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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)


May stay warm for a while

October 22nd, 2014 at 11:19 am by under Weather

This warming trend that we are expecting this weekend may last a little longer, maybe moving into the end of the month. The new Climate Prediction Center Outlook for 8 to 14 days has temperatures slightly above average from October 29th-November 4th and precipitation well above average through the same period, so it may be a wet end of the month and starting of November as well.


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.


Sattelite pictures show continued drying across western states

October 21st, 2014 at 11:01 am by under Weather
Satellite observations of declining water storage in California as seen by NASA’s Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment satellites in June 2002 (left), June 2008 (center) and June 2014 (right). Colors progressing from green to orange to red represent greater accumulated water loss between April 2002 and June 2014. Photo: NASA/JPL-Caltech/University of California, Irvine

Satellite observations of declining water storage in California as seen by NASA’s Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment satellites in June 2002 (left), June 2008 (center) and June 2014 (right). Colors progressing from green to orange to red represent greater accumulated water loss between April 2002 and June 2014. Photo: NASA/JPL-Caltech/University of California, Irvine

As our climate changes and transitions to what is now a warmer earth there will be some side effects that may cause some huge global issues. One of them is California. These latest satellite photos show that the state is getting very dry. Read more about that here.

They had better think of a better alternative like desalination soon or there might not be any water for residents there to use.


Changes to SPC outlooks

October 20th, 2014 at 4:00 pm by under Weather

You’ve likely heard us say, “we’re under a slight risk for severe weather.” Or, maybe even, “we’re under a moderate risk for severe weather.” The Storm Prediction Center out of Norman, Oklahoma issues these severe storm outlooks, and starting October 22, the outlooks are undergoing a big change.

In the past, there were slight, moderate, and high risk outlooks.

The new outlooks will include two new categories. These outlooks will now be one of the following listed in order from lower to higher risk:

1. Marginal (MRGL) – replaces the current SEE TEXT and now is described with Categorical line on the SPC Outlook.
2. Slight (SLGT)
3. Enhanced (ENH) – will replace upper-end SLGT risk probabilities, but is not a MDT risk
4. Moderate (MDT)
5. High (HIGH)

The Storm Prediction Center says it’s making these changes “to bring better consistency to the risks communicated in SPC outlooks.”

I highly suggest you visit the SPC’s  page with all of the details and read up on the new outlooks. To visit that page, click the example of a new outlook below.

SOURCE: SPC

SOURCE: SPC


We want your foliage photos!

October 20th, 2014 at 8:39 am by under Weather

It’s that time of year when the chlorophyll in tree leaves disappears, revealing brilliant oranges, reds, and yellows. We’ve had a pretty nice foliage season here in northeast Indiana and northwest Ohio thanks to sunny days and cool nights. Foliage is right at it’s peak, but with the recent winds and rain, many of the leaves are being knocked off the trees before they’re brown. If you had the chance to take any fantastic foliage snapshots on Sunday, we want to see them! You can send those in to photos@wane.com. We’ll feature some of these in a photo gallery online or on NewsChannel 15!

Today won’t be the best day to admire what color is left on the trees, especially with the clouds, wind, and scattered showers. Tuesday won’t feature much sun either. But starting Wednesday, sunshine returns and should allow for some great photos!


Back to work & school forecast

October 19th, 2014 at 6:13 pm by under Weather

It’s hard to believe the weekend is already ending. Sunday morning gave us a frosty start, but luckily, Monday morning won’t be nearly as cool.

As you head out the door in the morning, bring the jacket and umbrella with you. The umbrella won’t be needed very often, but we will watch a few showers in the area throughout the day. That’s all thanks to this disturbance to the north. Our area will catch the tail end of the cold front which could bring a shower or two through the area. Ahead of the cold front, we’ll see a breezy southwest wind 10-15 mph which will allow temps to climb to near 60° by the afternoon.

 

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Behind this cold front, temps will cool off a little bit. Temps look to stay in the low to mid 50s for Tuesday. But bigger changes on the warmer side of things can be found by the end of the week and into next weekend. The Climate Prediction Center shows our likelihood of overall warmer than average temps during the last week of October. The average high is around 60°. You’ll find middle 60s in our forecast as early as next weekend. The reason? An impressive ridge to our west will setup and stick around. This brings in the warmer air for the south and keeps the cold/arctic air bottled up to the north. Enjoy it!

Source: CPC

Source: CPC


Chilly start to Sunday

October 19th, 2014 at 12:42 pm by under Weather

Just as forecast, the showers ended last evening and the clouds quickly decreased overnight. The mostly clear skies, combined with a diminishing wind, set the stage for temperatures to plummet by sunrise. Widespread frost was reported throughout the area this morning, with many folks having to dig out the car ice scrapers for the first time this fall. Take a look at some of the temperatures reported early this morning:

It was the coldest morning of the fall (so far) for many places.

It was the coldest morning of the fall (so far) for many places.

With clouds increasing this evening and the chance for showers returning overnight, temperatures won’t drop nearly as much tonight. In fact, most places should remain in the mid-40s by sunrise.


Coriolis Effect

October 18th, 2014 at 5:27 pm by under Weather

The Coriolis Effect. Does it sound familiar? It’s one of the most important forces that drives weather patterns, ocean currents, and it even affects your flights! It’s driven by the rotation of the Earth. More specifically, it occurs because different parts of the Earth rotate at different speeds. Those of you that have heard of Coriolis, may be familiar with the popular belief that it’s the reason toilets flush one way in the northern hemisphere and in the opposite direction in the southern hemisphere. While this idea is on the right track of how Coriolis affects things, your toilet is on much too small of scale to be affected by it. SciJinks has a great article that explains the importance and dynamics behind Coriolis. I highly recommend it!

Click the picture below for more information!

Source: SciJinks

Source: SciJinks


Frosty stats

October 18th, 2014 at 1:15 pm by under Weather

Once clouds decrease and winds die down tonight, the stage is set for temperatures to drop down to freezing or a bit below. In fact, we have a good chance of seeing the coldest conditions of the season (so far) come tomorrow morning. So far, the coldest thermometer reading recorded at the airport this fall is 34° (last Sunday morning). Our forecast low for Fort Wayne tonight is 31°. Some surrounding areas may possibly drop into the upper 20s!

A Freeze Watch is in effect for our area through tomorrow morning.

A Freeze Watch is in effect for our area through tomorrow morning.

So how does this compare to average? According to stats compiled by the National Weather Service, this is right around when we should see our first freeze. The NWS points out that frosty conditions can occur with temperatures in the mid-30s. A freeze happens with temperatures at or just below freezing. A hard freeze is defined by temperatures 28° or lower.

We're right on track for the first freeze of the season tonight.

We’re right on track for the first freeze of the season tonight.

While a widespread hard freeze is not expected by tomorrow morning, most places will see frost and, likely, freeze conditions. Be sure to bring in any of the potted plants you may still have outside because they may not make it after tonight!

Check out this page for a complete look at the frost/freeze stats for our area.