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How you can help with Sandy

Published: Wednesday, October 31, 2012 @ 4:04 PM
Updated: Wednesday, October 31, 2012 @ 4:04 PM

            This aerial photo shows destroyed houses left in the wake of superstorm Sandy on Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2012, in Seaside Heights, N.J. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)

There are many ways that you can help with disaster relief in the wake of superstorm Sandy. Below are several ways to donate to the relief effort:

The American Red Cross

Donate by Phone or Mail

  • Call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767), or print a donation form that can be mailed to the Red Cross.
  • 1-800-257-7575 (Español)
  • 1-800-220-4095 (TDD)

North American Mission Board Disaster Relief:

  • Online donation: Click here
  • Phone—Call-1-866-407-NAMB (6262)
  • Mail—Checks may be mailed to NAMB, P.O. Box 116543, Atlanta, GA 30368-6543. Designate checks for "Disaster Relief." 

Salvation Army:

Habitat for Humanity:

The United Way:

  • Online donation: Click here
  • A $10 donation can be made by texting the word RECOVERY to 52000.

Send a text to help

Verizon Wireless, AT&T customers can make a $10 donation by texting the numbers listed below:

  • REDCROSS to 90999 to support the American Red Cross
  • STORM to 80888 to give to the Salvation Army
  • HUMANE to 80888 for the American Humane Association

T-Mobile customers can make donations to the American Red Cross via their mobile phone, with donations charged to your T-Mobile phone bill.

  • Text the keyword DONATE to 90999 to give $25
  • Text the keyword REDCROSS to 90999 to give $10



Mild today, rain returns Wednesday

Published: Tuesday, May 23, 2017 @ 5:02 AM

Thin clouds across the Miami Valley early this morning. Temperatures are cool again, and will start in the low 50s and upper 40s. 


  • Temperatures in the 70s Tuesday
  • Cooler midweek with rounds of rain 
  • Weekend looks warm but unsettled

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TODAY: Clouds increase through the day and warm with highs into the middle 70s. A stray sprinkle is possible, but most will remain dry. Cloudy and mild tonight with lows in the upper 50s. Chance of a few showers before daybreak.

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WEDNESDAY: An area of low pressure will cross the Miami Valley, bringing scattered showers and perhaps a few thunderstorms during the day. Severe weather is not expected, but a few locally heavy downpours could reduce visibility at times for drivers. It will be a cooler day with highs in the upper 60s. Showers taper down into the night, but clouds remain. Overnight lows dip back into the middle 50s.

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THURSDAY: Cloudy to mostly cloudy skies with a few passing showers. Another cooler than normal day with highs in the middle 60s. Typical highs should reach into the lower 70s.

RELATED: WHIO Interactive Radar 

FRIDAY: Some dry time early and through the afternoon. Sunshine and scattered clouds. Temperatures warm back up to the middle 70s. Some passing showers return in the evening. 

SATURDAY: Partly cloudy and muggy. Scattered showers or a few storms possible during the day. Highs around 80.

SUNDAY: Some showers around early then clouds decrease during the day with some dry time later in the afternoon and evening. Highs around 80 again.





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Barrier discovered circling planet created by man-made radio waves

Published: Monday, May 22, 2017 @ 4:58 PM

            The Van Allen radiation belts are two donuts of seething gas around the earth. They have been found to contain a nearly impenetrable barrier that prevents the fastest, most energetic electrons from reaching earth. A cloud of cold, charged gas around earth, called the plasmasphere and seen here in purple, interacts with the particles in the earth’s radiation belts shown in grey to create an impenetrable barrier that blocks the fastest electrons from moving in closer to our planet. NASA / Goddard

I used to watch a science fiction show on TV called Amazing Stories while growing up back in the mid- to late-1980s.

The show was created by Steven Spielberg.

I still remember an episode called “Fine Tuning” where a student was working on creating a souped-up television antenna so that he could pick up signals form half a world away. While he and his buddies were messing with the antenna, they accidentally crossed wires and after a lot of sparks, they started picking up a television signal from another far-away planet. The funny part of this was that the signal they received was an alien version of “I Love Lucy.” The aliens had apparently been watching television broadcasts being transmitted from earth and mocking them.

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So why am I telling you this story? Because of a recent, amazing discovery from NASA.

No, NASA has not picked up a television signal from another world, but they have found that radio waves from Earth have created a barrier around our planet. This human-made barrier, which was detected by NASA’s Van Allen probes, was created by the interaction between man-made very low frequency (VLF) radio waves and charged particles in space.

VLF signals are transmitted from ground stations at huge powers to communicate with submarines deep in the ocean. While these waves are intended for communications below the surface, they also extend out beyond our atmosphere, shrouding Earth in a VLF bubble. This bubble is even seen by spacecraft high above Earth’s surface, such as NASA’s Van Allen Probes, which study electrons and ions in the near-Earth environment. The VLF radio waves have been found to interact with particles in space, affecting how and where they move.

NASA says this interplay can, when conditions are right, create a de facto barrier that can block high energy particle radiation from hitting the Earth coming from the sun in a solar storm. The probes also noticed an interesting coincidence — the outward extent of the VLF bubble corresponds almost exactly to the inner edge of the Van Allen radiation belts, a layer of charged particles held in place by Earth’s magnetic fields.


So what does all this mean?

Well, now that scientists have figured this out, NASA says it intends to test the shield by intentionally blasting VLF radio waves into the upper atmosphere to see if they can purposefully manipulate the field. If they can, the human-created barrier could theoretically be strengthened to better protect Earth from solar storms, which can wreak havoc on most modern technology.

So, while we still haven’t detected any communications from another planet (that we know of), you must admit it is fascinating how radio waves we use to communicate in the depths of the ocean are reaching into space and may be protecting our planet from harmful radiation. That would certainly be an amazing story! And who knows, maybe those radio signals will be detected by someone listening from another planet?

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

Cooler temps, rain expected later this week

Published: Monday, May 22, 2017 @ 5:10 AM

Skies will become mostly clear with temperatures slowly dropping through the 60s.


  • Dry and cool tonight 
  • Some sun, seasonable Tuesday
  • Stormy pattern develops midweek

RELATED: County-by-County Forecasts  

TRAFFIC: WHIO Traffic Center


Tonight: Mainly clear skies are expected with some increase in clouds toward morning. Temperatures will fall into the lower 50s.

Tuesday: Sunshine will start the day with increasing clouds. Highs will rebound into the middle 70s.

RELATED: WHIO Interactive Radar 

Wednesday: Scattered showers and few thunderstorms will be likely. Highs will hold in the upper 60s.

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Thursday: Skies will be mostly cloudy with a chance for passing showers. Temperatures will be unseasonably cool, only reaching into the middle to upper 60s.

Friday: Expect a mix of sun and clouds along with warmer temperatures. There will be a chance for showers late in the day or evening. Highs will rebound into the middle 70s.

Saturday: Skies will be partly sunny with a chance for showers and thunderstorms. Temperatures will top out near 80 degrees.

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Despite some clouds, here’s how to find Mercury, Venus

Published: Monday, May 22, 2017 @ 10:26 AM

DAYTON — Some lingering clouds may block the view for some Tuesday morning, but it is still worth it to head outside before dawn to see Mercury and Venus. 

Sunrise in Dayton will be around 6:16 a.m. Tuesday. About an hour before, look to the east. 

Right along the horizon you should easily find the waning crescent moon — the phase before a new moon. It will look like a thin sliver in the sky. 

Above the moon you will see what looks like a bright star. That is actually the planet Venus which has been easy to spot all month. The harder planet to find is Mercury. Mercury will be to the bottom left of the moon, and will shine very close to the horizon. 

These planets won't twinkle like a star does. If you have an unobstructed view of the horizon it will make it easier to see. 

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