Mild evening ahead, storms could return Wednesday

Published: Tuesday, April 18, 2017 @ 4:13 AM

5 Day Forecast with Chief Meteorologist Eric Elwell

A few clouds will move by from time to time. Otherwise quiet and mild weather is expected with temperatures hovering near 70 degrees through sunset.

QUICK-LOOK FORECAST

  • Temperatures back above normal
  • Scattered storms return late Wednesday into Thursday
  • Isolated strong storms possible

RELATED: County-by-County Forecasts

Tonight: Some increase in clouds is expected with mild temperatures only dropping to around 60 degrees by morning. 

Wednesday: Expect a mix of sun and clouds along with warm temperatures in the upper 70s. There will be the chance for a pop-up shower or storm, mainly north. A strong storm can’t be ruled out by late in the day north.

RELATED: WHIO Interactive Radar  

Thursday: Mostly cloudy skies are expected with a scattered showers and storms developing. A few may be strong, possibly severe by afternoon. Damaging wind and hail are the primary threats. It will be breezy outside of any storms. Highs will be in the upper 70s.

Friday: Expect a mix of sun and clouds with breezy and cooler conditions. Highs will be in the lower 60s.

Saturday: Mostly cloudy skies are expected with scattered showers likely. It will remain breezy and cool with highs only in the upper 50s.

Sunday: Clearing skies are expected by the afternoon with highs in the lower 60s. It will remain breezy at times. 

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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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Space Glossary

Published: Monday, April 24, 2017 @ 7:39 AM
Updated: Thursday, January 18, 2018 @ 8:18 AM

FILE - In this early morning, Aug. 13, 2013 file photo, a meteor streaks past the faint band of the Milky Way galaxy above the Wyoming countryside north of Cheyenne, Wyo., during a Perseids meteor shower. On Thursday night, Aug. 11, 2016 into early Friday morning, the Perseid meteor shower is expected to peak with double the normal number of meteors. Scientists call this an outburst, and they say it could reach up to 200 meteors per hour. (AP Photo/The Wyoming Tribune Eagle, Blaine McCartney)
FILE - In this early morning, Aug. 13, 2013 file photo, a meteor streaks past the faint band of the Milky Way galaxy above the Wyoming countryside north of Cheyenne, Wyo., during a Perseids meteor shower. On Thursday night, Aug. 11, 2016 into early Friday morning, the Perseid meteor shower is expected to peak with double the normal number of meteors. Scientists call this an outburst, and they say it could reach up to 200 meteors per hour. (AP Photo/The Wyoming Tribune Eagle, Blaine McCartney)

 

Asteroid: A large space rock that stays in space. These rocky objects orbit the sun and are much smaller than planets.

 

Bolide: The light emitted by a large meteoroid or asteroid as it explodes in the atmosphere. Sound can sometimes be produced.

 

Comet: A solid body made of ice, rock, dust and frozen gases. As they fracture and disintegrate, some comets leave a trail of solid debris. 

 

Fireball: A very bright meteor. It is brighter than the planet Venus. There are several thousand meteors that are bright enough to be fireballs each day. Most occur over the ocean. 

 

Meteor: Sometimes called shooting stars. These are space objects that can as small as dust or as large as a rock. Once they enter the Earth’s atmosphere they are heated by friction burn up. The light emitted when traveling through the atmosphere is the meteor.

 

Meteorite: A meteor is able to survive the hot entry into the Earth’s atmosphere and reach the ground. 

 

Meteoroid: A smaller asteroid or space rock that can orbit the sun and become meteors if they enter the Earth’s atmosphere.

 

Meteor Shower: An annual event, when the Earth passes through a region having a great concentration of debris, such as particles left by a comet. From Earth, it looks like meteors radiate from the same point in the night sky.

Solar Eclipse: When the Moon moves between Earth and the Sun and the 3 celestial bodies form a straight line: Earth–Moon–Sun. Solar eclipses only occur during a New Moon.

Total Solar Eclipse: When the Moon completely covers the Sun, as seen from Earth.

Partial Solar Eclipse: When the Moon only partially covers the disk of the Sun.

Annular Solar Eclipse: When the Moon appears smaller than the Sun as it passes centrally across the solar disk and a bright ring, or annulus, of sunlight remains visible during the eclipse.

Hybrid Solar Eclipse: A rare form of solar eclipse, which changes from an annular to a total solar eclipse, and vice versa, along its path.

 

Lunar Eclipse: When Earth comes between the Sun and the Moon and blocks the Sun's rays from directly reaching the Moon. Lunar eclipses only happen at Full Moon.

Total Lunar Eclipse: When Earth's umbra – the central, dark part of its shadow – obscures all of the Moon's surface.

Partial Lunar Eclipse: When only part of the Moon's surface is obscured by Earth’s umbra.

Penumbral Lunar Eclipse: When the Moon travels through the faint penumbral portion of Earth’s shadow.

Cold morning, but temps in 40s expected this weekend

Published: Thursday, January 18, 2018 @ 3:34 AM

Thinking of the warmer weather? Here's what you can expect this weekend!

QUICK-LOOK FORECAST

  • Cold, dry morning
  • Warming up into the weekend
  • Rain showers by Sunday

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DETAILED FORECAST

Today: It will be a quiet and cold morning, said Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini. Most will start off in the upper single digits. It will be a nice afternoon with sunshine and temperatures around 30, which is closer to normal.

>> WHIO Doppler 7 HD Interactive Radar

Friday: It won’t be as cold in the morning and most will start with temperatures in the upper teens. There will be sunshine and clouds increasing through the day. Highs will be in the mid-30s, which is back to normal. It will be a nice, dry end to the week.

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Saturday: It will be a beautiful start to the weekend. It will be a mild day with highs in the mid to upper 40s. There will be sunshine and scattered clouds, but it will stay dry during the day. We could see a few light showers at night.

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Sunday: Another system will bring some scattered rain showers to the day. Highs will be in the upper 40s and it will be breezy.

Monday: It will be a wet morning commute with steadier showers moving through during the first half of the day. Highs will be in the upper 40s in the morning and continue to fall. We could see some gusty winds and some possible wet snow showers toward the end of the night.

>> WHIO Weather App

WPAFB Thursday Forecast: Cold start ahead of warming trend

Published: Thursday, January 18, 2018 @ 3:43 AM

Sunshine is back in the forecast today with temperatures starting out chilly, said Storm Center 7 Chief Meteorologist Eric Elwell.

A slow warming trend will get underway with highs rebounding to near 30 degrees during the afternoon.

>> WHIO Doppler 7 Interactive Radar

Dry and seasonably weather is in the forecast Friday with mostly sunny skies and highs in the middle 30s.

Saturday will start with sunshine but clouds will be on the increase late in the day. Showers will move in to wrap up the weekend.

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Despite the rain chances, temperatures will soar into the upper 40s this weekend before colder weather returns early next week.