Why is steam coming from the Great Miami River?

Published: Wednesday, January 03, 2018 @ 2:25 PM

Great Miami river freezes over

The temperature has been so cold recently that local bodies of water are starting to give off steam. 

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The Great Miami River and Mad River are frozen in multiple spots and near Deeds Point the Mad River is almost frozen from bank to bank. 

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With the frigidly low temperatures the water in the river is now warmer than the air around it and causing the appearance of steam coming from the water.  

“Even though the water feels very cold it's still much warmer than the air around it. The air temperature is around zero or below and the river is significantly warmer, so it's just condensation. The river, just because it is much warmer, is condensing steam,” Kurt Rinehart, chief engineer of the Miami Conservancy District, said.

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This can be compared to what happens when you have a pot of boiling water in your kitchen that gives off steam because it’s warmer than the atmosphere around it. 

We will continue to monitor the affect that the low temperatures are having on our local bodies of water and bring you the latest updates.  

Snow flurries tonight; Find out when it will hit 50 again

Published: Tuesday, January 23, 2018 @ 3:38 AM
Updated: Tuesday, January 23, 2018 @ 6:22 PM

A warm-up ahead, but first a few flurries.

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  • Rain showers turn to snow flurries tonight
  • Warming up toward weekend
  • Rain returns Saturday

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TONIGHT: Cloudy, breezy and cold with temperatures falling through the 30s this evening, said Storm Center 7 Meteorologist McCall Vrydaghs. Chance of a few passing rain or snow showers before sunset, then a few flurries or snow showers possible into the early overnight hours. No snow accumulation expected. Drying out through the night with temperatures falling into the mid to upper 20s by morning.

>> 5-Day Forecast

WEDNESDAY: Another breezy and cold day for Wednesday. Temperatures will only reach the lower 30s for the afternoon, but feel like the 20s due to the winds. Clouds linger with a few flurries possible to redevelop late day into the early evening. No snow accumulation expected.

“Clouds will slowly decrease into the night, and it will be cold with temperatures falling into the lower 20s,” Vrydaghs said.

THURSDAY: A lot more sunshine on tap for Thursday, along with some milder temperatures. Winds will shift out of the south as high pressure takes over. Temperature will climb into the lower 40s for the afternoon.

>> County-by-County Weather

FRIDAY: Plenty of sunshine to round out the work week and milder with highs near 50 degrees. Some more clouds arrive into Friday night as a cold front approaches from the northwest.

SATURDAY: Mostly cloudy and breezy with showers developing. A mild day with highs around 50 degrees.

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SUNDAY: Chance of a few leftover showers in the morning as a cold front settles to the east. Dry with some break in the clouds for the afternoon. Still breezy and cooler with highs in the middle 40s.

Piqua man accused of rape is competent for trial, judge decides

Published: Tuesday, January 23, 2018 @ 7:16 PM

Stanley Fraley (Courtesy/Miami County Jail)
Stanley Fraley (Courtesy/Miami County Jail)

A Piqua man charged with felony rape has been found competent for trial, a Miami County Common Pleas judge ruled.

Stanley Fraley, 61, is charged in a case involving an adult woman who told Troy police she was raped with force. 

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Fraley had pleaded not guilty and not guilty by reason of insanity.

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Tuesday, Judge Jeannine Pratt said the report of an evaluation of Fraley found he was able to understand and assist in court proceedings and was not suffering from any mental disease or defects at the time of the offense. 

Trial is scheduled to begin Feb. 6.

Fraley remains in the county jail in lieu of $100,000 bail.

1 hurt in minivan-semitrailer crash on I-75 North in Dayton; All lanes now open

Published: Friday, January 19, 2018 @ 12:35 AM
Updated: Tuesday, January 23, 2018 @ 6:51 PM

Minivan and semitrailer collide on I-75 North at Edwin C. Moses

Traffic issues can be reported by calling our newsroom at 937-259-2237 or tweeting @WHIOTraffic .

Traffic conditions are updated every six minutes on AM 1290 and News 95.7 FM.

Major Highway Incidents

  • On north I-75, just beyond the on-ramp from Edwin C. Moses Blvd., a collision involving a minivan and a semitrailer was reported just before 4 p.m. One person in the van has been taken to a hospital, complaining of pain. The right lane, shut down for the investigation, was reopened just after 6 p.m.
  • On southbound I-75 near Wagner Ford Road in Harrison Twp., a crash was reported on the left side of the road around 7:40 a.m. 
  • On southbound Ohio 4 at Harshman Road in Riverside, a crash was reported around 7:05 a.m. 
  • On northbound I-75 in Tipp City north of SR 571, four separate crashes reported around 5:30 a.m. All lanes reopened around 7 a.m. 

Surface Street Incidents

  • No incidents to report. 

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Ongoing Construction & Other Closures 

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  • Keowee Street north of Stanley Avenue, bridge closed until 2019. The official detour is: Keowee Street to Stanley Avenue to I-75 to Wagner Ford Road and back to Dixie. More information is available here.
  • Stewart Street Ramp to US 35 East, RAMP CLOSURE March 28 - Sept 30, 2018. The official detour is: Stewart Street to Edwin C. Moses Boulevard to I-75 north to US 35 west to James H. McGee Blvd. to US 35 east.
  • I-75 north Ramp to US 35 west and east, Lane width restriction until Apr. 1, 2018. One lane will remain open on the ramp with a width of 11 feet.
  • I-70 between Upper Lewisburg Salem Road and Brooksville-Phillipsburg Road, Lane closure Jan. 22 - 29. One lane will remain open in each direction at all times. Shoulder closures Jan. 22 - Sept. 30. Both the inside and outside shoulders of I-70 will be closed during construction. 

Local 25-year veteran officer recognized for active shooter training helping Las Vegas shooting witness

Published: Tuesday, January 23, 2018 @ 1:32 PM

Local 25-year veteran officer recognized for active shooter training helping Las Vegas shooting witness

A Centerville police officer with years of experience with the department was recognized Monday for his extensive work in the law enforcement community, to include active shooter training that a Las Vegas shooting witness credited with saving his life.

Officer John Davis has served as a community relations officer with Centerville police since 2012, but has been with the department for 25 years.

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Davis has taught “Run, Hide, Fight” training to a variety of organizations throughout the region and the country to educate and prepare participants on how to respond to active threats, according to city officials.

Davis said he was recently contacted by an individual who participated in the training, when he was teaching in Long Beach, Calif. The individual told Davis the training came into use while he was in Las Vegas at the time of last year’s mass shooting.

“He credited the training with saving his and his wife’s life,” Davis said.

Davis has taught courses across Ohio and in Orlando, Las Vegas, Indianapolis and Long Beach.

Davis also has roles with the Ohio Crime Prevention Association and the Miami Valley Crime Prevention Association.