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 15 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), drum corps and aviation where he hopes to obtain his pilot’s license.

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Recent Articles
  • Heavy rain arrives for second half of weekend

    A storm is strengthening as it moves over the southern United States Saturday afternoon.  This storm will bring rain to central Indiana late Saturday night through Sunday evening. The center of low pressure at the surface is located in northeast Texas.  Ahead of the area of low pressure, thunderstorms are moving across east Texas, southern Arkansas, Louisiana and Mississippi.  There have been seven reports of tornadoes from Texas to Louisiana as of 7pm Saturday. Initially the storm will send additional […]

  • Timing out rain for the weekend

    We are watching a developing weather system over western Texas Friday evening.  The area highlighted in the image below highlights the area that will develop an area of low pressure at the surface and move towards Indiana. As the low approaches the state Saturday afternoon, clouds will be on the increase.  Late Saturday night showers should begin to move in to the state from the west and southwest. Early Sunday morning the rain could be heavy at times.  A line […]

  • A few rumbles of thunder to end the weekend

    A warm front will pass through central Indiana Sunday.  While bringing slightly warmer air to the Hoosier state, it will also bring a chance for scattered showers and a few thunderstorms. Rain will start to move in from the southwest by daybreak.  The initial band or rain will move to the northeast through the morning. Not everyone will have rain through the day as it will be widely scattered.  By mid-afternoon a few thunderstorms over south central Indiana could be […]

  • We go from the 20°s to the 70°s this week

    The weekend ended feeling anything but like spring.  Saturday’s weather system left areas with a dusting to 2.5″ of snow.  Sunday a stronger March sun has been working on snow. Sunshine and a south/southwesterly wind will help warm things up over the next week.  Temperatures should climb in to the middle and upper 40°s Monday. COLDEST IN NEARLY A CENTURY Indianapolis only rose to 37° Sunday.  That makes this the coldest March 31 in 95 years – since 1924. This […]

  • A warm-up is coming; Indiana is a state divided to start the weekend

    If you enjoyed the sunshine Tuesday, you will enjoy Wednesday. We will also throw in warmer temperatures. There will be mainly sunny skies for the majority of the day, and southerly winds should allow temperatures to climb into the middle to upper 50s throughout central Indiana. PLAY BALL Spring training is over, and the start of a new baseball season is just hours away. The Cincinnati Reds open their 2019 regular season versus the Pittsburgh Pirates Thursday, March 28. Opening […]

  • Cool start to March expected to end cold and the 2019 Spring Flood Outlook

    SHORT OF 50 If you thought it has been a cool start to March you aren’t alone.  This year is the coolest start to a March in five years.  It also ties for the 46th coldest since 1871. Indianapolis made it to 50° Monday for the 22nd day this year. Interestingly, the city averages 25 days (to date) where the temperature reaches at least 50°.  So we are running a couple days short for 50° days.   SPRING FLOOD OUTLOOK […]

  • To see, or not to see the Northern Lights Saturday night

    There is a lot of chatter about the chance of seeing the Aurora Borealis, also know as the Northern Lights, over central Indiana Saturday night. The latest Aurora Forecast from the University of Alaska – Fairbanks suggest the lights could be seen as far south as central Indiana, northern Kentucky and northern Virginia. The colors seen in the sky are the results of electrons colliding with the upper-levels of the Earth’s atmosphere. The electrons follow the Earth’s magnetic field to […]

  • 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: 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: 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 […]

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