Fall color increases across the Miami Valley

Published: Thursday, October 05, 2017 @ 6:39 AM

Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini looks at an update on color change and when we will stay dry this weekend.

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources released another color update and it is showing more of our state parks showing changing color.

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Fall colors have started to emerge at Indian Lake, Grand Lake St. Mary's, Hueston Woods, and Caesar Creek. Sycamore State Park is nearing peak color there. 

Remember that cool nights and sunny days will help produce vibrant colors across the area. The shorter days over the next few weeks is why the color change will ramp up. Peak fall colors will be observed in the Miami Valley the third week of October.

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When it comes to a cooperative forecast to enjoy the beautiful colors are our parks, this weekend will be pretty good. Friday is looking dry and mild with highs in the upper 70s. This weekend we will stay near 80 degrees. The most dry time for the weekend will be both Saturday and Sunday afternoon, so get your hikes in early in the day.

Weekend starts with sunshine, highs in the 70s

Published: Saturday, October 21, 2017 @ 5:38 AM

Lots of sunshine and warm weather starts the weekend, Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Crystal Davis said. Highs will push into the upper 70s, which is more than 10 degrees above normal.


  • Warmer than normal weekend
  • Showers Monday and Tuesday
  • Below normal temps mid-week


Overnight: It will cool off overnight with lows in the lower 50s.

Sunday: Another warm and sunny day is expected with highs in the middle to upper 70s. More clouds will roll in Sunday evening.

Monday: It becomes cloudy with showers likely. Showers could become steady, and perhaps heavy at times. The day will be cooler with highs in the upper 60s.

Tuesday: A breezy and cool day is expected with a few passing showers possible. Much cooler air will settle into the region, with highs only reaching into the upper 50s.

Wednesday: Partly cloudy and a cooler than normal day starts with morning temperatures near the upper 30s. Daytime highs only climb into the lower 50s.

Thursday: Sunny and a little warmer conditions are expected with highs in the upper 50s. It becomes partly cloudy in the evening.

Clear skies for meteor shower this weekend

Published: Wednesday, October 18, 2017 @ 5:53 AM
Updated: Saturday, October 21, 2017 @ 3:20 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 this weekend! 

>> Advice for best viewing of meteor shower

The Orionid meteor shower will put on a good show Friday night into Saturday morning, and Saturday night into Sunday morning.

Debris from Haley's comet will hit Earth's atmosphere. 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. 

>> Warming trend continues; lower temps arrive next week

This weekend skies will cooperate for great viewing of the Orionid meteor shower!

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

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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!

Cooler, fall temperatures start to approach Miami Valley 

Published: Friday, October 20, 2017 @ 3:39 AM
Updated: Friday, October 20, 2017 @ 11:30 AM

Warm temperatures are expected this weekend, with rain returning next week in the Dayton area.

It stays quiet and cool overnight with lows near 50 degrees, Storm Center 7 Meteorologist McCall Vrydaghs said.


  • Clear and cool overnight
  • Warmer than normal weekend
  • Showers, lower temps next week

>> When to see Orionid meteor shower this weekend

5 Day Forecast with Meteorologist McCall Vrydaghs


Saturday: Plenty of sunshine starts the weekend. Highs will push into the upper 70s, more than 10 degrees above normal. Mostly sunny skies expected through the day.

>> Fall colors near peak 

Yard Work Forecast(Graphic by Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Mcall Vrydaghs)

Sunday: Sun will give way to clouds, but it stays dry. It will be another warm day with highs in the middle to upper 70s. More clouds and the chance for showers develop late Sunday night.

>> 5-Day Forecast

(Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini)

Monday: It will be cloudy ith showers likely. These showers could become steady, and perhaps heavy at times. It will be cooler with highs in the upper 60s.

Tuesday: A breezy and cool day is expected with a few passing showers possible. Much cooler air will settle into the Miami Valley. Highs only reach into the upper 50s.

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Wednesday: A cold start to what will be a cooler than normal day. Morning temperatures near the upper 30s will only climb to the lower 50s for highs. Lots of clouds will be around with the chance of a few passing showers.

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Tips for viewing a meteor shower

Published: Friday, October 20, 2017 @ 7:55 AM

Here's what you need to know before you head outside.

Meteor showers are great events to enjoy at any age. When the sky cooperates, the bright show can keep you entertained for hours.

RELATED: Clear skies for meteor shower this weekend 

Viewing a meteor shower when the skies are clear and dark will set you up for success. Little or no moonlight means the meteors will be easier to see. Head outside after midnight and before dawn. You'll want to find a dark spot away from city lights and let your eyes adjust to the darkness.

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Make sure you are prepared for the forecast and dress warmly if you need to. You want to grab a sleeping bag or lawn chair and dedicate at least 30 minutes to looking across the night sky. You won't need a telescope or binoculars because they will limit how much sky is visible to you. The wider the view, the better. Remember to stay patient and enjoy! 

For a calendar of meteor showers throughout the year visit http://www.skywitness7.com