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Kirstie Zontini: Hurricane season off to quick start

Published: Monday, June 26, 2017 @ 10:45 AM


            More than one million people in Ohio lost power during a wind storm in September 2009 that was a leftover of Hurricane Ike. The storm hit Ohio and the northern Miami Valley hard. FILE
More than one million people in Ohio lost power during a wind storm in September 2009 that was a leftover of Hurricane Ike. The storm hit Ohio and the northern Miami Valley hard. FILE

By Kirstie Zontini

Tropical Storm Cindy brought heavy rain and strong winds to the central Gulf coast last week and was the third named storm of the 2017 Atlantic Hurricane Season.

Before Cindy was Tropical Storm Bret and Tropical Storm Arlene.

The National Hurricane Center, part of the National Centers for Environmental Prediction, tracks these storms. It is an organization with the purpose of saving lives, property and improving economic efficiency when dealing with tropical cyclones. It’s the agency that issues watches, warnings, forecasts then post analysis of tropical development for the United States similar to what local National Weather Service offices do for other types of weather hazards.

Hurricane season began in June and there have already been two named storms this month. The National Hurricane Center’s Hurricane Season Outlook for this year is predicting an above- normal or near-normal hurricane season. According to the NHC, there is a high probability of 11 to 17 named storms this year, of those storms, five to nine could become hurricanes, and two to four could become major hurricanes.

Starting this year, the National Hurricane Center has also updated some of their weather products. Storm surge from tropical development like hurricanes can be deadly and pose one of the biggest threats to property. This year, Storm Surge Watches/Warnings can be issued. A Storm Surge Watch is, “the possibility of life-threatening inundation from rising water moving inland from the shoreline somewhere within the specified area, generally within 48 hours.” A Storm Surge Warning is, “the danger of life-threatening inundation from rising water moving inland from the shoreline somewhere within the specified area, generally within 36 hours.” Both can help residents and local agencies prepare for this threat in the event of a tropical cyclone.

Another update is watches, warnings and advisories issued for “potential” tropical cyclones. This was seen during the development of Tropical Storm Cindy which threatened land. Advancements in forecasting has allowed the NHC to issue Tropical Storm Watches and Warnings before a disturbance takes on the complete characteristics of a tropical cyclone. Potential tropical cyclones will follow a numerical order. We already had three potential tropical cyclones so the next one will be called Potential Tropical Cyclone Four.

According to the National Hurricane Center, they will also issue experimental Time of Arrival of Tropical Storm Force Winds graphics. These forecasts can help with preparations for coastal communities while a tropical cyclone is developing or is already being tracked by looking closer at the timing of strong winds.

We don’t often get impacts from hurricanes or tropical storms in the Miami Valley but with hurricane season running through November, your Storm Center 7 team will keep you updated on the latest tropical development.

Kirstie Zontini is a Storm Center 7 meteorologist. Eric Elwell, Storm Center 7 Chief Meterologist will return.

Rain returns to start the new week

Published: Saturday, December 16, 2017 @ 5:11 AM
Updated: Saturday, December 16, 2017 @ 4:00 PM

Rain is expected to return to the Dayton area before the weekend is over.

Mainly clear skies are expected this evening with more clouds moving in overnight, Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Brett Collar said. Overnight temperatures will drop into the lower 30s. 

RELATED: Track the latest conditions with Live WHIO Doppler 7 HD Radar

QUICK-LOOK FORECAST 

  • Rain showers expected Sunday
  • Few lingering showers possible Monday
  • Weather stays mild this week
5 Day Forecast with Meteorologist Brett Collar

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DETAILED FORECAST

Sunday: More clouds are expected with highs in the lower to middle 40s. Rain showers are expected to move in, with the best chances in the afternoon and early evening. 

5-Day Rain Outlook(Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Brett Collar)

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Monday: A few lingering showers are possible Monday, especially for the first part of the day. Highs will be in the middle 40s.

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5-Day Temperature Trend(Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Brett Collar)

Tuesday: Temperatures push toward 50 degrees under mostly cloudy skies.

Wednesday: Partly cloudy skies are on tap with highs in the lower 40s. 

Thursday: Temperatures will be back in the upper 40s under partly cloudy skies. 

Warming trend gets underway this weekend

Published: Friday, December 15, 2017 @ 3:30 AM
Updated: Friday, December 15, 2017 @ 11:55 PM

5 Day Forecast with Chief Meteorologist Eric Elwell

Clouds will break with chilly temperatures hovering in the middle 20s by morning, Storm Center 7 Chief Meteorologist Eric Elwell said.

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QUICK-LOOK FORECAST

  • Blustery, chilly overnight
  • Sunshine returns, a bit warmer Saturday
  • Rain expected to wrap up the weekend

RELATED: WHIO Doppler 7 HD Interactive Radar

DETAILED FORECAST

Saturday: Lot of sunshine returns to start the weekend with a few passing clouds. It will be breezy but not as cold as highs rebound into the middle 40s.

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

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Sunday: Clouds will increase with rain showers developing late in the day and continuing into the evening. Temperatures will hold in the lower 40s.

Slow Climb in Temperatures

RELATED: 5-Day Forecast

Monday: Skies will remain cloudy with a slight chance for a few sprinkles, drizzle or a passing shower. Highs will be in the middle 40s.

Tuesday: A windy day is in the forecast with partly sunny skies. Temperatures will be unseasonably warm, topping out near 50 degrees.

Wednesday: Clouds will be on the increase. There is a chance for a few showers or possibly a rain/snow mix by evening, mainly south. Highs will be near 40 degrees.

WPAFB Friday Weather: Frigid start, clouds and dry this afternoon

Published: Friday, December 15, 2017 @ 12:52 AM

It will be a frigid morning with upper teens starting the day. Clouds will thicken up into the afternoon but it should remain dry.

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The breezy will pick up out of the west late in the day. 

Skies will clear tonight as temperatures fall back into the lower 20s. 

>> WHIO Doppler 7 Interactive Radar

A warming trend will get underway for the weekend with temperatures climbing into the lower to middle 40s. 

Sunshine will start the weekend with the threat for rain showers arriving by midday Sunday. Relatively milder weather is expected to stick around into next week.

Weather-related events make Google top trending searches for 2017

Published: Thursday, December 14, 2017 @ 6:11 AM

Major hurricanes and a solar eclipse topped Googles 2017 list of trending searches.

Google released their top searched items for 2017 and three of the searches were weather related, according to Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini.

Here’s the list:

1. Hurricane Irma

Hurricane Irma was Google's the most searched topic in 2017. Irma was the first category 5 hurricane of the 2017 Atlantic hurricane season. The powerful hurricane devastated Barbuda where it destroyed 95 percent of the island. Irma also moved to Florida where it made landfall twice, once in Cudjoe Island and again in Marco Island. Winds peaked for Irma at 185MPH. 

RELATED: Hurricane Irma reaches category 5

2. Matt Lauer 

3. Tom Petty 

4. Super Bowl 

5. Las Vegas Shooting 

6. Mayweather vs. McGregor Fight 

7. Solar Eclipse

The first coast to coast solar eclipse in almost a century was a sight to see...Safely of course. A solar eclipse occurs when the moon passes between the sun and the earth casting a shadow on the earth. The solar eclipse August 21 had a path of totality that went from Oregon to South Carolina. On April 8, 2024, Dayton will be in the path of totality. 

RELATED: 2017 Solar Eclipse

8. Hurricane Harvey

Another one of the devastating hurricanes of the 2017 season. Texas and Louisiana will never forget Harvey. Hurricane Harvey was a major Category 4 storm which sat over south Texas and Louisiana for days dumping record breaking rain and creating catastrophic flooding. Harvey was the first major hurricane to make US landfall since 2005. 

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9. Aaron Hernandez 

10. Fidget Spinner