Nicholas Ferreri

Easter Egg Hunt Forecast

April 18th, 2014 at 9:17 pm by under Weather

There are plenty of Easter egg hunts scheduled across the area on Saturday – and the weather will be great for them!  Click here for a list and a look at other Easter events going on around the area as the weekend gets underway.

Good weather for outdoor events this weekend.

Saturday’s Forecast

 

 


Light Friday Rain

April 17th, 2014 at 11:45 pm by under Weather

A weak front moves through on Friday which gives us the potential to see a few raindrops here…the key word to know is “few”.  The rain really won’t add up to much – maybe just a tenth of an inch or two.

The front passes through early Friday morning, producing our best rain chances then.  There’s a slight chance, though, that the afternoon could see a few lingering raindrops.

 


Questions About NOAA Weather Radios

April 16th, 2014 at 8:58 pm by under Weather
Image Credit: Midland Radio Corporation

Image Credit: Midland Radio Corporation

It’s been great hearing that so many of you who didn’t already have NOAA Weather Radios are heading out to local Kroger and Walgreens stores to buy them!  Now, you’ll have an extra level of protection during severe weather – especially when storms strike overnight.

Don’t forget…through the end of April, Walgreens stores across NE Indiana and NW Ohio are offering a special discount on Midland NOAA Weather Radios.  You’ll get an extra $5 off – making the price $24.99.

After you buy your radio, the next step is to program it.  Programming weather radios has become easier and easier through the years with advancements in technology.  Every Midland Weather Radio comes with step-by-step instructions on how to program it.  Many of you, though, still prefer to have them programmed by the Live Doppler 15 Fury Weather Team -and we’re happy about that.

We’ll be making stops at select Kroger and Walgreens stores to say hi to you, our WANE viewers/wane.com visitors, and to assist you in setting up your radios.  This year our “Weather Radio Tour” features 2 visits around Fort Wayne, plus visits to Auburn and Bluffton.  Click here to see a list of these events and times – All weekday events are from 4-7 PM with one Saturday event scheduled for Noon-3PM.

Do you have questions about Midland NOAA Weather Radios?  Click here to go to Midland’s NOAA Weather Radio info page.


Our Mid-April Winter Blast

April 15th, 2014 at 9:05 pm by under Weather

Our Monday night/early Tuesday morning snow added up to 1.1″ at the Fort Wayne International Airport.  So, that brings us up to 74.7″ for the July-June snow year.  We’re still trailing the winter of 1981-1982 which saw 81.2″ of snow.

Snowiest Years Based on the July-June Snow Season

Snowiest Years Based on the July-June Snow Season

6+ inches of more snow needed to make 2013-2014 the snowiest year ever.

6+ inches of more snow needed to make 2013-2014 the snowiest year ever.

Cold air also came with the snow and high temps ended up stuck in the mid 30s during the day – setting a new record low high temperature today.

Low April Temps

Low April Temps

Tuesday Night Forecast

Tuesday Night Forecast

And, we have the potential to set another record – for record low temp tonight into Wednesday morning.  The current record is 24° and our WANE forecast calls for a low of 23°.  Tune in to Greg’s Live Doppler 15 Fury Forecast on Wednesday morning to see if we accomplish this feat!

 

 


Lunar Eclipse Forecast

April 14th, 2014 at 8:31 pm by under Weather

UPDATE:  Clouds may start diminishing between 3 am and 6 am.  Early risers might just be able to spot the second half of this total lunar eclipse.

Original post:  The forecast to see the total lunar eclipse tonight isn’t the best.  If you follow along with our blog regularly, you already know the timing of the event comes in the wee hours of the morning.

Overnight Forecast

Late Night Forecast – Monday Night into Tuesday

We are likely to still be dealing with good amount of cloud cover and some falling snow through early morning, when viewing the neat sight would otherwise be possible under a clear sky.

Dates of Future Total Lunar Eclipses Visible in the United States

Dates of Future Total Lunar Eclipses Visible in the United States

But, don’t fret, we have 3 more total lunar eclipses on the way over the next year and a half — one about every 6 months.   And, each one, has the potential to be visible here in the United States…as long as Mother Nature cooperates.

To read more about this grouping of 4 total lunar eclipses, called a “tetrad”, just click here.


Monday Night Snow Update

April 14th, 2014 at 4:02 pm by under Weather

We’ve been dealing with scattered rain today and falling temperatures.  We were around 70° right at midnight but, by afternoon, temps had already fallen into the 40s.

Rain Changes to Snow Around 8 PM

Rain Changes to Snow Around 8 PM

Rain showers continue this evening, but will change to snow showers around the vicinity of 8 o’clock and continue into late night.  Our snow accumulation forecast is quite tricky.  If we were in the heart of winter, this would easily be a 2″-4″ snowfall…but, with highs near 80° both days this weekend, preceded by other above freezing days, the main questions are how much will this snow accumulate and what impact will it have on the morning commute?

Monday Night Forecast

Monday Night Forecast

Taking our recent warmth into consideration, I’d say we’re looking at up to 1″ of snow on area roads with higher accumulations possible (up to 2″) on the grass, parked cars, patios and other exposed surfaces.  We do have a high potential for a slick morning commute (especially on side roads and others that may remain untreated) with temperatures in the low-mid 20s.  During the afternoon, don’t expect much of a warm up – we’ll only see highs in the upper 30s.

Snow Forecast Through Tuesday AM

Snow Forecast Through Tuesday AM

 

 


Don’t go planting just yet!

April 11th, 2014 at 9:38 pm by under Weather

With the springlike weather we’ve experienced and the weekend highs in the 70s that are ahead, I’ve already been getting questions about when people can start planting their gardens and flower pots.

Well, the answer is not yet!  That’s because temperatures of 32° and below are still highly possible at this point in the spring.  In fact, it’s looking like we’ll drop to around 30° on Tuesday morning and the upper 20s Wednesday morning.  Temperatures this low, of course, can damage and kill common garden plants, if they’re not protected.

Based on climate data from 1980-2010, the median date for the last 32° freeze is between April 21-30.  Keep in mind since we’re talking about the median date, a freeze after this point is definitely not out of the question.

Common wisdom around these parts identifies Mother’s Day weekend (May 10 & 11 this year) as a good planting time.  Growing up, though, we often used Memorial Day (May 26 this year) as a guide – that is likely to be a better bet.

Double check with your garden center as to how hardy your plants are that you wish to put in the ground…different plants can withstand different conditions.  And, if you do plant soon, be sure to tune in to your Live Doppler 15 Fury Forecast for any frost/freeze alerts to see if you need to cover up and protect your plants from the cold air.


The days go by without a 70° day just yet…

April 9th, 2014 at 7:45 pm by under Weather
Fort Wayne continues to anticipate its first 70° temp of the year.

Fort Wayne continues to anticipate its first 70° temp of the year.

We’ve been waiting patiently for some springlike weather and, while temps have made their way into the 60s some days, we haven’t been able to reach 70° just quite yet.  The last time we made it into that territory was Oct. 13, 2013!  And, as each day  goes by, we get closer to the record for latest first 70°, which is April 25th (that’s only 16 days away!).

To see a complete rundown of the regionwide 70° stats, check out this graphic from our local National Weather Service office.

We’ll come close to 70° on Thursday, but with clouds and rain around during the afternoon/evening we’re more likely going to stay a few degrees below that mark.  So, it looks like the wait continues for now…

 


Some interesting weather maps…

April 8th, 2014 at 9:51 pm by under Weather

Found these maps yesterday thanks to a couple friends of mine and thought I’d share with you here on the blog.  They give a neat depiction of the occurrence of severe weather across the country.  These maps were generated using data from 1994-2013 and were issued by Iowa Environmental Mesonet.

The map below details the yearly average time, in minutes, each individual county spends under a severe thunderstorm warning.  Allen County (Fort Wayne) checks in between 480 and 540 minutes…that’s between 8 and 9 hrs.

Severfe Warning

Image Credit: IEM – Iowa Environmental Mesonet

This next map is similar to the one posted above.  However, this map details the yearly average minutes each individual county spends under a tornado warning.  According to the IEM data, Allen County averages about 60-75 mins. each year under a tornado warning.

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Image Credit: IEM – Iowa Environmental Mesonet

 


Underwater weather drones

April 7th, 2014 at 7:58 pm by under Weather
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A snapshot of a submarine drone. Credit: Jason Orfanon

We’ve heard a lot about drones in the news.  We know they’ve been used for military purposes and that companies, like Domino’s Pizza and Amazon, are working to develop drones that can deliver their products directly to consumers.

Now comes word that drones…well, really, submarine drones, have been developed by the Navy to provide better measurement of conditions in the water.  This is a good thing, since we don’t get much weather data from under or above the water as we do from locations on land.  It’s reported by DefenseOne that the hope is to be able to use this drone data, along with other data to develop consistent forecasts for up to 90 days in advance.

To read more about this, click here for the complete article.