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Eric Elwell: 7 surprising facts about summer

Published: Monday, June 19, 2017 @ 3:06 PM

Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini explains why summer starts on June 21st.

Ready or not, here comes summer.

Summer will officially begin early tomorrow morning just after midnight, at 12:24 a.m. Granted, it has felt like summer for much of the last week thanks to the heat and humidity.

RELATED: Warm spring means hot summer likely

For the Northern Hemisphere, summer begins when the sun’s zenith reaches its northernmost point and the Earth’s North Pole tilts directly towards the sun, at about 23.4 degrees. It’s also known as the northern solstice because it occurs when the sun is directly over the Tropic of Cancer in the Northern Hemisphere. Of course, this is the first day of winter for the Southern Hemisphere.

Typically, the first day of summer is also the longest day of the year. Because summer officially begins just after midnight Wednesday morning, both today and Wednesday will have 14 hours, 59 minutes and 19 seconds of full daylight. After Wednesday, we will lose about 3 and a half minutes of daylight by the end of the month and then lose over 40 minutes in the month of July.


Here are seven other interesting facts about the summer months you may or may not know:

1. The word solstice derives from Latin, meaning ‘sun stands still’. This word was chosen because when the solstice occurs the sun appears to stand still.

2. Every year on the summer solstice, a unique baseball game is played in Fairbanks, Alaska on the solstice since the sun is out for almost 24 hours. The game begins around 10 p.m. and ends around 1 a.m. without any artificial lighting. The tradition originated in 1906 and has been played every year since 1960 by the Alaska Goldpanners.

3. The Eiffel Tower in France grows more than 6 inches thanks to the expansion of iron due to the heat of summer.

4. The dog days of summer typically are the weeks between July 3 and August 11. And no, it has nothing to do with it being so hot that dogs are lazy and lay around. The name came about because the Greeks and Romans associated the hottest days of summer with the star Sirius. Sirius was known as the “Dog Star” because it was the brightest star in the constellation Canis Major (large dog). Sirius also happens to be the brightest star in the night sky. Sirius is so bright that the ancient Romans thought it radiated extra heat toward Earth. During the summer, when Sirius rises and sets with the Sun, they thought Sirius added heat to the Sun’s heat to cause hotter summer temperatures.

5. Summers in the northern hemisphere are typically hotter than summer in the southern hemisphere due to the differences in amount of land masses. There is more land mass in the northern hemisphere which heats up faster than water. Of course, land also cools faster so typical winters in the southern hemisphere are milder than those in the north.

6. Earth is not the only planet to have a summer solstice. Mars’ solstice occurs a few days after earth’s June solstice. On Uranus, each summer solstice lasts for 42 years. This also means that each winter solstice lasts the same amount of time for the opposite hemisphere. Let’s just be thankful that we get to enjoy our seasons more often than every 42 years!

7. Finally, one of my most favorite facts is this one: Watermelon is the most popular summer vegetable in the United States. Watermelon is part of the cucumber, pumpkin, and squash family and consists of 92 percent water. The average American consumes 15 pounds of watermelon annually. Wow!

Eric Elwell is WHIO StormCenter 7 Chief Meteorologist. Contact him at or follow him on Facebook and Twitter.

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WHIO Doppler 7 Interactive Radar

Published: Friday, January 12, 2018 @ 1:01 AM
Updated: Wednesday, March 21, 2018 @ 4:45 AM



Track the storms as they move into the area with our Interactive Radar.

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Snow totals: How much are you waking up to?

Published: Wednesday, March 21, 2018 @ 4:49 AM

WEATHER: Roads in downtown Dayton getting a coating of snow

Some areas are already seeing over three inches of snow this morning.

Overall snow totals are expected to be between 3 and 5 inches, with some areas seeing closer to 6 inches. Butler and Warren counties are under a Winter Storm Warning, while the rest of the area is under a Winter Weather Advisory.

>> Winter Storm Advisory in effect; 3-5 inches of snow expected as gusts cause blowing, drifting

Here are current snow totals received by this news organization:

Dayton Airport: 1.7 inches

West Alexandria: 1.5 inches

Arcanum: 3.5 inches

Troy: 5.5 inches

St. Paris: 5 inches

Bellefontaine: 3.3 inches

Botkins: 3.3 inches

Celina: 3 inches

Greenville: 2 inches

Bradford: 2.5 inches

Miamisburg: 2.5 inches

Piqua: 1.5 inches

Richmond, Ind.: 2 inches

Oxford (Butler County): 1.5 inches

Fairfield (Butler County): 1.9 inches


>> WHIO Doppler 7 Interactive Radar

>> How the winter storm will impact your morning commute, travel plans

>> Crashes reported as snow, wind cause slick roads, poor visibility 

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Winter Storm Advisory in effect; 3-5 inches of snow expected as gusts cause blowing, drifting

Published: Wednesday, March 21, 2018 @ 3:59 AM
Updated: Wednesday, March 21, 2018 @ 7:23 AM

Downtown AM Snow 1

Winter Storm Warning is in effect for Butler and Warren Counties, and a Winter Weather Advisory is in effect for the entire area until 8 p.m. today. Snow has been falling steady overnight. Roads are snow covered, and gusty winds will also impact visibility.  Overall, snow totals will be 3 to 5 inches with some spots getting closer to 6 inches. 

>> Snow totals: How much are you waking up to?

>> TRACK the latest conditions with Live Doppler 7 Radar


  • Widespread snow and gusty winds for the morning commute
  • Bitter cold tonight
  • Some could see more rain and snow for Saturday

>> School and business delays and closings

>> How the winter storm will impact your morning commute, travel plans


Today: Widespread snow will continue to fall steady through the late morning, said Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini. Intense bursts of snow will be possible this morning. Wind will gust between 20 and 30 mph, and combined with snow, visibility will drop below a mile at times during the morning drive. Snow-covered roads will make the morning drive a challenge.

>> Crashes reported as snow, wind cause slick roads, poor visibility 

Lighter snow showers and then flurries will move through between 8 a.m. and noon. 

Snow will begin to fizzle out around lunch, ending completely in the afternoon hours before the drive home. Overall totals are expected to be between 3 and 5 inches, with some spots closer to 6 inches. Gusty winds around 30 mph will pick up again in the afternoon. Blowing and drifting snow will be possible once the snow stops. 

>> Remember these things when driving in the snow

  • Morning drive: Active widespread snow will continue through the entire commute. Pockets of heavy snow will combine with gusty winds will rapidly drop visibility below a mile at times this morning
  • Evening Drive: Snow showers will have ended, but drivers should still watch untreated areas as well, and blowing and drifting that can occur during the day

Highs today will be in the mid-30s. With fresh snow on the ground and clear skies, temperatures tonight will drop to around 20 degrees. Anything untreated or slushy will refreeze.

Thursday: Some slick spots are possible early. It will be cold with temperatures around 20 degrees. Sunshine will return, helping to melt the snow with highs in the low 40s.

Friday: We’ll have sunshine again early, but it will be chilly with temperatures in the 20s. Highs will climb to the mid-40s. Clouds increase late day ahead of our next system. A wintry mix will push north toward Saturday morning.

Saturday: A wintry mix is possible in the morning followed by some passing rain showers during the day as temperatures climb to around 40. Most of the activity will stay along and south of Interstate 70. Wet flakes will end the night.

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How the winter storm will impact your morning commute, travel plans

Published: Tuesday, March 20, 2018 @ 6:52 AM
Updated: Wednesday, March 21, 2018 @ 6:20 AM


spring snow storm will bring the biggest impacts to this morning’s commute.

“Be sure to keep this in mind when you head out the door,” said Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini.

PHOTOS: Snowy first day of spring in the Miami Valley

>> Winter Weather Advisory issued; slick spots, reduced visibility possible 

Winter Weather Advisory will continue until 8 tonight. Warren and Butler counties are under a Winter Storm Warning, also until 8 p.m.

Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini breaks down the snow & wind impacts on the roads today.

THIS MORNING: Snow will be falling during the morning drive. Accumulations will be 3 to 5 inches for most. 

“Snow covered roads will be slick and blowing, as well as drifting snow will be a problem,” said Zontini.

>> Check school and business closings/delays

WIND: Wind gusts today will reach 25 to 35 mph. The winds will be coming from the north/northwest. Drivers on I-70 in either direction and those traveling north on I-75 should stay spaced out. The snow will also combine with the wind this morning, dropping visibility.

Driving in the snowy, icy or windy weather can make even a short trip more dangerous, Zontini said. It’s important to have a plan if you have to hit the roads during a winter storm.

Several departing and arriving flights at Dayton International Airport have been delayed or canceled this morning. Check your flight status here.

Here are some things to remember from NOAA:

>> WATCH: Driving in a winter storm? Here’s what to do


If you can wait to start driving until conditions improve, do so.

If you have to head out, make sure someone knows where you are going, your phone is charged and you have a winter safety kit in your car.

>> RELATED: Winter Weather Awareness: What to have in your car kit

Clear your car completely of snow and ice. It will help improve your visibility and flying snow from your car  completely of snow and ice. It will help improve your visibility and flying snow from your car can be dangerous and hit other drivers.


Go slow! Snowy roads may also be icy, and roads that appear wet may be slick.

If you skid, stay calm, take your foot off the gas, turn your wheel where you want your front to go and if you have anti-lock breaks, apply steady pressure.

Leave plenty of space between you and cars around you. 

If visibility becomes poor, try to pull over to a safe spot to wait it out. If you need to pull over on the highway, turn off your lights and use your parking break when stopped. This can help so another car won’t mistakenly follow your tail/break lights and hit you.

>> Remember these things when driving in snow

>> Interactive flight delay map

A fourth nor’easter in three weeks is set to hit New York and states in that area. The National Weather Service says New York City and its northern suburbs could get 12 to 16 inches of snow, the Associated Press reports.

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