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
  • Closer look at timing and how much snow will fall to start the week

    A weather system is diving down in to the United States out of Canada.  The system is spreading clouds over Indiana early this evening and will eventually spread snow over the state later tonight. Light snow should begin falling shortly in western Indiana.  The snow will spread east through the evening, reaching Indianapolis around 9pm.  The initial burst of snow could drop a half inch to near 1″. A second round of snow is expected to move in ahead of […]

  • Clipper brings snow for Monday morning commute

    A quick moving weather system will dive down out of Canada Sunday bringing snow to central Indiana late Sunday night through Monday morning. We will likely see two periods of snow with this system.  The first round will come late Sunday night.  Data suggests the first could arrive at the Illinois/Indiana state line near midnight Monday.  This will bring a quick burst of snow for areas roughly north of I-70. The second, broader wave will arrive just before the Monday […]

  • Wintry mix will impact Monday morning commute

    A tricky forecast for tonight as we are dealing with many things that will contribute to what may fall in central Indiana. We’ve been tracking the system that will impact Indiana tonight since it was over the northern Pacific Ocean.  Moisture has started falling in Illinois and Missouri this afternoon. The area is under a Winter Weather Advisory until 1 p.m. Monday. While the radar is indicating moisture falling over Indiana, nothing has yet reached the ground.  The air remains […]

  • A wintry mess coming to central Indiana Sunday night

    A “storm” is developing in the Rocky Mountains that will impact central Indiana Sunday night and Monday. During the day Sunday it will remain dry.  Clouds will be streaming in ahead of the storm.  Moisture will begin to appear on radar by early evening.  Much of the initial radar returns will not reach the ground as there is dry air in place in the lowest 5,000 feet above the ground.  High resolution data suggests the atmospheric column should become saturated […]

  • Sub-zero temperatures followed by potential wintry mess

    Clear skies, light wind, high pressure overhead and snow on the ground is an equation that is almost always cold.  Tonight is no exception. This will likely be the second coldest night in central Indiana during our cold-wave that started December 24. Wind chill values will drop to -15° to -25° at times during the overnight hours. We will see a slight rebound in temperatures Sunday with sunny skies.  Highs will top out in the teens for most of central […]

  • Gets colder before temperatures rise above freezing

    As submariners say, “Dive. Dive. Dive”.  That is what our temperatures will do tonight. Clear skies and snow covered ground will allow temperatures to dive well below zero by Friday morning. Combine the temperatures with the wind and wind chill values will fall to -10° to -25° late Thursday night through Friday morning. It will be slow to warm Friday morning, but sunny skies will allow temperatures to rise up to the single digits to middle teens around central Indiana. […]

  • End the year with snow; Coldest open to January in over 100 years

    Another shot of snow coming for parts of central Indiana Sunday morning. Computer models suggest energy coming out of Wyoming will track across the southern half of Indiana Sunday morning.  Right now, this does not look like a significant amount of snow, however some may get 1/4″ to 1/2″. I am going to say less than 1″ in the area shaded in white above on the chance the piece of energy passing over intensifies and squeezes every drop of moisture […]

  • Snow expected to taper off Friday night; roads to remain slick through the morning

    The weather system passing through central Indiana Friday evening is going along as expected.  The back end of the snow resides approximately 275 miles northwest of Indianapolis as of 5:55pm. The snow will continue to move east-southeast across central Indiana through the evening to around midnight.  At this time I think the bulk of any accumulating snow will remain along and north of the yellow line drawn in the radar image above. Snow totals range from around an inch to […]

  • Measurable snow coming to central Indiana prior to the weekend

    Upper-level energy is moving out of the Rocky Mountains this evening and will move towards the Midwest over the next 18-24 hours.  The energy will develop a clipper that has the potential to drop a couple inches of snow in central Indiana Friday. HOW MUCH SNOW Latest computer model data suggests band of 1″ to 2″ of snow from Friday afternoon through Saturday morning across the CBS4 viewing area.  Within that area a corridor of higher amounts, 3″ to 4″ […]

  • Tracking a couple chances for snow before the weekend starts

    I’m watching two waves of energy that should impact central Indiana before the weekend begins. FIRST The first is a weather system coming out of the Rocky Mountains. This will bring a weak wave through Indiana Thursday evening. As the energy moves in to Illinois, light snow showers may develop late Thursday afternoon, spreading east through north-central Indiana. At this time, this doesn’t look to have very much moisture available to produce snow. A 24-computer model average only spits out […]