Updating our post from earlier today…the severe storm threat has diminished across the area, although some rain and storms (including heavy downpours) remain possible overnight into Tuesday morning. Areas south of Fort Wayne have the highest potential at experiencing this rain. The rain is not expected to be as heavy north and west of Fort Wayne.
Futurecast Tue 2 AM
With this being September 1st, it’s the first day of “Meteorological Fall”. You see, we keep seasonal weather records for summer from June 1 – August 31 and fall records from September 1 through November 30. So, I want to share some summer 2014 statistics with you.
One of the items that stood out most this summer was the lack of heat. We had only 2 90°+ days, while our historical average sits at nearly 15 for a “typical” Fort Wayne summer.
90° heat was really lacking during our 2014 summer.
As you check the forecast for Labor Day weekend, I wanted to share these notes from our forecast desk regarding our upcoming rain and storm chances. We have the potential each weekend day to see rain move through, but there are times when it’s more likely than others. Here’s what you need to know.
Some scattered rain is possible during the morning, but the potential is low.
Much higher chances come for the afternoon, evening and night. Some thunderstorms and periods of heavy rain are possible. There’s a lot of humidity out there and plenty of moisture can be “wrung out” as rain and storms move through. Low-lying areas should be on alert for potential flooding.
Saturday 10 AM
Saturday 5 PM
Best rain chances on Sunday are in the morning, but the potential is low. Sunday afternoon and evening are looking mainly dry.
Sunday 10 AM
Sunday 5 PM
Looking ahead to Monday:
Rain potential will increase for the afternoon and evening. Once again, some heavy rain and thunderstorms will be possible during this time.
Scattered rain is possible across the area on Friday night, but it does not look to make a big impact on our area football games. That’s because, based on data as of this posting, the better rain/storm chances on Friday hold off until late night (around midnight or after) into Saturday morning.
Temperatures will be near 80° at kickoff before falling into the low 70s when the games wrap up.
US Drought Monitor – Darkest red color indicates the exceptional drought that’s occurring. (Image Credit: NOAA/NWS/NCEP/CPC)
We all know having a nice green lawn takes a lot of water and money. Plus, there’s all the maintenance that comes along with taking care of your yard. So, how would you like to not have to worry about watering or mowing it and also not paying such high water bills? It’s not sounding like a bad idea, right? Also, how about being paid to remove the grass from your yard?
This is a reality for residents in many California cities (and in some other western states/cities, too). Local governments are running “Cash for Grass” programs that give residents money for each square foot of grass that is pulled up. I’ve seen reimbursement amounts between $1 and $2 in my research.
This is an especially important program in Calfiornia right now, where the majority of the state is under an “Exceptional Drought” and water is scarce. According to the U.S. Drought Monitor nearly 60% of the state currently falls under this most intense drought cateogry. The money received by participants from these programs is a nice incentive to create a yard that won’t require so much water.
Residents typically use items like stones, mulch and wood chips and certain plants that are able to live on lower amounts of water to fill their yards. Here are a few examples of what these “grass-less” yards can look like:
The line of rain and storms mentioned in our previous post continued to weaken as it moved into our area. Most of the area saw little more than a scattered sprinkle or two, although there was one quite strong storm which developed in Adams and Van Wert counties and proceeded toward Celina, OH prompting a severe thunderstorm warning there.
For the rest of the evening, only a few remaining sprinkles are expected across the area. Our attention is now turning to the less humid air that moves in for Wednesday. The Muggy Meter is dropping down 2 notches to simply “Humid” for Wednesday. But, believe me, while “Humid” on many other occasions isn’t so exciting, it will be this time. Conditions will be noticeably different from the intense humidity we’ve experienced these past couple of days.
Another round of slow-moving, heavy rain is possible this afternoon into the evening.
Live Doppler 15 Fury Radar Snapshot
Storms were just beginning to enter northeast Indiana at around 2:45 PM and were tracking slowly eastward at 20 mph. This means the potential for rain and storms across northeast Indiana and northwest Ohio will extend all through the evening commute.
Tuesday’s Weather Map
A cold front is passing through the area today and, in this very hot and humid environment, conditions are right for strong and severe storms.
However, not all conditions are picture perfect to guarantee storm development. And, in fact, portions of this afternoon line of rain and storms have been weakening as it has been entering our area.
Periods of heavy rain and strong storms moved through portions of the area Monday night.
Some of the greatest impacts were felt in Huntington County where power outages occurred and a number of trees were reported down due to gusty winds that came with the storms. One trained spotter in Mount Etna reported a maximum wind gust of 66 mph. The radar estimates near Mount Etna were the highest in Huntington County and the entire area, checking in at approx. .78″.
Monday’s Radar Estimated Rain Totals
While heavy rain was also experienced in Blackford County (which received 10″ of rain) last week, luckily it was not as long-lasting as last week’s storms. Radar indicated only .53″ in the northern part of the county.
There’s been a lot of weather information coming in today after last night’s heavy rain and we’re glad you’ve been keeping up to speed with it here on wane.com.
I thought I’d share the map below to “put a bow” on the day’s blog coverage of the heavy rain and give you a graphical perspective of how the rain totals varied throughout the area. This map was created by our local National Weather Service office from rainfall amounts that were observed across the region.