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 18 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. His interest in technology lead him to producing and distributing the first podcast for a television station and/or news organization on the internet in 2004.

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Recent Articles
  • Potentially the warmest air in nearly 4 years this week

    You know the saying, “Its not the heat, its the humidity.”  This week we will likely see both heat and humidity. Computer models suggest high pressure in the upper-levels of the atmosphere will build and strengthen over the central United States this week, eventually including the Ohio River Valley.  As it does, this will allow temperatures to soar. Currently, I am forecasting temperatures to top out in the lower to middle 90°s starting Tuesday.  Temperatures should peak around 95° a couple […]

  • Lightning strike at golf course in West Lafayette results in interesting pattern from discharge

    WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind.– A lightning strike at Kampen Golf Course in West Lafayette this week resulted in an interesting branching pattern on the course. Purdue Golf tweeted out the picture just before 8 p.m. Tuesday. It shows tree-like patterns created by high-voltage electrical discharges, in this case caused by a lightning strike, passing along the surface of the 11th hole’s fairway. The shape is called a Lichtenberg figure, and they are sometimes seen on golf courses or grassy meadows. Mineral […]

  • Heat, humidity and storms this week

    We’ve got a pattern change underway which will make this the warmest feeling week of the year. It begins with the humidity.  Dew points – the measure of the moisture in the atmosphere – are on the rise Sunday.  Up 5° to 8° from Saturday.  They will continue to climb the next couple of days, eventually reaching the lower and perhaps middle 70°s later this week. Anytime the dew point gets above 60° it begins to feel uncomfortable.  Once it […]

  • Rain possible to start the week

    Good Sunday evening!  I hope you are having a great holiday weekend. Temperatures Sunday afternoon topped out in the middle 80°s with nice blue skies over most of central Indiana.  We’ve also enjoyed lower humidity today as dew points – the measure of the moisture in the air – are in the 50°s. When dew point temperatures drop below 60° the air feels very comfortable.  Above 60° it starts to become uncomfortable.  In upper 60°s and lower 70°s the air […]

  • Rain chances increase to end work week

    We will have a couple waves of rain move in to central Indiana within the next 24-36 hours.  The first arrives Thursday night in to early Friday morning. While we do not expect any widespread severe weather with the line as it moves through, a few thunderstorms along the line may produce strong winds, heavy downpours and vivid lightning. The second wave comes through the area Friday afternoon in to Friday evening. There will likely be a lull in any […]

  • Rain chance increases for end of week

    Good afternoon! Can you feel it? Humidity is on the rise in Indiana. Dew points have climbed in to the 50°s today wand will be in the mid-60°s tomorrow, making it feel uncomfortable. I am tracking several chances for rain through July 4. The first comes Thursday, however most of central Indiana should remain dry through the day. The best chance for rain will occur in northern Indiana where there could be a few strong to severe thunderstorms. The chance […]

  • Coolest temperatures in nearly 90 years; humidity returns for end of week

    If you like cooler weather you will enjoy the start to the work week as temperatures will be 10°-14° below normal. It starts early Monday morning as mostly clear skies and dry air will allow temperatures to fall to the lower 50°s. We should see cooler air in place for Monday, keeping temperatures in the low to mid 70°s. There is one fly in the ointment Monday afternoon and evening.  A weak wave will pass through the state, providing just […]

  • Another warm day before tropical rains arrive

    Temperatures and humidity will remain high overnight and Thursday.  Clouds are expected to increase from the south during the day Friday.  There will be a chance for scattered showers and thunderstorms Thursday afternoon and evening, mainly south of Indianapolis. WARM START TO SUMMER Happy summer solstice!  Summer officially began at 12:24am Wednesday.  For the first day of summer Indianapolis reached a high temperature of 89°.  This is the warmest June 21 in Indianapolis since 2012. Only twenty-five of the previous […]

  • Near daily chance for rain this week

    The first twelve days of June ranked the 4th driest since 1871, but rain is falling and daily chances for rain will continue for much of this week. A cold front has passed through central Indiana Sunday evening.  Behind the front, drier air is filtering in to the state.  By “drier”, I mean dew points are dropping in to the 50°s. An air mass with dew points in the 50°s will still support shower and thunderstorm development Monday afternoon. The […]

  • Severe Thunderstorm Watch in effect for parts of central Indiana until Sunday morning

    The National Weather Service has issued a Severe Thunderstorm Watch for portions of central Indiana. The watch is in effect until 7am Sunday. A line of thunderstorms is moving out of eastern Illinois and in to central Indiana.  The main threat from the thunderstorms will be damaging wind.  However, small hail and heavy downpours will also be possible.