2 new features on free WHIO Weather App

Published: Thursday, August 11, 2016 @ 1:10 PM
Updated: Thursday, August 11, 2016 @ 1:10 PM

WHIO Weather App Features

The free WHIO Weather App continues to be on the leading edge with features and storm tracking capabilities.

The app now has two new features.

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The first new feature alerts users when heavy rain is expected in or around the area, and when lightning is in and around the area.

The second new feature is the ability to track lightning live on the radar. These tools are great for those who are on the go or who want to get more weather updates in the palm of your hand, said Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Brett Collar.

Clear skies for meteor shower this weekend

Published: Wednesday, October 18, 2017 @ 5:53 AM
Updated: Friday, October 20, 2017 @ 10:35 AM

Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini has a look at how cool we get and how active the meteor shower will be this weekend.

After finding Venus and Mars early in the week, another special treat awaits you in the early morning sky heading into the weekend! 

>> Advice for best viewing of meteor shower

The Orionid meteor shower will be peaking Friday night through Saturday morning. Debris from Haley's comet will hit the Earth's atmosphere, creating the show.

>> Warming trend continues; lower temps arrive next week

The Orionid shower gets its name because the meteors look like they are coming  from the constellation Orion. This year, 10 to 30 meteors per hour are possible. 

Skies will be dark all night because the moon will set early Friday evening, allowing for a good show. The best chance to see the most meteors may be from 2 a.m. until sunrise.

>>  5-Day Forecast

This weekend skies will cooperate for great viewing of the Orionid meteor shower! A clear forecast if you plan on getting out Friday night/early Saturday. Temperatures will fall into the low 50s overnight. The moonset Friday evening at 7:44PM. Saturday night into Sunday morning will also be active for the shower. 

Temperatures will drop into the middle 50s overnight. The moon will set around 8:14PM so skies will remain dark. Some high clouds will be out there though Saturday night but overall it will still be a good night to view.

>> WHIO Doppler 7 Interactive Radar

Get outside and grab a blanket, find a dark spot with a good view of the sky and let your eyes adjust to the darkness. If you capture any photos share them using the hashtag #SkyWitness7!

Tips for viewing a meteor shower

Published: Friday, October 20, 2017 @ 7:55 AM

Here's what you need to know before you head outside.

Meteor showers are great events to enjoy at any age. When the sky cooperates, the bright show can keep you entertained for hours.

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Viewing a meteor shower when the skies are clear and dark will set you up for success. Little or no moonlight means the meteors will be easier to see. Head outside after midnight and before dawn. You'll want to find a dark spot away from city lights and let your eyes adjust to the darkness.

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Make sure you are prepared for the forecast and dress warmly if you need to. You want to grab a sleeping bag or lawn chair and dedicate at least 30 minutes to looking across the night sky. You won't need a telescope or binoculars because they will limit how much sky is visible to you. The wider the view, the better. Remember to stay patient and enjoy! 

For a calendar of meteor showers throughout the year visit http://www.skywitness7.com

Plenty of sunshine as warming trend continues into weekend

Published: Thursday, October 19, 2017 @ 3:33 AM
Updated: Thursday, October 19, 2017 @ 4:30 PM

Warm temperatures are expected as we head into the weekend in the Dayton area.

Skies will be mainly clear through the evening with temperatures falling through the 60s, Storm Center 7 Meteorologist McCall Vrydaghs said.

>>Fall colors nearing peak across region

QUICK-LOOK FORECAST

  • Clear and cool overnight
  • Warming toward the weekend
  • Wet and cooler early next week

>>5-Day Forecast 

5 Day Forecast with Meteorologist McCall Vrydaghs

DETAILED FORECAST

Overnight: There will be a few clouds during the overnight hours, but it will stay quiet with lows near 50 degrees. Some spots may dip into the upper 40s by sunrise.

>>County-by-County Weather 

Friday: After a cool start with temperatures in the 50s, the afternoon will be warm with bright skies and highs in the mid-70s. Mainly clear skies continue into the evening with temperatures falling through the 60s. Cool but nice weather is expected for Touchdown7 football games.

>>Touchdown7 Forecast: Week 9

What We're Tracking(Graphic by Storm Center 7 Meteorologist McCall Vrydaghs)

Saturday: Mostly sunny and warm weather starts the weekend. It will be more than 10 degrees above normal with highs pushing into the upper 70s.

Sunday: Sunshine will give way to clouds in the afternoon as a cold front approaches from the northeast. It becomes breezy ahead of the front, but warm with highs in the middle 70s. the chance for showers will increase into the late evening and overnight. 

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Monday: Mostly cloudy and cooler conditions are expected with a few passing showers. Highs will be in the upper 60s. 

>>WHIO Doppler 7 HD Radar 

Tuesday: Clouds linger with a few more passing showers possible. It will still be breezy and much cooler with highs in the upper 50s to low 60s.

WPAFB Friday Weather: Plenty of sunshine, temps climb to mid 70s

Published: Friday, October 20, 2017 @ 12:06 AM

WRIGHT PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE—Sunshine continues as we wrap up the work-week, said Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Brett Collar.

RELATED: Dayton Interactive Radar - WHIO Doppler 7

After a cool start in the 50s, temperatures will climb fast on Friday under mostly sunny skies. Eventual highs will be in the middle 70s.

RELATED: Touchdown 7 Forecast: Week 9

Skies will stay mainly clear as we head into the evening hours. For those heading out to watch high school football Friday night, temperatures will be in the 60s.