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Saturn visible near moon this week

Published: Monday, September 25, 2017 @ 5:36 AM

Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini tells you where to look to find Saturn this week.

Another planet will shine bright near the moon this week. 

Saturn will be visible after sunset in the southwestern sky. Wait until sunset, but before the moon sets to find the waxing crescent moon close to a shining bright Saturn.

>> WHIO Doppler 7 Interactive Radar

On Monday, the moon will be to the bottom right of Saturn, and on Tuesday, they will be right next to each other. By Wednesday, the moon will be to the top left of Saturn. 

The moon will set on Monday at 10:58 p.m., at 11:39 p.m. Tuesday and at 12:24 a.m. Wednesday night/Thursday morning.

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Remember Saturn is a planet so it will shine steady and bright, not twinkling like a star.

Clear skies for meteor shower this weekend

Published: Wednesday, October 18, 2017 @ 5:53 AM
Updated: Friday, October 20, 2017 @ 10:35 AM

Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini has a look at how cool we get and how active the meteor shower will be this weekend.

After finding Venus and Mars early in the week, another special treat awaits you in the early morning sky heading into the weekend! 

>> Advice for best viewing of meteor shower

The Orionid meteor shower will be peaking Friday night through Saturday morning. Debris from Haley's comet will hit the Earth's atmosphere, creating the show.

>> Warming trend continues; lower temps arrive next week

The Orionid shower gets its name because the meteors look like they are coming  from the constellation Orion. This year, 10 to 30 meteors per hour are possible. 

Skies will be dark all night because the moon will set early Friday evening, allowing for a good show. The best chance to see the most meteors may be from 2 a.m. until sunrise.

>>  5-Day Forecast

This weekend skies will cooperate for great viewing of the Orionid meteor shower! A clear forecast if you plan on getting out Friday night/early Saturday. Temperatures will fall into the low 50s overnight. The moonset Friday evening at 7:44PM. Saturday night into Sunday morning will also be active for the shower. 

Temperatures will drop into the middle 50s overnight. The moon will set around 8:14PM so skies will remain dark. Some high clouds will be out there though Saturday night but overall it will still be a good night to view.

>> WHIO Doppler 7 Interactive Radar

Get outside and grab a blanket, find a dark spot with a good view of the sky and let your eyes adjust to the darkness. If you capture any photos share them using the hashtag #SkyWitness7!

Fall colors nearing peak across Miami Valley

Published: Thursday, October 19, 2017 @ 6:07 AM

Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini talks about our color update from ODNR and forecast heading into the weekend.

Most of the Miami Valley is seeing peak or near peak fall color, according to the latest report from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources.

The reds, oranges and yellows might not be as bright as they were in the past because of the mild start to the month. The cool nights and sunny days this week might help a few slow changing trees to really pop. 

>>RELATED: 8 places to soak up fall’s beauty near Dayton

Sycamore State Park and Indian Lake State Park are seeing peak fall color.

>> Warming trend continues, lower temps arrive next week

The third week of October is typically when the Miami Valley sees the best colors emerge, and true color should show into next week.

Heavy rain or wind can take the leaves off the trees quickly this time of year, but weather this weekend is expected to be mild.

>> WHIO Doppler 7 Interactive Radar

The rest of this week looks sunny and dry with highs in the low to middle 70s. 

Get outside and enjoy the color change. Share your photos with us using the hashtag #Skywitness7!

Temperatures on the rise into the weekend

Published: Wednesday, October 18, 2017 @ 3:32 AM
Updated: Wednesday, October 18, 2017 @ 10:41 PM

Five Day Forecast

QUICK-LOOK FORECAST

  • Quiet, cool tonight
  • Sunny skies will stick around into Saturday
  • Temperatures to fall late Sunday into Monday

>> WHIO Doppler 7 Interactive Radar

DETAILED FORECAST

Tonight: Clear skies, cool air expected as temperatures overnight drop back into the lower 40s, Storm Center 7 Chief Meteorologist Eric Elwell said.

Thursday: Lots of sunshine through the day. High clouds move through late in the day and into evening. High temperatures will be in the lower 70s. 

>> County-by-County forecast

Friday: More sunshine to wrap up the week. Highs in the lower 70s still.

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Saturday: Unseasonably warm as highs top out in the mid-70s.

Graphic by Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini

>> Warming trend continues; lower temps arrive next week

Sunday: Clouds on the increase late in the day. A chance of rain toward evening and later tonight. Otherwise, breezy and warm with highs in the mid-70s.

Monday: Showers likely. Blustery. Temperatures expected to fall through the 60s during the afternoon.

Patchy frost possible tonight

Published: Monday, October 16, 2017 @ 3:12 AM
Updated: Monday, October 16, 2017 @ 6:56 PM

Temperatures drop into the 30s Tuesday AM, Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini talks about possible impacts.

Sunny skies and cooler than normal temperatures are in the forecast for today, according to Storm Center 7 Meteorologist McCall Vrydaghs.

QUICK-LOOK FORECAST

  • Clearing skies, chilly tonight
  • Patchy frost possible early Tuesday
  • Rain-free, slow warming trend this week

>> WHIO Doppler 7 Interactive Radar

DETAILED FORECAST

Tonight: Skies will clear tonight as temperatures drop through the 50s to an overnight low in the upper 30s in most places. Some areas north and east of the Dayton metro area could drop into the middle 30s. 

(Graphics by Storm Center 7 Chief Meteorologist Eric Elwell)

>> Venus and Mars visible this week

Tuesday: A cold morning with some patchy frost in low lying areas. After a chilly morning, sunshine will bring temperatures back into the middle 60s by afternoon.

(Storm Center 7 Chief Meteorologist Eric Elwell)



Wednesday: Sunny skies and mild temperatures are expected with highs approaching 70 degrees.

Thursday: It will be another sunny, dry day with high temperatures climbing to around 70 degrees.

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Friday: Skies will be mostly sunny with highs unseasonably mild, in the lower 70s.

Saturday: Mostly sunny skies and mild temperatures will start the weekend. Highs will be back in the lower 70s.