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Incoming rain and snow

January 19th, 2015 at 9:49 pm by under Weather

As a disturbance pushes through the Midwest tomorrow, it will bring precipitation to our area. Temps will allow this to initially start as some snow, then change over to a bit of mix and rain by afternoon (highs will be in the upper 30s then). Snow and rain will be very hit-and-miss during the day on Tuesday, with many places staying dry. As things cool back down Tuesday night, rain and mix will transition back over to snow. It will be tough for this snow to pile up on a ground that has seen above-freezing temps for 4 days, but some light accumulation will be possible. Scattered snow continues into at least the first half of Wednesday, with some minor accumulation still possible.

Accumulations Tuesday night through Wednesday will be light, with most places seeing around 0.5". Some folks to the north may see a bit more, but generally 1" or less there too.

Accumulations Tuesday night through Wednesday will be light, with most places seeing around 0.5″. Some folks to the north may see a bit more, but generally 1″ or less there too.

This is not expected to be a big travel impact, but you could still encounter some slick spots or snow-covered roads, especially Wednesday morning. Keep checking in with the Live Doppler 15 Fury Storm Team for the latest!


Storm spotter classes reminder

January 19th, 2015 at 5:51 am by under Weather

Spring will be here before you know it, and there can never be enough eyes to they sky reporting to meteorologists what the weather is doing where you live. Reports from storm spotters greatly help the warning process. The National Weather Service of Northern Indiana has released more training dates for those interested in being a storm spotter. If you click the picture below, you can learn more about those dates, how you can train online and how to register for the training.

Source: NWS

Source: NWS


Quiet week ahead

January 18th, 2015 at 9:24 pm by under Weather

After surviving arctic blasts and snow earlier this month, it sure was nice to thaw out this weekend! And the good news: no big storms or arctic blasts are in the forecast for this week! A series of small disturbances will keep clouds in the picture for the next several days, with the chance for some light snow changing to rain on Tuesday, followed by a few leftover flakes on Wednesday. Highs should top off in the 30s this week, with lows in the upper teens and 20s.

A typical January week ahead with temps in the 30s.

A typical January week ahead with temps in the 30s.

Enjoy this seasonable stretch while you can, because the latest forecast models continue to suggest another arctic invasion for the end of the month and beginning of February.

Temps are expected to drop below average for the end of this month and beginning of February. Source: Climate Prediction Center.

Temps are expected to drop below average for the end of this month and beginning of February. Source: Climate Prediction Center.


A cold January so far

January 18th, 2015 at 8:52 am by under Weather

What a nice break from winter we had Saturday! Temperatures climbed into the lower and middle 40s which is 10+ degrees above average. As of January 17th, the month overall have been a very cold one. Roughly 60% of the days this month were at, or below average. So far, that means we’re running more than 8° colder than average for the month. That number includes Saturday’s 40s, so this is pretty impressive.

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AFC Championship forecast

January 17th, 2015 at 3:37 pm by under Weather

The Colts take on the Patriots this Sunday at 6:30PM in Foxborough, Massachusetts. You’ll find the game on WANE! The forecast does not look ideal, but for mid-January the temps are looking good! The Colts and Patriots will have to dodge some raindrops during the game. Temperatures look to be in the middle 40s from 6 to 10. Winds will be coming from a southerly direction 10-20 MPH.

 

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Warmest day of 2015 so far!

January 17th, 2015 at 10:59 am by under Weather

There’s no denying that January has been a COLD month in Fort Wayne, so far. In fact, this currently ranks as the 7th coldest January on record!

There are a lot more blues than reds showing up on this map. We're running over 9° below average for the month, so far!

There are a lot more blues than reds showing up on this map. We’re running over 9° below average for the month, so far!

Now for some good news: we’re right on track for a thaw today. In fact, we’re on track to see the warmest day of 2015 so far! The highest reading we’ve seen so far this month was 37° back on January 3rd and 4th. We should climb into the lower 40s this afternoon.

If we make it to 41° today, that would be the warmest since December 27th (we reached 47° on that date).

If we make it to 41° today, that would be the warmest since December 27th (we reached 47° on that date).

So, it’s shaping up to be a good day to take down those outdoor Christmas decorations, get the salt hosed off the car, or whatever you need to do outside to take advantage of this thaw. It won’t last long – temps take a tumble behind a cold front tonight, sending us back down into the 30s. We should stay in the 30s for the upcoming week…but at least there’s no arctic blast in sight for the next few days, right? Could be a different story by the end of this month, though…


Using the atmosphere for travel

January 16th, 2015 at 4:32 pm by under Weather

I came across this article the other day and thought it was really cool! Many of you know pilots have to pay VERY close attention to weather conditions when traveling from city to city, but did you know they can use it to get them to places much faster than normal? A British Airways jet used the jet stream to fly from New York to London in record time. They arrived an hour-and-a-half earlier than they were scheduled! Read more about it by clicking the picture below.

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FILE – In this Sept. 23, 2013 photo, rows of slimline seats await installation aboard a Southwest Airlines 737 at the carrier’s headquarters in Dallas. “Seats are getting closer together,” says Sara Nelson, president of the Association of Flight Attendants, which represents 60,000 flight attendants at 19 airlines. (AP Photo/John Mone)


Warmest year on record (Global temperatures)

January 16th, 2015 at 11:25 am by under Weather
Global temperatures are the warmest on record (NOAA< NASA)

Global temperatures are the warmest on record (NOAA< NASA)

It’s official NASA and NOAA have concluded that this last year was the warmest it as ever been across the globe. Red the latest on this breaking study.


Earthquakes…in Connecticut?

January 15th, 2015 at 9:52 pm by under Weather

Yes, it’s true.  A small area within eastern Connecticut has experienced 12 earthquakes over the past 7 days.

Earthquake activity over the last 7 days.  (Credit: USGS)

Earthquake activity over the last 7 days. (Credit: USGS)

This is certainly not a common occurrence.   The United States Geological Survey (USGS), which monitors earthquake activity, says Connecticut is in “a region of very minor seismic activity, even when compared to other States in the northeast region”.

Check out the clip below to learn more about this unusual uptick in earthquakes in the eastern US.  There’s also more information posted here.


Big change in temperature today is known as warm air advection

January 15th, 2015 at 11:06 am by under Weather
Warm air advection process

Warm air advection process

So how does the air change so rapidly from a morning low below zero to a high in the 20s? This process is known as warm air advection. As you can see in the diagram above, warm air begins in one place and is transported by strong winds to another place. In this instance we are seeing very strong southwest winds. Something to note about a southwest wind is that the 90 degree angle of the wind flow increases the warm air advection and gives us an even greater temperature.

So in other words, Today’s southwest winds are transporting warm air from point A which is southwest of here to point B which is northern Indiana. This warming process is known as warm air advection. Here’s more on this discussion and some more of the science behind this process.