Mark your calendar for these 2017 meteor showers

Published: Friday, April 21, 2017 @ 12:47 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

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 10-20 meteors per hour. The moon will be a waning crescent so the sky will be pretty dark. This meteor shower is associated with fireballs which are very bright. The shower peaks pre-dawn April 22.
  • Eta Aquariids: Active April 19 to May 26. Rates are usually 10-30 meteors per hour. The moon is a waxing gibbous so it will shine bright in the sky. The shower peaks before dawn May 7.
  • Alpha Capicornids: Active July 11 to August 10. Only produces about five meteors per hour but is known to produce fireballs. The shower peaks July 26-27.
  • Delta Aquariids: Active July 21 to August 23. This shower is best in the southern hemisphere. There is usually a good number meteors the week surrounding the peak which is July 30.
  • Perseids: Active July 13 to August 26. This is an active shower that produces 50-70 meteors per hour. The peak night is August 11-12. The moon will be near full and might be bright.
  • Southern Taurids: Active September 7 to November 19. It is long but doesn’t have an impressive peak. You could see an increased chance for fireball sightings. The shower peaks October 9-10.
  • Orionids: Active October 4 to November 14. A typical year it can produce 20-25 meteors per hour. The shower peaks October 21-22.
  • Northern Taurids: Active October 19 to December 10. Can be active the same time as the Southern Taurids. The shower peaks November 10-11.
  • Leonids: Active November 5-30. The rates are usually about 15 meteors per hours but there can be outbursts some years. The shower peaks November 17-18.
  • Geminids: Active December 4-16. This is a great meteor shower during the year. They can have long tails and bright colors. The showers will peak December 13-14.
  • Ursids: Active December 17-23. The shower usually produces five to 10 meteors per hour but an outburst can take the rate up to 25 meteors per hour. The shower peaks December 21-22.

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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Rock on the Range in Columbus evacuates venue due to weather

Published: Friday, May 19, 2017 @ 4:13 PM

Radar image of weather around Columbus, Ohio, taken at 4:12 p.m. May 19. PHOTO / WHIO.com Interactive Radar

Columbus music festival Rock on the Range has evacuated the venue and suspended the show due to weather, according to a Facebook post.

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The post on Rock on the Range’s Facebook page reads:

Your safety is our primary concern, which is why we had to evacuate and suspend the show. The storm that is approaching contains lightening, rain and high winds so the safest place for you is your vehicle. We will continue to keep you updated on the weather, so check back often. Additionally, we are working with the local authorities to extend our curfew once we reopen doors.

We will update this story with more information once it’s available.

“Perfect storm” for pollen, allergy sufferers

Published: Tuesday, May 16, 2017 @ 4:29 PM

Sneezing, watery eyes, itchy cough? If that sounds like you, you're not alone. The Miami Valley is experiencing the "perfect storm" for allergy sufferers. We are right in between two pollen seasons, and that has allergy sufferers, well, really suffering. 

The first season is a long tree pollen season that began in February. 

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The second season is grass pollen season, which began in May and typically lasts through July. 

"The trees should really stop pollentating by the end of May beginning of June," said Dr. Terry Moncrief, a local allergy specialist. "Then we are left with grass pollen allergy until August at which time of course is hayfever season which is ragweed and weeds, so there is no clear relief until we get back around to winter and things freeze." 

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StormCenter 7 Meteorologist McCall Vrydaghs added pollen levels stay elevated when conditions are dry outside. 

When pollen season ends, mold spores begin to climb. 

How can you get relief from the pollen in the air? 
  • Close windows at night 
  • Limit your time outdoors between 12 p.m. and 3 p.m. 
  • Shower before going to bed so don't sleep in pollen

#SkyWitness7  is here...and everything astronomy

Published: Friday, May 12, 2017 @ 5:22 PM

Star gazers and sky watchers, do we have the perfect home for you! WHIO would like to introduce the NEW #SkyWitness7 page.

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Everything astronomy...including our countdown to the summer solar eclipse...to planet viewing...to meteor showers...you will find it here. 

The StormCenter 7 Team of Meteorologists will regularly post current calendars for sky events on this page. 

It's also a great place to get involved and be a part of the fun. 

We want to see what you see up high! 

We encourage anyone who snaps a photo of the stars or just the everyday weather to share on social media using #SkyWitness7. This will place your photo in a gallery located on the #Skywitness7 page. 

Astronomy content on this page will be updated frequently, so check back daily to see what's new in the sky tonight, this month or later this year!

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