Tornadoes strike Miami Valley

Published: Thursday, May 25, 2017 @ 3:15 AM
Updated: Thursday, May 25, 2017 @ 7:25 AM

3 areas showing the aftermath of last night's destructive storms

Severe weather Wednesday night brought multiple tornado touchdowns throughout the Miami Valley.

The National Weather Service said it’s believed a tornado or multiple tornadoes were responsible for the damage.

One tornado was reported in the area of U.S. 35 at the split with the U.S. 35 Business Route in Xenia. Another tornado was reported about four miles west of New Carlisle.

RELATED: NWS spotters looking to confirm tornadoes in at least 3 counties

Widespread damage was reported in Park Layne, where the Sunoco, McDonald’s, Victory Motors and other businesses were damaged.

Park Layne storm damage apparent in daylight

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“I got there slightly before the emergency response team,” said Brady Smith, who said he could smell exposed gasoline at the Sunoco. He reported damage at several businesses.

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“This is likely a very strong tornado on the ground,” Elwell said. “We’ve had a very dangerous weather situation.”

Three-thousand people were locked down during the Xenia High School graduation ceremony at the Nutter Center at Wright State University, reported NewsCenter 7’s Caroline Reinwald.

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Wright-Patterson Air Force Base security forces were checking late Wednesday to see if damage was caused by storms over the base.

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“At this time, we do not know if a tornado touched down or not” on the base, spokeswoman Marie Vanover said late Wednesday night.

Wright-Patterson weathercasters issued a tornado warning at 8:33 p.m. The warning was extended at 9:15 p.m. and again at 9:35 p.m.

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Jason Slyger, of Sabina, Clinton County, said he saw a tornado touch down near Jeffersonville and the Jackson Twp. line about 8:30 p.m.

“You see the storm, you see a V and all of a sudden you see debris in the air,” he said.

Weather-related events make Google top trending searches for 2017

Published: Thursday, December 14, 2017 @ 6:11 AM

Major hurricanes and a solar eclipse topped Googles 2017 list of trending searches.

Google released their top searched items for 2017 and three of the searches were weather related, according to Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini.

Here’s the list:

1. Hurricane Irma

Hurricane Irma was Google's the most searched topic in 2017. Irma was the first category 5 hurricane of the 2017 Atlantic hurricane season. The powerful hurricane devastated Barbuda where it destroyed 95 percent of the island. Irma also moved to Florida where it made landfall twice, once in Cudjoe Island and again in Marco Island. Winds peaked for Irma at 185MPH. 

RELATED: Hurricane Irma reaches category 5

2. Matt Lauer 

3. Tom Petty 

4. Super Bowl 

5. Las Vegas Shooting 

6. Mayweather vs. McGregor Fight 

7. Solar Eclipse

The first coast to coast solar eclipse in almost a century was a sight to see...Safely of course. A solar eclipse occurs when the moon passes between the sun and the earth casting a shadow on the earth. The solar eclipse August 21 had a path of totality that went from Oregon to South Carolina. On April 8, 2024, Dayton will be in the path of totality. 

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8. Hurricane Harvey

Another one of the devastating hurricanes of the 2017 season. Texas and Louisiana will never forget Harvey. Hurricane Harvey was a major Category 4 storm which sat over south Texas and Louisiana for days dumping record breaking rain and creating catastrophic flooding. Harvey was the first major hurricane to make US landfall since 2005. 

RELATED: Hurricane Harvey devastates Texas

9. Aaron Hernandez 

10. Fidget Spinner

Wind Advisory in effect; temperatures drop into low 20s

Published: Wednesday, December 13, 2017 @ 4:11 AM
Updated: Wednesday, December 13, 2017 @ 11:30 PM

Another round of snow moves into the Miami Valley this evening.

Patchy drizzle or flurries will gradually end overnight. With falling temperatures, icy spots will be possible despite little snow accumulation, Storm Center 7 Chief Meteorologist Eric Elwell said. Gusty winds up to 45 mph remain possible, but gradually diminish. Temperatures will drop into the lower 20s by morning.

A Wind Advisory is in effect through 5 a.m. Thursday. The advisory is for the following counties: Auglaize, Butler, Champaign, Clark, Clinton, Darke, Greene, Logan, Mercer, Miami, Montgomery, Preble, Shelby, Warren and Wayne (Indiana.)

Wind Advisory(Graphic by Storm Center 7 Chief Meteorologist Eric Elwell)

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QUICK-LOOK FORECAST

  • Gusty winds, turning colder into Thursday
  • Chance for flurries, snow showers Friday
  • Warming trend for the weekend

5 Day Forecast with Meteorologist McCall Vrydaghs

DETAILED FORECAST

Thursday: Skies will remain mostly cloudy. It will be cold and breezy with highs in the upper 20s.

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Futurecast(Storm Center 7 Chief Meteorologist Eric Elwell)

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Friday: Expect lots of clouds with breezy conditions. There will be the chance for a few flurries or snow showers, mainly across the northern Miami Valley. Little if any snow accumulation is expected. Highs will hold in the lower 30s.

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Saturday: A mix of sun and clouds will start the weekend. It will be breezy but not quite as cold with temperatures rebounding to near 40 degrees.

Thursday's Planner(Storm Center 7 Chief Meteorologist Eric Elwell)

Sunday: Increasing clouds with showers developing. Rain may begin briefly as a wintry mix before changing to all rain. Highs will be lower 40s. 

Monday: Clouds will linger with a chance for showers. Highs will hold in the lower 40s.

WPAFB Thursday Weather: Single digit wind chills, colder temperatures throughout day

Published: Thursday, December 14, 2017 @ 12:19 AM

WRIGHT PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE—A colder day is expected with a few icy spots possible this morning, said Storm Center 7 Chief Meteorologist Eric Elwell.

RELATED: Dayton Interactive Radar - WHIO Doppler 7

Temperatures will only reach into the upper 20s for highs. Wind chills will start out in the single digits. Clouds will break through the day with partly cloudy skies sticking around tonight.

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Temperatures will fall into the upper teens tonight and reach into the lower 30s Friday. Clouds will return Friday with a chance for a few flurries by late Friday into Friday night. A warming trend is expected as we head into the weekend.

Geminid meteor shower peaks this week

Published: Monday, December 11, 2017 @ 7:36 AM
Updated: Wednesday, December 13, 2017 @ 5:50 PM

Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini looks at our chance to see the Geminid meteor shower.

Despite the cold, the Geminid meteor shower in mid-December is one of the best.

RELATED: Dayton Interactive Radar - WHIO Doppler 7

This year, we won't have cooperating skies BUT the meteors can be visible before and after the peak so keep an eye out for activity.

Wednesday night into Thursday morning is when the shower is expected to produce the most meteors. One meteor per hour is possible when sky conditions are good. The moon is in a waning crescent phase so it is thin and won't be visible until the very early morning hours.

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If you want to try your luck this week and hope clouds will be broken enough, dress warmly and give your eyes about 30 minutes to adjust to the darkness. Best time to view is between midnight and 4 a.m. 

If you want to watch the show without any clouds ... check out the LIVE stream from NASA. http://www.ustream.tv/channel/nasa-msfc