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
  • Summer temperatures to start Fall

    We end the last weekend of summer feeling like summer.  Temperatures topped out at 86° in Indianapolis Saturday.  We’ll likely add at least a degree for Sunday. As mentioned yesterday, an increase in cloud cover may impact the full potential being reached, but I think Indianapolis should make it to 87.  With a slight increase in dew points – measure of the moisture in the air – the peak heat index should top out in the upper 80°s to near […]

  • Summer temperatures for the final weekend of summer

    It is the last weekend of summer and Mother Nature is bringing summer temps to central Indiana. Temperatures will top out in the lower to middle 80°s Saturday afternoon. As winds shift from the southeast to the south, humidity will slowly begin to climb.  Dew point temperatures should be in the middle-60°s making it feel a little uncomfortable.  Peak heat indices should be in the upper 80°s. Temperatures should climb a little higher Sunday as winds become more southerly/southwesterly.  Compressional […]

  • 10pm Hurricane Irma update

    As of 10pm, the National Hurricane Center says Hurricane Irma is a category 3 storm.  Maximum sustained winds are 120mph.  Wind gusts to near hurricane force are beginning to happen in the Florida Keys. Irma is starting to make a turn to the NW and should continue to move towards Key West — towards the center of pressure drop. Storms tend to move towards areas of greatest drops in atmospheric pressure.  Tracking the “pressure drops” can give indications where a […]

  • Heat, humidity and storms for Labor Day

    It is going to start feeling like summer for the unofficial last day of summer – Labor Day. A cold front is located in the northern United States Sunday evening.  The front will dive southeast and pass through central Indiana overnight Monday in to Tuesday morning. Ahead of the cold front temperatures will surge on brisk southwest winds (gusting to 30mph).  The temperature should top out in the upper 80°s to lower 90°s in central Indiana.  I’m forecasting a high […]

  • Tropical Storm Harvey update

    Tropical Storm Harvey (yes, no longer a hurricane) is slowly moving through southeast Texas.  The latest update from the National Hurricane Center say the storm is stationary with 65mph maximum sustained winds. The storm is not expected to move much through Thursday. The problem with the storm not moving is the devastating rains expected to fall in this small area – only about 150 miles across. Radar estimates from 12am Friday morning through 6:35pm Saturday are already incredible.  Areas between […]

  • Here’s how to build your own observatory to watch the solar eclipse

    Solar eclipse sunglasses are becoming a hot commodity as we get closer to August 21. If you are not able to find a pair of the special glasses, you can still watch the eclipse with your own eyes. How? Build your own solar observatory with a few household items. Plus, it is perfectly safe for your eyes! Kids, ask your parents for help building this observatory! WHAT YOU NEED: Shoe box 1 piece of white paper (can be a half […]

  • Latest projections of cloud cover for solar eclipse

    We are now less than five days away from the much anticipated Solar Eclipse.  In the Weather Department our eyes are focused on what the weather will be like for the day. As we get closer computer models usually come in to better agreement as to what cloud cover and precipitation will be.  So far, the two medium-range computer models we use are at odds. The two computer models we are looking at is NOAA’s global forecast model (GFS) and […]

  • Nice end to weekend; early look at sky conditions for the Solar Eclipse

    Get out and enjoy the lower humidity around central Indiana tonight and again Sunday. Clear skies tonight will allow temperatures to drop to the 50°s by Sunday morning.  We will start Sunday with sunny skies but clouds will increase through the day.  Temperatures will top out in the upper 70°s to near 80°. Weather will allow the Colts to open the roof and window at Lucas Oil Stadium for their first preseason game of the year vs the Detroit Lions. […]

  • Cold front may spark showers and thunderstorms to end work week

    A nice evening around central Indiana as temperatures drop from the low 80°s in to the low 70°s by 11pm. You may have noticed the air feeling a little more humid today.  Winds have shifted to the west/southwest drawing moisture in to the state.  Dew points were in the low 50°s yesterday.  Today they are in the upper 50°s to lower 60°s. A cold front is also slowly moving towards central Indiana.  As of 7pm, the front stretches through Wisconsin, […]

  • Rain chances increase for week’s end

    Quiet weather continues for another 36-40 hours.  Clouds will begin to increase late Thursday afternoon in to Thursday night ahead of a cold front that will move through central Indiana Friday. The cold front is located in the northern/central Plains Thursday evening. As the front reaches Indiana it will generate lift and help produce rain in portions of the area.  Right now it does not look like a “Friday washout”. Once temperatures climb in to the 80°s ahead of the […]