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Severe weather myths debunked

Published: Friday, May 19, 2017 @ 11:34 AM

Many myths surround severe weather and Meteorologist McCall Vrydaghs and Kirstie Zontini wanted to debunk a few.


  • Myth 1: Lightning never strikes when the skies are clear. 

This is a common myth associated with storms. It is false though because lightning can strike 10 to 15 miles away from a parent storm. These strikes are called “bolts from the blue.” If you hear thunder go inside.  

  • Myth 2: It’s safe to drive a truck through floodwaters. 

This is also false. Water over the roads can actually be hiding deeper spots in the road like a sinkhole which can be dangerous even in a truck. Also, it only takes about 2 feet of rushing water to wash away a car. 

  • Myth 3: Small sized hail isn’t dangerous.

This is actually not true! A thunderstorm with strong winds can make any sized hail dangerous.  

  • Myth 4: Cities are safe from tornadoes. 
This is a big myth. Tornadoes can develop anywhere. Big cities like Dallas, Salt Lake City and Miami have all had reported tornadoes. An urban environment will also have more debris to throw around as well. 

Mild today, rain returns Wednesday

Published: Tuesday, May 23, 2017 @ 5:02 AM

Thin clouds across the Miami Valley early this morning. Temperatures are cool again, and will start in the low 50s and upper 40s. 


  • Temperatures in the 70s Tuesday
  • Cooler midweek with rounds of rain 
  • Weekend looks warm but unsettled

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TODAY: Clouds will thicken through the day. A stray sprinkle is possible, but it will be mostly dry and quiet throughout the day. Highs climb to the middle 70s which is warmer than normal. 

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WEDNESDAY: Another system will approach the Miami Valley. A few showers can't be ruled out in the morning, but rain will become more widespread with the chance for some storms to mix in through the afternoon hours. Severe threat is low, but pockets of heavy rain will be possible. Highs in the upper 60s and breezy.

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THURSDAY: Some dry time, but cloudy and cool. A few afternoon showers will redevelop. Highs in the middle 60s. Drying out into the evening. 

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FRIDAY: Some dry time early and through the afternoon. Sunshine and scattered clouds. Temperatures warm back up to the middle 70s. Some passing showers return in the evening. 

SATURDAY: Partly cloudy and muggy. Scattered showers or a few storms possible during the day. Highs around 80.

SUNDAY: Some showers around early then clouds decrease during the day with some dry time later in the afternoon and evening. Highs around 80 again.





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Cooler temps, rain expected later this week

Published: Monday, May 22, 2017 @ 5:10 AM

Skies will become mostly clear with temperatures slowly dropping through the 60s.


  • Dry and cool tonight 
  • Some sun, seasonable Tuesday
  • Stormy pattern develops midweek

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Tonight: Mainly clear skies are expected with some increase in clouds toward morning. Temperatures will fall into the lower 50s.

Tuesday: Sunshine will start the day with increasing clouds. Highs will rebound into the middle 70s.

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Wednesday: Scattered showers and few thunderstorms will be likely. Highs will hold in the upper 60s.

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Thursday: Skies will be mostly cloudy with a chance for passing showers. Temperatures will be unseasonably cool, only reaching into the middle to upper 60s.

Friday: Expect a mix of sun and clouds along with warmer temperatures. There will be a chance for showers late in the day or evening. Highs will rebound into the middle 70s.

Saturday: Skies will be partly sunny with a chance for showers and thunderstorms. Temperatures will top out near 80 degrees.

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Despite some clouds, here’s how to find Mercury, Venus

Published: Monday, May 22, 2017 @ 10:26 AM

DAYTON — Some lingering clouds may block the view for some Tuesday morning, but it is still worth it to head outside before dawn to see Mercury and Venus. 

Sunrise in Dayton will be around 6:16 a.m. Tuesday. About an hour before, look to the east. 

Right along the horizon you should easily find the waning crescent moon — the phase before a new moon. It will look like a thin sliver in the sky. 

Above the moon you will see what looks like a bright star. That is actually the planet Venus which has been easy to spot all month. The harder planet to find is Mercury. Mercury will be to the bottom left of the moon, and will shine very close to the horizon. 

These planets won't twinkle like a star does. If you have an unobstructed view of the horizon it will make it easier to see. 

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Skies clear overnight; temps drop into the mid-50s

Published: Sunday, May 21, 2017 @ 12:28 AM
Updated: Sunday, May 21, 2017 @ 11:40 PM

More clearing is expected overnight, Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Brett Collar said. Temperatures will drop into the lower to middle 50s.


  • Skies clear overnight
  • Sunshine expected Monday
  • More storms possible Wednesday

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Monday: It will be dry with some more sunshine, though a bit cooler with highs near 70 degrees.


Tuesday: Increasing clouds return with highs in the lower to middle 70s. There is the slight chance for a few showers, maybe storms late night.

Wednesday: The chance for showers and storms returns with highs in the middle 60s.

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Thursday: A few lingering showers are expected, especially earlier in the day. Highs again will be in the mid-60s.

Friday: Partly cloudy skies are on tap. Highs will be in the lower 70s.

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