March 4th, 2014 at 11:35 am by Greg Shoup under Weather
11am Temperatures 3/4/2014
As I mentioned in my blog post yesterday I talked about how we most likely would tie our record for the coldest maximum temperature in recorded history with a temperature of 14°. That actually happened yesterday afternoon. While today is not as cold I am noting a pattern that even the untrained weather eye can pick out on this ‘isotherm” graphic.
First you will notice that Minneapolis and Omaha are coming in considerably warmer than yesterday.
The other thing that sticks out to me on this graphic is that the pink color which is used to indicate bitter cold is retreating almost north of the US border. This does show at least a temporary reprieve from the bitter arctic air.
Although it won’t be a picnic the next couple of days we will see highs in the 20s. That’s still nearly 20° below normal.
March 3rd, 2014 at 10:23 pm by Nicholas Ferreri under Weather
After a winter of being pounded with snow and cold, I think many of us have decided the best way to deal with it is to have some fun when we can.
Here’s a picture of a dolphin making a winter appearance in Fort Wayne’s Arlington Park. The photo was submitted by Graham Wedeven who tells me, “I hope this dolphin helps to keep everyone’s spirits high as we finish up this very long winter.”
Image Credit: Graham Wedeven
I’m also having fun reading my facebook and twitter (@nicholasweather) pages to see how you are filling in the blanks to update the age-old saying about March…keep your ideas coming!!
Fill in the blanks – Submit your answer to Nicholas Ferreri via facebook and twitter (@nicholasweather)
March 3rd, 2014 at 11:42 am by Greg Shoup under Weather
Temperatures at 11am on March 3, 2014
So just how cold is it? Well lets throw some numbers around here. If we only reach 14° as we are forecasting that would tie a record for the lowest maximum temperature ever recorded on this date. In fact, the last time this happened was back in 1943.
Here’s another unbelievable statistic our 30-year-average temperatures for this date is 42°. So we are almost 30° off our average temperature.
So now the question is how long can we continue this trend. Logic tells us that a number of factors will begin to modify this unprecedented cold. One is that the regions where this cold air is produced are beginning to see sunlight so that will begin to modify these arctic air masses before they ever arrive. The other mitigating factor are the minutes of sunlight are increasing rapidly so it’s difficult to get this kind of cold to continue.
The last factor is what is called the angle of inclination. This refers to the sun’s angle and this time of year it is actually producing more warmth because of it’s angle than in the winter months.
March 2nd, 2014 at 5:48 pm by Jesse Hawila under Weather
The trickiest system to forecast all winter long has left behind several inches of fresh snow on the ground of NE Indiana and NW Ohio. (How many times have we heard that this year?) Most snow totals came in between the 3-5 inch range Sunday afternoon. Fort Wayne’s storm total is officially 4.2″. A majority of that snow, 4 inches to be exact, fell Sunday making it the snowiest March 2nd in Fort Wayne on record since 1982 when 3.2″ fell. Here are a few more snowfall reports.
A couple weekend winter stats:
We have received at least a trace of snow every weekend this winter! Remarkable!
The total winter snowfall for the 2013-2014 season was 59.4″ and 44% of that total fell on weekends keeping us busy on our days off.
March 2nd, 2014 at 8:19 am by Jesse Hawila under Weather
The LiveDoppler 15 Fury Storm Team snow forecast of 3 to 6 inches is falling into place this morning as were getting many reports falling into that range before the snow is over. At 8:00 am I measured 3.7″ of fresh snow here at WANE TV studios. A few reports of 4″ have been reported as early as 7:30. Here’s a look at just a few morning reports. Please remember, roads are extra tricky because of a light coating of ice that fell Saturday night before the accumulating snow fell on top of it.
March 1st, 2014 at 4:46 pm by Jesse Hawila under Weather
Of course, we’ve been talking a lot about our next chance of accumulating snow this weekend, but just as impressive is the late season blast of arctic air heading into the region next week. Our average high this time of the year should be in the lower 40s. We’ll struggle to even hit 20° a few days next week and lows Monday and Tuesday morning will be in the single digits and even below 0 Tuesday morning. Check out the temperature gradient Saturday afternoon before the accumulating snow and arctic air intrudes.
Temperatures Saturday afternoon
March 1st, 2014 at 9:25 am by Jesse Hawila under Weather
What has been a headache to forecast this week is finally moving in overnight and throughout the day Sunday. Snow will start flying after sunset this evening and will pile up several inches by Sunday morning. More than one “disturbance” was on the table this week for our area, and all of these collectively would have played a big role in how much snow we see. The latest thinking is, a second and more potent wave will stay well to our south and our snow will be affected more so by a lesser, yet still impressive “disturbance.” Here’s our latest forecast totals. Keep checking our forecast page for the latest on timing as well as our alerts page for the latest on the advisories in place.
February 28th, 2014 at 10:35 pm by Nicholas Ferreri under Weather
Most of the weekend’s snow falls Saturday night through Sunday morning and totals between 3″-6″. Some isolated pockets of higher snow totals are possible.
After reviewing some additional data that’s come in Friday evening, the second round of snow anticipated for Sunday PM is not looking like it’s going to pan out for us here. So, our “primetime” for snow will be Saturday night through Sunday morning. I’ve adjusted our snow totals through Sunday up slightly to 3″-6″. As of this posting, about 10:30 Friday night, I would place most of NE Indiana and NW Ohio’s weekend snow totals in this range, although some isolated pockets of heavier snow are possible.
As always, forecast information can change as snow develops and moves closer. Keep checking in with us here on wane.com and over on NewsChannel 15 for the latest.
February 28th, 2014 at 7:56 pm by Nicholas Ferreri under Weather
March 1 marks the start of meteorological spring and our first weekend of this new season will see snow – as has become the “norm” for us on our weekend days over these past few months.
The National Weather Service started issuing Winter Storm alerts for this system earlier on Friday. To read the most up-to-date alerts, visit our WANE Weather Alerts page.
Here’s a look at what to expect this weekend. Click on any of the below thumbnails to enlarge.
Accumulating Snow Begins Sat Night
A wintry mix of precip may occur Sun AM south of FW.
Snow Totals Through Sun AM
Storm Totals Through Mon AM
Saturday’s weather, during the day, will be pretty uneventful. There may be a few snow showers, but nothing more than a coating or dusting of snow is expected.
That will change Saturday night. Accumulating snow will begin to fall by late evening, around 8 P.M. in Fort Wayne, continuing and intensifying into Sunday morning. There’s a slight chance of a wintry mix in areas farther south of Fort Wayne, like Marion, Hartford City and Portland, but it’s not a sure bet. If the wintry mix would develop, it would mean less in terms of snow accumulation for Sunday morning, but still tricky travel on area roads. By midday Sunday, this round of snow will exit and we’ll have between 2 and half inches and 5 inches of snow on the ground.
A lull in the snow will occur during Sunday afternoon with another round of snow possible Sunday night. This second round would favor areas south of Fort Wayne with more snow than areas north would receive. Fort Wayne has the potential to receive up to 2″ of new snow with this Sunday night snowfall.
Storm totals by Monday morning will range between 3″-6″ from Fort Wayne northward and 6″-10″ south of Fort Wayne.
February 27th, 2014 at 6:57 pm by Nicholas Ferreri under Weather
Here’s the latest update on this weekend’s winter blast and what you should plan for on Saturday and Sunday.
This Weekend’s Outlook – March 1 and 2
Basically, if you have daytime plans Saturday, the weather won’t pose too many problems. Sunday, though, is a different story.
Keep checking in with us here on wane.com and on our NewsChannel 15 newscasts as the weekend arrives. There is plenty of time for this system’s track to change and its dynamics to evolve, affecting our ultimate snowfall totals.