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.

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  • 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. 

Temps, storm chances on the rise rest of week

Published: Wednesday, June 28, 2017 @ 5:00 AM
Updated: Wednesday, June 28, 2017 @ 11:30 PM

Skies will partly cloudy overnight with temperatures falling back into the lower to middle 60s by morning, Storm Center 7 Chief Meteorologist Eric Elwell said. 

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QUICK-LOOK FORECAST  

  • Quiet, not as cool overnight
  • Storms to clip area Thursday
  • A few strong storms possible

DETAILED FORECAST 

Thursday: Skies become partly cloudy with a chance for a shower or storm, mainly north late in the day. One or two storms could be strong. Temperatures will top out in the middle 80s. It will be breezy at times.

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Friday: Partly cloudy skies will start the day with a pop-up shower or storm possible, mainly during the afternoon. Highs will be in the middle 80s.

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Saturday: Scattered showers and storms are possible, mainly the first half of the day. Highs will be in the lower 80s.

Sunday: Much of the area will get a chance to dry out under partly cloudy skies to start the new week. Highs will still reach into the lower to middle 80s.

Monday: Lots of sunshine is expected with highs in the middle 80s.

Independence Day: Plan for partly cloudy skies with a chance for showers and storms this Fourth of July. Highs will be in the middle 80s.

WPAFB Weather: Highs in the 80s today, potential storms ahead this week

Published: Wednesday, June 28, 2017 @ 3:18 AM



Jim Noelker / Staff

WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE — Another cool start is in the forecast for Wright-Patterson Air Force Base and surrounding areas with temperatures starting the day around 50 degrees. 

Lots of sunshine is expected with a warmer afternoon than in previous days as highs top out 80 degrees. 

Clouds will start to increase late Wednesday evening as a cold front begins to approach from the northwest. 

Expect a mix of sun and clouds Thursday with a chance for late day or evening storms. 

One or two storms could be strong by late Thursday evening into Thursday night. 

Highs on Thursday will climb back into the middle 80s.

Warmer weather, storms return by late week

Published: Tuesday, June 27, 2017 @ 4:52 AM

Skies will become mostly clear through the evening hours with pleasant temperatures holding to around 70 degrees.

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QUICK-LOOK FORECAST  

  • Quiet, pleasant tonight
  • Warm-up gets underway Wednesday
  • Chance for storms, some strong Thursday

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DETAILED FORECAST 

TONIGHT: Expect clear skies and cool temperatures. Lows in the morning will drop into the lower 50s.

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WEDNESDAY: Sunshine is back across the Miami Valley along with warmer air. Highs will rebound to near 80 degrees by late afternoon.

THURSDAY: A warmer day is in the forecast along with increasing humidity. Clouds will increase with a threat for late day showers or storms, especially across the northern Miami Valley. A few storms could be strong. Highs will top out in the middle 80s.

FRIDAY: Expect a mix of sun and clouds with a chance for a passing shower or storm. Any storms that do form could be strong. Highs will be in the middle 80s.

SATURDAY: Lots of clouds. A chance for showers or a few thunderstorms, mainly early. Highs will be in the lower 80s.

SUNDAY: Partly cloudy skies return with highs in the middle 80s.

WPAFB Weather: Highs in the 70s on Tuesday

Published: Tuesday, June 27, 2017 @ 3:47 AM



Jim Noelker / Staff

WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE — Sunshine will return across Fairborn and Wright Pattern Air Force Base Tuesday with pleasant temperatures expected.

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Highs will reach into the lower 70s. Skies will remain mostly clear into the night.

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It will be another cool morning on Wednesday as we start the day in the lower to middle 50s.

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Temperatures will climb back to near 80 degrees on Wednesday afternoon with increasing clouds late in the day.

The threat for a few showers and storms will return along with the humidity Thursday into Friday.