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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
  • 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 […]

  • 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), […]

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