The changes are coming

December 15th, 2014 at 4:19 pm by under Weather

We’ve enjoyed well above average temperatures for a few days, but wintry changes are coming. Our forecast shows the chances of rain increasing for the overnight and through Tuesday morning. This storm system will also usher in changes that bring us back to colder, more winter like temperatures. Check out how the past few days will compare to the numbers in the forecast. Enjoy Tuesday while you can!


Grand Canyon fog

December 14th, 2014 at 6:45 pm by under Weather

This is so cool. In a rare event for the Grand Canyon, a temperature inversion (warm air above colder air) kept clouds/fog from escaping the canyon. It was quite a sight and a time lapse video can be found below. By the way, a temperature inversion locally has been the culprit of keeping many of our days cloudy in the recent past.


Winter weather special airs next Saturday!

December 14th, 2014 at 10:07 am by under Weather

It seems like it was just yesterday that our severe weather special aired…now we’re gearing up for winter! The Live Doppler 15 Fury Storm Team will sit down and recap last winter, take a look at winter weather phenomena, discuss weather phobias, explain social media-rologists, and give an outlook of what to expect this winter next Saturday! We’re excited for you to see what we’ve been working on for the past few months. We’ve tried something completely different this time around – we actually filmed this at a local coffee shop (Mocha Lounge). So grab your cup of coffee and join us next Saturday at 7pm on NewsChannel 15!

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Visit Santa at the Moose Lake Christian Craft Village

December 13th, 2014 at 10:22 am by under Weather

Looking for something to do today? Well, it ’tis the season after all, so why not plan to visit Santa and make sure he knows what you want for Christmas! Santa will make a stop at the Moose Lake Christian Craft Village in LaOtto today from 3:30p-6pm. Pictures are available with Santa, too! The forecast is looking gloomy, with patchy fog and drizzle likely this afternoon and this evening. Temperatures will climb higher than they did yesterday, though – with many places topping off right around 40°.

Umbrellas won't be necessary, though you may encounter some pesky drizzle. Santa image courtesy: Visit Fort Wayne.

Umbrellas won’t be necessary, though you may encounter some pesky drizzle. Santa image courtesy: Visit Fort Wayne.

The Moose Lake Christian Craft Village is located at 11330 East 500 South in LaOtto, IN.

Chances of a “White Christmas”

December 12th, 2014 at 9:18 pm by under Weather

In a previous post, Greg wrote about early hints of snow on the ground for Christmas Day.  To follow up with that post, I thought I’d share this map from the National Climatic Data Center of the historical probability of having a “White Christmas”.   The NCDC considers a “White Christmas” to be one with more than 1″ of snow on the ground.

Historical Probability of a "White Christmas" (Image Credit: NOAA/NCDC)

Historical Probability of a “White Christmas” (Image Credit: NOAA/NCDC)

For our region, the probability lies between 25%-50%, with the greater likelihood of a “White Christmas” for those areas from Fort Wayne northward.  Click on the map to enlarge it.

Temperature inversion and what it means to our forecast

December 12th, 2014 at 11:48 am by under Weather
A temperature inversion looks like this many times with mostly cloudy skies

A temperature inversion looks like this many times with mostly cloudy skies

Temperature inversion diagram. (NWS, NOAA)

Temperature inversion diagram. (NWS, NOAA)

As we started the day we were seeing cold air in the lower 20s, which in itself is not untypical for this time of year. However, that cold air was trapped at the surface and created what is know as a temperature inversion. The word inversion simply means reverse or backwards and that is applied to what happened in our forecast. Instead of finding colder air as you move up in the atmosphere you would instead find colder air which acts almost like a cap and traps the cold heavier air at the surface.

Defiance County Christmas Cruise Thru

December 11th, 2014 at 9:28 pm by under Weather

There are plenty of great Christmas events popping up on our WANE Community Calendar as we get closer to the holiday.  One of note is the Defiance County Christmas Cruise Thru and Holiday Festival, which is in its second and final weekend this week.  From Friday through Sunday night, 6-9 PM, you can “cruise” through the fairgrounds to enjoy a nice lighted display.  You’ll also be able to park your car and head inside to enjoy a variety of activities.  Live entertainment is featured, along with real reindeer, a train and village display, candy canes and photos with Santa, plus local crafters and various nativity scenes.  There will be carriage rides, too. The local Boy Scouts will be selling food and beverages.

Your Defiance County Christmas Cruise Thru Forecast for 12/12/14

Your Defiance County Christmas Cruise Thru Forecast for 12/12/14

The admission charge is simply a goodwill offering.  All proceeds stay with the fairgrounds.

It won’t be a bad night to be out there cruising around, either.  Temps for this event will start off in the mid 30s, falling to around freezing by the time the night’s activities end.  Winds won’t be bad, from the west between 5 and 10 mph.


White Christmas, a look ahead

December 11th, 2014 at 8:15 am by under Weather
Global Forecast Model depicts temps in the 20s and light snow for Christmas Day

Global Forecast Model depicts temps in the 20s and light snow for Christmas Day

It may be a far fetching extended forecast but here it is. The Global Forecast System which is commonly called the “American Model’ now has light snow and temperatures in the 20s for Christmas day.  While this is a long way out and certainly subject to change it’s the first glimpse of what the holiday may bring across the area.

NOAA Weather Radios make great holiday gifts

December 10th, 2014 at 7:17 pm by under Weather
A Midland NOAA Weather Radio (Credit: Midland Radio Corporation)

A Midland NOAA Weather Radio (Credit: Midland Radio Corporation)

If you’re having a hard time coming up with the perfect holiday gift for a friend or family member, let me pop this idea into your mind…how about a NOAA Weather Radio?  It’s a life-saving tool – one that many people don’t yet have in their homes.

Why is a NOAA Weather Radio so important?  It will constantly monitor for weather alerts, like Severe Thunderstorm Watches/Warnings and Tornado Watches/Warnings, and then sound an alarm.  This can be life-saving, especially at night, when you may be sleeping and not viewing or using other media.  NOAA Weather Radios also monitor for other types of non-weather emergencies, including AMBER alerts, chemical spills and terrorist attacks.

When looking for a weather radio, look for the packaging to say it uses S.A.M.E technology.  This will allow you to program it specifically for your county.  Be on alert for other radios that simply just play the weather radio band.  While you’ll be able to hear the weather radio feed, those radios likely won’t automatically sound an alarm for your county.

NOAA Weather Radios can be purchased from a number of companies and stores.  The Midland Radio Corporation makes some of the best models out there and is the company WANE partners with for our annual weather radio events.

Click here for the WANE Weather Radio Programming Guide. It includes county codes for the area, which are useful when programming some radios.  Many new radios have this info already built in.

SKYWARN Spotter Training

December 10th, 2014 at 5:48 am by under Weather

It’s hard to think of severe storms in the middle of December, but it’s never a bad time to prepare and plan ahead. The National Weather Service of Northern Indiana is already making preparations for the severe weather season ahead by releasing some SKYWARN storm spotter training classes coming up in just a couple of months. YOU can be a storm spotter and help the national weather service and other local meteorologists better warn the public. If you’d like to learn more and see the dates already in the schedule, click the picture below.

Credit: NWS

Credit: NWS