Majority of winter so far has been warmer than average

According to climate stats from our friends at the Northern Indiana National Weather Service Office, two-thirds of days so far this winter (December 1, 2016 to February 18, 2017) have had above average temperatures! That’s 53 of 80 days so far. We’ll be adding to that number over the upcoming week as this prolonged stretch of unseasonable warmth continues. In the calendar above, you can see we’re expecting several more red days to be added to our February calendar. Even when things do cool down next weekend, it looks like we’ll warm back up again soon after. Keep checking back…

Credit: National Weather Service

2017 storm spotter training underway

The National Weather Service Northern Indiana Office is currently in the process of completing storm spotter training sessions across the region. All sessions are free and you can attend whichever session works best for you.

This Saturday, Feb. 11, 2017, aerial photo released by the California Department of Water Resources shows the damaged spillway with eroded hillside in Oroville, Calif. Water will continue to flow over an emergency spillway at the nation's tallest dam for another day or so, officials said Sunday. (William Croyle/California Department of Water Resources via AP)

America’s largest dam in danger

The nations largest dam is at 101% capacity right now, and water is being released onto a spillway. The problem is that the spillway has not been properly maintained over several years of drought conditions and it has developed a huge sink hole which is endangering the valley below

Credit: Climate Central

Warmer winter weather

While our weekend temperatures were not as extreme as what other parts of the country experienced, they were well above our average levels, which are in the mid-30s for highs and around 20° for lows. Saturday’s high/low combo was 54/35 with Sunday’s being 50/34.
It’s true that we’ve had a few brutal winters over the past decade, but the bigger picture, across the past 30 years, shows winters across the country being on a warming trend, including right here in Indiana and Ohio.


Special Olympics Polar Plunge

NewsChannel 15’s own Rob Lydick returns to the role of emcee at the Special Olympics Polar Plunge to be held at Metea Park tomorrow (Saturday), February 11, at Noon. Registration begins at 10. This year, the weather isn’t so “polar” for the event.