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Several planets visible in the next few mornings

Published: Thursday, September 14, 2017 @ 7:00 AM
Updated: Friday, September 15, 2017 @ 12:00 AM

Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini has what to look for Sept 16-18 in the early morning sky!

Use the waning crescent moon Saturday through Monday to find a few planets visible in the early morning sky, Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini said.

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About 90 minutes before sunrise look to the eastern horizon. Try to find an area with an unobstructed view of the horizon. 

Saturday before sunrise you can see Mars and Mercury close to the eastern horizon; above them will be Venus and above that is the crescent moon.

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Sunday, the moon will be a little closer to Venus and Mars will be slightly above Mercury, but won’t shine very brightly. 

Monday, the thin moon will be just below Venus, and Mercury will shine below the moon.

Remember the planets will not twinkle like stars do. If you find the lineup please share your pictures with the hashtag #SkyWitness7

Showers expected today, some could be heavy at times

Published: Tuesday, September 19, 2017 @ 5:30 AM
Updated: Tuesday, September 19, 2017 @ 12:47 PM

Rain showers are expected today, but we should be drying out this weekend.

QUICK-LOOK FORECAST

  • Few showers and storms this evening
  • Areas of Fog Develop Overnight
  • Warming Tomorrow and through the Weekend

DETAILED FORECAST

This evening/overnight: Mostly cloudy skies with a few scattered showers with embedded thunderstorms this evening. No threat for severe weather, but isolated downpours and gusty winds are possible. Temperatures will fall into the 60s overnight. Any showers or storms will end early tonight, then clouds break and patchy fog will develop. This could lead to a few issues during the morning commute.

>> RELATED: WHIO Doppler 7 Interactive Radar

Wednesday: Some patchy morning fog, then becoming partly sunny for the afternoon. A slight chance of a stray shower for the second half of the day. Highs will be warming into the middle 80s. Still a bit muggy as well. Partly cloudy skies remain Wednesday night and mild with lows in the upper 60s.

Thursday: Partly cloudy, hot and muggy with highs in the upper 80s, but feeling closer to 90 degrees due to the humidity. Staying dry through the day.

 

>> Hurricane Maria lashes Dominica, now menaces other islands 

Friday: It will feel like summer for the first official day of fall, beginning at 4:02pm. Mostly sunny, hot and humid with highs in the upper 80s.

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Saturday: Bright skies and warm temperatures again with highs in the upper 80s. Still humid and feeling like 90 degrees. 

Sunday: Another summer-like hot and humid day with highs in the upper 80s with sunny skies.

Hurricane Maria now a Category 5 storm

Published: Saturday, September 16, 2017 @ 9:16 PM
Updated: Tuesday, September 19, 2017 @ 5:58 AM

Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini looks at the path and intensity of Maria and Jose.

Hurricane Maria has strengthened to a Category 5 storm, with winds reported at 160 mph, according to Air Force Reserve hurricane hunter planes. 

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Maria is the second Category 5 storm for the 2017 Atlantic Hurricane Season. Maria will continue to move toward the Virgin Islands  and likely move over Puerto Rico late tonight and through Wednesday. Life threatening flash flooding, mudslides and storm surge are be possible.

Hurricane Jose is still expected to impact the northeast coast of the United States through the week. 

Tropical Storm Warnings extent along the coast of Rhode Island and Massachusetts. 

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Jose's center should stay out to sea but dangerous rip currents and life threatening surf will be possible as the storm moves north. 

Maria became the fourth major hurricane of the 2017 Atlantic season on Monday. Maria is expected to bring major impacts to the Leeward Island, Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico. 

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Several islands were already severally damaged from Hurricane Irma. Rain totals could reach as high as 20 inches in some of those spots producing life threatening flash flooding and mudslides. Hurricane and tropical storm force winds extend out from the center of the storm. 

Storm surge 6-9 feet above tide could impact parts of the Leeward Islands and the British Virgin Islands. Maria is expected to curve back out to sea by the weekend, but there will be plenty to track. 

On Monday, there were three active named storms in the Atlantic for the second time this season. Tropical Depression Lee was also active. 

Flood advisory issued for Wayne County, Indiana, expires

Published: Monday, September 18, 2017 @ 5:16 AM
Updated: Monday, September 18, 2017 @ 11:33 PM

Chance for showers and storms return for Tuesday across the Miami Valley.

UPDATE @ 11:30 p.m.: A flood advisory issued for Wayne County, Indiana, has expired, according to the National Weather Service. 

Doppler radar showed thunderstorms in the advisory area. About two inches of rain have fallen so far tonight. 

5 Day Forecast with Meteorologist McCall Vrydaghs

QUICK-LOOK FORECAST

  • Few Showers and Storms Possible this Evening
  • Few More Storms Tomorrow
  • Warmer than normal week

WHIO Doppler 7 Interactive Radar

DETAILED FORECAST

This evening/overnight: Partly cloudy, warm and muggy this evening with a few passing showeres/storms. Severe weather is not expected, but heavy downpours and isolated gusty winds possible. Temperatures will fall through the 70s this evening, then to a low in the middle 60s overnight. There will be a lull in the precipitation after sunset and through most of the night. A few more showers and isolated embedded storms may develop from the west towards morning.

Tuesday: Chance of a few passing showers or storms early. In the 60s through the morning. Clouds linger through the day with a few more showers or storms possible. Highs in the upper 70s. Severe threat is not expected.

>> Atlantic has 3 active storms

Wednesday: Partly cloudy, warm and humid. Slight chance of an afternoon shower or storm. Most will likely remain dry. Highs in the middle 80s.

Thursday: A mix of sun and clouds, warm and muggy with highs in the middle 80s. 

>> WHIO severe weather guide

Friday: Sunshine and a few clouds, warm and muggy again. Highs in the middle 80s 

Saturday: Mostly sunny, warm and muggy with highs in the middle 80s.

9 weather terms you should know when preparing for a hurricane

Published: Monday, September 18, 2017 @ 4:37 PM

What are the Differences Between Hurricane Categories?

Whenever a hurricane is poised to strike a region, there are several terms meteorologists use that might not be familiar.

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Here are common ones you should know as you keep your eye on the storm’s path: 

Feeder band

Lines or bands of low-level clouds that move (feed) into the upper region of a thunderstorm, usually from the east through south.

This term also is used in tropical meteorology to describe spiral-shaped bands of convection surrounding, and moving toward, the center of a tropical cyclone.

Squalls

When the wind speed increases to at least 16 knots and is sustained at 22 knots or more for at least one minute.

Storm surge

An abnormal rise in sea level accompanying a hurricane or other intense storm. The height is the difference between the normal level of the sea surface and the level that would have occurred in the absence of the cyclone. Storm surge is usually estimated by subtracting the normal or astronomic high tide from the observed storm tide.

>> Related: What is storm surge and why is it dangerous? 

Eye wall

An organized band or ring of clouds that surround the eye, or light-wind center, of a tropical cyclone. Eye wall and wall cloud are used synonymously.

Sustained winds

Wind speed determined by averaging observed values over a two-minute period.

Computer models

Meteorologists use computer models to figure out a storm’s path and its potential path. The models are based on typical weather patterns.

Advisory

Official information describing all tropical cyclone watches and warnings in effect along with details concerning tropical cyclone locations, intensity and movement, and precautions that should be taken.

Hurricane watch

An announcement that sustained winds of 74 mph or higher are possible. Because hurricane preparedness activities become difficult once winds reach tropical storm force, the hurricane watch is issued 48 hours in advance of the anticipated onset of tropical-storm-force winds.

Hurricane warning

An announcement that sustained winds of 74 mph or higher are expected somewhere within the specified area in association with a cyclone. Because hurricane preparedness activities become difficult once winds reach tropical storm force, the warning is issued 36 hours in advance. The warning can remain in effect when dangerously high water or high water and waves continue, even though winds may be less than hurricane force.