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Mercury visible in the evening sky 
 During evening hours now through March, you might be able to spot a planet shining bright! Mercury is visible in the evening sky. Head outside, especially on a clear night, and look west, close to the horizon. You should see the planet shining bright, but not twinkling like a star does. If you are lucky enough to find it over the next...

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During evening hours now through March, you might be able to spot a planet shining bright! Mercury is visible in the evening sky. Head outside, especially on a clear night, and look west, close to the horizon. You should see the planet shining bright, but not twinkling like a star does. If you are lucky enough to find it over the next...
How can strong winds impact trees and power outages?
 A healthy tree can usually withstand strong winds up to a certain degree, but when you add prolonged heavy rain — which can saturate the soil — it becomes a different story. The water saturating the soil of trees weakens the root system. If it isn’t windy, the threat for tree damage stays low, but if winds pick up this could...

Posted: 3 days ago

A healthy tree can usually withstand strong winds up to a certain degree, but when you add prolonged heavy rain — which can saturate the soil — it becomes a different story. The water saturating the soil of trees weakens the root system. If it isn’t windy, the threat for tree damage stays low, but if winds pick up this could...
Today’s weather impact: Flooding and strong storms
 After a very wet Wednesday, which broke a record for rainfall at the Dayton International Airport, today will be even more active. Heavy rain, gusty winds and even an isolated severe storm will be possible heading into the afternoon and evening. Flood Warning issued for Champaign, Clark, Logan, Miami and Shelby counties until 8 p.m. Flash...

Posted: 8 days ago

After a very wet Wednesday, which broke a record for rainfall at the Dayton International Airport, today will be even more active. Heavy rain, gusty winds and even an isolated severe storm will be possible heading into the afternoon and evening. Flood Warning issued for Champaign, Clark, Logan, Miami and Shelby counties until 8 p.m. Flash...
Wet weather and thaw coming for mid-week
 After the coldest morning since January 2018 on Monday, a quick system will swing through mid-week to bring rain, slightly warmer temperatures and the chance for some minor flooding. Tuesday temperatures will climb into the mid to upper 30s for the afternoon, allowing the several inches of snow on the ground to begin melting.   ...

Posted: 24 days ago

After the coldest morning since January 2018 on Monday, a quick system will swing through mid-week to bring rain, slightly warmer temperatures and the chance for some minor flooding. Tuesday temperatures will climb into the mid to upper 30s for the afternoon, allowing the several inches of snow on the ground to begin melting.   ...
Mark your calendar for these 2019 meteor showers
 There are plenty of meteor showers to enjoy this year, reports Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini. Mark your calendars and keep checking in for the latest forecast.   Lyrids: Active April 16-28. Rates are usually 10-20 meteors per hour. A dark sky is expected. This meteor shower is associated with fireballs which are very...

8:19 AM Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2019

There are plenty of meteor showers to enjoy this year, reports Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini. Mark your calendars and keep checking in for the latest forecast.   Lyrids: Active April 16-28. Rates are usually 10-20 meteors per hour. A dark sky is expected. This meteor shower is associated with fireballs which are very...
Super Blood Wolf Moon? Mark your calendars for a lunar eclipse
 You may have heard of the Super Blood Wolf Moon already and we wanted to explain what all this means to you. Let's break it down word for word...  Super: A "supermoon" occurs when a moon becomes full around the same time it is closest to Earth during its orbit. This moon is "super" because it appears slightly larger...

12:03 AM Thursday, Jan. 03, 2019

You may have heard of the Super Blood Wolf Moon already and we wanted to explain what all this means to you. Let's break it down word for word...  Super: A "supermoon" occurs when a moon becomes full around the same time it is closest to Earth during its orbit. This moon is "super" because it appears slightly larger...
Record cold, tornadoes, floods: Looking back at the weather of 2018
 Can you believe another year has passed? Now’s the time of year when many feel nostalgic. A time to reflect on the past and wonder what the future may hold. Throughout this article I’ll take you back to 2018 and remind you of five significant events that occurred in the Miami Valley then give you a little taste of what’s...

6:19 PM Monday, Dec. 31, 2018

Can you believe another year has passed? Now’s the time of year when many feel nostalgic. A time to reflect on the past and wonder what the future may hold. Throughout this article I’ll take you back to 2018 and remind you of five significant events that occurred in the Miami Valley then give you a little taste of what’s...
Cloudy with a Chance of Podcast: Snowstorm in the Southeast
 Cloudy with a Chance of Podcast is back and Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini and Chief Meteorologist McCall Vrydaghs are talking about a snowstorm ... but not in Ohio. A few weeks ago, a snowstorm affected the southeastern United States from the Carolinas up through Virginia.  They sat down with morning meteorologist Keith Monday from WSOC-TV...

3:56 PM Friday, Dec. 21, 2018

Cloudy with a Chance of Podcast is back and Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini and Chief Meteorologist McCall Vrydaghs are talking about a snowstorm ... but not in Ohio. A few weeks ago, a snowstorm affected the southeastern United States from the Carolinas up through Virginia.  They sat down with morning meteorologist Keith Monday from WSOC-TV...
Hurricane Florence makes top list for Google 2018 searches
 Hurricane Florence was the second most searched phrase on Google for 2018. Florence was the first major hurricane of 2018 Atlantic hurricane season and became a Cat 4 between September 4-5. Hurricane Irma was number one on google for 2017.  Florence made landfall in Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina in the morning of September 14. This...

5:58 PM Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2018

Hurricane Florence was the second most searched phrase on Google for 2018. Florence was the first major hurricane of 2018 Atlantic hurricane season and became a Cat 4 between September 4-5. Hurricane Irma was number one on google for 2017.  Florence made landfall in Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina in the morning of September 14. This...
Geminid meteor shower: Peak viewing time tonight
 The Geminids is an active meteor shower to enjoy in December. This year, the moon won’t interrupt your view, but cloud cover might make it a challenge to get a good look at the meteors produced when Earth passes through the debris of 3200 Phaethon.  The night of Dec. 13 into the early morning of Dec. 14 will be your best chance...

11:00 PM Thursday, Dec. 13, 2018

The Geminids is an active meteor shower to enjoy in December. This year, the moon won’t interrupt your view, but cloud cover might make it a challenge to get a good look at the meteors produced when Earth passes through the debris of 3200 Phaethon.  The night of Dec. 13 into the early morning of Dec. 14 will be your best chance...
Venus shines bright in December in the Miami Valley 
 Have you noticed a very bright looking star before sunrise this month? Venus, one of the most visible planets, has joined the early morning sky in the Miami Valley. Venus is actually now the third brightest object in our sky following the sun and the moon. If you wake up early, it will be hard to miss this bright planet, especially on a clear...

9:02 AM Monday, Dec. 10, 2018

Have you noticed a very bright looking star before sunrise this month? Venus, one of the most visible planets, has joined the early morning sky in the Miami Valley. Venus is actually now the third brightest object in our sky following the sun and the moon. If you wake up early, it will be hard to miss this bright planet, especially on a clear...
Miami Valley tornadoes in December rare but have happened
 A large tornado outbreak was reported in Illinois the first weekend of December, which caused dozens of injuries.  The  tornado outbreak set a record for severe weather in the state with 26 tornadoes that weekend, according to the National Weather Service in Lincoln, Illinois.  This sets a record for the most tornadoes in December...

3:19 PM Monday, Dec. 03, 2018

A large tornado outbreak was reported in Illinois the first weekend of December, which caused dozens of injuries.  The tornado outbreak set a record for severe weather in the state with 26 tornadoes that weekend, according to the National Weather Service in Lincoln, Illinois.  This sets a record for the most tornadoes in December...
Cloudy with a Chance of Podcast: NWS to issue new winter weather warning
 The National Weather Service is the government agency that issues warnings, advisories and watches at local offices across the country.  With a mission to protect life and property, they take their job seriously. The National Weather Service office in Wilmington issues warnings for the Miami Valley. Your Storm Center 7 team works closely...

11:47 AM Friday, Nov. 30, 2018

The National Weather Service is the government agency that issues warnings, advisories and watches at local offices across the country.  With a mission to protect life and property, they take their job seriously. The National Weather Service office in Wilmington issues warnings for the Miami Valley. Your Storm Center 7 team works closely...
Here’s how you can see the Taurid meteor showers this month
 November is a great month to do some stargazing! Not only will Venus be a great planet to look for before sunrise in the south/southeast sky, but the Taurid meteor showers also are active in the beginning of the month. The debris from Comet Encke is what produces the meteors, and the constellation Taurus is the radiant point. The estimated...

12:08 AM Wednesday, Nov. 07, 2018

November is a great month to do some stargazing! Not only will Venus be a great planet to look for before sunrise in the south/southeast sky, but the Taurid meteor showers also are active in the beginning of the month. The debris from Comet Encke is what produces the meteors, and the constellation Taurus is the radiant point. The estimated...
Cloudy with a Chance of Podcast: Pumpkin Edition 
 Fall is here and that means pumpkins are available all over the Miami Valley. A popular spot in Yellow Springs to enjoy all things fall related is at Young’s Jersey Dairy. Farm manager Stuart Young sat down with Storm Center 7 Meteorologists Kirstie Zontini and McCall Vrydaghs on some hay to talk about the pumpkin crop and what it is...

5:48 PM Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2018

Fall is here and that means pumpkins are available all over the Miami Valley. A popular spot in Yellow Springs to enjoy all things fall related is at Young’s Jersey Dairy. Farm manager Stuart Young sat down with Storm Center 7 Meteorologists Kirstie Zontini and McCall Vrydaghs on some hay to talk about the pumpkin crop and what it is...
Cloudy with a Chance of Podcast: Seeing devastation first-hand
 Hurricane Michael devastated the Florida Panhandle when it made landfall as a strong Category 4 hurricane. It moved over the Panhandle October 10, right over Mexico Beach, Fla.  It was the first Category 4 hurricane ever to make landfall in the Florida Panhandle, and ended up the third-strongest in the United States based on pressure...

1:57 PM Friday, Oct. 19, 2018

Hurricane Michael devastated the Florida Panhandle when it made landfall as a strong Category 4 hurricane. It moved over the Panhandle October 10, right over Mexico Beach, Fla.  It was the first Category 4 hurricane ever to make landfall in the Florida Panhandle, and ended up the third-strongest in the United States based on pressure...
Look for Jupiter this week near the moon 
 Clouds should cooperate Thursday and Friday nights to use the thin crescent moon to find Jupiter. The sun will set around 7 p.m. Thursday with Jupiter setting around 9 p.m.  Use that window to look to the southwest sky to find the moon next to the planet Jupiter. On Friday evening around the same time, look for the moon to the top left...

2:16 PM Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2018

Clouds should cooperate Thursday and Friday nights to use the thin crescent moon to find Jupiter. The sun will set around 7 p.m. Thursday with Jupiter setting around 9 p.m.  Use that window to look to the southwest sky to find the moon next to the planet Jupiter. On Friday evening around the same time, look for the moon to the top left...
Cloudy with a Chance of Podcast: Fall colors to arrive for the changing season
 Cloudy with a Chance for Podcast traveled outside to Sycamore State Park for this week’s episode. Fall has officially begun and this season produces beautiful color’s across the Miami Valley and the state. Ohio Department of Natural Resource’s Urban Forestry Program Manager sat down with Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini and...

5:30 PM Friday, Oct. 05, 2018

Cloudy with a Chance for Podcast traveled outside to Sycamore State Park for this week’s episode. Fall has officially begun and this season produces beautiful color’s across the Miami Valley and the state. Ohio Department of Natural Resource’s Urban Forestry Program Manager sat down with Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini and...
Oktoberfest forecast calls for fall temperatures
 Oktoberfest falls on the first weekend of fall. The fall equinox is at 9:54 p.m. Saturday and the weather matches the new season. You might want to put on a pair of jeans and even a sweater this year.  Saturday: Mostly cloudy and cooler. We go from the 90s this week to the upper 60s. Without much sunshine and a breeze, a sweater would...

2:25 PM Friday, Sep. 21, 2018

Oktoberfest falls on the first weekend of fall. The fall equinox is at 9:54 p.m. Saturday and the weather matches the new season. You might want to put on a pair of jeans and even a sweater this year.  Saturday: Mostly cloudy and cooler. We go from the 90s this week to the upper 60s. Without much sunshine and a breeze, a sweater would...
Mars, Saturn visible near the moon this week
 Clouds are expected to decrease the next few nights providing a great chance to view Mars and Saturn. September 17 through 19, the two planets will be near the bright waxing gibbous moon. “Head outside after sunset and look to the southern sky once it gets dark,” Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini said. “It should...

6:07 PM Monday, Sep. 17, 2018

Clouds are expected to decrease the next few nights providing a great chance to view Mars and Saturn. September 17 through 19, the two planets will be near the bright waxing gibbous moon. “Head outside after sunset and look to the southern sky once it gets dark,” Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini said. “It should...
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