St. Patrick’s festivities continue this weekend

March 20th, 2015 at 8:51 pm by under Weather

The annual “Get Green” festivities hosted by the Fort Wayne Professional Firefighters Local 124 take place on Saturday and the weather is looking good!

The 5-K(ilt) Run/Walk begins at 9:30 am with the “greening” of the St. Mary’s River set to follow at 10:30 am.  The center of the day’s celebration is the Old Wells Street Bridge.  Check out the Get Green website here.

Sunshine will re-emerge for this first full day of spring and that’s good news for all the revelers.  Temperatures will be in the 40s from late morning through midday.

Your "Get Green" forecast

Your “Get Green” forecast



Spring is in the air

March 20th, 2015 at 6:28 am by under Weather

NASA animation of Vernal Equinox

The Vernal equinox will happen at 6:45 pm for us today. But this is a very interesting day because at the same time as the equinox part of the world will see a total eclipse of the sun.

Eclipse picture courtesy of NASA

Eclipse picture courtesy of NASA

The other interesting happening besides the eclipse is the Supermoon. Wow, what a day.

An interesting weather read

March 19th, 2015 at 7:37 pm by under Weather

As we put the winter season behind us and reflect on it, we know we certainly did not have it bad this year.  No record snowfall for us, like Boston.  Yes, February was QUITE COLD, but December and January, in comparison, weren’t too far out of touch with our typical seasonal temps.

Technology and forecasting ability were much different back in 1888 when a blizzard took the Plains by surprise and caused significant damage to property and loss of human life.  Children went to school that day dressed for warmer weather and many were unable to survive their trip home from school as temps fell, winds howled and snow came down.

The events of this storm are recounted in the book “The Children’s Blizzard” by David Laskin.

Cover photo of "The Children's Blizzard"

Cover photo of “The Children’s Blizzard”

I was invited to make a special “guest appearance” at the book discussion group of The Association of IPFW Women.  These ladies found the book quite interesting and I was pleased to answer their questions about weather forecasting and my job as a meteorologist.

Members of The Association of IPFW Women and me!

Members of The Association of IPFW Women and me!

State tornado drill is a good time to check your batteries

March 19th, 2015 at 8:18 am by under Weather
Midland Weather Radio

Midland Weather Radio

As you hear the sirens go off it’s a good time for you to check your weather radio out. Make sure that it was able to receive the warning. Even if you are not home when the test tornado warning occurs you should see it show up on your display screen. If the warning did not show up then you will have to reprogram the radio.

Another thing you may want to check is the back up battery on the back of your weather radio. I can’t tell you how many times I saw old corroded batteries in weather radios because they sat around for a couple of years. So this would be a good time to change that back up battery out. Remember that battery should only be used as a back up if you have a desk top model. It will not last long if it is the only source of power for your weather radio.

Indiana’s statewide tornado drill Thursday

March 18th, 2015 at 8:33 pm by under Weather
Severe weather season will soon be upon us.  Are you ready? (Image Credit: National Weather Service - Northern Indiana)

Severe weather season will soon be upon us. Are you ready? (Image Credit: National Weather Service – Northern Indiana)

We’re in the midst of Indiana Severe Weather Preparedness Week and one of the main events to make sure you and your family are prepared for severe weather is the statewide tornado drill.

If you have a Midland NOAA Weather Radio (available locally at Walgreens and Kroger), and it’s programmed properly, prepare to hear it sound an alarm tomorrow (Thursday, March 19).

Two test alerts will be sent during the day.  One will be in the morning at 10:15 AM.  The other will be in the evening at 7:35 PM.

While during the day most of our local students will be practicing their school severe weather plans, think about practicing your family’s plans during the evening drill.  The time to prepare is now…before severe weather strikes next.

There’s a list of preparedness tips and other resources to help your family prepare its plan at

For our Ohio readers, you’ve already had your statewide tornado drill.  It was back on March 6…so, your NOAA Weather Radios will not go off this time.  But, if you missed practicing your severe weather plan then, why not put it on your agenda for Thursday, too!

Teaching about climate

March 18th, 2015 at 11:24 am by under Weather
Climate educational resource page

Climate educational resource page

A true understanding of climate does not just involve meteorology. It is a complex combination of a number of sciences. The National Climate Assessment, released in May of 2014, summarizes the impacts of climate change on the United States, touching on many disciplines: earth science, biology, human health, engineering, technology,  economics, and policy. 

This would be a good resource for any student of science to understand the role of the United States on climate and what the daily, monthly and annual impacts might be on climate change.

Sightings of the Northern Lights possible tonight

March 17th, 2015 at 6:56 pm by under Weather

A burst of solar activity is making sightings of the “Northern Lights” possible tonight.  Our potential here certainly isn’t the highest, as we sit on the southern fringe of where sightings will be possible, but  it is not out of the question for us.

If you want to give looking for the “Northern Lights” a try, head out after sunset (7:49 PM) and look low on the horizon.  And, let us know if you’re able to see them.  Send in pictures using ReportIt on or on our WANE WX App.  You can also include @wanewx and @nicholasweather in your tweets.

There's a slight chance you could catch a glimpse of the Northern Lights in NE Indiana and NW Ohio tonight.

There’s a chance you could catch a glimpse of the Northern Lights in NE Indiana and NW Ohio tonight.

What a sunset

March 17th, 2015 at 9:11 am by under Weather
Photo provided by Sharon Mauger, Fort Wayne

Photo provided by Sharon Mauger, Fort Wayne

Did you catch the beautiful sunset last night? If you didn’t we have several pictures that viewers shared with us in our gallery. When I saw it I thought of the old saying, “Red sky at night sailors delight”.  Red sky at night would indicate that the spectrum of light is going through numerous dust particles in the air. That would indicate lots of dust particles which would mean more of stable situation and high pressure or fair weather.

On the other had, “Red sky in the morning sailors take warning would indicate that high pressure has already passed and conditions will be changing and lower pressure would be moving in. Also, a red sky in the morning many times means that there is moisture and clouds in the atmosphere and that the weather will be changing. We could be seeing rain later in the morning or afternoon.

Remember March 2012?

March 16th, 2015 at 3:05 pm by under Weather

I was thinking about how wonderful the 60s felt this afternoon. It’s amazing how sweet spring-like air can feel after a very cold winter. Do you remember how the middle of March was just 3 years ago? A long string of 80s and record breaking heat found it’s home across much of the Midwest. That incredibly warm winter and spring led much of the Midwest into exceptional drought conditions through the summer. We even got to 87° on the 21st!

Source: NWS IWX

Source: NWS IWX

Warmest of the season

March 16th, 2015 at 7:54 am by under Weather
Monday forecast of 68 is the warmest in several months

Monday forecast of 68 is the warmest in several months

Today will not only be the warmest temperature of 2015 so far, but it will also be the warmest temperature we’ve seen in months. In fact, the last time we were in the 60s was back on November 30thm 2014 when it was 61 degrees. To find a high in the upper 60s we have to go back another month to October 17th of 2014 when we had a high of 68º.

The record for this day in weather history is 78° which was set back in 2012.  We’ve also had at least two other days in weather history when the area has seen temperatures in the 70s. Back in 1945 it was 77 ° and it was 72 in 1898.  So we are in pretty good company.