agree…it would be great to be able to get advance notice if a sinkhole was opening up around your home.:


Overnight Rainfall

April 24th, 2014 at 8:39 am by under Weather

 

Futurecast has the heavy rainfall beginning around 5 am Friday

Futurecast has the heavy rainfall beginning around 5 am Friday

Rainfall will be moving in overnight Thursday and early Friday. Here’s how Futurecast depicts the rainfall with the heaviest rain across our area beginning at 5 am.

Futurecast 9am Friday morning with some heavy rainfall

Futurecast 9am Friday morning with some heavy rainfall

The heavier rainfall continues through 9am before ending.

Rainfall totals could be over a half an inch

Rainfall totals could be over a half an inch

Rainfall totals will be between .5″ to around .9″ north according to Futurecast.


15 Fury Alert – A WANE Severe Weather Special

April 23rd, 2014 at 10:23 pm by under Weather

I hope you had the chance to watch our severe weather special tonight! Meteorologist Jesse Hawila and I had a great time putting this information together. We really enjoyed working with the folks at the Storm Prediction Center in Norman, Oklahoma, the National Weather Service offices near our area, the rest of the Live Doppler 15 Fury Storm Team, the residents of Kokomo, and many more. We hope that the information in the special helps you and your family plan & prepare for the upcoming severe weather season. If 15 Fury Alert helps to save one life, then it was well worth our time to put all of this information together!

In cased you missed the special or would like to watch it again, you can check it out here.

Have a weather question or comment about the special? Tweet us at @wanewx or send us an email at: weather@wane.com.

We hope you enjoyed the special! Re-watch it as many times as you want on wane.com!

We hope you enjoyed the special! Re-watch it as many times as you want on wane.com!


Fury Alert Severe Weather Special Airs Tonight

April 23rd, 2014 at 8:07 am by under Weather

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Don’t forget to tune in for our Fury Alert weather special tonight. You can learn more about severe weather and what you and your family should do during a weather emergency. We have a new component to this years show as well. You can join us on Twitter. Our ‘handle’ is @Wanewx. You will be able to interact with our weather team live and ask questions as our weather special is airing live on WANE 15.


The Storm Prediction Center Wants Your Feedback

April 22nd, 2014 at 3:47 pm by under Weather

This season’s severe weather outlooks will undergo new changes. Many of you are used to hearing a slight, moderate, or high risk for severe storms, but starting later this year two new categories will be implemented: marginal and enhanced. The SPC has released these new outlooks in order to more accurately describe a severe weather setup and the risks associated with it. CLICK HERE to visit their web page with all of the details surrounding these new outlooks. After you’ve read through everything, the SPC would love to have your feedback! CLICK HERE to submit your thoughts in a survey. 

Courtesy: Storm Prediction Center

Courtesy: Storm Prediction Center


Frost likely overnight

April 22nd, 2014 at 11:24 am by under Weather

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As temperatures are forecast to dip below freezing tonight should gardeners push the panic button? In some cases the answer is yes. When a ‘tender’ plant freezes it turns the cells which are normally green into black or brown cells. The ice crystals can also further injure a plant by damaging these cells so that water cannot travel through the tissue which limits growth and can ultimately kill the plant.

Cover your plants with a tarp or sheet and not with plastic as plastic is too thin to insulate the plants leaves. According to home gardening sites: “Just ensure that when you cover your plant, the cover reaches the ground, trapping warm air under the plant’s canopy. The better the cover does this, the safer your plant will be from frost.”


Weather Radio Events In May

April 21st, 2014 at 3:40 pm by under Weather

NOAA weather radios are your first line of defense when severe storms threaten your hometown. Many of you likely remember WANE TV, the LiveDoppler 15 Fury Storm Team, along with Midland  going out to various Walgreens and Kroger stores across the viewing area in a campaign to help you purchase and program your NOAA weather radios. We will be at it again this May in Fort Wayne, Bluffton, and Auburn! This is a great chance to come out and meet the LiveDoppler 15 Fury Storm Team, buy your Midland Weather Radio, and have one of us program it for you. Below is a list of locations and times. We will be reminding you here on the blog and on air of these dates in the coming weeks. We really hope to see you out at one of the events!

 

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Lyrid Meteor Shower

April 21st, 2014 at 8:36 am by under Weather
Composite image of Lyrid and non-Lyrid meteors, seen over New Mexico from April 21-23, 2012. (NASA/MSFC/Danielle Moser)

Composite image of Lyrid and non-Lyrid meteors, seen over New Mexico from April 21-23, 2012. (NASA/MSFC/Danielle Moser)

Tonight is a perfect night for viewing the Lyrid Meteor Shower. Here’s what NASA has to say about it:  “Lyrids are pieces of debris from the periodic Comet C/1861 G1 Thatcher and have been observed for more than 2,600 years. In mid-April of each year, Earth runs into the stream of debris from the comet, which causes the Lyrid meteor shower. You can tell if a meteor belongs to a particular shower by tracing back its path to see if it originates near a specific point in the sky, called the radiant. The constellation in which the radiant is located gives the shower its name, and in this case, Lyrids appear to come from a point in the constellation Lyra.”

Here’s what Earth, Wind and Sky says about it: The 2014 Lyrid meteor shower will pepper the night on the evening of April 21 until before dawn April 22. The predawn hours are typically best – and April 22, Earth Day morning, is the peak this year. You might also want to try the evening hours this year, though, because the light of the last quarter moon, rising at midnight, will interfere.”

Although the weather will not be ideal you may be able to catch a glimpse with skies clearing between 4 and 6 am on the 22nd.


Reporting Severe Weather

April 20th, 2014 at 4:00 pm by under Weather

Severe weather season has stayed quiet so far, but the peak of our season is just about a month away. Your reports are incredibly beneficial when it comes to the warning process and understanding how severe storms are behaving. Our Report!t feature is a great way for you to send pictures and reports when any weather threatens. Many times, the reports you send in are then sent to our local NWS office so they can better issue warnings and do damage surveys if necessary.

But what do you report? What should be reported to who? Read the information on the graphic below, then click the graphic to read more about proper storm reporting and the best methods to send in each report.

Courtesy NWS IWX

Courtesy NWS IWX


Spring Freeze/Frost Info

April 20th, 2014 at 12:38 pm by under Weather

What a beautiful day for outdoor activities! With our afternoon high temperature on track to climb to 74° today, that would put us on track for having one of the top ten warmest Easter days ever. We still won’t be as warm as we were back in 1976 though, when thermometers climbed to a whopping 83°!

Easter Sunday temperatures stats (Courtesy: NWS).

For those of you who tuned into First News this morning, you saw that the Easter Bunny left Gina Glaros a pot of pink tulips for the holiday! She may not want to put those outside just yet, though.

Don't go putting your flowers outside just yet!

Don’t go putting your flowers outside just yet!

According to stats compiled by our friends at the National Weather Service Northern Indiana Office, Fort Wayne doesn’t typically see it’s last freeze until April 23rd. That doesn’t mean frost can’t occur after that! In fact, Fort Wayne has had frost as late as May 27th (that occurred back in 1961). The rule of thumb has typically been to start planting (or taking your flowers outside) after Mother’s Day. You may have to be prepared to bring them in or cover them up, but it’s rare that frosts occur that late.

You can check out more in these stats compiled by the National Weather Service!