Nicholas Ferreri

Streak is over

September 18th, 2014 at 6:55 pm by under Weather

After 7 straight days of not hitting 70° in Fort Wayne (despite our average highs being in the mid-upper 70s), we finally broke the 70° mark today and our counter has been reset to “0″.  Today’s high temp was 71°.

More sunshine and calm weather tomorrow and high temps will be slightly warmer.  We’ll have a good weather night for Friday night football, too.  Temperatures will fall through the 60s over the course of our area games.

Friday's High Temps

Friday’s High Temps

9/19 Football Forecast (Football image credit: MGN (WPBN/WTOM))

9/19 Football Forecast (Football image credit: MGN (WPBN/WTOM))



Warming trend into weekend

September 17th, 2014 at 10:45 pm by under Weather

It’s been a week of ups and downs around here.  It’s now been 7 days since our last high of 70° or above in Fort Wayne.

It's been a week since our last 70° day.

It’s been a week since our last 70° day.

Today’s high of 68° was the highest of the past 7 days (that also included two days with highs in the 50s), but still 8° below our average of 76°.

Our temp trend this past week.

Our temp trend this past week.

We look to end this streak without 70s on Thursday and we’ll keep warming into the weekend.


A cool week and cool year so far…

September 16th, 2014 at 10:36 pm by under Weather

Our stretch keeps going!  During a time of year when average highs are in the mid-upper 70s, we haven’t been above 70° for six straight days.

The stretch of below 70° days continues.

The stretch of below 70° days continues.

The warmer air is slowly moving in and we will see an end to this below 70° streak in just a few days.

The local National Weather Service office released a quite interesting stat today that really hones in on what a cool year it’s been from the start.  Fort Wayne’s Jan. 1 – Sept. 15 average temperature ranks as the 4th coldest on record.  It will be quite interesting to see how we rank by year’s end.

Average temp. stat from NWS - IWX Forecast Office

Average temp. stat from NWS – IWX Forecast Office


Rain continues, ends late tonight

September 15th, 2014 at 6:57 pm by under Weather

A weather system continues its pass through our region tonight and it means scattered, light rain through about midnight tonight.  Accumulation amounts should continue to remain under 1/2 inch, as noted in Greg’s earlier post today.

The clouds and rain all day long prevented our temps from  rising much.  Highs ended up only near 60° after starting at 46° in Fort Wayne.  When you check out the 7-Day forecast for the week ahead, you’ll notice a gradual warm up is coming thanks to more sunshine and warmer air flowing in later this week.

Our below 70° stretch continues for a couple more days

Our below 70° stretch continues for a couple more days.  As of Monday, we’d had 5 straight days with highs <70°.

One of our coldest highs for this date

September 12th, 2014 at 10:00 pm by under Weather

With an observed high temperature of 59° (2:30 PM) at the Fort Wayne International Airport, this marks one of the coldest September 12ths in our 100+ years of weather record-keeping history.

If we had been only one degree colder, we would have tied the lowest high temp for this date set back in 1943.

A COLD day for September 12

A COLD day for September 12

Friday night football forecast

September 11th, 2014 at 6:49 pm by under Weather

High school football fans take note: The weather will be much better for Friday night football games this week.  Unlike last week, we have no worries for heavy rain or strong storms.  However, it will be much cooler than average for this time of year, so an extra layer or two of clothing will be needed out at the games.

Under a mostly cloudy sky, temperatures will fall from around 60 at kickoff time to the mid-upper 50s by the fourth quarter.

Friday night football forecast for 9/12/14 (Football image credit: MGN (WPBN/WTOM))

Friday night football forecast for 9/12/14 (Football image credit: MGN (WPBN/WTOM))



Wednesday rain recap

September 11th, 2014 at 12:14 am by under Weather

It was a record setting day for rainfall in Fort Wayne with 3.24″ inches observed at the airport as of this posting.  This surpasses the old record of 1.43″ that’s been standing since way back in 1937.

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A soaking wet Wednesday.

Rain totals ranged all the way up to 4.50″ in Huntington.  Take a look at some of the totals from other cities and towns across northeast Indiana and northwest Ohio.

Storm total rainfall through Wednesday night

Storm total rainfall through Wednesday night

Isolated tornadoes were possible with Wednesday’s storms and Van Wert County Emergency Manager Rick McCoy shares this pic of a barn with its shingles torn off from what he deems a suspected tornado near Delphos.  He has come to this conclusion based on a witness’ report and his own damage survey.  The National Weather Service has not yet decided if they will travel to Van Wert County to confirm whether this damage was, indeed, caused by a tornado.

We have more details about the damage in Van Wert County posted here.

Credit: Rick McCoy - Van Wert County EMA

Credit: Rick McCoy – Van Wert County EMA






Storm timing update

September 9th, 2014 at 11:30 pm by under Weather

Our latest run of Futurecast, just processed in the weather center, speeds up the arrival of Wednesday’s widespread rain and this corresponds to other weather data that I’ve seen come in tonight, so I have good confidence in it.

Look for widespread rain and storms (not just scattered, light rain) possible as early as late morning/midday.

Take a look at these new Futurecast snapshots…note the heavy rain expected by around noon.

Heavy rain and storms ready to move in Wednesday

September 9th, 2014 at 7:14 pm by under Weather

Our latest surface map tonight shows the cold front that was across the northern tier of the country yesterday sinking farther to the south and soon to combine forces with an area of low pressure that has developed across the central part of the country.  This area of low pressure will become the dominant weather feature on the map on Wednesday and will result in an active weather day across the Great Lakes region.

Tuesday night surface map

Tuesday night surface map

Scattered rain, mainly lighter in intensity, moves in during Wednesday morning with the more intense rain and storm activity holding off until later in the afternoon and evening.  Our severe weather potential is still significant, but it is not set in stone that severe storms will actually develop.  The deciding factor on the strength of the storms will come as a result of how much instability develops in the atmosphere during the day.  For example, if it’s gray and overcast all morning and afternoon long, our severe potential is lower. But, if we see some peeks of daytime sunshine and temps jump up, storms would have more energy to work with to grow in strength.

Should severe storms develop, storms that would produce damaging winds 60+ mph would be our primary concern.  Isolated tornadoes are not out of the question.  Large hail and some localized flooding are also possible.  1″ of rainfall is likely to be widespread with the potential for pockets of 2″+ in some areas where the heaviest rain sets up.

Tracking upcoming rain and storm potential

September 8th, 2014 at 6:21 pm by under Weather

A significant weather system is taking shape off to our west and northwest and it’s on track to bring us rain and storms by Wednesday.

Surface Map Monday Afternoon

Surface Map Monday Afternoon

Some rain may drift in a little earlier, though, with a slight chance of some scattered rain moving across the area from late morning on Tuesday through the afternoon.  Most of the day, though, will be dry.

We won’t see the main system move in, and the arrival of widespread rain and storm chances, until Wednesday morning’s commute.  Periods of rain and storms will then continue through the day and severe storms remain a possibility during the afternoon and evening.  The main concern is for storms that would produce damaging winds.

Rain totals will likely be around 1″, if not higher.  Some spots could see between 2″ and 3″ – all depending on where the heaviest pockets of rain develop.  Currently, Futurecast places the heaviest corridor of rain in our northern counties, but that could very well shift a little bit more north or south depending on how the storm develops and tracks on its way to us in the days ahead.

Keep checking in here on and on NewsChannel 15 as Wednesday approaches for more updates on Wednesday’s storm potential.