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 look at timing of Sunday thunderstorms

    All is quiet over central Indiana as of a few minutes before 5 p.m. ET. The Severe Thunderstorm Watch continues until 8pm. Note there is a thunderstorm in eastern Illinois which has a Severe Thunderstorm Warning. I’m keeping an eye on the storm as it moves east towards the Indiana/Illinois state line as the storm will be moving in to a more unstable atmosphere. At this point we are in “wait and see” mode.  Waiting to see if more thunderstorms […]

  • A Severe Thunderstorm Watch is in effect through Sunday evening

    A Severe Thunderstorm Watch is in effect until 8 p.m. Sunday evening for parts of central Indiana. The main threat from thunderstorms that develop will be damaging winds up to 65 mph and hail up to 1.5″ in diameter.  Storms are expected to move due east at around 29 mph.

  • Rain chance increasing along with humidity and temperatures

    A wave of energy is passing through the upper-levels of the atmosphere Thursday evening.  It is producing showers and a few thunderstorms over parts of the central United States. The wave will continue to move east through the overnight, passing over central Indiana Friday morning.  This may generate a couple of showers for the western third of central Indiana during the morning. What rain develops will struggle to hold together as it moves east through the state.  I suspect much […]

  • Monday Night Weather Update: Timing and location of overnight storms

    We’ve been looking over forecast data and trends from radars across the Midwest.  We’ve got more confidence in where overnight storms are going to track. A line of thunderstorms has fired up in central Indiana this evening.  Earlier we thought they would develop over northwestern Illinois/eastern Iowa.  Turns out that wasn’t the case. The storms are firing up along a boundary we noticed earlier this evening on satellite imagery.  Upon closer inspection, they are developing along the leading edge of […]

  • Updated timing for thunderstorm Monday night and closer look at the threats

    Eyes are watching an area over eastern Iowa and northwest Illinois for thunderstorm development this evening. It will be these storms that will impact central Indiana late Monday night through early Tuesday morning. Computer models suggest this could start to happen as early as 7:00 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday. The storms are expected to move east across north-central Illinois Monday night. The thunderstorms will merge into a larger complex of thunderstorms, referred to as a mesoscale convective system (MCS), […]

  • Complex of thunderstorms expected to move through central Indiana late Monday night

    Humidity and temperatures will be on the rise over the next 24 hours priming the atmosphere for thunderstorms late Monday night and early Tuesday morning. A complex of thunderstorms is expected to develop in eastern Iowa, northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin Monday evening.  Eventually the complex will begin to move southeast later Monday night. Computer models suggest a line of thunderstorms will sweep through central Indiana late Monday night through early Tuesday morning (pre-dawn). The line will have the potential […]

  • Dry conditions may get some relief this week

    ABNORMALLY DRY Central Indiana has turned dry over the last three weeks. From July 22 through August 10 only 0.81″ of precipitation has fallen in Indianapolis.  When looking back at the same time frame this is the least amount of rain in 8 years.  It also ranks in the top 18% driest years for the date since 1871. It has gotten so dry that the United States Drought Monitor has included portions of central Indiana in “Abnormally Dry” conditions in […]

  • Cold front to bring chance of rain for some, not all

    A cold front over the northern United States will arrive in Indiana Tuesday afternoon/evening.  The front will bring a chance for scattered showers and thunderstorms. As mentioned yesterday, a trend in the medium-range computer models has been noted.  The trend is to back off the aerial coverage of the rain, along with the amounts.  That trend continues with Saturday night’s and Sunday morning’s computer model runs. I do not think everyone in central Indiana will receive rain Tuesday.  I believe […]

  • Return of humidity and rain to the forecast

    It has been a pleasant start to the first weekend of August.  While temperatures were above normal – topping out in the middle/upper 80°s around central Indiana – the humidity has remained below normal for early August.  Dew point temperatures have fallen through the day in to the lower 50°s to around 60°.  Soak it up while you can because things are about to change. You’ll likely notice a slight up-tick in humidity Sunday, but it will remain in check.  […]

  • What’s up in the sky Tuesday night

    Clear skies, lower humidity, and a moonless night (through 1 a.m.) will make for great conditions to get outside and look up in to the sky and do a little star, and planet, gazing. This is where various astronomical objects will be located when viewing the sky over central Indiana at approximately 11 p.m. Tuesday. Looking to the south will give you the ability to see the solar system’s largest planet, Jupiter.  To the lower-right of Jupiter you will find […]

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