Severe weather season on display as tornadoes rip through region

Published: Monday, November 06, 2017 @ 11:41 AM

Crown Equipment Corporation as it appears Sunday afternoon after significant storm damage was reported throughout Mercer County. Sean Cudahy/Staff
Crown Equipment Corporation as it appears Sunday afternoon after significant storm damage was reported throughout Mercer County. Sean Cudahy/Staff

Ohio’s second severe weather season was on display over the weekend as tornadoes were reported from Illinois through the Buckeye State on Sunday.

The hardest hit area was Celina in Mercer County where widespread damage was reported along highway 29 and Havemann Road.

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The National Weather Service confirmed Monday that at least three EF-2 tornadoes touched down in Mercer County. It appears one tornado was at least over 200 yards wide as it moved through Celina. There were other reports of severe storms Sunday scattered across the Miami Valley along with numerous reports of high water and several house fires caused by lightning.

I wrote a week ago about how powerful storms can be this time of year. The battle of the cold and warm are magnified the most here in Ohio in late May and early June, and then again in late October into early November.

Since just the year 2000, there have been over 50 tornadoes reported in Ohio in the months of October and November with a majority of those in western Ohio. Some of those autumn tornadoes have been intense. On Nov. 10, 2002, a massive F4 tornado ripped through the town of Van Wert, killing 4 people.

There were 18 tornadoes across Ohio alone that day, and 83 tornadoes across the Ohio and Tennessee Valleys. The tornado outbreak caused 36 fatalities region-wide between Nov. 9-11, 2002.

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Even more recently, another fall tornado struck the town of Vandalia on Halloween of 2013. This EF1 tornado caused extensive damage to businesses along National Road and Foley Drive. There were 10 people injured in a Fricker’s Restaurant, mostly due to flying glass.

The good news is that the autumn severe weather season is quite a bit shorter than that of the spring season, and thus the threat doesn’t last long. In fact, it appears much more seasonable temperatures arriving will put an end to the threat for severe storms likely for the rest of the year - or at least we can hope. The unofficial count of tornadoes this year in Ohio is 27, which is above the average of 19 per year.

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Next up? Our first significant snow. Any guesses as to the date of our first inch of snow? Send me your prediction on Twitter or my Facebook page.

Eric Elwell is WHIO StormCenter 7 Chief Meteorologist. Contact him at or follow him on Facebook and Twitter.

WPAFB Friday Weather: Cold morning temps, plenty of sunshine to end the week

Published: Friday, November 24, 2017 @ 12:41 AM

Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. TODD JACKSON | STAFF
Staff Writer
Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. TODD JACKSON | STAFF(Staff Writer)

WRIGHT PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE—Lots of sunshine expected from start to finish for Friday, according to Storm Center 7 Meteorologist McCall Vrydaghs.

RELATED: Dayton Interactive Radar - WHIO Doppler 7

A cold morning though with temperatures climbing through the 30s. With plenty of sunshine and a southerly breeze, temperatures will climb into the lower 50s for a high. This is above average for this time of year.

RELATED: 5-Day Forecast

Clouds return into Friday night with a few showers possible by Saturday morning.

Quiet and cold tonight

Published: Thursday, November 23, 2017 @ 4:53 AM
Updated: Thursday, November 23, 2017 @ 4:00 PM

A quiet, yet chilly morning for Black Friday shoppers headed out to get the best deals in the Miami Valley.


  • Clearing and cold tonight
  • More sunshine and milder Friday
  • Slight chance for rain early Saturday

>> WHIO Doppler 7 Interactive Radar


Tonight: Skies clearing into the night. Turning cold with lows back into the upper 20s.

>> Storm Center 7: Thanksgiving travel weather outlook

Friday: A cold morning followed by a mild afternoon. Mostly sunny skies expected with highs into the lower 50s.

>> WHIO WEATHER APP: Have it for your Thanksgiving travel

Saturday: Clouds return in by morning with the slight chance for a few passing showers early as a cold front moves through. Most areas will likely remain dry. Highs will be in the lower 50s early on, then falling through the 40s most of the day.

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Sunday: Partly sunny skies are expected with highs in the lower to mid-40s.

WPAFB Thursday Weather: Quiet, cool forecast for Thanksgiving Day

Published: Thursday, November 23, 2017 @ 12:27 AM

Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. TODD JACKSON | STAFF
Staff Writer
Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. TODD JACKSON | STAFF(Staff Writer)

WRIGHT PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE—A quiet and cool Thanksgiving Day is in the forecast with lots of clouds around, said Storm Center 7 Chief Meteorologist Eric Elwell.

RELATED: Dayton Interactive Radar - WHIO Doppler 7

Temperatures will rebound back into the lower 40s after starting the day in the upper 20s. Dry weather will stick around through Friday but it will be a chilly morning, back in the 20s.

RELATED: 5-Day Forecast

Warmer weather is expected Friday with highs rebounding into the lower 50s thanks to lots of sunshine. A cold front will bring clouds and falling temperatures for Saturday, but it should remain dry.

WHIO Weather App: Have it for your Thanksgiving travel

Published: Friday, November 18, 2016 @ 2:01 PM
Updated: Wednesday, November 01, 2017 @ 12:37 AM

Weather app
Weather app

The free WHIO Weather App will keep you alert and informed of changing weather conditions, no matter where you are, at home or traveling on the road.  You’ll be able to access a live radar anytime, anywhere. You’ll also receive weather watches and warnings no matter where you are.

Install the WHIO Weather App free now from the Google Play or Apple store. Right at your fingertips, you'll have access to:

  • Live radar to track rain and storms
  • School closings 
  • Hour-by-hour forecasts 
  • Hyper-local forecasts for your county 
  • Forecasts wherever you travel in the U.S. 


Once you have downloaded the app, it is time to setup the locations you would like to monitor. Remember, these can change whenever you'd like with a push of a button. 

  • Once in the WHIO Weather app, look for the 'plus sign' at the top left of your screen  
  • Click Current Location to save your first city 

WHIO weather app

After that, you can save up to 10 locations by typing in the city and state. These locations can be anywhere you wish to receive weather updates. 


A new feature in the app is its ability to track storms even when the app isn't open and update you wherever you go...even out of state. If you travel into a location that is being impacted by weather, you will automatically be updated through the app. 

  • Once in the App, click the 'plus sign' at the top left of your screen 
  • Go to the Settings button at the bottom of your locations tab
  • Click Background Tracking, this will take you to your phone's settings
  • Make sure under the 'Location' option you chose 'always'


The WHIO Weather App is unique because it allows you to choose which the weather alerts for which you want to receive notifications. All watches, warnings and advisories that the National Weather Service issues are available in our app. 

  • Make sure there is a check by the alerts you want to receive
  • You can turn off any notification you don't want by clicking the check mark 


A special feature on the WHIO Weather App is the ability for the app to notify you ONLY when your GPS or saved locations are in the POLYGON for a warning. The National Weather Service draws polygons when it issues warnings and advisories. If your location isn't in the polygon, the alert will NOT go off. 

WATCHES on the other hand are issued for entire counties, not polygons. If your location falls in a county where a watch is issued you WILL get an alert. 


Unlike most apps that rely on a computer to just dump weather data on to their app, the StormCenter 7 Team updates the forecast on the WHIO Weather App each day, multiple times a day. With the WHIO Weather App you are getting a detailed forecast specifically created for the Miami Valley. It's not from a meteorologist many states away.


WHIO weather app in iPad


We've added the latest list of school and business closings and delays in the WHIO Weather App so you can check the list from wherever you're located. Simply open the app, along the bottom is a tool bar, 'Closings' is the third option from the left. This will take you directly to the most recently updated list. This new feature will better help you plan your day, allowing you to adjust as needed when your kids' school or your place of business issues a delay or closes due to road conditions or other reasons. 



If you miss a TV newscast, you can still keep up with the latest video forecasts our meteorologists create throughout the day. These short weather video segments tell the weather story of the day, how it will impact you, and contain their scientific explanations for unique elements of the forecast you won't get in a written story or graphic. This is a great tool during severe weather days and when a big winter storm may impact the Miami Valley. These custom video forecasts created by the StormCenter7 team of Meteorologists can be found under the 'Video' tab. 



The Interactive Radar is available year-round in the WHIO Weather App. Features on the app allow you to see lightning strikes along with satellite and radar. Under the 'Radar' tab you can click on the 'Layer' icon to overlay things like watches and warnings so you can see where storms and alerts are in relation to your location.