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Ham radio operators take part in largest ever severe weather drill

Published: Thursday, October 05, 2017 @ 6:46 PM

Ham radio operators take part in largest ever severe weather drill

Ham radio operators are a big part of emergency communications in Puerto Rico in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria.

Now, local operators are taking part in the largest ever amateur radio severe weather drill. It simulates what would happen if a massive weather disaster happened here.

Just steps away from the WHIO-TV newsroom, ham radio experts come in whenever there’s the potential for severe weather to the SKYWARN office. There, Mike Carter and Don Parker today were communicating with the outside world using ham radios in a drill called Black Swan.

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“Dayton SKYWARN will be putting out the weather alerts that we receive from National Weather Service. This is basically following the same event we had June 29, 2012, where we had a derecho come through and do all the damage,” Don Parker, Dayton SKYWARN coordinator said.

While this is only an exercise, it mimics what’s happening now in Puerto Rico. The U.S. territory lost power from Hurricane Maria, which is keeping people there in a black hole of communications.

Volunteers with the American Radio Relay League, which certifies ham radio operators, flew to the island to help connect Puerto Ricans with their loved ones.

“They put a call out for ham radio operators on Monday ... on Thursday, 50 of them went down. They had over 350 people apply for that and they will send those down to relive the ones already down there,” Parker said.

The important role amateur radio operators play in times of disaster is why they are participating in the Black Swan exercise. This way if anything happens, they will be ready to help.

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Another cold night, but gradual warm-up coming

Published: Wednesday, January 17, 2018 @ 3:51 AM
Updated: Wednesday, January 17, 2018 @ 11:50 PM

Temperatures slowly climb towards the weekend.

Wind chills will fall to around zero degrees under mainly clear skies overnight, Storm Center 7 Chief Meteorologist Eric Elwell said.

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QUICK-LOOK FORECAST

  • Another cold night ahead
  • Dry, temperatures approach freezing Thursday
  • Warm-up continues, chance for rain this weekend

>> WHIO Doppler 7 HD Interactive Radar

5 Day Forecast with Meteorologist McCall Vrydaghs

DETAILED FORECAST

Thursday: Sunny skies return with a slow warm-up getting underway. Highs will be near 30 degrees by late afternoon.

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Thursday at a Glance(Storm Center 7 Chief Meteorologist Eric Elwell)

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Friday: Mostly sunny and breezy at times with highs reaching the middle 30s.

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Saturday: Clouds increase through the day with temperatures in the lower 40s. 

Thursday Morning(Storm Center 7 Chief Meteorologist Eric Elwell)

Sunday: Cloudy skies with a chance for rain showers. Highs will be above normal in the upper 40s. 

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Monday: Cloudy skies, gusty winds, and rain showers during the day. Highs will reach near 50 degrees early, but will fall in the afternoon. Rain may mix with, or briefly change to snow, before tapering off Monday evening. 

Next Storm System(Storm Center 7 Chief Meteorologist Eric Elwell)

This is why you should seriously never eat snow

Published: Friday, January 22, 2016 @ 3:06 PM
Updated: Wednesday, January 17, 2018 @ 9:27 AM

Never Eat Snow - Here's Why

 

Don’t eat the snow! A study, published in 2016, claimed that eating snow is potentially dangerous, particularly in urban areas.

Dr. Parisa Ariya, a professor at McGill University in Canada, told The Huffington Post that snow in cities can absorb toxic and carcinogenic pollutants and that the snow itself combining with those pollutants can lead to even more dangerous compounds being released.

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"Snowflakes are ice particles with various types of surfaces, including several active sites, that can absorb various gaseous or particulate pollutants," she said.

Ariya, who led the study, said she did not "wish to be alarmist," but "as a mother who is an atmospheric physical chemist, I definitely do not suggest my young kids eat snow in urban areas in general."

The study examined how snow interacts with pollutants from car exhaust in the air. Findings showed that snow pulled pollutants like benzene, ethylbenzene, toluene and xylenes from the air. The amount of pollutants concentrated in the snow increased dramatically.

"Without considering snow and ice, one will not be able to properly evaluate the effect of exhaust emission, and subsequently health and climate impacts, for the cities which receive snow," Ariya said. "Further research is recommended to address various aspects of such experiments under various environmental conditions, for adequate implementation in future modeling."

WPAFB Wednesday Forecast: Cold today, warming trend underway

Published: Wednesday, January 17, 2018 @ 1:03 AM

A false alarm in a building led to a temporary gate closure Wednesday night in Area B, a base spokeswoman said.
Staff Writer
A false alarm in a building led to a temporary gate closure Wednesday night in Area B, a base spokeswoman said.(Staff Writer)

While temperatures will still be quite cold, a slow warming trend will get underway today, said Storm Center 7 Chief Meteorologist Eric Elwell.

>> WHIO Doppler 7 Interactive Radar

Some sunshine will return to the area and after starting in the single digits, temperatures will rebound to near 20 degrees this afternoon.

>> WATCH: Meteor shower spotted in Ohio, Michigan, Canada

Skies will be mainly clear tonight through Thursday with temperatures climbing back into the upper 20s Thursday. The warming trend will continue into Friday and through the weekend with highs nearing 50 degrees by Sunday. There will be a slight chance for some patchy light rain or drizzle late Saturday into Sunday.

STAY INFORMED: School-Business Closings, Delays

Published: Thursday, December 08, 2016 @ 3:03 PM
Updated: Tuesday, December 12, 2017 @ 6:06 AM

Superintendents put a lot of focus on deciding to close school because of the weather.

Stay informed with the latest school delays and closings, business closings and snow emergencies.

You can access them 5 different ways: 

For information on how to enroll your school or business in the free School Watch Program, click here.