Nicholas Ferreri

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

Friday night football

October 16th, 2014 at 7:11 pm by under Weather

It’s been a week where we’ve had a hard time kicking the rain chances completely to the curb…so, yes, that means some raindrops will be possible, again, tomorrow.  Most of Friday will be dry, though, until our next weather system drops in later in the day, bringing us an influx of clouds and the additional raindrops.

Friday Night Football Forecast for 10/17/14

Friday Night Football Forecast for 10/17/14

The rain will be light and scattered, arriving during late evening, when many will be out at area Friday night football games.  These pesky, stubborn showers may dampen the mood at some area football fields, but they won’t completely ruin all the fun.  Have the poncho ready and you’ll be good to go, if one of the showers falls where you are.

Hurricane Gonzalo

October 15th, 2014 at 7:41 pm by under Weather

While Pacific hurricanes resulted in heavy rain across parts of the American southwest in recent months, things have been very quiet on the Atlantic hurricane beat.

While we’ve had 21 named storms in the eastern Pacific, the western Atlantic has only seen 8.  Our current Atlantic storm, Hurricane Gonzalo, is the strongest that’s developed in the Atlantic this season. (Take a look at the NASA/NOAA GOES video below and watch the storm come into sight)

As of Wednesday night, the highest intensity Gonzalo achieved was as a Category 4 storm, producing winds between 131 and 155 mph.  On its current track, the storm will not hit the U.S.  It’s forecasted to turn to the northeast and move by Bermuda on Friday.

Credit: National Hurrican Center

Credit: National Hurricane Center – Hurricane Gonzalo Track as of 5 PM 10/15/14

However, there will be some storm affects felt here in the US.  High ocean swells are expected, which can cause dangerous rip current conditions.  The same is true for the Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic and the Bahamas.


Great Central U.S. ShakeOut

October 14th, 2014 at 7:31 pm by under Weather
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This fall’s ShakeOut days is Thursday (October 16).

It’s that time again…the Great Central U.S. ShakeOut will take place at 10:16 AM on 10/16 – this Thursday.  It’s a time to practice your emergency plans for when an earthquake strikes.  And, yes, although earthquakes don’t often strike the Fort Wayne area, they can happen here.

The Live Doppler 15 Fury Storm Team and the Indiana Department of Homeland Security (IDHS) encourage you and your family to take part and have your preparation plan in place.  And, if you can’t do it at 10:16 AM on Thursday, set aside some time during another portion of the day.

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Here’s a snapshot of how I’d take cover at our WANE studios.

The instructions for the ShakeOut are simple.  IDHS says, “At 10:16 a.m. on October 16th, participants should drop to the ground, take cover under a table or desk, and hold on to a table or desk as if a major earthquake were happening.  Practicing early is the key to protecting yourself and others during an actual earthquake.”

Register to be a participant of the event, dig more into this topic and find great emergency preparedness resources at “The Great Central U.S. ShakeOut” web site.

Heavy rain and storms on the way

October 13th, 2014 at 8:03 pm by under Weather

Heavy rain and strong storms have been tracking eastward this evening and they’re on their way here by late night/early morning.

Satellite/Radar Still Shot from 7:50 PM

Satellite/Radar Still Shot from 7:50 PM – View the latest radar image by clicking here.

Severe storms are possible over the next 24 hours across our portion of the Midwest with damaging winds and flooding rainfall the greatest threats.  An isolated tornado also cannot be ruled out.

Widespread rain/storms move in during the post-midnight time frame and continue crossing the area during the morning commute.  By noon, the heaviest rain shifts east and the rain becomes lighter in intensity and more scattered during the afternoon.  We’ll be monitoring for any sunshine to peek out during the afternoon hours because that could lead to storm redevelopment later in the afternoon/evening.  If we remain cloudy, additional storms will be unlikely late in the day.  However, some additional light, lingering showers would continue off-and-on Tuesday night.

We’re expected to pick up between 1″-2″ of new rainfall across the area Monday night – Tuesday night.

Rain Totals by Tue Night

Rain Totals by Tue Night

Forecast for the Making Strides Walk

October 10th, 2014 at 7:16 pm by under Weather

Sunshine will be out there as the annual Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk gets underway at 9 am out at Parkview Field.  The sunshine’s going to be a good thing because it will help our temps rise quickly from their frosty start in the mid 30s during the early morning hours.

Still, you’ll need to layer on the apparel so that the fall chill won’t get to you during the 3-mile walk.

Be looking for me out there…I’ll be wearing pink (I bet I won’t be the only one, though ;) )

Making Strides Against Breast Cancer 10/11 Forecast

Making Strides Against Breast Cancer 10/11 Forecast