Super blue blood moon eclipse visible this morning

Published: Sunday, January 28, 2018 @ 9:45 PM
Updated: Wednesday, January 31, 2018 @ 2:09 AM

There's a lunar eclipse Wednesday morning. Here's what you need to know!

A super blue blood moon eclipse? Yes!

WATCH LIVE: Super Blue Blood Moon Eclipse

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!

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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!

Eric Elwell is WHIO StormCenter 7 Chief Meteorologist. Contact him at eric.elwell@coxinc.com or follow him on Facebook and Twitter.

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Drizzle, fog tonight; Flood watch in effect

Published: Friday, February 23, 2018 @ 4:04 AM
Updated: Friday, February 23, 2018 @ 11:50 PM

Rain showers continue at times today in the Dayton area, and into parts of the weekend.

A Flood Watch is in effect for Montgomery, Preble, Clark, Greene, Butler, Warren  and Clinton counties until Sunday morning.

>> Weekend to bring more rain, threat for strong storms

QUICK-LOOK FORECAST

  • Areas of drizzle, fog tonight
  • Rain increasing in coverage, intensity Saturday
  • Additional 1-3 inches of rain possible through Sunday morning

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DETAILED FORECAST

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. 

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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. 

>> Flooding: Know your risks

>> Great Miami R. expected to crest this weekend: Where will flooding occur?

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.

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Tuesday: Expect mostly sunny skies will mild temperatures in the middle 50s.

Wednesday: Showers are expected to return with highs topping out near 60 degrees. 

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Weekend to bring more rain, threat for strong storms

Published: Friday, February 23, 2018 @ 7:53 PM

Heavy rain is expected to return to the Miami Valley Saturday morning and then again in the evening. Additional rain over the weekend is expected to range from 1 to 3 inches. The Storm Prediction Center has also placed parts of the Miami Valley under a "marginal risk" for severe storms.

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.

>> Great Miami River expected to crest this weekend: Where will flooding occur?

“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.” 

>> Flooding: Know your risks

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.

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A Flood Watch also remains in effect until 10 a.m. Sunday for counties along and south of Interstate 70 in the Miami Valley.

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RAIN TOTALS: Flooding risk remains high through the weekend

Published: Friday, February 23, 2018 @ 9:25 AM

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

RELATED: Great Miami River expected to crest this weekend: Where will flooding occur? 

With more rain expected Saturday and Sunday, the threat for flooding stays high through the weekend. 

>>Track the latest conditions with Live Doppler 7 Radar

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: 

Butler County Airport: 0.42-inches

Hamilton: 0.26-inches

Middletown: 0.36-inches

Oxford: 0.25-inches

CHAMPAIGN: 

Urbana: 0.31-inches

CLARK: 

Springfield: 0.35-inches

CLINTON: 

Wilmington: 0.55-inches

GREENE: 

WPAFB: 0.33-inches

Beavercreek: 0.30-inches

Fairborn: 0.25-inches

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HAMILTON: 

Norwood: 1.20-inches

Cincinnati: 1.28-inches

MONTGOMERY: 

Vandalia: 0.44-inches

Dayton International Airport: 0.42-inches

Oakwood: 0.33-inches

Riverside: 0.28-inches

Kettering: 0.27-inches

PREBLE: 

Eaton: 0.50-inches

SHELBY: 

Botkins: 0.25-inches

WARREN: 

South Lebanon: 1.14-inches

Mason: 0.54-inches

Lebanon: 0.27-inches



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 Three things to look forward to this spring

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. 

Days of rain getting underway

  1. Daylight: The days will get longer. Daylight Saving Time begins March 11, which will help increase the amount of daylight but naturally the days get longer during the transition from the winter solstice to the summer solstice. From Feb. 20 to March 20 we will see an increase of a little more than an hour of daylight.                                      Latest weather video: Watch our five day forecast
  2. Low Snow: The chance for snow drops off. On average, the latest we see an inch of snow in Dayton is March 10. That doesn’t mean we won’t get snow in March, just statistically speaking it becomes less likely. There will be a greater chance though for spring storms as severe weather season kicks in.  
  3. Warmer: It will gradually get warmer. The average afternoon high towards the end of February is around 40 degrees but by the first day of spring it warms up to 51 degrees. The angle of the sun and the length of day helps to increase our average high. 

Keep up with the rain this week by using the WHIO weather App. 

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