Patrols to saturate Butler County this weekend

Published: Thursday, February 14, 2013 @ 9:28 AM
Updated: Thursday, February 14, 2013 @ 9:28 AM

Police will be saturating Butler County this weekend in an effort to curb drunken driving.

Butler County officials announced an OVI blitz is set for Friday and Saturday at various locations, including Ohio 63 from Interstate 75 through Ohio 4 in Monroe, the Ohio 73 corridor from Middletown to Oxford and along U.S. 27 from Oxford to College Corner.

A news release says the Ohio State High Patrol will participate with the Butler County OVI task force.

Few showers, patchy fog expected tonight

Published: Tuesday, February 21, 2017 @ 5:21 AM

A few light showers will be possible this evening, mainly south of I-70. Otherwise expect mostly cloudy skies and mild temperatures near 60 degrees.

  • Few showers, patchy fog tonight
  • Areas of fog developing late tonight
  • Mild with threat of strong storms to end the week

Tonight: Any light showers will taper off with patchy areas of fog possible late. Temperatures will drop into the lower 50s by morning.

Wednesday: Patchy fog and/or drizzle will be possible to start the day with some breaks in the clouds during the afternoon. It will be unseasonably warm with highs in the middle 60s.

Thursday: Clouds will increase with a chance for passing showers during the day and a chance of a thunderstorm toward evening. Highs will make it back into the upper 60s.

Friday: Expect a mix of sun and clouds along with very gusty winds during the day. It will be unseasonably warm with temperatures soaring to near 70 degrees. A line of heavy showers with embedded thunderstorms will push across the Miami Valley by late afternoon or into the evening. This line of storms may contain strong to severe wind gusts. Behind the line of storms, winds will remain gusty with falling temperatures into the night.

Saturday: Clouds will linger with windy conditions. Wind gusts up to or possibly over 40 mph will be possible. Temperatures will turn colder, falling from the 40s into the 30s by late in the day. There will be the chance for rain or snow showers.

Sunday: It will be more seasonable with partly sunny skies and highs in the lower 40s.

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Rain today, later this week Feb 21, 2017 - 5:39 AM
Rain today, later this week Feb 21, 2017 - 5:39 AM

Record February warmth to end with strong storms

Published: Tuesday, February 21, 2017 @ 7:56 PM

On Tuesday, Dayton tied the record for the most 60 degree days for the months of January and February, having recorded nine so far. 

The record will likely get shattered Wednesday with forecast highs expected to be back in the 60s. 

In fact, Storm Center 7 Chief Meteorologist Eric Elwell says a daily record may fall on Friday when we could get very close to 70 degrees. The current record high on Friday is 67 degrees set back in 1961.

 "The prolonged warmth is definitely unprecedented,” Eric Elwell said. 

In the last 2 weeks, we've only had three days with temperatures near or below normal. That is pretty impressive!" The warmest temperature ever recorded in February was 73° set back in the year 1999 and again in 2000.

 The record temperatures are expected to come to an end by late Friday as a strong cold front pushes into the Miami Valley. 

Chief Meteorologist Eric Elwell said there is a risk that some storms Friday evening could be severe with damaging wind gusts. 

And while likely not severe, the strong gusty winds could continue into Saturday as temperatures drop through the 40s. 

Some snowflakes could also be possible on Saturday, Elwell said.

Bright "flame-like cloud" lights up pre-sunrise sky over Miami Valley

Published: Tuesday, February 21, 2017 @ 8:06 PM

A WHIO-TV viewer, Linda Beasley, spotted this somewhat strange looking, brightly glowing cloud over Covington, Ohio this morning around 7:15. 

At first glance, it looks like the sun peeking through the clouds. 

However, the sun had not quite risen yet. Sunrise on Tuesday was around 7:21 a.m. 

Linda described the cloud as looking like a large flame in the sky. 

 Storm Center 7 Chief Meteorologist Eric Elwell says that what looks like a long flame was actually a contrail produced by a high flying aircraft. 

It was flying high enough that the colorful light of sunrise from the sun that was just below the horizon was able to reflect onto the contrail. 

Elwell says the the line of clouds, containing ice crystals, was likely around 30,000 feet up. 

The other clouds still appeared dark because they were much lower in the sky and thus did not reflect any sunlight. 

Patchy fog possible overnight; near record warmth continues

Published: Monday, February 20, 2017 @ 5:42 AM


  • Patchy fog possible tonight
  • Few showers by late Tuesday
  • Potential for strong storms to end the week



Tonight: More clouds are expected with some patchy fog possible. The fog should not be as widespread as it was Monday morning. Temperatures will fall back only into the upper 40s for lows. 


Tuesday: Clouds will increase with a chance for a passing shower toward evening. Temperatures will remain mild with highs in the middle 60s. 


Wednesday: Expect a mix of sun and clouds with unseasonably warm temperatures in the middle 60s. 


Thursday: Clouds will increase with a chance for passing showers or even a thunderstorm. It will become breezy with highs in the middle 60s. 


Friday: A windy and warm day is expected with a mix of sun and clouds, a line of showers and storms is expected to push across the area during the evening or nighttime hours. Some of the storms could be strong or severe. Damaging winds will be the main threat from these storms. Highs will top out near 70 degrees before storms arrive. 


Saturday: It will be blustery and much colder with a chance for a passing shower or some flurries. Expect an early high in the middle 40s but falling into the 30s during the afternoon. Gusty winds will make it feel colder.

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