Lee Ann Okuly

Winter Storm Watch Tuesday

February 24th, 2013 at 6:33 pm by under Weather

A Winter Storm Watch is in effect for the entire area Tuesday.

Winter Storm Watch

A wintry mix of precipitation will move in to the area early in the morning.  Warm air will mix in with this system.  This will make for a wide range of precip types through the morning.

Precipitation Type Tuesday Morning

Heading into the afternoon, cold air will push back in and all of this mess will change back to all snow.  Here is a look at expected snow totals through Tuesday night.

Snow Totals Through Tuesday Night

Daytona 500 Forecast

February 23rd, 2013 at 9:30 pm by under Weather

This is for all the other race fans out there!  I know you are all probably just as excited as I am for Sunday.  Hopefully we can avoid situations like what happened in the Nationwide race.  For those of you watching at home, you may be in for a long one again this year!  Rain is in the forecast for Sunday in Daytona.

Daytona 500 Forecast

This years race could turn interesting if the guys and gal are not only racing each other, but the rain too.

Research shows El Nino doen’t work alone

February 19th, 2013 at 2:19 pm by under Weather

New research is finding that there is a signal in the atmosphere that will help show when El Nino conditions will change weather patterns across the U.S.

Orange colors indicate water at the equator that is warmer than average. This is El Nino.
El Nino – NOAA Visualization Lab

El Nino occurs when ocean water at the equator warms above average and stays warm for an extended period of time.  Those warmer waters will throw off the normal atmospheric flow.

El Nino Pattern – Climate Prediction Center, NCEP, NWS

The El Nino pattern will typically affect the winter months.  In Indiana, during an El Nino, we will see a dry and warm winter.  However, El Nino does not guarantee that these conditions will be seen.  There have been some years where we were in an El Nino and we did not see our weather patterns change.

New research has shown that there is a signal that will better tell scientists when the weather patterns will change.  Ed Harrison, Ph.D. of the NOAA Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory in Seattle and Andrew Chiodi, Ph.D., of the NOAA Joint Institute for the Study of the Atmosphere and Ocean at the University of Washington, co-wrote the paper on the research.

Their findings show that El Nino years when heat radiation from deep convective clouds decreased, those years showed that the weather patterns were shifting.  They found this by comparing satellite imagery for all El Nino years.  They also found that El Nino years where the weather pattern did not change, there was no drop in heat radiation from the convective clouds.

One other thing that they noticed was the timing of when the drop of radiation occurred.  This could help forecasters in the future when putting together seasonal forecasts.  This could help companies, including oil companies, better prepare for the winter season.

Warming up Monday

February 17th, 2013 at 5:23 pm by under Weather

Our next weather system will bring some big changes to the area.  And these changes will move in fast!  We’ll start off the day Monday with partly cloudy skies and early morning temperatures in the upper teens.  As this next system moves in, it will bring in a lot of heat.  Temps will climb quickly through the day.  Temps will top out in the mid 40′s around 4 pm.  Not only is this system bringing in some heat, it will also bring in some rain.

Monday Forecast

Rain will move in around 3-4 pm and continue through the rest of the evening.  As the rain begins to move out just after midnight, some of the rain will change to some light snow.  The snow will not last very long, so no accumulations are expected.  A few more flurries could be seen through Tuesday morning then skies will slowly clear.

NWS radar upgraded and online!

February 16th, 2013 at 5:28 pm by under Weather

The upgrade to the National Weather Service radar in Northern Indiana is complete!  The upgrade was supposed to begin on the 18th, but actually started a week early.  Since the main upgrade to the radar was the software, testing is still being done to tweak and perfect it.

Do you remember my previous blog post on the PING Project?  You can find it HERE.  Basically what the NWS needs to know is what kind of precipitation is falling at any given time.  Anyone can participate and it is SO easy!

For more information visit the PING project website.

Time lapse of historic blizzard from spcae

February 10th, 2013 at 5:59 pm by under Weather

Here is another great video from the blizzard on the east coast.  This one comes to us from NASA.  It is a time loop of the satellite images taken from a weather satellite.  Watch as the 2 systems merge to form the powerful system.

Amazing time lapse of east coast blizzard

February 9th, 2013 at 11:01 pm by under Weather

The snow totals along the east coast are AMAZING!  Some places are reporting up to 40″ of snow!  Here is a link to an amazing time lapse video showing the snow accumulate.  This video comes to us via Facebook.  I wanted to embed the video, but it didn’t work so here is the link to the video.


This is one of the best videos I’ve seen out there.  Here also are a few pictures from my friend Brian.

Winter Weather Advisory Monday

February 3rd, 2013 at 5:20 pm by under Weather

Another round of snow will move through on Monday.  This one will bring some decent snow to the area.  Here is a look at the counties that are under the Winter Weather Advisory.

Purple = Winter Weather Advisory

Notice only the northern portion of the area is under the advisory.  This is where some of the higher snow totals will be.  South of Fort Wayne snow totals will be much lower.  Here is a look at the expected snow totals.

Expected Snow Totals Monday

Snow will begin to fall around 4 am.  The heaviest snow will be falling through the morning.  This will make for a difficult morning commute.  Please be careful out there and give yourself more time to get to your morning destination.  Light snow will continue through about 7 pm.

Snow Totals from Saturday

February 2nd, 2013 at 10:06 pm by under Weather

Here is a look at the snow totals across the area.  The heaviest snow was in the northern portion of the area, with totals near a foot in some places in Michigan!

Snow Totals – Saturday

Light snow is expected for Sunday, but no accumulation is expected.  More snow is in the forecast for Monday with most of the area seeing 1-2″.

Wind Chill Temperatures Friday Morning

February 1st, 2013 at 12:24 pm by under Weather

Here is a list of the coldest windchill reported at several locations around the area.  This list was compiled by the National Weather Service in Northern Indiana.  Since the data in this list is from several sources it is not considered “official”.  The list also does not include all counties in the area due to lack of wind chill readings.

Coldest Wind Chill Readings – NOAA NWS IWX