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
  • Severe Weather Preparedness Week: Flooding

    On average, more people are killed by flooding than any other single weather hazard, including hurricanes, tornadoes, lightning and blizzards.  Most deaths from flooding occur at night, when it is difficult to recognize high water levels. What is the difference between a Flood Watch and a Flood Warning issued by the National Weather Service? Flash Flood Warning: Take Action! A Flash Flood Warning is issued when a flash flood is imminent or occurring. If you are in a flood prone area […]

  • Severe Weather Preparedness Week: Lightning Safety

    Most people like to get outdoors when weather gets warmer.  However, a threat lingers overhead as clouds build – lightning. Lightning strikes the United States about 25 million times a year.  It kills 47 people in the United States each year, and hundreds more are injured. When thunder roars, go indoors.  Why go indoors before thunderstorms are overhead?  Lightning can extend upwards of 60 miles from cloud tops.  Meaning, lightning can strike without thunderstorms overhead. Safety tips: When you hear […]

  • Winter Storm Warning and Winter Weather Advisory go in to effect tonight for parts of central Indiana

    A Winter Storm Warning and a Winter Weather Advisory has been issued by the National Weather Service.  The warning and advisories will be in effect from 8pm Tuesday through 2pm Wednesday. Rain changing to snow will move back in to central Indiana from the east Tuesday evening.

  • Severe Weather Preparedness Week: Severe Thunderstorm Warning vs. Watch

    Day two of Severe Weather Preparedness Week brings us to discussing Severe Thunderstorm Warnings and Watches.  Similar to Tornado Warnings/Watches, it comes down to “when to take action” and “when to prepare to take action”.  Here is an explanation of what each means and what you should do when one is issued. First, there is a criteria used to define a thunderstorm “severe.”  The National Weather Service defines a severe thunderstorm that is producing hail at least 1 inch in diameter or larger, and/or […]

  • Severe Weather Preparedness Week: Tornado Warning vs Tornado Watch

    Do you know the difference between a Tornado Warning and a Tornado Watch?  Many people do not.  It all comes down to “when to take action” and “when to prepare to take action”.  Here is an explanation of what each means and what you should do when one is issued. A Tornado Warning is issued by your local National Weather Service office.  The warning is issued when either a tornado has been spotted or doppler radar indicates a tornado is […]

  • Indiana tornado drill to happen Tuesday morning

    Allen Iverson said it right. “We’re talkin’ about practice.” The Indiana statewide Tornado Drill is scheduled for Tuesday, March 20 at 10:15am. 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. I think it is especially important to think about where you would go at various locations. The obvious locales are school, home and work. What about […]

  • Getting cold tonight and eyeing weather system that could impact St. Patrick’s Day

    A cold night coming for central Indiana.  Clouds will decrease allowing temperatures to drop.  There should be just enough wind around to keep all of us from falling in to the teens. A mixture of partly to mostly cloudy skies Wednesday, along with winds shifting to the west and eventually southwest, will allow temperatures to get back in to the 40°s. EYEING LATE WEEK WEATHER SYSTEM We’re keeping an eye on a weather system that will initially send clouds our […]

  • Not done with winter yet as more snow to come Tuesday

    Expect another day with clouds, cooler temperatures, wind and snow showers for Tuesday. Mid/upper-level energy will pass through central Indiana Tuesday. It should kick off snow showers starting late Tuesday morning and continuing through early Tuesday evening. While the ground remains relatively mild, it isn’t out of the question for a few tenths of an inch to accumulate on elevated/grassy surfaces. Temperatures will remain well below normal Tuesday. Highs will only be in the middle/upper 30°s. With winds gusting out […]

  • Not done with winter yet

    Snow showers will be possible this evening and through the overnight in central Indiana.  They will be moving from west to east-southeast.  Snow showers will turn to snow flurries in time for the Thursday morning commute.  I am not expecting much in the way of accumulation from overnight snow. Temperatures will remain cool throughout Thursday.  Temperatures will be running 10° to 15° below normal as lows drop to the lower 20°s and afternoon high temperatures top out in the low […]

  • Back to winter for the next week

    Temperatures return to near normal to start the week as fronts, clouds and rain move in to the Hoosier state. Clouds will be on the increase throughout the day Monday as our next weather system approaches. Moisture will begin to move in to the state during the day, but dry air at the surface will help “soak up” what moisture falls through the atmosphere.  Computer model data suggests the atmosphere will saturate enough to let moisture reach the ground by […]