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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
  • Clouds and potential for freezing fog Monday

    We are keeping a close eye on the atmosphere from the surface up to around 5,000 feet above the ground tonight and Monday.  Data suggests the potential for a low cloud layer developing overnight, which could lead to slick roads and exposed surfaces. We start with temperatures at the surface.  Not the usual thermometers that are approximately six feet above the ground, but instead temperatures on roads and bridges. Thanks to INDOT we can see temperatures on interstates around central […]

  • Wind Advisory for central Indiana through Monday afternoon

    The National Weather Service has issued a Wind Advisory for central Indiana.  The advisory will be in effect from 4am to 2pm Monday. Winds will increase through the overnight and throughout Monday.  Winds will gust 40+ mph at times around central Indiana. As temperatures fall late afternoon, wind chill (feel like) temperatures will quickly drop to the teens in to the evening.

  • Approaching weather system could provide big impacts to Sunday travel plans

    Those traveling Sunday after the Thanksgiving holiday will want to pay close attention to the forecast as a weather system located in the northwest United States could have a big impact. The storm will move in to the Rocky Mountains later Friday night.  Computer models project it exiting the mountain range by Saturday morning while developing an area of low pressure at the surface near the Oklahoma panhandle. The low pressure area is then expected to move east through Oklahoma, […]

  • Weather could impact travel on busiest travel day of the year

    You often hear the busiest travel day of the year is the day before Thanksgiving, but if you talk to travel experts they will tell you the busiest day is the Sunday afternoon Thanksgiving.  This year’s busiest travel day of the year could get messy if you have plans to travel through northern Illinois, Iowa or northern Missouri. Eyes are on a weather system that is located off the northwest coast of the continental United States.  This weather system is […]

  • Quick moving weather system brings chance for rain and snow for Monday morning commute

    We’re keep an eye on a fast developing weather system that could spread a little rain, wintry mix, and snow to central Indiana for the Monday morning commute. This is fast developing as computer models did not pick up on it yesterday, last night or even this morning.  The Sunday afternoon computer model runs were the first to suggest an area of low pressure developing over northern Arkansas and southern Missouri this evening. The low is going to spread moisture […]

  • Monitor flight delays with this CBS4 tool before you begin your holiday travel!

    It’s no secret the holiday season is a peak time for traveling, sometimes meaning longer delays! CBS4’s meteorologist John Dissauer created this handy tool to let you know of flight delays at some of the main airports across the country. Monitor airport delays with the images below.  Information updates approximately every 15 minutes. MIDWEST:   NORTHEAST:   SOUTH:   SOUTHWEST:   NORTHWEST:   You can find additional flight-specific information by going to your airline’s website. Air Canada – aircanada.com Allegiant […]

  • First measurable snow could be coming to Indianapolis to start the week

    We are tracking two systems that could bring snow to central Indiana.  The second of which could bring the first measurable snow to Indianapolis is nearly seven months. THE APPETIZER The first system will slide through north-central Indiana beginning.  It will start along the Illinois/Indiana state line around 4am and move to the northeast.  It should exit central Indiana by 8am. There remains some question as to how much, if any, of the precipitation reaches the ground due to dry […]

  • Study suggests weather can have impact on elections

    Believe it or not, there are things The Weather Authority tracks that can have an impact in voter turnout. A 2007 study published in The Journal of Politics examined the impact weather has had on voter turnout for presidential elections from 1948 to 2000.  The authors of the paper state, “we find the linkage (to the weather-turnout hypothesis) not only to be statistically significant, but sometimes meaningful as well.” The findings suggest election day rain reduces voter turnout in a […]

  • Closer look at winds for Sunday afternoon

    I am looking closer at data concerning winds this afternoon and want to show you some of the information we look. To start, I think you will notice an uptick in wind gusts starting between 2 pm and 3 pm. Using a visualization tool we can look at projected wind speed and different levels of the atmosphere based off one computer model.  Unlike text, this reads from right to left.  The white vertical line shows the current time I took […]

  • Last weekend of October looks chilly and wet

    The week started with plentiful sunshine and will end with grey skies. The next weather system to bring rain to central Indiana will begin to send clouds to the Hoosier state early Thursday morning.  The cloud cover will start out in the upper and middle layers Thursday.  Late Thursday night the cloud deck will begin to drop closer to the surface. Precipitation, in the form of rain, should begin to enter the state Friday morning.  There remains some question as […]