Nicholas Ferreri

Fort Wayne’s Halloween snowfall history

October 31st, 2014 at 7:37 pm by under Weather

As the snowflakes fall out there tonight, we await word to find out just how tonight’s snow will affect us in the record books.

There have been 3 previous Halloweens (from 1897-2013) that have picked up measurable snowfall here in Fort Wayne with only 2 additional years picking up just a trace of snow.

Our Fort Wayne Halloween snow history

Our Fort Wayne Halloween snow history


The latest trick or treating forecast

October 30th, 2014 at 7:03 pm by under Weather

A number of weather conditions are lining up to make Halloween’s forecast rather frightful across northeast Indiana and northwest Ohio.  Here’s a list of what you should be ready to experience as you head out to collect candy.  As you can see, it’s going to be a cold, windy Halloween with both rain and snow!

It's going to be a blustery Halloween night!

It’s going to be a blustery Halloween night!

Light rain starts early in the day and continues, at times, into early afternoon.  By evening, around 5 or so, snowflakes will start to mix in with the rain and, eventually, all precip will become snow showers as temps continue to fall into early Saturday.  No notable snow accumulations are likely.  At best, we may see a coating of snow on the grass by early Saturday morning.

 


Supply rocket explosion picked up on radar

October 29th, 2014 at 9:31 pm by under Weather

The Antares rocket and Cygnus cargo module were scheduled to be blasted into space on Tuesday night to deliver supplies to the International Space Station.  However, after liftoff, the unmanned rocket exploded.  We’ve posted the complete story, including the liftoff video, here on wane.com.

At the launch time, 6:27 pm, and lasting through  7:16 pm, the debris and smoke plume from the explosion was picked up by the local National Weather Service radar.  Take a look at these radar snapshots of Wallops Island, Virginia:

Image Credit: NWS/NOAA

Image Credit: NWS/NOAA

 


SKYWARN storm spotter classes

October 28th, 2014 at 7:32 pm by under Weather

Our local National Weather Service office in Syracuse, IN, has just announced the locations, dates and times for 2015′s SKYWARN Storm Spotter training sessions.  Since we regularly get calls, e-mails and questions from WANE Weather Watchers wanting to attend these sessions, I thought I’d share the info with you here.

In 2015, there will be 9 local sites within the WANE coverage area where this training will be offered.

In order to get a seat, you’ll need to pre-register on the National Weather Service’s web site and also take some online training lessons.  The complete training calendar for all of northern Indiana, northwest Ohio and southern Michigan is also posted on the site.

Register early to make sure you get a seat.

Register early to make sure you get a seat at your preferred training location.

Storm reports that come in from SKYWARN storm spotters are used, along with radar data and meteorological analysis, to determine where and when storm warnings are issued.  Spotter observations also add to the official record-keeping after severe weather events.

To learn more about SKYWARN, click here.

 


Latest rain update

October 27th, 2014 at 7:51 pm by under Weather

Scattered rain continues tonight, becoming widespread by morning.  Temperatures stay in the 60s overnight.

The widespread rain moves out by Tuesday afternoon and temps gradually fall.  You’ll be feeling the fall chill set back in by dinnertime when temps will be falling through the 50s.

The latest Futurecast model run projects a maximum of between a half-inch to an inch of rain from this incoming weather system.  Just remember, while you’ll need the umbrellas in the morning, you won’t need them during the afternoon.

Futurecast rain totals through 1 PM

Futurecast rain totals through 1 PM


Future solar eclipse calendar

October 24th, 2014 at 7:25 pm by under Weather
Still shot of the partial solar eclipse as it took place on October 23, 2014.

Still shot of the partial solar eclipse as it took place on October 23, 2014.

The viewing of Thursday evening’s partial solar eclipse was made difficult due to increasing clouds across the area.  If you’re disappointed that you missed it, and are wondering when your next opportunity will be…well, you’ll have to wait a while to see another here in Indiana and Ohio.  But, if you’re willing to do some traveling you might have better luck.

5 other solar eclipses will take place before we get to see our next one here in the Midwest.  These will be visible in other spots around the globe, but just not here in our region.  Mark your calendars now for August 21, 2017 and, also, keep your fingers crossed for a clear sky the next time around.  With this 2017 date, you’ll have plenty of time to build your solar eclipse viewer that Greg linked to earlier.

 

I’ve included a list of the upcoming eclipses around the globe below.  Note the 3 different types:  annular, partial and total.

Calendar of Future Solar Eclipses

Calendar of Future Solar Eclipses

In an annular eclipse, the edge of the sun stays visible as the moon moves across the sky, appearing as a “ring of fire”.

During a partial solar eclipse, the moon is not aligned perfectly with the sun and only a portion of the sun’s light is blocked by the moon.

When a total solar eclipse takes place, the moon is pretty much aligned perfectly with the sun, blocking out its direct rays from reaching the earth.


Friday night football forecast

October 23rd, 2014 at 4:10 pm by under Weather

I’m happy to say Mother Nature’s delivering a good football night to players and fans this week.

For the Friday games, there will be just a light southwesterly breeze around and temps falling from the upper 50s at kickoff to the low-mid 50s when the games wrap up.  No rain is expected Friday night.

Friday Night Football Forecast for 10/24/14

Friday Night Football Forecast for 10/24/14


A fall reminder

October 22nd, 2014 at 7:11 pm by under Weather

Saw this great reminder posted by the National Weather Service office of Wilmington, OH, and thought I’d pass it along.  It’s something you might not think about often – but, the weather affects your tire pressure and your safety when out on the road.  Read more below:

As the weather settles into a colder pattern, make sure to check that your tires stay properly inflated.

As the weather settles into a colder pattern, make sure to check that your tires stay properly inflated. (Image Credit: NWS ILN)


More fall photos

October 21st, 2014 at 9:27 pm by under Weather

As you can imagine, with the fall colors reaching their peak, more and more viewer pics of beautiful leafy landscapes have been filling our inboxes.

I’ve posted some of the new ones that have come in below…but, don’t forget to check out our larger fall photo gallery here.  Add your fall pics to our online collection, by sending them to us using Report It.

Submitted by Chris Lawler.  Decatur, IN 10/14/14

Submitted by Chris Lawler. Decatur, IN 10/14/14

Submitted by Grace Danel - The fall colors of Lindenwood Nature Preserve 10/16/14

Submitted by Grace Danel.  The fall colors of Lindenwood Nature Preserve 10/16/14

Submitted by Mark Bowser, Sr.  2014 LaGrange County colors.

Submitted by Mark Bowser, Sr. 2014 LaGrange County colors.


Wild Zoo Halloween

October 17th, 2014 at 9:23 pm by under Weather

The zoo is looking a little different these days…that’s because it’s time for WILD ZOO HALLOWEEN – a favorite Fort Wayne event for kids (of all ages).  For this special event, the zoo is open from 12 pm – 5 pm on these days: Oct. 17-19, Oct. 23-26, and Oct. 30-31.

If you plan to head out on Saturday, wear an extra layer under your costume because there will definitely be a chill in the air.  We’re going to be cloudy with temps hovering around 50° during the afternoon.  Plus, it’s going to be windy, too!  You should expect sustained NW winds 10-15 mph and gusts to 25 mph – adding to the cold feeling of the day.  Some scattered sprinkles are possible, so bring the umbrella, too.

Admission is $5 per person or $9 for admission and trick-or-treating!  To learn more, visit the zoo’s website.

This is the first weekend of 2014's Wild Zoo Halloween!

Wild Zoo Halloween forecast for Saturday, October 18, 2014