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.

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Winter Storm Watch for southwestern Miami Valley beginning late Friday 

Published: Thursday, March 22, 2018 @ 3:32 AM
Updated: Thursday, March 22, 2018 @ 8:55 PM

Sunshine is expected today in the Dayton area, with snow returning Saturday.

Mainly clear skies are in the forecast this evening with temperatures slowly falling through the 30s, Storm Center 7 Chief Meteorologist Eric Elwell said.


  • Clear and quiet Friday
  • Winter storm to brush Miami Valley starting this weekend 
  • Warmer pattern setting up next week 

>> Winter Storm: ‘Either Dayton or Cincinnati could get nailed’

>> Live Doppler 7 HD Interactive Radar


Tonight: Clear skies are expected. Temperatures will drop back into the lower 20s.

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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.


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Sunday: Skies will clear with temperatures climbing back into the lower 40s.

>> County-by-County Weather

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.

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Slick spots possible as temperatures drop overnight

Published: Wednesday, March 21, 2018 @ 3:59 AM
Updated: Wednesday, March 21, 2018 @ 11:35 PM

Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini looks into what other problems you may deal with Wednesday and Thursday on the roads.

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.

>> Clipper-type system could bring snow this weekend


  • Skies slowing clearly, cold overnight
  • Sunshine to return rest of week
  • Weekend storm could bring accumulating snow
Five Day Forecast


>>How much snow did your area receive?

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.

>> Remember these things when driving in the snow

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.

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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.

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WPAFB Thursday Weather: Sunshine returns, cool temperatures continue

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. 

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TIMELAPSE: How much snow did you get?

Published: Wednesday, March 21, 2018 @ 4:49 AM
Updated: Wednesday, March 21, 2018 @ 7:00 PM

Hyper-lapse: Morning drive from Miami to Montgomery county

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.

>>Live Doppler 7 Radar

Check out the timelapse of our Breaking News Team Storm Tracker vehicle’s trek to work this morning from Englewood to Dayton.

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Shoveling up to 7 inches of snow in Sidney


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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


Richmond: 2 inches


>> How the winter storm will continue to affect travel plans

>> Crashes reported as snow, wind cause slick roads, poor visibility 

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