Greg Shoup

Severe weather is back after a long lapse

March 27th, 2015 at 12:01 pm by under Weather
Very few tornadoes were reported during the early severe weather season

Very few tornadoes were reported during the early severe weather season

Just a few days ago I saw that the Storm Prediction Center put out this graphic and was remarking about how quiet things have been. The SPC had this statistic that so far this calendar year only 28 tornadoes had been observed. The average is 192!

After a very quiet start to the season March 25th changed everything

After a very quiet start to the season March 25th changed everything

This all changed on March 25th when 8 tornadoes caused wide spread damage across a three state area. This is the storm report graphic from the 25th where there were 238 reports and even one fatality. The severe weather drought is over.


Light rain and snow mixng through early part of day

March 26th, 2015 at 6:05 am by under Weather

Heavy rainfall will be prevalent through mid-morning with a brief period of snowfall. This has been a real concern over the last several hours. Earlier it looked like we could get a couple of inches of quick snowfall with this change-over. But now it is looking like we really don’t see temperatures drop below freezing and it will be difficult for any kind of snowfall accumulation through late this morning.

By 12pm this snowfall will end and we will see cloudy and a rather cold day for this time of year when we average temperatures in the lower 50s we will just see lower 40s.

Temperatures will fall further on Friday with a high around 30 which is near 20 degrees below average.


Colder air returns

March 25th, 2015 at 10:47 am by under Weather

Much colder air returns over the next 24 to 48 hours as it begins to stream in tonight. Temperatures will fall into the upper 30s by early Thursday and Futurecast has some light rain across the area. That’s when we begin to see the cold air moving in. Highs will only be in the 40s by afternoon Thursday.

Friday will be even colder as we will see another surge of colder air moving in with temperatures falling into the 20s late Thursday night which will leave Friday with some flurries and temperatures around 30. This cold air will still be around on Saturday as temperatures will only recover into the upper 30s.


Cold temperatures through end of the month

March 24th, 2015 at 11:36 am by under Weather
6 to 10 day forecast March 29 through April 2.

6 to 10 day forecast March 29 through April 2.

It looks like we may see below normal temperatures through the end of the month. The new 6 to 10 day outlook from the Weather Prediction Center has a 50% chance of below average temperatures. This forecast is valid from March 29 through April 2.


Snowfall through afternoon

March 23rd, 2015 at 11:37 am by under Weather
Here is the outlook for afternoon snowfall

Here is the outlook for afternoon snowfall

We did see heavy snowfall to the north and west of Indiana earlier but as the snow moves across our area this afternoon we will see about 1″ in grassy areas. This is because we have warm pavement and most of the roads are still treated. But be careful especially later this afternoon as bridges and side roads may be slick.


Spring is in the air

March 20th, 2015 at 6:28 am by under Weather

NASA animation of Vernal Equinox

The Vernal equinox will happen at 6:45 pm for us today. But this is a very interesting day because at the same time as the equinox part of the world will see a total eclipse of the sun.

Eclipse picture courtesy of NASA

Eclipse picture courtesy of NASA

The other interesting happening besides the eclipse is the Supermoon. Wow, what a day.


State tornado drill is a good time to check your batteries

March 19th, 2015 at 8:18 am by under Weather
Midland Weather Radio

Midland Weather Radio

As you hear the sirens go off it’s a good time for you to check your weather radio out. Make sure that it was able to receive the warning. Even if you are not home when the test tornado warning occurs you should see it show up on your display screen. If the warning did not show up then you will have to reprogram the radio.

Another thing you may want to check is the back up battery on the back of your weather radio. I can’t tell you how many times I saw old corroded batteries in weather radios because they sat around for a couple of years. So this would be a good time to change that back up battery out. Remember that battery should only be used as a back up if you have a desk top model. It will not last long if it is the only source of power for your weather radio.


Teaching about climate

March 18th, 2015 at 11:24 am by under Weather
Climate educational resource page

Climate educational resource page

A true understanding of climate does not just involve meteorology. It is a complex combination of a number of sciences. The National Climate Assessment, released in May of 2014, summarizes the impacts of climate change on the United States, touching on many disciplines: earth science, biology, human health, engineering, technology,  economics, and policy. 

This would be a good resource for any student of science to understand the role of the United States on climate and what the daily, monthly and annual impacts might be on climate change.


What a sunset

March 17th, 2015 at 9:11 am by under Weather
Photo provided by Sharon Mauger, Fort Wayne

Photo provided by Sharon Mauger, Fort Wayne

Did you catch the beautiful sunset last night? If you didn’t we have several pictures that viewers shared with us in our gallery. When I saw it I thought of the old saying, “Red sky at night sailors delight”.  Red sky at night would indicate that the spectrum of light is going through numerous dust particles in the air. That would indicate lots of dust particles which would mean more of stable situation and high pressure or fair weather.

On the other had, “Red sky in the morning sailors take warning would indicate that high pressure has already passed and conditions will be changing and lower pressure would be moving in. Also, a red sky in the morning many times means that there is moisture and clouds in the atmosphere and that the weather will be changing. We could be seeing rain later in the morning or afternoon.


Warmest of the season

March 16th, 2015 at 7:54 am by under Weather
Monday forecast of 68 is the warmest in several months

Monday forecast of 68 is the warmest in several months

Today will not only be the warmest temperature of 2015 so far, but it will also be the warmest temperature we’ve seen in months. In fact, the last time we were in the 60s was back on November 30thm 2014 when it was 61 degrees. To find a high in the upper 60s we have to go back another month to October 17th of 2014 when we had a high of 68º.

The record for this day in weather history is 78° which was set back in 2012.  We’ve also had at least two other days in weather history when the area has seen temperatures in the 70s. Back in 1945 it was 77 ° and it was 72 in 1898.  So we are in pretty good company.