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Hurricane Irma: Why you may get Tropical Alerts on your phone 

Published: Monday, August 28, 2017 @ 7:04 AM
Updated: Tuesday, August 29, 2017 @ 8:19 AM

Turning on hurricane data in weather app

If you have the free WHIO Weather App on your smart phone, you’ve likely received a Tropical Alert  regarding Hurricane Irma. 

Why are Ohioans receiving this kind of alert even though we’re more than a 1,000 miles away?

>> WHIO Doppler 7 Interactive Radar

It’s because the MIami Valley is in what the National Hurricane Center calls the “Cone of Uncertainty.”

>>Live updates on Hurricane Irma

This is the Cone of Uncertainty for Hurricane Irma and Hurricane Jose in the Atlantic Basin.

The cone is the projected path of a tropical storm or hurricane, and the areas that are likely to experience some kind of impact.

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Our WHIO Weather App users receive a Tropical Alert within 5 days of the expected impact. This allows users to prepare for the rain, wind, or forecasted impact expected to head our way.  

The Tropical Alerts were issued during Hurricane Harvey and now Hurricane Irma.

This is what the alerts, similar to push notifications, look like on your phone.

Push notification received by WHIO Weather App users regarding the impact forecast of Tropical Storm Harvey as it moves into our area this weekend.

To receive the Tropical Alerts and see the Cone of Uncertainty related to tropical storms and hurricanes, you do have to turn “on” the layer on the radar in the app.

Watch a video by Storm Center 7 Meteorologist McCall Vrydaghs to learn how to do this.

Mark your calendar for these 2018 meteor showers

Published: Thursday, January 18, 2018 @ 6:06 PM
Updated: Thursday, January 18, 2018 @ 6:06 PM

Image from a dashcam video provided by Lisle Police Department in Lisle, Ill., shows a meteor as it streaked over Lake Michigan Feb. 6, 2017. The meteor lit up the sky across several states in the Midwest.  Contributed photo
Image from a dashcam video provided by Lisle Police Department in Lisle, Ill., shows a meteor as it streaked over Lake Michigan Feb. 6, 2017. The meteor lit up the sky across several states in the Midwest. Contributed photo

There are plenty of meteor showers to enjoy this year, reports Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini.

Mark your calendars and keep checking in for the latest forecast.

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  • Lyrids: Active April 16-25. Rates are usually 10-15 meteors per hour. A dark sky is expected. This meteor shower is associated with fireballs which are very bright. The shower peaks pre-dawn April 22.
  • Eta Aquariids- This shower peaks May 5 before dawn. There are typically 10-20 meteors per hour.
  • Delta Aquariids- View before July 27-30. The best viewing is before dawn. There are usually 15-20 meteors per hour. This year there will be a full moon.
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    • Perseids- This is a very active shower. August 11,12,13 head outside from the late evening through dawn. The moon this year won’t get in the way.
    • Draconids- This shower peaks October 8. It is better in the evening hours with only a handful of meteors per hour. 
    • Orionids- This shower peaks October 21 before dawn. There are 10-20 meteors per hour. The moon might get in the way.

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    • South Taurids- This shower peaks November 4-5. There are about five meteors per hour. This shower is active overnight and there will be no moonlight. 
    • North Taurids- This shower peaks November 11-12. There are about five meteors per hour. This shower is active overnight. 
    • Leonids- This shower peaks November 17 or 18. Look before dawn on those mornings to see 10-15 meteors per hour.
    • Geminids- This shower peaks December 13-14 with about 50 meteors per hour! It is best in the early morning before dawn. 

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    Mark your calendar for these 2018 meteor showers

    Published: Thursday, January 18, 2018 @ 5:14 PM
    Updated: Thursday, January 18, 2018 @ 5:14 PM

    • Lyrids: Active April 16-25. Rates are usually 10-15 meteors per hour. A dark sky is expected. This meteor shower is associated with fireballs which are very bright. The shower peaks pre-dawn April 22.
    • Eta Aquariids- This shower peaks May 5 before dawn. There are typically 10-20 meteors per hour.
    • Delta Aquariids- View before July 27-30. The best viewing is before dawn. There are usually 15-20 meteors per hour. This year there will be a full moon.

    RELATED: Meteors explained: What happens before the flash of light?

    • Perseids- This is a very active shower. August 11,12,13 head outside from the late evening through dawn. The moon this year won’t get in the way.
    • Draconids- This shower peaks October 8. It is better in the evening hours with only a handful of meteors per hour. 
    • Orionids- This shower peaks October 21 before dawn. There are 10-20 meteors per hour. The moon might get in the way.

    RELATED: Follow Live Storm Chasers

    • South Taurids- This shower peaks November 4-5. There are about five meteors per hour. This shower is active overnight and there will be no moonlight. 
    • North Taurids- This shower peaks November 11-12. There are about five meteors per hour. This shower is active overnight. 
    • Leonids- This shower peaks November 17 or 18. Look before dawn on those mornings to see 10-15 meteors per hour.
    • Geminids- This shower peaks December 13-14 with about 50 meteors per hour! It is best in the early morning before dawn.   

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    Warming trend gets underway

    Published: Thursday, January 18, 2018 @ 3:34 AM
    Updated: Thursday, January 18, 2018 @ 1:24 PM

    Temperatures rise, but rain comes along for the ride.

    QUICK-LOOK FORECAST

    • Blustery, still chilly tonight
    • Temps to head above normal this weekend
    • Showers return to the Valley by Sunday

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    DETAILED FORECAST

    This evening: Mainly clear skies will take us into the evening hours with temperatures slowly falling back through the 20s. Blustery conditions will make it feel colder.

    >> WHIO Doppler 7 HD Interactive Radar

    Tonight: Skies will be mostly clear. A few clouds will be possible from time to time. Temperatures will fall back into the upper teens by morning.

    Friday: Expect mostly sunny skies and more seasonably temperatures climbing into the middle 30s. It will be a bit breezy at times.

    >> Another meteor? Reports come in of bright flash across Ohio, Indiana night sky 

    Saturday: Some sunshine will start the day but clouds will be on the increase. It will be milder with temperatures rising into the middle 40s. There will be the chance for a few showers or drizzle late at night with temperatures holding nearly steady.

    >> 4 tricks to help avoid illness during big temperature changes

    Sunday: Skies will be mostly cloudy with a chance for drizzle or light rain. Temperatures will top out in the upper 40s.

    Monday: Cloudy skies are expected with showers likely, especially by late afternoon. It will be windy and mild with highs reaching into the lower 50s. Colder air will usher back in Monday night.

    Tuesday: Skies will remain mostly cloudy with a chance for a few snow showers or flurries. It will be colder with blustery conditions and highs in the middle 30s.

    >> WHIO Weather App

    Meteors explained: What happens before the flash of light?

    Published: Thursday, January 18, 2018 @ 8:48 AM

    Meteorite, meteor, meteoroid are all different. Here's how to tell which is which!

    In the past several days, multiple meteor sightings have been reported across the area and have grabbed national attention. But, did you know there is a process that takes place before you see the flash of light?

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    “In space there are comets, asteroids and smaller obits of debris or space rock called meteoroids,” Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini said. “If these meteoroids enter the Earth's atmosphere they heat up during the trip producing a bright tail.”

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    “A meteor as bright as Venus is known as a fireball, a bolide is a big meteoroid that actually explodes when traveling through the atmosphere producing a bright flash! If any piece of the space rock actually survives the trip and lands on earth it is called a meteorite,” Zontini said.  

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    If you capture a meteor or fireball on video or find any meteorites where you live, share them on social media using the hashtag #SkyWitness7

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