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Cold air funnels this evening

July 27th, 2014 at 8:08 pm by under Weather

From the National Weather Service of Northern Indiana:

ATMOSPHERIC CONDITIONS ARE FAVORABLE EARLY THIS EVENING FOR THE
FORMATION OF COLD AIR FUNNELS. A FEW REPORTS HAVE BEEN RECEIVED
ACROSS THE REGION OF COLD AIR FUNNELS THIS EVENING…AND MAY NOT
BE IN ASSOCIATION WITH ANY SHOWERS. THESE COLD AIR FUNNELS
TYPICALLY DO NOT POSE A SIGNIFICANT THREAT…AND ONLY IN RARE
INSTANCES WOULD THEY TOUCHDOWN AND CAUSE MINOR DAMAGE. THE
POTENTIAL OF COLD AIR FUNNELS SHOULD DIMINISH TOWARD SUNSET.

Brandy Strine - Huntington

Brandy Strine – Huntington


Some damage pictures

July 27th, 2014 at 6:53 pm by under Weather

Our second round of severe storms this weekend has come to an end. The storms did unfortunately leave behind some damage. Winds of up to 70 mph and large hail were all reported with these storms. We received a lot of pictures of downed trees, power lines, and hail. Here are just a few. We want to encourage you to send any of your storm pictures to us using our Report!t feature. 

Viewer submitted photo from Leo

Viewer submitted photo from Leo

Viewer submitted photo from Bill Edwards

Viewer submitted photo from Bill Edwards


Update: Sunday Severe Weather

July 27th, 2014 at 2:17 pm by under Weather

The Storm Prediction Center out of Norman, OK has issued a Severe Thunderstorm Watch for our entire viewing area through 9pm tonight.

A Severe Thunderstorm Watch is in effect for our area until 9pm. A Tornado Watch has also been issued off to our south and east (in yellow).

A Severe Thunderstorm Watch is in effect for our area until 9pm. A Tornado Watch has also been issued off to our south and east (in yellow).

As mentioned earlier, the primary threats look to be damaging winds (gusts up to 70mph), large hail (possibly larger than 2″ in diameter) and an isolated tornado or two.

Hail and winds continue to be the primary threat.

Hail and winds continue to be the primary threat.

Meteorologist Jesse Hawila and I will be tracking storms all afternoon and evening long. What we’re currently watching is a band of storms take shape along the surface boundary of the cold front to our west. This will intensify and likely become a squall line over the next few hours.

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This band of storms will track east-southeast over the next several hours.

We’ll keep you posted on wane.com and NewsChannel 15 with all the latest!


Severe threat continues

July 27th, 2014 at 10:09 am by under Weather

A cold front moving through the Midwest will trigger thunderstorms in our area early this afternoon. With the instability in place, some of these storms will be capable of becoming strong to severe. The Storm Prediction Center has listed our entire area in a slight risk for severe development.

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Until the cold front moves through, our area has a slight risk of seeing strong to severe thunderstorms.

Similar to yesterday, the primary threats will be for damaging winds and large hail. Winds may be more of a factor today than they were yesterday if a squall line develops along the front as it passes through.

Stay weather aware this afternoon!

Stay weather aware this afternoon!

As for timing, we’ve already seen some storms pop up this morning, but we’ll likely see more widespread storm activity early this afternoon as the cold front moves through. A window from 1-6p looks favorable on the latest computer model runs.

Futurecast has been showing some banding with these showers and storms. A squall line may be possible with this front.

Futurecast has been showing some banding with these showers and storms. A squall line may be possible with this front.

Keep checking wane.com, NewsChannel 15, social media, and our WANE mobile app for the latest alerts and forecast info!


Some impressive hail reports

July 26th, 2014 at 5:02 pm by under Weather

Check out some of these impressive pictures of hail sent in using our Report!t feature. An afternoon round of storms dropped large hail in parts of Huntington, Wells, and Defiance Counties.

Alicia Tharp Huntington County

Alicia Tharp Huntington County

Derek Decker

Derek Decker

Erica Lynn- Payne

Erica Lynn- Payne

Kenny Hutton- bluffton

Kenny Hutton- bluffton

Kimberly Troth in Payne

Kimberly Troth in Payne

Laura Koontz in Bluffton

Laura Koontz in Bluffton


Storms Popping Up

July 26th, 2014 at 2:30 pm by under Weather

Storms are popping up very rapidly throughout our area (as expected with the instability in place). Most of these storms are moving east-southeast. Some have a history of producing pea-size hail, heavy downpours, and lightning.

Lots of lightning with these storms.

Lots of lightning with these storms.

If there are any watches or warnings issued, we’ll break into programming on NewsChannel 15 (as needed). And of course, you can track these storms yourself using our radar on the WANE mobile app and on wane.com.

Severe alerts can also be found HERE. Stay weather aware!


Update: Weekend Severe Threat

July 26th, 2014 at 10:31 am by under Weather

As heat and humidity builds today, so does the instability that serves as the fuel for thunderstorms. According to the latest from the Storm Prediction Center, our area continues to have a slight risk for some thunderstorms to become strong to severe.

The best chance for severe weather remains to our south, but the potential still exists in our area.

The best chance for severe weather remains to our south, but the potential still exists in our area.

Clouds will be on the increase through this afternoon with rounds storms beginning to pop-up by mid-afternoon. As a rough time estimate, we could be looking at a round of storms moving in during the 3-6p window. Another round may move in closer to sunset, followed by a more significant round late tonight or overnight. Some of these storms may be capable of producing damaging winds, large hail, and isolated tornadoes. The latest forecast models continue to indicate that with the setup we’re expecting, the best chance for severe storms looks to be along and south of Hwy 30. Areas to our south (in Central and Southern Indiana) have a better chance (moderate risk) of seeing severe weather this evening and overnight.

Make sure you stay weather aware!

Make sure you stay weather aware!

You’ll want to tune in to First News tomorrow morning at 8am on NewsChannel 15 – we’ll still be tracking the potential for rounds of rain and storms. Some of those storms will still have the potential of becoming strong to severe. It won’t be until a cold front slides through during the early afternoon that our severe threat diminishes. Behind this cold front, we’ll see some leftover showers and storms for the rest of the afternoon and evening on Sunday before much cooler and more comfortable air moves in for Monday.

Keep checking back on wane.com and on NewsChannel 15 for all the latest! Don’t forget – you can also see the latest radar on our WANE mobile app and also on our 15.3 channel.


Storms possible during county fair

July 25th, 2014 at 9:53 pm by under Weather

We continue to monitor severe storm potential for both Saturday and Sunday as the Allen County Fair comes to a close this weekend.  If you’re headed out there over the next couple of days, think about downloading our WANE Mobile app from your preferred app store and/or signing up for severe weather text alerts.

The highest likelihood of strong and severe storms arrives by late afternoon and extends through Saturday night into Sunday.  That means attendees of the county fair may need to take shelter at some point.

Saturday's Allen County Fair Forecast

Saturday’s Allen County Fair Forecast

Some good news regarding this weekend’s storms is that they will come in rounds, allowing for dry times in between.  Still, though, you will need to be on alert for dangerous lightning, damaging winds and hail potential.  The potential for isolated tornadoes also cannot be ruled out across the region.

To read the detailed weekend forecast for northeast Indiana and northwest Ohio, click here.

I, personally, am hoping we can hold these storms away until, at least, after fair hours so all the events can get in as scheduled.  I know I’m looking forward to being out with the 4-H-ers at 3 pm to judge the annual BBQ competition.  The students have impressed me the last 2 years with their grilling creations and I wonder what they have in store this year.

Other Saturday events going on at the fair include the pot-bellied pig races from 7-9 pm and the car demolition derby at 7:30 pm.

Here I am with last year's high school 4-H BBQ entrants.  Look at my smiling face.  I was well fed by these 4 that day.

Here I am with last year’s high school 4-H BBQ entrants. Look at my smiling face. I was well fed by these 4 that day.


Weekend severe threat

July 25th, 2014 at 11:15 am by under Weather

Just to update our post from yesterday. There is still a threat of severe weather across all of Indiana. This area is quite expansive and means that parameters for severe weather are definitely present. The second graphic shows where the prime area for severe weather may be. The Storm Prediction Center has put a 30% chance of severe weather just south of Fort Wayne, this area includes Indianapolis and central Ohio. In looking at model data it seems like this area has even higher parameters for severe weather.

One of the main issues will be a very strong low level jet which does give extra lift and buoyancy to the atmosphere for continuing development of storms. These winds will also increase the area and time that these storms will be able to hold together and regenerate.

Sunday has an area carved out in the SPC outlook for a slight risk across the eastern part of the state which includes Fort Wayne. A powerful weather system for this time of year moves in forcing drier and cooler air into the region. Usually we don’t see systems like this in July with such strong jet stream winds and the huge temperature drops from cool and dry air. That’s why makes could make these storms rather dangerous in a portion of this slight risk area.

 


Update on weekend rain/storm chances as heat/humidity rise

July 24th, 2014 at 9:44 pm by under Weather

Our week started off hot with highs near 90°, but we’ve become cooler with less humidity for this second half of the work week.  For the weekend, though, we’re reverting back to more heat and humidity, as warmer air shifts eastward, helping bring our highs on Saturday into the upper 80s.  Humidity will also be elevated and at uncomfortable levels over the weekend.

Our cooler than average air with low humidity leaves by  the weekend with hotter, more humid air following it.  This next airmass is moving in from the west and was positioned over the Plains today.

Our cooler than average air ,with low humidity, leaves by the weekend with hotter, more humid air following it. This next airmass is moving in from the west and was positioned over the Plains today.

Your Weekend Outlook for July 26 and 27, 2014

Your Weekend Outlook for July 26 and 27, 2014

Scattered rain becomes possible overnight into Saturday.  We’ll be monitoring the potential for any strong or severe storms to develop, but it’s more likely that if we see severe weather on Saturday, it would occur Saturday afternoon through Saturday night.  Additional scattered rain and storms are possible through the day Sunday, too.


Our weekend rain and storms will come in rounds, so there will be a handful of dry periods in between.  Keep your eye on our interactive radar and sign up for weather text alerts, so you know if severe weather is headed your way.