SEVERE WEATHER: Difference between Watch vs. Warning

Published: Tuesday, April 26, 2016 @ 1:49 PM
Updated: Tuesday, April 26, 2016 @ 1:49 PM

The National Weather Service is the official issuer of a watch or a warning, based on expected weather conditions.

Stormcenter7 Meteorologist Brett Collar explains the difference.

In severe weather season, knowing the difference between a watch and a warning can be life-saving.

WATCH means you should prepare for the possibility of a severe storm or tornado.

WARNING means you should take action now, get to a safe location because severe weather is occurring or a tornado has been seen or indicated by radar.

Warming trend continues with nice days ahead

Published: Sunday, April 23, 2017 @ 4:24 AM
Updated: Sunday, April 23, 2017 @ 11:10 PM


  • A nice couple days ahead
  • Temperatures crack 80 degrees Wednesday
  • Showers and storms to finish workweek

RELATED: County-by-County Forecast


Overnight: Mainly clear skies are expected, Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Brett Collar said. It will be cool with lows in the middle 40s, though areas south of Interstate 70 may only dip into the upper 40s.

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Monday: Mostly sunny skies are expected with highs in the lower 70s.

Tuesday: Partly sunny skies are on tap with highs in the mid-70s.

Wednesday: A few more clouds build in with highs near 80 degrees.

Thursday: Showers and maybe even storms are expected as a cold front moves through. Highs will be in the lower 70s.

Friday: A few showers are possible, especially later in the day. Highs will be in the middle 70s.


Sunshine returns over coming days

Published: Saturday, April 22, 2017 @ 5:26 AM
Updated: Saturday, April 22, 2017 @ 11:45 PM


  • Chilly overnight with skies clearing
  • More sunshine Sunday as warming trend kicks in
  • Shower, storms arrive late Wednesday into Thursday

RELATED: County-by-County Forecasts


Clouds will decrease overnight, Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Brett Collar said. It will be a cold night with lows in the upper 30s.

Sunday: More sunshine brightens the day. A few more clouds are expected south of Interstate 70 and east of Interstate 75. Highs will be in the middle to upper 60s, Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Brett Collar said.

RELATED: WHIO Interactive Radar

Monday: Mostly sunny skies are expected with highs in the lower 70s.

Tuesday: Partly sunny skies are on tap with highs in the mid-70s.

Wednesday: A few more clouds move in with highs in the upper 70s. The chance for showers and storms arrives late.

Thursday: Rain showers are expected, especially early. Highs will be in the mid-70s.

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Wet and cool weather to start the weekend

Published: Friday, April 21, 2017 @ 3:57 AM
Updated: Tuesday, April 11, 2017 @ 11:10 PM


  • Clouds, few showers return tonight
  • Wet, breezy and cool to start the weekend
  • Warming trend begins with the clearing skies Sunday

RELATED: County-by-County Forecasts 

Tonight: Mostly cloudy skies are expected with a slight chance for a passing shower, especially late. Temperatures will be in the upper 50s. 

RELATED: Lyrid Meteor Shower peaks this weekend, clouds could block the show

Saturday: Expect cloudy skies with occasional showers through the day. Temperatures will be cool with highs only reaching into the middle 50s. Breezy conditions will make it feel cooler.

RELATED: WHIO Interactive Radar  

Sunday: Clouds will clear in the morning with a nice, warmer afternoon. Temperatures will be seasonably with highs in the middle 60s.

Monday: Sunny skies will start the workweek with highs rebounding into the lower 70s.

Tuesday: Mostly sunny skies and warm conditions are expected with highs in the middle 70s.

Wednesday: A frontal boundary pushing across the Miami Valley will bring a chance for a passing shower or thunderstorm. Highs will be in the middle 70s.

Thursday:  Temperatures will be unseasonably warm under partly cloudy skies. Highs will reach up to near 80 degrees.

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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.


  • 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.