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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
  • UPDATED: Closer look at paths of Saturday evening’s tornadoes

    Six tornadoes in central Indiana have been confirmed by the National Weather Service in Indianapolis from Saturday’s storms.  Three additional tornadoes have been confirmed by the National Weather Service in Wilmington, Ohio.  The number of tornadoes could increase as NWS survey teams visit more counties Monday. Here is a closer look at the paths of tornadoes that have currently been surveyed. EF-2 Tornado near Ellettsville: EF-2 Tornado in eastern Greene County: EF-2 Tornado in Rush County: EF-1 Tornado in Beech […]

  • Clouds increase along with chances for rain

    We are watching the next weather system that will bring increased clouds, cooler temperatures and a chance for rain to central Indiana. Rain and clouds associated with the system are just beginning to arrive in the Midwest this evening.  It will slowly move east overnight. The first impacts from the system will be cloud cover.  Clouds will be on the increase throughout the day Wednesday, becoming overcast by early evening. Note in the next graphic that much of the day […]

  • Rain ends; Turning coolest in three decades

    Rain will come to an end by around noon Monday as an area of low pressure moves towards the east coast.  Along with the rain going away, so will the clouds.  Expect to see skies lightening after 2pm, especially west of US 31. As the moisture moves out, winds will begin to increase from the northwest, evening to the north.  30+ mph wind gusts will be possible. WET WEEKENDS Once again we ended up with rain falling on a weekend.  […]

  • Potential for strong to severe storms Wednesday evening

    A cold front will pass through central Indiana Wednesday night. Before the front passes, a few rounds of rain and thunderstorms will be possible. While there will be a chance for a few thunderstorms between 3 a.m. and 9 a.m. Wednesday morning, the threat for strong and severe thunderstorms comes late Wednesday afternoon into the evening. The potential for severe weather late Wednesday afternoon and evening is partly dependent on getting dry time late morning and early afternoon. This will […]

  • High altitude haze is caused by smoke from wildfires

    If you have looked up at the sky over the last several days you may have noticed a high altitude haze.  While it may look like high cirrus clouds, it is actually smoke from wildfires burning in southern Canada and eastern North Dakota. Winds in the middle and upper levels of the atmosphere capture the smoke particles and spread them downwind. The animation above depicts the direction the wind is moving at approximately 19,000 feet above the ground.  Follow an […]

  • Rain returns to central Indiana by mid-week

  • Chance for storms Saturday night; Changes for second half of weekend

    A cold front is entering the Midwest and will pass through the Hoosier state Saturday night.  Ahead of the cold front, and along a stationary front over northern Indiana, thunderstorms have flared up in the late afternoon heating. Instability is projected to slightly increase through this evening, mainly over the northern half of the state. The cold front will provide lift and the instability will aid thunderstorms to rise in to the sky.  With a ripe environment for thunderstorms the […]

  • Warmer with a late afternoon threat for thunderstorms for Memorial Day

  • Updated look at rain chances for race day

  • Severe Thunderstorm Watch in effect until 10pm Sunday

    A Severe Thunderstorm Watch has been issued for most of central Indiana. The watch is in effect until 10 p.m. Sunday. A line of thunderstorms is entering Indiana from the west. The line will move across the Hoosier state at approximately 40 mph. The main threat from the thunderstorms will be damaging wind. However, a few thunderstorms may produce hail. There remains a low risk for tornadoes. Stay on top of Severe Thunderstorm Warnings with our

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