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Published: Monday, June 26, 2017 @ 10:45 AM
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.
Published: Thursday, March 22, 2018 @ 3:32 AM
Updated: Thursday, March 22, 2018 @ 8:55 PM
— Mainly clear skies are in the forecast this evening with temperatures slowly falling through the 30s, Storm Center 7 Chief Meteorologist Eric Elwell said.
Tonight: Clear skies are expected. Temperatures will drop back into the lower 20s.
Friday: Skies will be mostly sunny with temperatures rebounding into the middle 40s.
Saturday: Skies will be cloudy with snow likely, especially south. The snow may be heavy with accumulation likely depending on the storm track. Highs will hold in the upper 30s.
Sunday: Skies will clear with temperatures climbing back into the lower 40s.
Monday: Clouds will be on the increase. Temperatures will rebound to near 50 degrees.
Tuesday: Milder temperatures arrive but so will the threat for showers. Highs will top out in the middle 50s.
Published: Wednesday, March 21, 2018 @ 3:59 AM
Updated: Wednesday, March 21, 2018 @ 11:35 PM
— Skies will clear with temperatures dropping into the lower 20s overnight, Storm Center 7 Chief Meteorologist Eric Elwell said. Some refreeze of slushy areas likely, which could lead to some slick spots.
Thursday: Sunny skies will return with unseasonable temperatures holding in the lower 40s.
Friday: Sunshine will start the day but clouds will increase late. Highs will rebound into the middle 40s.
Saturday: Snow will push across the Miami Valley. The snow may mix with rain in the afternoon, especially south. Some snow accumulation will be possible. It will become blustery with highs holding in the upper 30s.
Sunday: Skies will clear with highs in the lower 40s.
Monday: Sunshine is expected to start the day with increasing clouds late. It will be milder with highs in the upper 40s.
Published: Thursday, March 22, 2018 @ 12:23 AM
— WRIGHT PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE—Sunny skies will return to the area with unseasonably cool temperatures holding in the lower 40s, according to Storm Center 7 Chief Meteorologist Eric Elwell.
RELATED: 5-Day Forecast
After another cold night, sunshine will start the day Friday, but clouds will increase late. Highs will rebound into the middle 40s.
RELATED: County-by-County Weather
There is a chance for more snow as we start the weekend. Some accumulating snow will be possible Saturday. The snow may mix with rain, mainly south. Highs on Saturday will hold in the upper 30s.
Published: Wednesday, March 21, 2018 @ 4:49 AM
Updated: Wednesday, March 21, 2018 @ 7:00 PM
— The morning commute was snow-filled across the region with snowfall between 2 and 7 inches across the region. There were dozens of slide-offs but no life-threatening injury accidents.
Check out the timelapse of our Breaking News Team Storm Tracker vehicle’s trek to work this morning from Englewood to Dayton.
HOW MUCH SNOW DID YOU GET?
Here are the latest snow totals received by this news organization from NWS trained spotters:
Oxford: 4 inches
Fairfield: 1.9 inches
Hamilton: 2 inches
St. Paris: 5 inches
Bethel: 2 inches
Enon: 2.2 inches
Springfield: 1.2 inches
Arcanum: 3.5 inches
Greenville: 5 inches
Bradford: 3.4 inches
Clifton: 2.8 inches
Bellbrook: 2.5 inches
Fairborn: 2.5 inches
Bellefontaine: 3.3 inches
Celina: 3 inches
Troy: 5.5 inches
Piqua: 1.5 inches
Brookville: 3.8 inches
Centerville: 2.5 inches
Dayton International Airport: 1.7 inches
Kettering: 2.2 inches
Miamisburg: 2.5 inches
West Alexandria: 4.5 inches
Sidney: 7 inches
Botkins: 3.3 inches
Lebanon: 2 inches
Maineville: 2.9 inches
WAYNE COUNTY, INDIANA:
Richmond: 2 inches
ADDITIONAL WEATHER CONTENT: