Weekend warm up and rainfall

We are still ‘on track’ for a weekend warm up which will feature some rain as well. Right now, the warm up is the biggest news with temperatures climbing today and tonight to near 40 degrees and highs Saturday in the middle 50s! Rainfall will begin on Saturday night after midnight, but right now it looks like rainfall amounts will be light. Generally about .10″. This warm up will last through the middle of next week. Then, temperatures get back to near average for this time of year.

Winter flu update

While it seems many people I’ve crossed paths with in recent weeks have been sniffling, sneezing or coughing – and, seemingly, blaming it on the weather – the reality is things haven’t been so bad around the state of Indiana in recent weeks, as far as the flu goes.

Warmer winters

Coming off of Fort Wayne’s 9th warmest January on record, you might not be too surprised to learn that Fort Wayne’s winter seasons over the past 45 years have been trending warmer and warmer, although there have been some quite cold years in the mix, too. On the whole, though, the average temperature for the months of Dec., Jan., and Feb. combined has risen 2.7°.

National drought update

In the latest U.S. Drought Monitor just released, there is not a single part of the country recognized as being in the category of “Exceptional Drought”…that’s the driest you can get. This is a neat, and quite significant, fact. You see, it’s been nearly six years, since March 2011, since we were last able to make that claim.