Welcome to winter! Major below-normal cold swing begins this week

Published: Monday, December 04, 2017 @ 1:24 PM

The Storm Center 7 team has a detailed look at what the 2017-18 winter will be like.

Welcome to winter. I know you are probably thinking … wait, doesn’t it officially begin in another two weeks? Well, technically, yes.

However, meteorological winter actually arrived on Dec. 1. This is because meteorologists consider the three calendar months with the lowest average temperatures to be meteorological winter.

Created by WHIO Chief Meteorologist Eric Elwell

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But whatever the calendar may say, temperatures are on their way down and likely won’t rise much, if any, through at least mid-December. The average high temperature in early December is in the lower 40s, and we will likely drop to at least 10 degrees below normal by this weekend as a piece of the polar vortex drops southward into the Hudson Bay area of Canada.

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At the same time, a large area of high pressure will build across the North Atlantic near Greenland. This blocking area of high pressure will force cold air that is building from the North Pole into northern Canada and southward across the eastern half of the United States.

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The block can cause the polar vortex to weaken and even splinter into “spokes” that can get pushed southward toward the U.S.-Canadian border. Such patterns lead to some of the coldest temperatures of the year in Ohio, especially in the months of January and February. While the air that is now moving into the Miami Valley will be quite cold, it will not be as extreme as it could be if the same pattern were to occur again in about four to six weeks.

If the long-range models are correct, the pattern now developing will likely hold through mid-December. This will keep temperatures well below average with occasional bouts of snow showers and/or flurries. Such patterns often don’t lead to major precipitation events, although clipper-type systems are common. These “Alberta Clippers” will bring gusty winds, rapid temperature swings and a couple of inches of snow at most. Such a system may be on track to move into the Ohio Valley this weekend with perhaps another one passing early next week.

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The bigger question will be if such a pattern will hold into the holiday week of Christmas, which is still just too far away to know for sure. While chances appear to be better than average (typically about 30 percent) for a white Christmas, there are some signs that the blocking pattern may begin to break down right around that time.

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

One dead, one hospitalized after shooting in Dayton

Published: Tuesday, January 23, 2018 @ 2:15 AM

UPDATE @ 2:40 a.m.: One person is dead and another individual was taken to Miami Valley Hospital after a shooting occurred in Dayton early Tuesday morning, according to officials.

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Crews were dispatched to the area of N. Upland Avenue and Fairbanks Avenue around 2 a.m. where they found two shooting victims, with once deceased in the back of a vehicle. 

A homicide detective has been called to the scene. 

We’re still working to learn more details about the shooting.

INITIAL REPORT

Officials are responding to the area of N. Upland Avenue at Fairbanks Avenue for a reported shooting victim.

The incident was reported early Tuesday morning around 2 a.m., per initial reports.

We have a crew on the way to the scene to learn more details about the ordeal.

DP&L working to restore power; 2,000 remain in dark after thunderstorms

Published: Monday, January 22, 2018 @ 10:07 PM
Updated: Tuesday, January 23, 2018 @ 2:20 AM

Bellbrook hail

There are less than 2,000 reports of power outages in the region after thunderstorms Monday night boiled up quickly and delivered lightning that left more than 8,400 without power at one point.

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Dayton Power & Light crews will be working through the night to restore power, said Kelly Millhouse, DP&L operations director.

At 2:00 a.m. (Jan. 23), the Dayton Power & Light online outage map was showing the following: 

Darke 12 (most south and east of Greenville)

Montgomery 222 (most in the area just north of I-70 West)

Miami 277 (most in the area of the Phoneton community)

Shelby 1 (most just south of Sidney)

Greene 123 (most just south of Beavercreek)

Champaign 2(most east of Urbana)

Clark and Clinton 2 each

First Energy’s online outage map was showing:

Clark 335

Duke Energy's online outage map was reporting: 

Butler 372

Warren 444

Montgomery 3

Hail was reported in Tipp City, Monroe Twp., Bellbrook, Englewood, Gratis and Clayton.

Hail in Gratis on Monday night, Jan. 22, 2018. (Courtesy/viewer)

Florida woman, 81, smashes car into McDonald's: 'Glass flew everywhere'

Published: Tuesday, January 23, 2018 @ 1:54 AM

The remnants of a car that smashed into a McDonald’s just west of Boynton. (Photo by Alexandra Seltzer / The Palm Beach Post)
Palm Beach Post Staff Writer
The remnants of a car that smashed into a McDonald’s just west of Boynton. (Photo by Alexandra Seltzer / The Palm Beach Post)(Palm Beach Post Staff Writer)

An 81-year-old woman suffered minor injuries after she lost control of her Toyota Solara and backed into the glass windows of a McDonald’s west of Boynton Beach, Florida, according to the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office.

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The woman will be charged with careless driving, PBSO spokesperson Teri Barbera said Monday.

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The crash happened around 3:30 p.m. at Military Trail and Boynton Beach Boulevard when the woman backed up and inadvertently drove through the window.

“Glass flew everywhere,” said a witness, who said she was drinking a soda inside when the car plowed through the window.

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The witness, who asked not to be identified, said the glass cut her fingers. She said the driver then drove forward and hit her parked Volkswagen. The driver continued about 150 feet and hit a tree next to a canal, Barbera said.

A McDonald’s representative declined to comment. The store and drive-through remain open.

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Most underrated fried chicken in America named best in new survey

Published: Monday, January 22, 2018 @ 8:42 PM


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There are plenty of reputable options if you want to pull up to a drive-thru and devour some crispy, golden chicken, i.e. KFC and Popeyes. However, an unsuspecting alternative you might have ignored at your last gas tank fill-up has been crowned the true bastion of fried chicken.

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Krispy Krunchy Chicken, established in 1989 in LaFayette, Louisiana, has bested some much more familiar names as Thrillist’s choice for America’s best fried chicken chain. The online entertainment site described the chain’s Cajun-style chicken as “the most underrated item in fast food today.”

KKC, which is typically attached to convenience stores, has more then 2,300 locations in the U.S., Malaysia and American Samoa, according to its site.

Krispy Krunchy doesn’t leave it up to its spicy chicken to do all the work though. Its honey butter biscuits, daubed in honey, Cajun rice balls and macaroni and cheese are also mouthwatering.

The vote of approval was even co-signed by New York-based restaurateur and “Top Chef” contestant Dale Telde.

“Their fried chicken is ill,” he told Thrilllist. “I go there every time that I’m in Miami, and I’m in Miami once per month." 

The Louisiana chicken standard only began expanding outside of its home state in 2000, and its fast-growing franchising is due not only to the winning taste but affordable prices, according to the company’s bio.

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If you haven’t yet tried America’s best fried chicken, according to Thrillist, the site said you need to.