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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
  • Winter Weather Advisory in effect Sunday night

    The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Weather Advisory for most of central Indiana.  The advisory is in effect until 1am Monday. Freezing drizzle will have the potential to impact area roads, especially untreated roads and surface, creating slick spots on roads, parking lots, driveways and sidewalks.

  • Periods of snow, sleet, freezing rain and rain possible Sunday

    A weather system is sending moisture through eastern Missouri and south/central Illinois Saturday night.  Moisture from the weather system will begin to spread in to central Indiana overnight. The first snowflakes could begin to fall in the Indianapolis metro by 2am/3am.  Snow showers that pass through during the early morning are not expected to drop much in the way of accumulating snows.  However, there could be a little freezing rain mixed in, especially over south-central Indiana. Scattered snow showers will […]

  • Snow changes to rain tonight; Monitoring freezing rain potential for Monday morning commute

    Snow today changes over to rain tonight as warmer air arrives above the ground. As mentioned last night, question remains regarding surface temp — whether it will be above/at/below freezing. If at/below, there could be a brief period of freezing rain for Monday morning commute. This map shows a computer model’s projection of satellite/radar imagery at 7 a.m. Monday. I’ve also drawn on where a computer model has the freezing line (32F) at the surface. Anything along and north of […]

  • Quick shot of snow before rain returns to central Indiana

    The hits keep coming to central Indiana.  Our next weather system is beginning to form in the central United States Saturday and will spread moisture in to central Indiana Sunday. The initial wave of precipitation will fall as a wintry mix of mainly snow and sleet will be possible over south-central Indiana.  That will quickly change over to all snow as it moves in to the I-70 corridor.  The band of snow is projected to continue moving east. At this […]

  • Record high temperatures, rain and chance for freezing rain this week

    What a great way to end the weekend!  Hoosiers deserve warmer weather after the cold final week of January. Temperatures rose in to the 50°s and 60°s across central Indiana Sunday afternoon.  Indianapolis is making a serious run at setting a new record high temperature for the date.  The capital city has already tied the record set in 1992, 1937, and 1883, reaching 62° at 2:11 p.m. We aren’t done with the warmth just yet.  Temperatures will climb back in […]

  • The Polar Vortex is on the move; Below zero temperatures spilling in to the United States

    Cold air is arriving in central Indiana this evening.  A cold front is passing through the state as of 7pm.  Winds are increasing along and behind the front.  Within the last two hours winds have gusted as high as 46 mph in Muncie. Winds will remain higher than normal this evening through late Wednesday night with sustained winds 12-25 mph and winds gusting to 30 mph at times.  This is one of the reasons wind chill values will be so […]

  • The Polar Vortex to return to central Indiana this week

    We are less than 24 hours away from temperatures beginning to tumble in to the deep freeze for several days this week. Cold air is amassing over northern/northwest Canada Sunday afternoon where temperatures are running from -11° in Yellowknife to -38° in Cambridge Bay.  (That is air temperature, not wind chill!) It is the circled air mass over Victoria Island and Nunavut that computer forecast models bring down in to the Great Lakes region and the Ohio River Valley by […]

  • Cutting through the hype: Looking at trends in data for weekend storm

    We are continue to track several items moving across the Pacific Ocean that are projected to produce a winter storm this weekend. While computer models had been fairly consistent the last couple of days, starting with Tuesday night’s data, the models have started to not have as much agreement. This continued with Wednesday morning’s runs. Over the last 24 hours computer models have been chipping away at the higher precipitation numbers from several days ago.  This is to be expected […]

  • Cutting through the hype: What we know about a winter storm this weekend

    INDIANAPOLIS, Ind.– There is a lot of talk about a winter storm coming to central Indiana for the upcoming weekend. As we are getting closer to the weekend confidence is growing that a winter storm will have an impact on the Hoosier state. I want to cut through all the hype on the internet/social media and tell you what is actually known about the storm at this time. We started tracking upper-level energy as it moved off the eastern coast of […]

  • Cutting through the hype of possible snow storm late this week

    There is all kinds of hype spreading around on social media from social mediaologists concerning a “mega snow storm” coming late this week. Everyone take a deep breath. Every time there is a decent snow the social mediaologists start running to the hills saying there is a 30″ snow storm coming next week. Yada, yada, yada. Yes, the Midwest had a decent snow storm come through the last couple of days. Lets talk about the facts: Computer models are projecting […]

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