This forecast office issues warnings and forecasts for 37 counties, including 24 in northern Indiana, 5 in southern Michigan, and 8 in northwest Ohio. In addition, our office covers parts of extreme southeastern Lake Michigan. This area makes up our  County Warning Forecast Area (CWFA).

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On March 17, 1998, the Northern Indiana office assumed warning responsibility for these counties. In August of 1999, we moved into our new facility.  In September of 1999, we assumed complete forecast responsibility for our entire area.

The office is centrally located in the CWFA in northeastern Kosciusko County, half-way between our two largest metropolitan areas.  To the northwest is the South Bend area, which includes the larger towns of Mishawaka, Elkhart, Goshen, and Saint Joseph-Benton Harbor.  To the southeast is the Fort Wayne area, including New Haven and many rural communities.  Total population in the CWFA is about 2.1 million.

The CWFA covers 15,875 square miles.  Its 37 counties are fairly uniform in size and shape.  The largest county is Allen County, Indiana, with 657 square miles.  The smallest county is Blackford County, with 165 square miles.  Four pairs of counties have the same name in different states within the CWFA:  Saint Joseph IN and MI, Cass IN and MI, Allen IN and OH, and Fulton IN and OH.

We experience all four seasons here, along with a significant microclimate along Lake Michigan.  Winters are cloudy, cold, and snowy.  Most of the CWFA averages 25 to 40 inches of snowfall per year, but the counties closest to Lake Michigan receive up to 80 inches per year thanks to lake effect snows.  Spring and summer are warm and periodically stormy.  June is the dominant month for severe weather.  Autumn is cool, and is often affected by the warm waters of Lake Michigan resulting in lake effect clouds and later first frosts within a county or two of the lake.

Personnel at this office include:

  • Meteorologist in Charge
  • Science and Operations Officer
  • Warning Coordination Meteorologist
  • Observation Program Leader
  • Service Hydrologist
  • Five Senior Meteorologists
  • Four Journeyman Meteorologists
  • Information Technology Officer
  • Two Electronics Technicians
  • Electronic Systems Analyst
  • Four Meteorologist Interns
  • Administrative Assistant

Recreational activities abound in the region.  The CWFA is home to numerous lakes, including the southeastern shore of Lake Michigan.  The weather office is just a few miles away from Indiana's largest lake, Lake Wawasee.  There are 19 state parks, forests, or recreation areas from which to choose.  Popular tourist destinations include the Lincoln Museum and the Children's Zoo in Fort Wayne...the Studebaker Museum and National College Football Hall of Fame in South Bend...and the Auburn-Cord-Duesenberg Museum in Auburn.

There are many institutions of higher learning, such as Notre Dame University in South Bend and Indiana-Purdue University campuses in Fort Wayne and South Bend.

Transportation opportunities are plentiful.  The largest airports are Fort Wayne International Airport and South Bend Regional Airport.  Eight interstates serve the CWFA, including interstates 80 and 90 on the Indiana Toll Road.  Other major highways include U.S. routes 6, 12, 20, 24, 27, 30, 31, 33, and 35.  Passenger train service is available in Michigan City IN, New Buffalo MI, Niles MI, Dowagiac MI, South Bend IN, Elkhart IN, Waterloo IN, and Bryan OH.

Sixteen television stations can be found here.  South Bend has affiliates with NBC, CBS, and FOX.  Fort Wayne has ABC, NBC, CBS, and FOX stations.

There are over a hundred radio stations to listen to, and over 130 newspapers to read, including the South Bend Tribune and Fort Wayne Journal-Gazette and News-Sentinel.

Large cities within a day's drive include Milwaukee, Chicago, Indianapolis, Louisville, Toledo, Detroit, Cleveland, and Cincinnati.

What time is it, anyway?  For the first time in over 30 years, Indiana residents have turned their clocks forward for daylight savings time. Now that Indiana is recognizing daylight savings time, all but 3 of the counties served by NWS Northern Indiana are on the same time. LaPorte County continues with central time, and Starke and Pulaski counties are new additions to the central time zone.

Famous people born in the CWFA include:

  • Leon Ames, actor, Portland, Jay County
  • Nicole Anderson, actress, Rochester, Fulton County IN
  • Julia Barr, actress (All My Children and Ryan's Hope), Fort Wayne, Allen County IN
  • Anne Baxter, actress, Michigan City, LaPorte County
  • Bill Blass, designer, Fort Wayne, Allen County IN
  • Dan Butler, actor ( "Bulldog" on Frasier), Fort Wayne, Allen County IN
  • Anne Christy, actress in 1920's, Logansport, Cass County IN
  • Lou Criger, MLB player early 1900s, Elkhart IN
  • Jim Davis, cartoonist (creator of Garfield), Marion, Grant County
  • James Dean, actor, Marion, Grant County
  • Phyllis Diller, comedienne, Lima, Allen County OH
  • Trai Essex, NFL Lineman, Fort Wayne, Allen County IN
  • Chad Everett, actor (Dr. Joe Gannon on Medical Center), South Bend, St Joseph County IN
  • Jenna Fischer, actress (Pam Halpert on The Office), Fort Wayne, Allen County IN
  • Ford Frick, Third Commissioner for MLB 1951-1965, Wawaka, Noble County IN
  • Janie Fricke, Country Music Singer (CMA Female Vocalist of the Year 1982 and 1983), South Whitley, Whitley County IN
  • Dolores Fuller, classic B-movie actress, South Bend, St Joseph County IN
  • Aaron Heilman MLB pitcher, Logansport, Cass County IN
  • Tony Hinkle, Coach of Butler Bulldogs and inventor of orange basketball. Hinkle Fieldhouse named in 1966 for him, Logansport, Cass County IN
  • Drake Hogestyn, actor ("John Black" on Days of Our Lives), Fort Wayne, Allen County IN
  • Ernie Hudson, actor, Benton Harbor, Berrien County
  • Al Jardine, member of the Beach Boys, Lima, Allen County OH
  • Arte Johnson, comedian, Benton Harbor, Berrien County
  • Shawn Kemp, NBA Player, Elkhart County IN
  • Anita King, actress and stuntdriver early 1900s, Michigan City, LaPorte County IN
  • Greg Kinnear, actor, Logansport, Cass County IN
  • Don Larsen, MLB pitcher who threw only perfect game in World Series history in 1956, Michigan City, LaPorte IN
  • Elmo Lincoln, actor (the first Tarzan, 1918), Rochester, Fulton County IN
  • Carole Lombard, actress comedienne, Fort Wayne, Allen County IN
  • Shelley Long, actress (Diane Chambers on Cheers), Fort Wayne, Allen County, IN
  • Thomas Marshall, Vice President under Woodrow Wilson, North Manchester, Wabash County
  • Randy McDowell, actor, Warsaw, Kosciusko County, IN
  • John McMartin, Tony-nominated stage actor, Warsaw, Kosciusko County
  • Brad Miller, NBA Player, Kendallville, Noble County IN
  • Rick Mirer, Notre Dame and NFL Quarterback, Goshen, Elkhart County IN
  • Ryan Newman, NASCAR Driver, South Bend, St. Joseph County IN
  • Dean Norris, actor, South Bend, St. Joseph County IN
  • Amanda Perez, American R&B singer-songwriter, Fort Wayne, Allen County IN
  • Bernard Pollard, NFL Player, Fort Wayne, Allen County IN
  • Cole Porter, musician, Peru, Miami County
  • Gene Stratton-Porter, author, Wabash County
  • Nancy Priddy, actress (also mother of Christina Applegate), South Bend, St. Joseph County IN
  • Tony Raines, Nascar driver, Laporte County IN
  • Everett Scott, athlete who played in 1,307 consecutive baseball games, Bluffton, Wells County
  • Sinbad, comedian, Benton Harbor, Berrien County
  • Scott Skiles, NBA player and coach, Laporte County IN
  • Connie Smith, singer ("Once A Day", 1964), Elkhart, Elkhart County
  • David Stremme, NASCAR driver, South Bend, St. Joseph County IN
  • Twyla Tharp, dancer and choreographer, Portland, Jay County IN
  • Verne Troyer, actor ("Mini-Me" in the Austin Powers films), Sturgis, St Joseph County MI
  • Harold Urey, Noble Prize Winner in Chemistry and helped develop atom bomb, Walkerton, St. Joseph County IN
  • Isiah Whitlock, Jr., actor, South Bend, St. Joseph County, IN
  • Rod Woodson, NFL Hall of Fame, Fort Wayne, Allen IN
  • Dick York, actor (Darrin Stephens on Bewitched), Fort Wayne, Allen County IN
  • Shanna Zolman Crossley, WNBA player, Syracuse, Kosciusko County IN

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