Fort Wayne’s Halloween snowfall history

October 31st, 2014 at 7:37 pm by under Weather

As the snowflakes fall out there tonight, we await word to find out just how tonight’s snow will affect us in the record books.

There have been 3 previous Halloweens (from 1897-2013) that have picked up measurable snowfall here in Fort Wayne with only 2 additional years picking up just a trace of snow.

Our Fort Wayne Halloween snow history

Our Fort Wayne Halloween snow history

Halloween redux (Update)

October 31st, 2014 at 11:25 am by under Weather
Light snow showers and gusty winds will greet the trick or treaters.

Light snow showers and gusty winds will greet the trick or treaters.

The cold air is right on schedule and we expect frigid conditions tonight as you venture out to get your goodies. Temperatures will only be in the upper 30s by 5 pm and by the time you head in with your treats we will expect temperatures in the lower to middle 30s.  The other factor you will have to deal with is wind. Winds will be out of the west and north and gusty through this evening up to 40 mph. This will cause a considerable problem with chills down into the lower 20s. Please take extra care and bundle up. Consider glove and hats as well.

The latest trick or treating forecast

October 30th, 2014 at 7:03 pm by under Weather

A number of weather conditions are lining up to make Halloween’s forecast rather frightful across northeast Indiana and northwest Ohio.  Here’s a list of what you should be ready to experience as you head out to collect candy.  As you can see, it’s going to be a cold, windy Halloween with both rain and snow!

It's going to be a blustery Halloween night!

It’s going to be a blustery Halloween night!

Light rain starts early in the day and continues, at times, into early afternoon.  By evening, around 5 or so, snowflakes will start to mix in with the rain and, eventually, all precip will become snow showers as temps continue to fall into early Saturday.  No notable snow accumulations are likely.  At best, we may see a coating of snow on the grass by early Saturday morning.


Kind of a “tricky” forecast

October 30th, 2014 at 11:23 am by under Weather

An early look at Halloween, especially during the ‘trick or treat’ hours is more of a trick than a treat. As a secondary shot of cold air comes streaming down from the north, we will see mostly cloudy skies with rain changing to some light snow showers. We are not expecting significant accumulation. The other problems will be wind and cold temperatures. Winds will gust up to 30 mph, making significant wind chills which will feel like the twenties! Temperatures will drop off quickly by evening into the 30s.

Supply rocket explosion picked up on radar

October 29th, 2014 at 9:31 pm by under Weather

The Antares rocket and Cygnus cargo module were scheduled to be blasted into space on Tuesday night to deliver supplies to the International Space Station.  However, after liftoff, the unmanned rocket exploded.  We’ve posted the complete story, including the liftoff video, here on

At the launch time, 6:27 pm, and lasting through  7:16 pm, the debris and smoke plume from the explosion was picked up by the local National Weather Service radar.  Take a look at these radar snapshots of Wallops Island, Virginia:

Image Credit: NWS/NOAA

Image Credit: NWS/NOAA


Dose of winter across the eastern third of United States

October 29th, 2014 at 11:05 am by under Weather
Futurecast shows light snow across northern third of the state Friday evening

Futurecast shows light snow across northern third of the state Friday evening

As we are experiencing the first wave of cold air a second and more potent wave of low pressure is taking shape. This ‘clipper’ type system will bring very light snow with now accumulation expected right now across the northern third of our viewing area.

Accumulating snow will be expected across portions of the east which include northern Michigan and the northern Appalachians. In some of these areas 3 to 6″ of snow may fall. We are only expecting a dusting across our area at best, but we will see our first snowflakes of the season and temperatures will be very cold as highs may only be in the upper 30s to lower 40s.

SKYWARN storm spotter classes

October 28th, 2014 at 7:32 pm by under Weather

Our local National Weather Service office in Syracuse, IN, has just announced the locations, dates and times for 2015′s SKYWARN Storm Spotter training sessions.  Since we regularly get calls, e-mails and questions from WANE Weather Watchers wanting to attend these sessions, I thought I’d share the info with you here.

In 2015, there will be 9 local sites within the WANE coverage area where this training will be offered.

In order to get a seat, you’ll need to pre-register on the National Weather Service’s web site and also take some online training lessons.  The complete training calendar for all of northern Indiana, northwest Ohio and southern Michigan is also posted on the site.

Register early to make sure you get a seat.

Register early to make sure you get a seat at your preferred training location.

Storm reports that come in from SKYWARN storm spotters are used, along with radar data and meteorological analysis, to determine where and when storm warnings are issued.  Spotter observations also add to the official record-keeping after severe weather events.

To learn more about SKYWARN, click here.


Rainfall from Tuesday morning

October 28th, 2014 at 11:38 am by under Weather

Here are rainfall reports from around the area through 11 am Tuesday morning. Also the graphic next to the rainfall reports is Doppler estimated rainfall which looks like it closely coincides with the rainfall reports. A very narrow line of heavier rainfall from Huntington to Fort Wayne to northwestern Ohio.

Much cooler forecast in place for the rest of the week

October 28th, 2014 at 10:54 am by under Weather

This morning we experienced the first wave of low pressure which will begin to bring in colder air over the next 24 hours. High temperatures from Monday in the 70s will be down in the 50s by Wednesday afternoon.

The satellite and radar composite this morning is pinpointing the second wave of colder air to our northwest. This wave will move through late Thursday afternoon and evening. That will force temperatures down to into the 40s by Friday. These very cold temperatures will be here through much of the weekend.

Latest rain update

October 27th, 2014 at 7:51 pm by under Weather

Scattered rain continues tonight, becoming widespread by morning.  Temperatures stay in the 60s overnight.

The widespread rain moves out by Tuesday afternoon and temps gradually fall.  You’ll be feeling the fall chill set back in by dinnertime when temps will be falling through the 50s.

The latest Futurecast model run projects a maximum of between a half-inch to an inch of rain from this incoming weather system.  Just remember, while you’ll need the umbrellas in the morning, you won’t need them during the afternoon.

Futurecast rain totals through 1 PM

Futurecast rain totals through 1 PM