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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.  Delta Aquariids: Peak night July 29-30. The best viewing is before dawn. More active in the southern hemisphere. A few meteors per hour for the U.S.  Perseids...

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.  Delta Aquariids: Peak night July 29-30. The best viewing is before dawn. More active in the southern hemisphere. A few meteors per hour for the U.S.  Perseids...
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...
Air Force Marathon weather: What to expect
 Unlike last weekend that dealt with the remnants of Gordon, this weekend is looking a lot quieter in the Miami Valley, Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini said. Wet weather from the remnants of Florence are expected to stay to the south through the weekend, however runners should be prepared for warm and muggy conditions.  ...

3:14 PM Wednesday, Sep. 12, 2018

Unlike last weekend that dealt with the remnants of Gordon, this weekend is looking a lot quieter in the Miami Valley, Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini said. Wet weather from the remnants of Florence are expected to stay to the south through the weekend, however runners should be prepared for warm and muggy conditions.  ...
Hurricane Lane wettest tropical cyclone on record for Hawaii
   The National Weather Service in Honolulu released rainfall reports from what was once Hurricane Lane and the results changed the record books.  The Mountain View rain gauge collected 52.2 inches of rain which breaks the record for the wettest tropical cyclone in Hawaii.  The old record was 52 inches from Hurricane Hiki back...

3:09 PM Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2018

  The National Weather Service in Honolulu released rainfall reports from what was once Hurricane Lane and the results changed the record books.  The Mountain View rain gauge collected 52.2 inches of rain which breaks the record for the wettest tropical cyclone in Hawaii.  The old record was 52 inches from Hurricane Hiki back...
Dayton hit its 3rd heat wave of the summer this week
 In the Miami Valley, a heat wave is classified as three consecutive days or more at or above 90 degrees, according to Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini. So far this year, Dayton has had 18 90-degree days. August 26, 27 and 28, Dayton hit 90 degrees making it the third heat wave of the summer. June 16 through June 18 and June...

10:55 AM Monday, Aug. 27, 2018

In the Miami Valley, a heat wave is classified as three consecutive days or more at or above 90 degrees, according to Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini. So far this year, Dayton has had 18 90-degree days. August 26, 27 and 28, Dayton hit 90 degrees making it the third heat wave of the summer. June 16 through June 18 and June...
Cloudy with a Chance of Podcast: Wildfires, Earthquakes & Wind Storms of the Pacific Northwest
 This week on Cloudy with a Chance of Podcast Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini and McCall Vrydaghs talked with Chief Meteorologist Morgan Palmer from KIRO in Seattle about the challenges that come with living and forecasting in the Pacific Northwest.    You may have seen Seattle in the headlines already as they have dealt this summer...

3:01 PM Friday, Aug. 24, 2018

This week on Cloudy with a Chance of Podcast Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini and McCall Vrydaghs talked with Chief Meteorologist Morgan Palmer from KIRO in Seattle about the challenges that come with living and forecasting in the Pacific Northwest.    You may have seen Seattle in the headlines already as they have dealt this summer...
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