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.


Recent Articles
  • One of warmest Father’s Days on record expected

    We are expecting one of the warmest Father’s Days on record in central Indiana. Heat and humidity will again plague the state.  Dew point temperatures – the measure of moisture in the air – will remain in the upper 60°s to lower 70°s Sunday and air temperatures will climb to the lower to middle 90°s. When you factor the air temperature and dew point together, the heat index should top out around 100° during the afternoon. One thing you may […]

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

    The Storm Prediction Center has issued a Severe Thunderstorm Watch for portions of central Indiana.  The watch is in effect until 9pm Sunday night. Thunderstorms are moving southeast out of central Illinois.  Some of these storms may be able to produce 60+mph winds and large hail.  An isolated tornado can not be ruled out.

  • Scattered storms possible Sunday

    At times it has been a stormy start to the weekend.  It start Friday evening with scattered showers and thunderstorms.  We had showers and thunderstorms pass through central Indiana Saturday.  Looks like we get another round of showers and thunderstorms for Sunday. A front is trying to move through central Indiana but it is going to stall through the middle of the area.  This will allow for more thunderstorm development Sunday afternoon. Computer models are hinting at a storm complex, […]

  • Beautiful evening provides great conditions to look in to space

    Once the sun sets temperatures should quickly begin to fall with dry air in place.  Temperatures will be in the 60°s by 11pm and down in to the 50°s by Tuesday morning. It will be a perfect evening to go outside, look up in to the sky and see several things in space.  As the sun sets, look to the southeast sky about a quarter of the way up above the horizon.  You’ll find a bright object.  It isn’t a […]

  • Overnight rain leads arrival of drier air

    A cold front is marching east across Minnesota, Iowa and Missouri late this afternoon.  The front should pass through central Indiana early Sunday morning. Ahead and along the front, a line of scattered showers and thunderstorms will be possible.  Latest data suggests the line could cross the Illinois/Indiana state line around midnight. Rain should reach the Indianapolis metro between 2am and 3am and move out of the CBS4 viewing area by 7am/8am Sunday. At this time the threat for severe […]

  • One of warmest Indianapolis 500 races expected Sunday

    It is going to be warm across central Indiana and especially at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Sunday.  The mercury will take a run at the record for the warmest Indy 500 on record. By the end of the day we may have to make a place for 2018. Temperatures will be warm and I think the track will remain dry from rain, for the most part.  Once the air temperature reaches 84° to 86° there will be a chance for […]

  • Rain possible for Pole Day

    Central Indiana continues to be plagued with stalled out fronts leading to daily chances for rain.  While there is a chance for rain Sunday, there will be many dry hours. A front that is moving through central Indiana this evening will stall just south tonight.  It will then lift back to the north Sunday.  Just how far north it gets will have a big impact on high temperatures Sunday afternoon. If the front can get north of Indianapolis, the capital […]

  • Heat and humidity with a chance for thunderstorms

    Hope you are getting used to the heat and now the humidity.  It is going to be around for at least the next week and possibly through the end of May. If you think it is warmer than usual, you are correct.  Today is the 13th consecutive day above normal.  Indianapolis tied the record high temperature today – 88°.  And it is the 8th warmest start to May since 1871. Overnight temperatures only drop to the middle to upper 60°s […]

  • Temperatures back to normal but near record heat possible for upcoming weekend

    Once a cold front passes south through Indiana later Sunday night, cooler and drier air should begin to move in.  THat will sweep away chances for rain and clear skies out. With slightly drier air in place, temperatures should drop to the 40°s to near 50° by Monday morning. With early sunshine, temperatures will rebound back in to the upper 60°s to lower 70°s. Near normal temperatures will continue Tuesday before warming up for the middle of the week. STREAK […]

  • Sunshine and warmer temperatures to start the work week

    We’ve got several days of quiet weather.  That means mainly cloud free days and warmer temperatures. Clear skies tonight and very dry air – dew points remain in the teens to middle 20°s – will allow temperatures to fall overnight.  Expect temperatures in the 30°s early Monday morning. The key to Monday will be dressing in layers.  You’ll want warmer clothes for the morning.  However, with sunny skies, dry air and winds out of the south temperatures should quickly rise […]