Arctic air taking a break

November 27th, 2014 at 4:10 pm by under Weather

There’s some good news for those who are already tired of the relentless cold we’ve had this November as we head into December. So far this November, our temperatures are running an incredible 7° or more below average! Long range pattern looks to “flatten out” a bit as we head into the first week or so of December. What does that mean? This pattern is more likely to bring us less active weather and a more seasonable or milder flow of air. The average high temperature as we head into the first week or two of December falls into the upper 30s to near 40°. Most data indicates we’ll stay near that 40° mark or even a bit warmer (on average) through the second week of December. The Climate Prediction Center exemplifies this, below.

Source: CPC

Source: CPC (Dec 5-11 temperature anomaly outlook)

Source: CPC

Source: CPC (Dec. 3-7 temperature anomaly outlook)

Thanksgiving snow update

November 27th, 2014 at 11:50 am by under Weather

With the areas to the north and west seeing a bit more lake effect snow for a longer period of time today, I’ve made an adjustment to our snow map. Places to the northwest of Fort Wayne (closer to Lake Michigan) could see 1-2″ of snow today. Meanwhile, in Fort Wayne and off to the south and east, expect a dusting to perhaps half an inch of snow.

Locally higher amounts will be possible, especially northwest of Fort Wayne.

Locally higher amounts will be possible, especially northwest of Fort Wayne.

If you will be traveling to northwest Indiana today or in areas typically prone to seeing lake effect snow, give yourself a little extra time. Otherwise, no major travel impacts are expected for the Fort Wayne area through tonight.

Today’s forecast: something to be thankful for

November 27th, 2014 at 8:13 am by under Weather

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone! We’ll be tracking the chance for a few scattered snow showers passing through the area today with some light accumulation possible – though no major travel impacts are expected.

With just some light snow in our forecast, we’ve got a lot to be thankful for! Many places in New England are contending with heavy snow and gusty winds, which have caused widespread power outages. Where I used to live in Maine, they picked up another foot of snow!

Maine snow totals courtesy of the NWS Caribou office.

Maine snow totals courtesy of the NWS Caribou office.

If you’re heading out to do some Black Friday shopping early tomorrow morning, bundle up! Temps will be in the upper teens to low 20s by early morning.

East coast mess

November 26th, 2014 at 4:34 pm by under Weather

Thankfully, our Thanksgiving and Black Friday forecast will bring us easy travel locally. Besides a few snow showers and flurries, things will run smoothly, but it will be cold.

JH_blog_4Hopefully travel does NOT take you to the east coast. A nor’easter is bringing significant snow accumulations at the worst possible time, to one of the busiest travel areas in the country. Some spots could pick up a foot or more of snow. Many airlines have canceled flights in and out of the area. Not good news.



AWS Festival of Lights

November 26th, 2014 at 12:47 pm by under Weather
Open each night starting tonight

Open each night starting tonight

AWS Festival of Lights begins tonight and it raises money for a great cause. It will be rather cold for this event but the good news is you can drive through Franke Park with the heat on inside your car. You don’t ever have to get out! This event begins tonight and runs each evening through December 31st.

Night of Lights forecast

November 25th, 2014 at 8:17 pm by under Weather

Conditions are looking good for Wednesday’s Night of Lights in Fort Wayne.  Yes, there will be a chill in the air, with temps dropping through the lower 30s.  But, winds won’t be bad at all – from the northeast at only 5 mph.

So, enjoy the lights, your hot chocolate and those Coney Island hot dogs.

Night of Lights forecast for 11/26/2014

Night of Lights forecast for 11/26/2014

Tricky travel weather

November 25th, 2014 at 10:43 am by under Weather

Your trip to grandma’s house may be a little tricky if you are leaving Wednesday. A large scale weather system will move across the eastern third of the U.S. causing heavy rainfall along the coast and heavy snowfall inland. This snowfall will spread into New York by Wednesday evening which will most likely cause lots of travel headaches.

Still windy Tuesday, but not as windy as today

November 24th, 2014 at 9:17 pm by under Weather

Our highest wind gust today at the Fort Wayne Airport reached 60 mph at 12:33 pm.  Thousands across the area lost power at some point and a number of reports of property damage and downed trees came in to the weather center.  I & M is estimating that all power will be restored by noon on Tuesday, if not before.

A list of some of Monday's highest wind gusts across NE Indiana and NW Ohio

A list of some of Monday’s highest wind gusts across NE Indiana and NW Ohio

We’ll still be windy on Tuesday, but nowhere near the 60 mph wind gusts of today.

The highest gusts will be experienced primarily during the morning, before tapering off significantly later in the day. Tuesday’s highest gusts will top out around 25 mph.

Record rainfall and gusty winds

November 24th, 2014 at 11:47 am by under Weather
Record rainfall in many locations

Record rainfall in many locations

The rain came overnight ahead of this powerful storm system and Fort Wayne recorded an all time record of 1.56″ through midnight shattering an old record from 1979 of .69″.

Wind gusts of 50 mph common late morning and early afternoon Monday

Wind gusts of 50 mph common late morning and early afternoon Monday


Gusty winds were the next problem as they began moving in late morning with a wind gust of 50 knots or 57 mph at Fort Wayne Airport (10:19 am). These winds also knocked out power to thousands of residents across the area as power poles got knocked down by trees and the gusty winds.

Hold onto your hats!

November 23rd, 2014 at 4:37 pm by under Weather

The two big stories we’re tracking for you as you start your new workweek are significant rains and very strong winds. Rain is falling this evening across the entire WANE viewing area. We’re still anticipating 1″+ amounts to fall by Monday afternoon. The wind is the other concern. The robust system responsible for the rain will barrel through the Great Lakes region Monday and will be the culprit for strong winds. We’re anticipating winds of 25-35 MPH sustained throughout the day Monday. I would not be surprised to see reports of 45 MPH gusts in some spots. These winds will be transitioning from southwesterly to westerly throughout Monday.