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
  • Latest outlook for weather at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway this weekend

    Computer models continue to suggest rain and thunderstorms will be possible for parts of big three days at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.  Friday – Carb Day | Saturday – Legend’s Day | Sunday – Indianapolis 500.  However, it will NOT be all day rains. Friday: Turns warmer and more humid on southerly winds.  The high temperature will be close to 80°.  There will be a chance for rain/thunderstorms later Friday night, but the majority of festivities at the track will […]

  • Nice start to week but rain returns before week is over

    We should have nice weather to start the work week.  Sunny skies for most of Monday and temperatures climbing to near normal.  (Normal high temperature is 74° in Indianapolis.) Clouds will begin to increase Monday evening.  Showers and thunderstorm chances increase Tuesday through Thursday.  Right now, Wednesday looks like the best chance of seeing widespread rain around central Indiana. Temperatures will drop below normal with highs in the lower 60°s Wednesday and Thursday. We rain chances going up, timing out […]

  • Storm produces reports of tornadoes and funnel clouds

    One thunderstorm that developed near Darlington, Indiana (Montgomery County) produced several reports of funnel clouds and tornadoes Saturday evening. It is easy to track the path of the storm by looking at the rotation detected by doppler radar. The white line helps show the path the area of rotation took through Montgomery, Boone, Clinton and Howard counties. Funnel clouds and tornadoes were reported from near Thorntown to Michigantown to Forest.  

  • Tracking warmest air in over seven months

    What a beautiful Mother’s Day in central Indiana.  Temperatures in the low 80°s and humidity in check.  We add to today’s temperatures through mid-week. Tonight will be a good night to leave windows open as temperatures drop to the upper 50°s to lower 60°s. We’ll see a fair amount of sunshine Monday as temperatures climb to the lower to middle 80°s. Winds will not be as gusty as they were Sunday.  Sustained winds will be out of the south at […]

  • Frost to rain to start work week

    A beautiful Sunday with sunny skies and temperatures in the upper 50°s to lower 60°s. Clear skies and calm winds tonight will allow temperatures to drop.  Lows should fall to the 30°s by early Monday morning. Patchy frost will be possible, mainly north and northeast of Indianapolis, early Monday morning. We will have sunny skies to start Monday which will allow temperatures to climb back to the 60°s by late afternoon. Clouds will start to increase early Monday afternoon.  Showers […]

  • A couple trips to the 80s this week

    Temperatures should be fantastic this week if you like mild, and even warm, temperatures.  It starts Monday with mostly sunny skies.  Temperatures will quickly rise after a cool start. Temperatures should top out in the lower to middle 70°s. Temperatures will keep climbing Tuesday and Wednesday.  High temperatures should cross the 80° mark for the fourth and fifth time of 2017. A weather system will drive down through the Rocky Mountains later in the week.  Ahead of the system, winds […]

  • Cool and wet start to the weekend

    A cool start to the weekend is expected for central Indiana.  Temperatures may struggle to get above 50° for some locales Saturday afternoon. An area of low pressure will pass south of central Indiana Saturday.  North of the low, clouds will be widespread, winds will remain out of the northeast and rain will be spread north. At this time, it appears the best chance for rain will be along Hwy 46 and south in south-central Indiana.  However, I am going […]

  • 2017 currently in Top 2%

    NUMBER OF 70s Indianapolis officially topped out at 75° Sunday which is 11° above normal.  This marks the 12th time Indianapolis has reached 70° in 2017.  In the previous 145 years, Indianapolis have averaged 6 days of 70° through April 16. TOP 2% 2017 is in the top 2% warmest years on record. This year Indianapolis currently ranks 3rd warmest (through April 15) in 145 years.

  • Warm and windy to start the week; Tracking arrival of rain

    Another warm and windy day is expected Monday.  Winds will be sustained out of the south-southwest to the southwest at 14-22mph and wind gusts to 33mph. The southerly winds will help draw warmth in to central Indiana.  High temperatures will climb to mid-May levels. A cold front will move towards Indiana Monday.  It should sweep through the state overnight Monday in to Tuesday.  Before the front passes, showers and a few thunderstorms will be possible.  Having said that, there will […]

  • Hang on to your hats; Warmest day of 2017

    Mother Nature is back at her game again. She is sending us an early June day in April.  Sunday will be the warmest day (so far) of 2017 and the warmest we have had in over five months. Brisk southerly winds will draw warmth up out of the south and southwest Sunday afternoon.  Temperatures will quickly climb through the 50°s and 60°s in to the 70°s by early afternoon. If we can keep skies completely sunny, which I don’t think […]