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Roundup of flood watches, advisories in effect overnight

Published: Wednesday, May 24, 2017 @ 5:39 PM
Updated: Thursday, May 25, 2017 @ 2:40 AM

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UPDATE @ 2:40 a.m. 

Earlier flood advisories for the area have expired, but a Flash Flood Watch remains in effect for Butler, Darke, Preble, and Wayne, Ind. counties through noon Thursday. 

UPDATE @ 11:50 p.m.

Roundup of flood watches, advisories issued by the National Weather Service in Wilmington:

  • Flood Advisory until 2:15 a.m. Thursday for Butler County;
  • Flood Advisory until 2:30 a.m. Thursday for Greene County;
  • Flash Flood Watch through noon Thursday for Butler, Darke, Preble and Wayne (Indiana) counties.
(Graphic by Storm Center 7 Chief Meteorologist Eric Elwell)

RELATED: Track storms with WHIO Interactive Radar

UPDATE @ 11:30 p.m.

A Flood Advisory is in effect until 2:30 a.m. Thursday for Greene County.

UPDATE @ 11:25 p.m.

A Flood Advisory is in effect through 2:15 a.m. Thursday for Butler County.

UPDATE @ 10:35 p.m.

A flood advisory is until 1:30 a.m. Thursday for Clark, Miami and Montgomery counties.

UPDATE @ 10:30 p.m.

A Tornado Warning is until 11 p.m. for Miami County. A tornado-producing storm is 3 miles southeast of Fletcher, moving northwest at 10 mph.

TAKE COVER NOW! Move to a basement or an interior room on the lowest floor of a sturdy building. Avoid windows. If you are outdoors, in a mobile home, or in a vehicle, move to the closest substantial shelter and protect yourself from flying debris.

Flying debris will be dangerous to those caught without shelter. Mobile homes will be damaged or destroyed. Damage to roofs, windows, and vehicles will occur. Tree damage is likely.

UPDATE @ 10:15 p.m.

A tornado is 6 miles northeast of Troy, moving north at 20 mph. The tornado warning for Miami County is until 10:45 p.m. Locations impacted include Piqua, the National Weather Service reports.

TAKE COVER NOW! Move to a basement or an interior room on the lowest floor of a sturdy building. Avoid windows. If you are outdoors, in a mobile home, or in a vehicle, move to the closest substantial shelter and protect yourself from flying debris.

Flying debris will be dangerous to those caught without  shelter. Mobile homes will be damaged or destroyed. Damage to roofs, windows, and vehicles will occur. Tree damage is likely.

In addition, a flood advisory is extended to 1:15 a.m. 

UPDATE @ 9:55 p.m.

Wright Patterson Air Force Base reports a tornado, according to the National Weather Service.

Base security forces are checking to see whether damage was caused by storms tonight. 

"At this time, we do not know if a tornado touched down or not" on the base, spokeswoman Marie Vanover said late Wednesday night. 

Wright-Patterson weathercasters issued a tornado warning at 8:33 p.m. The warning was extended at 9:15 p.m. and again at 9:35 p.m. An "all clear" has since been issued, Vanover said.

Also, a flood advisory has been extended until midnight for Butler, Montgomery, Preble and Warren counties.

UPDATE @ 9:40 p.m.

A tornado was spotted 5 miles east of Tipp City, moving northwest at 20 mph. The Tornado Warning for Miami County is until 10:15 p.m.

TAKE COVER NOW! Move to a basement or an interior room on the lowest floor of a sturdy building. Avoid windows. If you are outdoors, in a mobile home, or in a vehicle, move to the closest substantial shelter and protect yourself from flying debris.

UPDATE: 9:30 p.m.

A tornado is on the ground. Radar confirmed a tornado with debris in the air 4 miles southwest of New Carlisle, moving northwest at 20 mph.

TAKE COVER NOW! Move to a basement or an interior room on the lowest floor of a sturdy building. Avoid windows. If you are outdoors, in a mobile home, or in a vehicle, move to the closest substantial shelter and protect yourself from flying debris.

Flying debris will be dangerous to those caught without shelter. Mobile homes will be damaged or destroyed. Damage to roofs, windows, and vehicles will occur.

Tree damage is likely, the weather service reported.

UPDATE @ 9:28 p.m.

A Flood Advisory is in place through 11:30 p.m. for Greene County.

UPDATE @ 9:22 p.m.

A tornado-producing storm was located 4 miles southwest of New Carlisle, moving northwest at 20 mph. A Tornado Warning is issued until 9:45 p.m. for Miami County. 

TAKE COVER NOW! Move to a basement or an interior room on the lowest floor of a sturdy building. Avoid windows. If you are outdoors, in a mobile home, or in a vehicle, move to the closest substantial shelter and protect yourself from flying debris.The National Weather Service reports a tornado has been observed.

Flying debris will be dangerous to those caught without shelter. Mobile homes will be damaged or destroyed. Damage to roofs, windows, and vehicles will occur.

Tree damage is likely, the weather service reported.

A tornado warning is canceled for Greene County but is still in place until 9:30 p.m. for Clark, Miami and Montgomery counties.

UPDATE @ 9:15 p.m.

TAKE COVER NOW! Move to a basement or an interior room on the lowest floor of a sturdy building. Avoid windows. If you are outdoors, in a mobile home, or in a vehicle, move to the closest substantial shelter and protect yourself from flying debris.

The National Weather Service reports a tornado has been observed. Radar indicated a severe thunderstorm likely producing a tornado 3 miles north of Fairborn, moving north at 20 mph.

Flying debris will be dangerous to those caught without 

shelter. Mobile homes will be damaged or destroyed. Damage  to roofs, windows, and vehicles will occur. Tree damage is  likely, the weather service reported.

A tornado warning is canceled for Greene County but is still in place until 9:30 p.m. for Clark, Miami and Montgomery counties.

UPDATE @ 9:10 p.m. A tornado is likely on the ground between Fairborn and Park Layne, the National Weather Service tweeted.

UPDATE @ 9:06 p.m.

A Tornado Warning is issued until 9:30 p.m. for Clark, Greene, Miami and Montgomery counties.

A severe thunderstorm capable of producing a tornado 

was located over Fairborn, moving north at 20 mph.

UPDATE @ 8:55 p.m.

A Tornado Warning was canceled for Warren County but remains in effect through 9:15 p.m. for Greene County.

UPDATE @ 8:45 p.m.

A Tornado Warning also is in place until 9:15 p.m. for Warren County.

A severe thunderstorm capable of producing a tornado  was located two miles east of Lebanon, moving north at 15 mph.

UPDATE @ 8:41 p.m.

A Tornado Warning is issued until 9:15 p.m. for Greene County. There are reports of a possible tornado sighting in the area of Old U.S. 35, according to radio communication from the Greene County Sheriff’s Office.

Jason Slyger, of Sabina, said he saw a tornado touch down near Jeffersonville and the Jackson Twp. line about 8:30 p.m. 

“You see the storm, you see a V and all of a sudden you see debris in the air,” he said.  

He declined to be live on the air.

UPDATE @ 8:35 p.m.

There is a report of a tornado spotted in the area of the U.S. 35 split near Xenia.

UPDATE @ 8:30 p.m.

A Tornado Warning for Greene County remains in place through 9 p.m., issued by the National Weather Service.

A severe thunderstorm capable of producing a tornado  was located near Jamestown, moving north at 15 mph.

UPDATE @ 8:21 p.m.

A Tornado Warning was issued for Greene County through 8:45 p.m. by the NWS.

A severe thunderstorm capable of producing a tornado 

was located near Xenia, moving north at 15 mph.

Also, the Flash Flood Warning for Butler County was extended to 11:30 p.m.

UPDATE @ 8:15 p.m.

A Tornado Warning was canceled for Greene County by the NWS.

UPDATE @ 8:05 p.m.

A Tornado Warning remains in place for Greene County through 8:30 p.m. but was canceled for Clinton and Warren counties by the NWS.

A severe thunderstorm capable of producing a tornado 

was located near Waynesville, moving northwest at 20 mph.

UPDATE @ 7:55 p.m.

A Tornado Warning is in place through 8:30 p.m. for Clinton, Greene and Warren counties, issued by the NWS.

UPDATE a 7:40 p.m.

A Flood Advisory in in effect through 10:30 p.m. for Wayne County in Indiana, issued by the NWS.

Heavy rains may cause minor flooding of low-lying and poorly drained streets, highways and underpasses. Also, farmland near creeks, streams and drainage ditches may experience minor flooding.

UPDATE @ 7:10 p.m.

A Flood Advisory in in effect through 10:15 p.m. for Darke and Mercer counties, issued by the NWS.

>>Trees down due to storms

Rain on 35 heading towards Eaton

UPDATE @ 7:05 p.m.

An Areal Flood Advisory in in effect through 10 p.m. for Butler, Montgomery, Preble and Warren counties, issued by the NWS.

UPDATE @ 6:35 p.m.

A Tornado Warning has been canceled for Preble County.

UPDATE @ 6:20 p.m.

A Tornado Warning was issued for Preble County through 6:45 p.m. by the NWS. A severe thunderstorm capable of producing a tornado is near Gratis, moving north at 10 mph.

UPDATE @ 5:50 p.m.

Flowing water was reported over a portion of Cincinnati Brookville Road near Shandon at 5:46 p.m., a trained spotter told the NWS.

Rain in New Lebanon

EARLIER REPORT

A Flash Flood Warning is in effect through 8:30 p.m. For Butler County, issued by the National Weather Service in Wilmington.

Runoff from excessive rainfall will cause flash flooding to occur, the NWS reported. The weather service urges residents to move to higher ground and to not drive through flooded roadways.

A Flash Flood Watch is in effect until noon Thursday for Butler, Darke, Preble and Wayne (Indiana) counties, issued by the NWS. A series of showers and thunderstorms will likely train over the same area through Thursday morning. This will allow for rainfall totals up to 3 inches in places, which may result in flooding.

In addition, a Flood Advisory is in effect until 8 p.m. for Butler County, issued by the NWS. 

(Graphic by Storm Center 7 Chief Meteorologist Eric Elwell)

WPAFB Tuesday Weather: Patchy frost, chilly temps to start the day 

Published: Tuesday, October 17, 2017 @ 12:03 AM

WRIGHT PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE—After starting the day with some patchy frost and chilly temperatures, seasonably mild weather is expected this afternoon with plenty of sunshine, said Storm Center 7 Chief Meteorologist Eric Elwell. 

RELATED: Dayton Interactive Radar - WHIO Doppler 7 

Highs will reach into the middle 60s. Skies will remain clear tonight as temperatures fall back into the 40s but stay slightly warmer than last night. 

RELATED: 5-Day Forecast

The slow warming trend will continue through the week and into the upcoming weekend, with highs reaching back into the lower 70s by Thursday. The weather will remain dry through at least Saturday and likely through the entire weekend before a storm system arrives early next week.

Science world ignores politics, preps for lunar space station

Published: Monday, October 16, 2017 @ 2:52 PM

NASA and other space agencies around the world are planning to build an outpost near the moon.
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NASA and other space agencies around the world are planning to build an outpost near the moon.(Zak GHM)

Working in the news business, it is easy to get distracted by the unsettling chaos of the day and the uneasy political climate.

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Most days, I tune out a lot of the bad news and try to focus on the weather and what good is happening. Yes, there are some good things. Despite our political discourse and the unnecessary politicization of science, the science community continues to work together for a better and brighter world with new, exciting adventures for exploration and study. This gives me great optimism for the future.

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One great example is the announcement of a new multi-national quest to build a lunar space station. Late last month, the Russian Space Agency, Roscosmos announced they would join a NASA-led effort to build an international human outpost near the moon. The Russians will now join the European Space Agency (ESA), Japanese (JAXA) and Canadian space agencies (CSA) who are already working with NASA, on a plan to construct a modular habitat to be known as Deep-Space Gateway. The habitat will be built in orbit around the moon, and will become a primary destination for astronauts, extending the presence of humans beyond earth’s orbit for the first time since 1972 when Apollo missions ended.

»WEATHER: Get the latest Storm Center 7 forecast

The Deep-Space Gateway, if funded, is expected to be launched on NASA’s giant SLS rocket and serviced by the crews of NASA’s new Orion spacecraft. Once operational, the outpost is expected to pave the way for mission to Mars in the 2030s with the construction of a Deep Space Transport. It is also possible that Deep-Space Gateway will allow for future missions to the moon’s surface and perhaps even a lunar habitat. While some may think that such an undertaking could be a waste of money, it is important to realize the amazing discoveries that occur in space that significantly advance technology and research right here on earth. You can thank the space program for inventions like hand-held vacuum cleaners, breathing apparatus for firefighters, lasers that assist with heart surgery, satellite television, lightning detection systems and so much more.

The International Space Station (ISS) is the primary destination for astronauts and cosmonauts. The ISS is supported by NASA, Roscosmos, JAXA, ESA, and CSA. The ownership and use of the space station is established by intergovernmental treaties and agreements. Interestingly, the station is divided into two sections, the Russian Orbital Segment (ROS) and the United States Orbital Segment (USOS), which is shared by many nations. Currently, the American portion of ISS is being funded until 2024.

The lunar station, Deep-Space Gateway is expected to go under construction in the mid-2020s according to Roscosmos with both US and Russian rockets being used to launch the modules into space.

Now - if we could just get political leaders across the world to learn from the scientific community - and look beyond petty differences, greed and infighting. Working together with other nations can only help the advancement of science and technology, and perhaps someday, develop cures to diseases and famine. Despite our differences and beliefs, we are and will always be a tiny speck of something much, much bigger. The only question is - what will our contribution be?

Eric Elwell is WHIO StormCenter 7 Chief Meteorologist. Contact him at eric.elwell@coxinc.com or follow him on Facebook and Twitter.

Patchy frost possible tonight

Published: Monday, October 16, 2017 @ 3:12 AM
Updated: Monday, October 16, 2017 @ 6:56 PM

Temperatures drop into the 30s Tuesday AM, Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini talks about possible impacts.

Sunny skies and cooler than normal temperatures are in the forecast for today, according to Storm Center 7 Meteorologist McCall Vrydaghs.

QUICK-LOOK FORECAST

  • Clearing skies, chilly tonight
  • Patchy frost possible early Tuesday
  • Rain-free, slow warming trend this week

>> WHIO Doppler 7 Interactive Radar

DETAILED FORECAST

Tonight: Skies will clear tonight as temperatures drop through the 50s to an overnight low in the upper 30s in most places. Some areas north and east of the Dayton metro area could drop into the middle 30s. 

(Graphics by Storm Center 7 Chief Meteorologist Eric Elwell)

>> Venus and Mars visible this week

Tuesday: A cold morning with some patchy frost in low lying areas. After a chilly morning, sunshine will bring temperatures back into the middle 60s by afternoon.

(Storm Center 7 Chief Meteorologist Eric Elwell)



Wednesday: Sunny skies and mild temperatures are expected with highs approaching 70 degrees.

Thursday: It will be another sunny, dry day with high temperatures climbing to around 70 degrees.

>> #WhyWitness7

Friday: Skies will be mostly sunny with highs unseasonably mild, in the lower 70s.

Saturday: Mostly sunny skies and mild temperatures will start the weekend. Highs will be back in the lower 70s.

Why is the sun red, the sky yellow in London? 

Published: Monday, October 16, 2017 @ 5:44 PM



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An eerie weather phenomenon across parts of the United Kingdom is turning the skies an anemic yellow color and making the sun appear blood red.

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The anomaly is not the beginning of the end of days or a sign of the apocalypse, scientists said. Instead, it’s directly related to Hurricane Ophelia, which is whipping through the region.

The storm’s tropical air dragged in dust from the Sahara Desert and air pollution from wildfires in Spain and Portugal as it moved north through the Atlantic, creating the strange spectacle, the BBC reported.

The sky in France's Brittany region also turned yellow on Monday, Oct. 16,2017 as nearby Hurricane Ophelia brought a mix of sand from the Sahara and particles from Spain and Portugal's forest fires over the region. (David Vincent/AP)

“The dust gets picked up into the air and goes high up into the atmosphere, and that dust has been dragged high up in the atmosphere above the UK,” BBC weatherman Simon King said, according to the Express.

The blood-red sun Monday morning across the region is a result of the same weather phenomenon creating the yellow skies, according to the U.K.’s  Meteorological Office or Met Office.

“The same southerly winds that have brought us the current warmth have also drawn dust from the Sahara to our latitudes and the dust scatters the blue light from the sun letting more red light through much as at sunrise or sunset,” Met officials said on the agency’s website.

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Social media users in London chronicled the spectacle on Twitter.