Nicholas Ferreri

Cash for grass

August 27th, 2014 at 9:48 pm by under Weather
US Drought Monitor - Darkest red color indicates the exceptional drought that's occurring.  (Image Credit: NOAA/NWS/NCEP/CPC)

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:

Rain chances decreasing, less humid air moving in

August 26th, 2014 at 7:38 pm by under Weather

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.


Wednesday's Muggy Meter Level

Wednesday’s Muggy Meter Level

Tracking afternoon and evening storms

August 26th, 2014 at 2:46 pm by under Weather

Another round of slow-moving, heavy rain is possible this afternoon into the evening.

Live Doppler 15 Fury Radar Snapshot

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

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.

To stay alert of changing conditions, keep checking the WANE Weather Alerts page for any storm watches and warnings that may be issued.  You can even sign up for WANE Weather Text Alerts to be send directly to your phone.

Also, track the storm online using WANE Interactive Radar.


Monday’s radar estimated totals

August 25th, 2014 at 11:42 pm by under Weather

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.

More heavy rain and strong storms

August 25th, 2014 at 7:37 pm by under Weather

Strong storms are moving through the area tonight.

To view the constantly updated list of active watches/warnings, click here.  

Storm total rainfall amounts

August 22nd, 2014 at 9:02 pm by under Weather

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

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.

24 Hour Rainfall Totals Ending 9 AM 8/22/14 (Image Credit: NWS IWX)

24 Hour Rainfall Totals Ending 9 AM 8/22/14 (Image Credit: NWS IWX)

The big bullseye, of course, is on Blackford County and the Hartford City area where 10″ of rain were picked up!  Also of note, look how in Allen County the southwestern part  had 6 inches, but on the north and east sides, less than a half-inch of rain was recorded.   Click here and scroll down to see a city-by-city list of rain totals.



Heavy rain in parts of the area

August 21st, 2014 at 11:51 pm by under Weather

Here’s a look at radar estimated rainfall totals across NE IN and NW OH.

Some spots south of Fort Wayne, like Huntington, picked up as much 2.50″ inches through the day Thursday. It’s estimated the south side of Fort Wayne, near the airport, picked up around 1″, but here at the WANE TV studios, only .40″ inches was observed.

Thursday's Radar Estimated Rain Totals - 24 Hour Period Ending at 11:30 PM Thu Night

Thursday’s Radar Estimated Rain Totals – 24 Hour Period Ending at 11:48 PM Thu Night

The evening rain fell quite rapidly in areas south of Fort Wayne at speeds that equated to up to 4″ an hour.  The areas that picked up the highest rainfall included portions of Huntington, Wells, Grant, Blackford and Jay counties.

More rain and storms

August 21st, 2014 at 7:16 pm by under Weather

More rain and storms tracking in on this Thursday night with the potential for severe weather into the late night hours.  Biggest concern is for strong winds and some hail – along with lots of lightning and heavy downpours.

Live Doppler 15 Fury Storm Tracker Snapshot - 7:12 PM Thu

Live Doppler 15 Fury Storm Tracker Snapshot – 7:11 PM Thu

Rain and storms are likely to be strongest from Fort Wayne south with a lower intensity found north of Fort Wayne as these storms scatter through.

As of this post, there are active severe weather alerts for the area.  To keep up-to-date on these visit this page.

High winds are hail are tonight's biggest storm threats.

High winds are hail are tonight’s biggest storm threats.

And, to track the storms, use our interactive radar.

High heat and humidity moving closer

August 20th, 2014 at 9:59 pm by under Weather

High temperatures in the 90s were experienced to our southwest today and this steamy airmass is headed here soon.  It’s on track to bring our high temps to around 90° over the weekend.

August 20 High Temperatures

August 20 High Temperatures

This increasing heat will also be accompanied by brutal humidity levels. Our Muggy Meter is set to reach “Tropical” on Thursday followed by “Oppressive” on Friday.  Avoid spending long periods of time outdoors, if possible.  Drink plenty of water, too.  While periods of rain and storms will be around, at times, they will only provide temporary relief from the intense heat.

Heat index, or “feels like” temperature, values will be between 95 and 100 degrees from Friday through Sunday – with conditions still quite uncomfortable early next week.

Tuesday’s storm reports

August 19th, 2014 at 9:32 pm by under Weather

Gusty winds and hail were experienced across much of the area this afternoon and evening.  The high winds were responsible for knocking down trees, tree limbs and power lines.  In Fort Wayne alone, more than 5,000 people were without power in Allen County, according to I & M.

Here’s a look at the storm reports the came in to our local National Weather Service office during and after the storms:

Report time of 3:59 PM – Near Plato in LaGrange County
Trees down on E 175 N

Report time of 4:01 PM – Wolcottville
Sycamore tree snapped halfway up

Report time of 4:24 PM – Pleasant Lake
Power lines downed
Large tree down on Waymire Rd.

Report time of 9:23 PM – Near Andrews in Huntington County
One tree down blocking 1000W just north of 250N


The hail pic below came in from Steve Rollins and was taken at the River Cove Apartments in Fort Wayne.  Most of the hail from the afternoon and evening storms was smaller in size.

Report It Submission from Steve Rollins

Report It Submission from Steve Rollins