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Published: Sunday, January 28, 2018 @ 9:45 PM
Updated: Wednesday, January 31, 2018 @ 2:09 AM
— A super blue blood moon eclipse? Yes!
It is happening today. A blue moon typically gets its name when it occurs as the second of two full moons in one calendar month.
But something very special will happen to the moon on this date. The full moon will pass through Earth’s shadow during the early morning hours on Wednesday to give us a total lunar eclipse. During the time of the total eclipse, the moon will appear reddish in color, which is where it gets to be called a “blood moon.” Totality, when the moon will be entirely inside Earth’s dark umbral shadow, will last a bit more than one-and-a-quarter hours.
The Jan. 31 full moon also is the third in a series of three straight full moon supermoons – that is, super-close full moons. It’s the first of two Blue Moons in 2018. So it’s not just a lunar eclipse, or a Blue Moon, or a supermoon. It’s all three … a super Blue Moon eclipse!
It is the first Blue Moon total eclipse in 150 years in America.
The eclipse in Ohio begins at 6:48 a.m. Wednesday.
You’ll have to be up high with a good view of the western horizon to see the eclipse when it is total, as the moon will be setting as the eclipse reaches totality.
Those in the western United States will be able to view the full eclipse. But don’t let the setting moon stop you from getting to see a good part of the eclipse. It still should be a neat sight early in the morning if skies are clear and it is not too cold.
If you happen to get some great pictures of the coming super blue blood moon, send them my way!
Published: Friday, February 23, 2018 @ 4:04 AM
Updated: Friday, February 23, 2018 @ 11:50 PM
— A Flood Watch is in effect for Montgomery, Preble, Clark, Greene, Butler, Warren and Clinton counties until Sunday morning.
Overnight: Mostly cloudy skies will linger through the night with areas of fog, light rain and drizzle possible. Steadier showers will develop overnight around 3 a.m. Temperatures drop tonight through the 50s to a low in the lower 40s.
Saturday: Rain likely and could be heavy at times. Thunderstorms also will be possible during the day. Flooding will be possible with rainfall amounts of 1 to 3 inches through Saturday night. High temperatures will be in the middle 50s.
Sunday: Rain early in the day, then breaks in the clouds later. Flooding will still be possible as rivers and streams continue to rise. Highs will be in the lower 50s and it will be windy at times.
Monday: It will be a nice start to the workweek. There will be sunshine for the afternoon with temperatures above normal in the low 50s.
Tuesday: Expect mostly sunny skies will mild temperatures in the middle 50s.
Published: Friday, February 23, 2018 @ 7:53 PM
— While much of the area is getting a break from steady rain Friday night, another wave will arrive toward daybreak.
Storm Center 7 meteorologists have been tracking multiple rounds of rain since Wednesday with several more to go. Chief Meteorologist Eric Elwell said the heaviest rain will arrive late Saturday.
“We’ll likely see steady rain pick up Saturday morning with a break in the rain starting around midday,” Elwell said. “But heavy rain and the chance for thunderstorms will move back in around dark Saturday.”
The Storm Prediction Center indicates there is a chance for a few stronger storms Saturday evening and they have placed the southern Miami Valley under a “marginal risk” for severe storms. While the risk is low, Elwell said one or two storms could produce strong enough winds to cause minor damage.
Published: Friday, February 23, 2018 @ 9:25 AM
MIAMI VALLEY — Consistent rainfall that fell Wednesday into Thursday dropped around 0.25-inches to 1.5-inches of rain across the area, according to Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini.
RELATED: Widespread rain expected for the weekend
With more rain expected Saturday and Sunday, the threat for flooding stays high through the weekend.
Here is how much rain fell in parts of the region over the last 24 hours as of 8 a.m. Friday:
RELATED: Flooding: Know your risks
Butler County Airport: 0.42-inches
Dayton International Airport: 0.42-inches
South Lebanon: 1.14-inches
Published: Thursday, February 22, 2018 @ 12:25 PM
— It has been a very wet week in the Miami Valley, but it is also a turning point. We are now less than a month from the astronomical start to spring. On March 20 the vernal equinox will take place, transitioning us to the new season.
Keep up with the rain this week by using the WHIO weather App.