John Dissauer is an award winning multi-media meteorologist. A native Hoosier – originally from Columbus, Indiana – he is excited to be back in Central Indiana working with The Weather Authority.

He is an seasoned forecaster bringing over 16 years experience to The Weather Authority. During his career he has worked through various weather events including: historic ice storms, blizzards, tornadoes, flooding and wild fires. Prior to joining WTTV, John worked as a meteorologist at KOAA-TV in Colorado Springs, Colorado and twelve years as a meteorologist at KFVS-TV in Cape Girardeau, Missouri. While at KFVS, he was the lead severe weather and winter storm meteorologist.

Working for The Weather Authority is a homecoming of sort for John. In 1997, he was Brian Wilkes’ first weather intern at FOX59 where he learned the art of forecasting. He also worked as a sports videographer for the FOX59 sports department after college.

John is a graduate of Ball State University where he studied meteorology and telecommunications. At Ball State, he was one of the founding members of the Ball State Storm Chase Team. He was also actively involved with the on-campus student television station.

He is a member of the National Weather Association and was awarded the NWA Seal of Approval in 2003.

John enjoys storm chasing. He has spent several weeks chasing storms across the Great Plains with the Ball State University Storm Chase Team. During the summer of 1999, John managed to “catch” six tornadoes over a three week period. To date, John has spent 33 days and 18,500 miles chasing storms through the Plains and the Midwest.

In 2005, he worked as a consultant for the documentary “Tornado Alley: Bach Home Again in Indiana” produced by Ball State University. The documentary was seen on PBS television stations around the country and is also used for emergency management training.

He has won several awards through the years including an Emmy-award for a half-hour weather special and from the Illinois Broadcasters Association and the Missouri Broadcasters Association.

John has a wide range of interests including sports (big Colts, Pacers and IU basketball fan), travel, drum corps, technology and aviation where he hopes to obtain his pilot’s license.

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Recent Articles
  • Spring thunderstorms to start work week

    While rain comes to an end this evening, we are already tracking the next weather system to impact Indiana. An area of low pressure is in the central Plains and is projected to move this way over the next 36-hours. Showers and thunderstorms are expected to develop Monday afternoon and continue through late night. There appears to be enough instability to support thunderstorms, and perhaps a few strong to severe storms may be possible.  While areas south of Indianapolis will […]

  • Third 70° day and tracking rain for the weekend

    A May-like day for central Indiana as temperatures reach the 70°s for only the third time this year. Winds will be strong at times out of the south-southwest at 12-20mph with gusts over 30mph. We are watching an area of low pressure currently located in the central Plains.  The will spread east, sending waves of rain to central Indiana. There will be many hours of dry time Saturday.  However, I think a few scattered showers will be possible in western […]

  • Spring temperatures and spring rain return

    A chilly start to the day in central Indiana.  Temperatures were in the upper 20°s this morning.  Some early sunshine will allow temperatures to rise through the 40°s by noon and evening in to the lower 50°s by late afternoon. Clouds will increase throughout the day.  A warm front will pass through the state later Thursday.  Ahead and along the front there could be a few spotty showers. With the warm front through the state, temperatures should soar to mid-May […]

  • Statewide Tornado Drill to be held Tuesday

    Allen Iverson said it right. “We’re talkin’ about practice.” The Indiana statewide Tornado Drill is scheduled for Tuesday, March 21 at 10:15am and again at 7:35pm. It is a good time to go over with your family – and yourself – what you should do and where you should go in the event a Tornado Warning is issued. During the drills, the National Weather Service will send a tone alerted warning message over NOAA Weather Radios. The earlier test is […]

  • Accumulating snow to start the week, Winter Weather Advisory issued

    A quick moving clipper is diving southeast through the central Plains this evening.  Ahead of the center of low pressure, snow is breaking out in eastern Iowa, western Wisconsin and Minnesota. The low will track southeast through the overnight hours, spreading moisture in to western parts of Indiana before sunrise Monday morning. As moisture arrives to Indiana, the air temperature will be sitting in the 20°s. This should allow for snow to begin falling in western/northwestern portions of central Indiana. […]

  • UPDATE: Winter returns with chance for sticking snow

    10:25PM UPDATE:  Evening computer models are beginning to come in and on initial look, the models seem to be adjusting their projected track of the clipper. This would suggest the rain/snow line would be further north than what earlier computer model runs suggested.  I’m not terribly surprised by this as the evening computer model runs are finally able to sample the storm over land.  As I mentioned earlier in the blog, once the energy is over land computer models will […]

  • Rain to start the week; Potential for snow to end the week

    A cold front will move through the state Tuesday morning.  Ahead of the front, temperatures will remain above normal. Scattered showers and a few thunderstorms will be possible through the day Monday.  A line of showers and thunderstorms is expected to move in to central Indiana early Tuesday morning ahead of the cold front. While I am not expecting any severe thunderstorms, some of the storms may produce strong wind.  I also suspect they will be big noise makers – […]

  • Tracking severe weather potential and chances for sticking snow

    CHATTER ABOUT SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS You’re probably starting to hear some chatter at the water cooler or on social media about severe thunderstorms coming to Indiana Tuesday in to Wednesday.  Let me say, it is still early and it is far from set in stone that we will have severe thunderstorms Tuesday/Wednesday. The Storm Prediction Center does include all of central Indiana in a “Slight Risk” for severe thunderstorms 7am Tuesday through 7am Wednesday. After analyzing data from Sunday morning computer […]

  • Slap of reality from Mother Nature

    Remember when we were all enjoying the nice April-like temperatures of the past week?  They are gone for now.  Mother Nature has given us a slap of reality as temperatures are 30° to 40° compared to Friday. Skies are clearing and winds will ease this evening, allowing temperatures to fall overnight.  Current thinking is we will see temperature fall to the upper teens/lower 20°s by early Sunday morning. Clouds are expected to build back from the southwest Sunday, but they […]

  • Severe weather and baking a cake are closer than you might think

    While severe weather is possible Friday, it is far from certainty. There are several things needed to create an environment supportive of thunderstorms becoming severe thunderstorms. I often describe it like baking a cake. You have many ingredients needed to make one. However, if one ingredient isn’t there, it doesn’t come out of the oven looking like a cake. Some of the ingredients needed for severe weather: fuel for thunderstorms, a trigger/lift in the atmosphere, instability, turning of the winds […]