Weather

Monday’s radar estimated totals

August 25th, 2014 at 11:42 pm by under Weather

Periods of heavy rain and strong storms moved through portions of the area Monday night.

Some of the greatest impacts were felt in Huntington County where power outages occurred and a number of trees were reported down due to gusty winds that came with the storms.  One trained spotter in Mount Etna reported a maximum wind gust of 66 mph.  The radar estimates near Mount Etna were the highest in Huntington County and the entire area, checking in at approx. .78″.

Monday’s Radar Estimated Rain Totals

While heavy rain was also experienced in Blackford County (which received 10″ of rain) last week, luckily it was not as long-lasting as last week’s storms.  Radar indicated only .53″ in the northern part of the county.


More heavy rain and strong storms

August 25th, 2014 at 7:37 pm by under Weather

Strong storms are moving through the area tonight.

To view the constantly updated list of active watches/warnings, click here.  


When it gets really hot and sticky

August 25th, 2014 at 11:00 am by under Weather
The muggy meter gives you a quick idea on what it 'feels like' outside

The muggy meter gives you a quick idea on what it ‘feels like’ outside

As the August heat has reemerged this last week we are just beginning to deal with really humid days. We talk about a couple different factors when we forecast heat and humidity. The first factor is dew point. This is one of the variables that we use more in the weather center because it is much more scientifically accurate and represents the true nature of what the weather will be like.

What you need to know about the dew point is simply that any dew point temperature over 65° is considered uncomfortable. As the dew point rises it becomes more uncomfortable. A dew point of 70° can be very uncomfortable. This plays into the forecast for Tuesday. We are expecting only our third 90 degree day of the year. The dew point will be at 71° by afternoon. We combine the temperature and the dew point and we get the relative humidity.

Relative humidity is simply the humidity relative to the temperature. So for example our humidity tomorrow will be over 50%. While that doesn’t sound oppressive, if you say the dew point  will be 71° you now have a very good idea that it will be very humid and rather uncomfortable by afternoon.

Why is high humidity uncomfortable to humans? Well, our body uses a system of cooling itself by evaporation of the sweat that we create when we are hot. If the dew point is over 65° then the evaporation rate slows down and there is an abundance of moisture that stays in the air and on your skin and your bodies cooling system does not work as well. That’s what we mean when we say it will be rather uncomfortable.

 

 


Tropical Storm Cristobal

August 24th, 2014 at 4:56 pm by under Weather

The Atlantic is starting to become a little more active as we head into what is considered the peak of hurricane season. We have Tropical Storm Cristobal  sitting near the Lesser Antilles. Cristobal is not expected to make landfall in the United States as it should begin a jog to the east further into the Atlantic. At this time it doesn’t look to affect Bermuda either as it is forecast to pass to the northwest of the island. The next several weeks will likely become more active in the Atlantic.

Forecast path of Cristobal Courtesy: NHC

Forecast path of Cristobal Courtesy: NHC

Satellite image showing Cristobal (in center) Courtesy: NOAA

Satellite image showing Cristobal (in center) Courtesy: NOAA

 

 

 


Flirting with that magic number 90

August 24th, 2014 at 1:01 pm by under Weather

As you’ve heard us talking about for almost a week now, we’re tracking a big warm-up just in time for the beginning of the upcoming work week. Temperatures may top off a few degrees either side of 90°, something we haven’t done much so far this summer.

Here’s the setup: on Monday, high pressure will be anchored over the Northeast, still influencing our weather pattern here. A large area of low pressure and an attached cold front will continue to slowly progress eastward through the high Plains and into the western Great Lakes. This front should be near the Chicago area by Monday evening. Ahead of this cold front, our winds will shift to come from the south, pulling in warmer and more humid air. We’re also looking at tapping into sunshine under partly cloudy skies. All those elements combined should allow our temperatures to climb to near 90° Monday afternoon and potentially Tuesday too as that cold front re-situates itself and moves southward through the Midwest. This will bring the chance for scattered showers and storms on Tuesday, but depending on the placement of that front, we could still hit 90°.

That’s one thing we haven’t had in our forecast much this summer. In fact, according to data provided by the National Weather Service, Fort Wayne International Airport only topped off at or above 90° 2 times this summer – June 17th and 18th.

On average, we would have hit 90° or above at least 14 times by now!

On average, we would have hit 90° or above at least 14 times by now!

Will we make it? Keep checking back in with The Live Doppler 15 Fury Storm Team for all the latest! We’ll keep you posted.


A quiet severe weather year

August 23rd, 2014 at 4:44 pm by under Weather

Nationally speaking, this year has been a rather quiet year in the severe weather department. It is really hard to quantify a severe weather season as “quiet” or “average”  because reports from location to location vary greatly and tornadoes aren’t necessarily the only factor that determines a quiet or active severe season.  For instance, if you lived in Arkansas or maybe even Nebraska, this season has had its scary/active moments with numerous tornadoes and even a few large tornadoes . If you live in Oklahoma, you’re thankful for how quiet it’s been. If we take a look at number of reported tornadoes across the nation through August 22, we’ll find the current number falls more than 300 reports below the average, or 50th percentile. While it’s not a record quiet tornado year, it is certainly a significant drop from the norm.

JH_blog_4While tornadoes are a good indicator of how active a severe weather season has been, it’s again, not the only. Here’s a look at how hail, wind and tornado reports stack up to “the norm” so far this year.

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Hot and humid stretch begins

August 23rd, 2014 at 10:37 am by under Weather

The rain we picked up over the past few days has completely wiped out our deficit. In fact, over the past 2 days alone, Fort Wayne picked up 3.59″ of rain! That now puts us OVER for the month of August (so far) by about 3″.

The airport set a new daily rainfall record yesterday, beating the old August 22nd record by almost 1/4" of an inch!

The airport set a new daily rainfall record yesterday, beating the old August 22nd record by almost 1/4″ of an inch!

We won’t be adding much more to the rain gauges over the next few days, but it will definitely feel like August! In fact, if you forgot it was still summer, the next few days will quickly remind you! A boundary off to our south and west today will keep more clouds overhead and bring us the chance for a pop-up shower or thunderstorm. Most places will stay dry…and hazy, hot, and humid with temperatures in the mid-80s and dewpoints in the low to mid-70s! That will make it feel downright oppressive as you step outside!

The muggy meter will be in the oppressive range today with dewpoints in the low to mid-70s!

The muggy meter will be in the oppressive range today with dewpoints in the low to mid-70s!

When you factor in those temperatures and the humidity, you get what is known as the heat index – that’s what it will actually FEEL LIKE if you’re out and about.

I will feel like it's in the 90s outside today.

I will feel like it’s in the 90s outside today.

And this is just the beginning of a hot and humid stretch of weather. Temperatures will continue to climb into the upper 80s tomorrow, with many places possibly reaching 90° by Monday and Tuesday of next week! Stay hydrated!

We're just entering a hazy, hot, and humid stretch of weather.

We’re just entering a hazy, hot, and humid stretch of weather.


Storm total rainfall amounts

August 22nd, 2014 at 9:02 pm by under Weather

There’s been a lot of weather information coming in today after last night’s heavy rain and we’re glad you’ve been keeping up to speed with it here on wane.com.

I thought I’d share the map below to “put a bow” on the day’s blog coverage of the heavy rain and give you a graphical perspective of how the rain totals varied throughout the area.  This map was created by our local National Weather Service office from rainfall amounts that were observed across the region.

24 Hour Rainfall Totals Ending 9 AM 8/22/14 (Image Credit: NWS IWX)

24 Hour Rainfall Totals Ending 9 AM 8/22/14 (Image Credit: NWS IWX)

The big bullseye, of course, is on Blackford County and the Hartford City area where 10″ of rain were picked up!  Also of note, look how in Allen County the southwestern part  had 6 inches, but on the north and east sides, less than a half-inch of rain was recorded.   Click here and scroll down to see a city-by-city list of rain totals.

 

 


Flooding pictures

August 22nd, 2014 at 10:44 am by under Weather

Here are a few pictures coming in from viewers of the flooding around our area.

Here is a summary of rainfall reports from around the area:

PRELIMINARY LOCAL STORM REPORT...SUMMARY
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE NORTHERN INDIANA
1055 AM EDT FRI AUG 22 2014

..TIME...   ...EVENT...      ...CITY LOCATION...     ...LAT.LON...
..DATE...   ....MAG....      ..COUNTY LOCATION..ST.. ...SOURCE....
            ..REMARKS..

1219 PM     HEAVY RAIN       5 SSW MARION            40.49N  85.67W
08/21/2014  M1.70 INCH       GRANT              IN   AWOS            

            4 HOUR TOTAL 

0705 PM     TSTM WND DMG     3 SW BREMS              41.31N  86.74W
08/21/2014                   STARKE             IN   911 CALL CENTER 

            TREE DOWN AT SR-8 AND 39 

1008 PM     HEAVY RAIN       5 N HUNTINGTON          40.96N  85.50W
08/21/2014  M2.59 INCH       HUNTINGTON         IN   PUBLIC          

            TOTAL FOR THE DAY 

0318 AM     FLASH FLOOD      HARTFORD CITY           40.45N  85.37W
08/22/2014                   BLACKFORD          IN   TRAINED SPOTTER 

            REPORTS OF FLASH FLOODING IN HARTFORD CITY WITH 
            POTENTIALLY A FOOT OR MORE OF WATER IN SOME AREAS. 

0405 AM     FLOOD            FORT WAYNE              41.08N  85.13W
08/22/2014                   ALLEN              IN   911 CALL CENTER 

            FORT WAYNE POST REPORTED WATER PONDING ON PORTIONS OF 
            INTERSTATE 69 NEAR MILE MARKER 304. 

0530 AM     HEAVY RAIN       4 NE ROLLING HILLS      41.07N  85.23W
08/22/2014  M4.31 INCH       ALLEN              IN   TRAINED SPOTTER 

            2 HOUR RAINFALL TOTAL FROM 330 AM TO 530 AM. 

0558 AM     FLASH FLOOD      MARION                  40.56N  85.66W
08/22/2014                   GRANT              IN   LAW ENFORCEMENT 

            MANY ROADS FLOODED THROUGHOUT THE COUNTY WITH ONE TO 
            2.5 FEET OF WATER. 

0600 AM     HEAVY RAIN       6 NE MARION             40.60N  85.59W
08/22/2014  M7.35 INCH       GRANT              IN   COCORAHS        

            24 HOUR STORM TOTAL. 

0607 AM     HEAVY RAIN       1 NNE MONTICELLO        40.76N  86.76W
08/22/2014  M3.70 INCH       WHITE              IN   COCORAHS        

            24 HOUR TOTAL. 

0615 AM     HEAVY RAIN       6 ESE NORTH JUDSON      41.18N  86.67W
08/22/2014  M3.75 INCH       STARKE             IN   COCORAHS        

            24 HOUR STORM TOTAL. 

0620 AM     HEAVY RAIN       1 SE MONTPELIER         40.54N  85.26W
08/22/2014  M8.00 INCH       BLACKFORD          IN   PUBLIC          

            24 HOUR TOTAL. STILL RAINING AT THE TIME OF THE REPORT. 

0626 AM     HEAVY RAIN       1 SSW NORTH JUDSON      41.20N  86.78W
08/22/2014  M6.35 INCH       STARKE             IN   COCORAHS        

            24 HOUR STORM TOTAL. 

0632 AM     HEAVY RAIN       4 SW NORTH JUDSON       41.17N  86.83W
08/22/2014  M4.60 INCH       STARKE             IN   COCORAHS        

            24 HOUR STORM TOTAL. 

0635 AM     HEAVY RAIN       MONTICELLO              40.75N  86.76W
08/22/2014  M3.29 INCH       WHITE              IN   AWOS            

            10 HOUR TOTAL. 

0700 AM     HEAVY RAIN       2 SE VAN BUREN          40.60N  85.49W
08/22/2014  M7.43 INCH       GRANT              IN   COCORAHS        

            24 HOUR TOTAL. 

0700 AM     HEAVY RAIN       PENNVILLE               40.49N  85.15W
08/22/2014  M6.30 INCH       JAY                IN   COCORAHS        

            24 HOUR STORM TOTAL. 

0700 AM     HEAVY RAIN       HUNTINGTON              40.88N  85.51W
08/22/2014  M6.10 INCH       HUNTINGTON         IN   COCORAHS        

            24 HOUR STORM TOTAL. 

0700 AM     HEAVY RAIN       5 NE FORT WAYNE         41.05N  85.24W
08/22/2014  M6.40 INCH       ALLEN              IN   COCORAHS        

            24 HOUR STORM TOTAL. 

0710 AM     FLASH FLOOD      6 E MARION              40.56N  85.54W
08/22/2014                   GRANT              IN   LAW ENFORCEMENT 

            INTERSTATE 69 HAS BEEN CLOSED IN EASTERN GRANT COUNTY 
            DUE TO WATER OVER THE INTERSTATE. 

0710 AM     FLOOD            BROOKSTON               40.60N  86.87W
08/22/2014                   WHITE              IN   TRAINED SPOTTER 

            6 TO 8 INCHES OF WATER ON ROADWAY NEAR STATE ROAD 18 
            EAST AND 43 SOUTH. 

0724 AM     HEAVY RAIN       2 NNW ROLL              40.58N  85.41W
08/22/2014  E5.00 INCH       WELLS              IN   TRAINED SPOTTER 

            OVER 5 INCHES OF RAIN HAS FALLEN IN THE LAST 24 HOURS. 

0726 AM     HEAVY RAIN       WARREN                  40.68N  85.43W
08/22/2014  M4.50 INCH       HUNTINGTON         IN   PUBLIC          

            RAIN STILL FALLING. 

0737 AM     FLASH FLOOD      4 E MARION              40.56N  85.58W
08/22/2014                   GRANT              IN   FIRE DEPT/RESCUE

            MANY REPORTS OF FLOODED ROADWAYS...STALLED 
            VEHICLES....FLOOD DEBRIS IN ROADWAYS....WATER AS DEEP AS 
            3 FEET DEEP ACROSS SOME ROADS. 

0747 AM     FLASH FLOOD      HARTFORD CITY           40.45N  85.37W
08/22/2014                   BLACKFORD          IN   EMERGENCY MNGR  

            MANY COUNTY AND STATE ROADS CLOSED COUNTYWIDE DUE TO 
            FLOODING. MANY STRANDED VEHICLES. 

0800 AM     HEAVY RAIN       HARTFORD CITY           40.46N  85.37W
08/22/2014  M9.70 INCH       BLACKFORD          IN   COCORAHS        

            24 HOUR STORM TOTAL. 

0800 AM     HEAVY RAIN       4 ESE HARTFORD CITY     40.44N  85.29W
08/22/2014  M9.00 INCH       BLACKFORD          IN   CO-OP OBSERVER  

            24 HOUR STORM TOTAL. 

0800 AM     HEAVY RAIN       5 N MEDARYVILLE         41.16N  86.90W
08/22/2014  M5.82 INCH       PULASKI            IN   CO-OP OBSERVER  

            24 HOUR STORM TOTAL. 

0800 AM     HEAVY RAIN       WANATAH                 41.43N  86.90W
08/22/2014  M4.12 INCH       LA PORTE           IN   CO-OP OBSERVER  

            24 HOUR STORM TOTAL. 

0800 AM     HEAVY RAIN       3 ESE ANDREWS           40.84N  85.55W
08/22/2014  M5.50 INCH       HUNTINGTON         IN   COCORAHS        

            24 HOUR STORM TOTAL. 

0800 AM     HEAVY RAIN       3 WSW PORTLAND          40.42N  85.03W
08/22/2014  M4.45 INCH       JAY                IN   COCORAHS        

            24 HOUR STORM TOTAL. 

0800 AM     HEAVY RAIN       6 NNW MONTICELLO        40.82N  86.79W
08/22/2014  M4.12 INCH       WHITE              IN   COCORAHS        

            24 HOUR STORM TOTAL. 

0800 AM     HEAVY RAIN       PORTLAND                40.43N  84.98W
08/22/2014  M4.04 INCH       JAY                IN   COCORAHS        

            24 HOUR STORM TOTAL. 

0813 AM     HEAVY RAIN       5 N HUNTINGTON          40.96N  85.50W
08/22/2014  M4.01 INCH       HUNTINGTON         IN   PUBLIC          

            24 HOUR STORM TOTAL. 

0900 AM     HEAVY RAIN       5 NW HARTFORD CITY      40.51N  85.43W
08/22/2014  M10.63 INCH      BLACKFORD          IN   COCORAHS        

            24 HOUR STORM TOTAL. 

0900 AM     HEAVY RAIN       4 SW KNOX               41.25N  86.68W
08/22/2014  M4.05 INCH       STARKE             IN   COCORAHS        

            24 HOUR STORM TOTAL. 

0900 AM     HEAVY RAIN       FRANCESVILLE            40.99N  86.88W
08/22/2014  M4.50 INCH       PULASKI            IN   CO-OP OBSERVER  

            24 HOUR TOTAL. 

1000 AM     HEAVY RAIN       3 NW LA CROSSE          41.35N  86.93W
08/22/2014  M6.13 INCH       LA PORTE           IN   COCORAHS        

            24 HOUR TOTAL.

Very heavy rainfall totals

August 22nd, 2014 at 8:03 am by under Weather
Early morning rainfall from Fort Wayne and south.

Early morning rainfall from Fort Wayne and south.

Heavy rainfall caused major flooding south of Fort Wayne. Many county roads are closed in Blackford and Jay counties this morning with standing water in some places at 3.5 feet.