Storm chasers

July 18th, 2014 at 11:23 am by under Weather

One of the big topics of discussion lately has been storm chasers. There have been some terrible and tragic consequences due to chasing tornadoes with a couple of veteran storm chasers who knew what they were doing being killed last year. The above video shows exactly what a storm chaser should not do.  In fact, here’s a link to a blog site that further explores and explains current issues surrounding the practice of storm chasing.


Children’s Fest forecast

July 17th, 2014 at 6:37 pm by under Weather

Friday will be an excellent day to take the kids out to the Children’s Fest at IPFW, as we will see temperatures in Fort Wayne around 79° with not a lot of humidity in the area.

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The Friday forecast for Children’s Fest

The festival will take place Friday and Saturday from 10 AM to 4 PM. This event features fun and games your children can enjoy! Free amusement rides and a costume parade are just a few of the things going on at the Children’s Fest. The event puts specific importance on education and hands-on activities.

This post was contributed by WANE Weather Intern Matt Hook.

Warmest year on record for planet

July 17th, 2014 at 11:10 am by under Weather
2013 among 6 warmest years on record (NOAA, AMS)

2013 among 6 warmest years on record (NOAA, AMS)

Even though Fort Wayne had record snowfall and some record cold temperatures over 2013 new data begin released by the American Meteorological Society and NOAA suggests that this last year was the warmest in recorded weather history.

Scientists from NOAA’s National Climatic Data Center in Asheville, N.C., served as the lead editors of the report, which was compiled by 425 scientists from 57 countries around the world (highlights, visuals, full report). It provides a detailed update on global climate indicators, notable weather events, and other data collected by environmental monitoring stations and instruments on air, land, sea, and ice.



A record tied and one to be set

July 16th, 2014 at 9:20 pm by under Weather

On this pleasant, but much cooler than average day, we actually tied the record for the record cold high temp with our high of 71°.  No other July 16th on record had a high temp lower than that.

And that’s not all in the weather records dept., we’re on track to have a record cold late night/early morning as Thursday begins.  Our low temp will drop into the upper 40s tonight with only a partly cloudy sky.  Our expected low of 49° is 2 degrees colder than the current record of 51° set in 1976.

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A quite cold night is ahead with temps gradually warming up this week.

New additon to Doppler radar

July 16th, 2014 at 8:54 am by under Weather
New upgrade to National Weather Service Doppler Radar

New upgrade to National Weather Service Doppler Radar

An upgrade to the National Weather Service Doppler radar is being installed today. New features will be available that will detect short lived tornadoes and more importantly it will help meteorologists focus on tornado formation which will ultimately increase warning times.

Attention weather watchers…

July 15th, 2014 at 9:34 pm by under Weather
Image Credit: (CoCoRaHS)

Image Credit: (CoCoRaHS)

Did you know you can be a part of a program where you provide weather observations from your own backyard that can help out your local meteorologists.   Any person can participate…it doesn’t matter how old or young you are.  The program is called “CoCoRaHS” – the Community Collaborative Rain, Hail and Snow Network.

Next month, there will be a special training in Portland, Indiana – if you’re interested in learning more.  We received the following press release about the event and I wanted to pass it along to you:

“Have you ever wondered who measures and reports rain and snow amounts during storms? Are you a weather enthusiast who might enjoy reading a rain gauge, measuring snow and reporting your critical weather observations each morning? If so, then you are exactly who the National Weather Service and the Indiana State Climate Office is looking for to expand a growing national network of volunteer weather observers called the Community Collaborative Rain, Hail & Snow Network, simply known as CoCoRaHS.

The National Weather Service Northern Indiana Office, the Indiana State Climate Office at Purdue and the Jay County Emergency Management Agency will host a CoCoRaHS training session on Thursday, August 7, at 6:30 PM. The training will take place at the Jay County Courthouse Auditorium located at 120 West Main Street in Portland.

This hands-on session, lasting between 60 and 90 minutes, will educate volunteer observers on how to accurately set up and read their rain gauges and report the data via the Internet. There is no cost for the training. However, observers will need to purchase their own rain gauge to participate and all observers are required to use the same type of rain gauge to participate. This allows for consistent and accurate comparisons from one site to another.

Attendance at this training session is free and pre-registration is preferred. Everyone is welcome. To register, contact Samantha Rhodehamel of the Jay County Emergency Management office at 260-726-6910. You may also send an email to More information can also be found online at or

Not much rain added to the area yesterday

July 15th, 2014 at 11:00 am by under Weather
Cocorahs reports from 7/14

Cocorahs reports from 7/14

Legend of rainfall amounts

Legend of rainfall amounts

These are the observations taken by amateur observers all over the state called CoCoRahs.  (Community, Collaborative, Rain, Hail and Snow Network). As you can see we only received .15″ of an inch at most in areas around northeastern Indiana as the showers and storms fell apart before reaching the region.  There were a couple of areas north of Fort Wayne that had up to .30″.

60s in July

July 14th, 2014 at 9:50 pm by under Weather

Yep, that’s what our Live Doppler 15 Fury Forecast is calling for – a high of only 68° tomorrow (July 15)!  That’s a big change from our typical summer warmth and 16° cooler than our average 85° for the date.

Over the past 5 Julys (2009-2013), we’ve seen 3 other occasions where we’ve dropped into the 60s for highs.  July 1 & 28, 2013 and July 1, 2009.  On all three days, 69° was the high temperature.

This unusual level of coolness that we’ll experience tomorrow will be followed by a gradual warmup as the week goes on.  However, over the next 48 hours, we will be quite close to tying or setting a couple records for lowest high temp for July 15 and July 16.  Take a look:


Highs the next 2 days will be close to record low highs.

Highs the next 2 days will be close to record low highs.


Our entire area now under severe weather threat

July 14th, 2014 at 8:39 am by under Weather


Storm Prediction Center Slight Risk Area (NWS)

Storm Prediction Center Slight Risk Area (NWS)

Our entire area has been added to the Storm Prediction Center’s Slight Risk for severe storms.

Storm Risk Assesment

Storm Risk Assessment

The biggest threat will be for gusty thunderstorm winds of over 60 mph. There is also a small risk for large hail, but the primary risk is for gusty winds this afternoon. A powerful cold front will move through our area late this afternoon and this evening producing thunderstorms and some of these gusty winds. Best timing of these thunderstorms are from about 6 pm to 8 pm tonight.

We could really use the rain

July 14th, 2014 at 8:13 am by under Weather
July Rainfall from NWS reporting site Fort Wayne Airport

July Rainfall from NWS reporting site Fort Wayne Airport

I don’t think anyone would argue with the fact that it has been a terrific growing season so far, with plenty of sunshine and just about the right about of rainfall. June wrapped up with 5.81″ that’s about 1.65″ above normal. So it doesn’t take much to deduct we are also well ahead on rainfall totals for the summer months going into this week with 6.59″. That’s still about .63″ ahead of we would be in a typical summer at this time. However, what is troubling is that so far we’ve had .78″ for the month of July. We usually get about 4.24″ so that’s just over an inch a week and we don’t even have that for the first two weeks of the month.

It’s certainly nothing to be alarmed about yet but when you figure we have no rain chances for the next 6 days that would take us to July 20th. The only way to make things up would be to have a very wet end of July.