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
  • Start of work week brings threat for thunderstorms, some of which could be severe

    A weather system is exiting the Rocky Mountains and is beginning to develop a surface low pressure area.  The surface low will send an associated cold front through the Hoosier state Monday afternoon and evening.  Showers and thunderstorms will develop ahead of the cold front. Rain should start to enter the state near sunrise Monday morning.  Thunderstorms will begin to develop later in the morning.  Some of the thunderstorms that move through central Indiana between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. […]

  • Chance to see the International Space Station Tuesday evening along with stars and planets

    Clear skies around central Indiana and cool temperatures will make for PERFECT conditions for watching the International Space Station pass over central Indiana Tuesday evening. It will be visible for 6-minutes starting at 7:57 p.m. in the northwest sky. It will exit the east/southeast sky. DID YOU KNOW: The International Space Station is currently traveling at 17,127 mph at an altitude of 264 miles above the Earth’s surface. After watching the space station you should turn to the south and […]

  • Coldest night in 5 months; Next weather system brings ups and downs end of week

    I’ve been able to finally determine that Mother Nature is an Indianapolis Colts fan.  Did you see the blue skies this afternoon?  She had to  be celebrating Sunday night’s victory over the Kansas City Chiefs with a “Blue Sky” Monday. It is those clear skies, along with dry air, that will allow temperatures to drop to levels not felt in five months.  Keep the windows closed tonight, and you may even need an extra blanket while sleeping as temperatures should […]

  • A little rain to start the work week followed by big ups and downs

    Thanks to a stubborn cloud cover today temperatures didn’t move much.  Indianapolis only reached 65° this afternoon.  That makes this the coldest high temperature on October 6 in six years. Scattered showers will continue, especially for the southeast half of Indiana through the overnight hours.  Expect a few showers around for the morning commute and kids may need an umbrella/raincoat at the bus stop. Rain will come to an end from northwest to southeast through the morning.  Once the rain […]

  • Coldest in over 3 months; Tracking possible late week warm-up

    A chilly start to Saturday across central Indiana.  Indianapolis dropped to 49, the coldest the capital city has experienced in over 3.5 months.  Indianapolis reached 47 on June 14. We are done with the cold mornings for a couple days.  Overnight clouds will help keep temperatures in the middle/upper 50’s. A few showers will also be possible overnight and especially Sunday morning.  After a line of showers, with a few embedded thunderstorms, passes through central Indiana near sunrise, rain will […]

  • Record heat followed by big temperature drop

    We are nearly one-third of the way through Meteorological Fall but typical fall weather has yet to arrive.  In fact, it is going to feel more like July and early August for the end of September and beginning of October. We can thank the heat due to an upper-level hot dome that will be moving over the Mississippi/Ohio River valleys.  It will send temperatures to the 90°s from central Indiana to northern Louisiana. During this stretch of heat, it appears […]

  • Temperatures remain above normal for next seven days

    Heat, heat, heat and some more heat for central Indiana.  No sign of fall-like temperatures in the next seven days. There is a small chance for a shower over the northern third of Indiana to start the second half of the weekend.  There is a complex of showers that is crossing the Mississippi River in to Illinois late Saturday night. Some computer models suggest the area of rain will move east/southeast in to northern Indiana Sunday morning.  It will begin […]

  • Cold front brings chance for a few storms Tuesday night

    A cold front is located west of Indiana Tuesday evening.  Ahead of the cold front, the air mass remains summer-like with temperatures in the 80°s, dew point temperatures in the upper 60°s to lower 70°s, and heat indices in the upper 80°s to around 90°. Ahead of the cold front a few showers and thunderstorms will be possible.  Computer models suggest the best chance for storms will be later tonight, near the cold front in northern Illinois and northern Indiana. […]

  • 6:30pm Saturday Hurricane Dorian Update

    The 5 p.m. Saturday update from the National Hurricane Center keeps Hurricane Dorian as a category 4 hurricane. The storm has 150 mph sustained winds and wind gusts up to 185 mph.  The hurricane is slowly moving to the west at 8 mph. As Dorian moves westward it will be moving over even warmer water than it is currently located. Right now sea surface water temperatures are around 84°.   As it moves further west towards the Bahamas it will encounter […]

  • Rain arrives for start of work week bringing needed rainfall

    A beautiful weekend around central Indiana with lots of sunshine, low humidity and cooler temperatures.  That all comes to an end late tonight as clouds increase, humidity increases and rain moves in. Skies will become overcast Sunday night ahead of moisture arriving.  A few showers and thunderstorms will be possible starting during the pre-dawn early Monday morning. Plan on using rain coats or umbrellas for the kids in the morning.  You’ll probably be using windshield wipers as well. This is […]

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