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.

Rain returns to start the workweek

Published: Saturday, October 21, 2017 @ 5:38 AM
Updated: Saturday, October 21, 2017 @ 5:40 PM

Saturday evening weather update with Meteorologist Brett Collar

A few lingering clouds are possible overnight, but for the most part we should be seeing more clearing, Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Brett Collar said. Temperatures will be in the lower to middle 50s overnight.

QUICK-LOOK FORECAST

  • Dry conditions this weekend
  • Rain moves in Monday
  • Cooler Tuesday and Wednesday

>>Fall colors near peak

5-Day Temperature Trend(Graphic by Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Brett Collar)

DETAILED FORECAST

Sunday: A mix of sun and clouds is expected. Highs will be in the middle 70s.

Monday: Showers move in, some of which could be heavy at times. The best chance to see the steady and possibly heavy rain will be in the afternoon and evening hours. While the chance for storms isn’t all that high, we can’t rule out a rumble of thunder or two. Highs will be in the middle to upper 60s.

Tuesday: A few lingering showers are possible under mostly cloudy skies. Highs will be in the middle 50s.

Wednesday: A cool day is on tap. Highs will be in the lower 50s and while the chance for rain is small, a couple of passing showers can’t be ruled out.

Thursday: We should dry out under partly cloudy skies. Highs will be in the upper 50s.

Clear skies for meteor shower this weekend

Published: Wednesday, October 18, 2017 @ 5:53 AM
Updated: Saturday, October 21, 2017 @ 3:20 AM

Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini has a look at how cool we get and how active the meteor shower will be this weekend.

After finding Venus and Mars early in the week, another special treat awaits you in the early morning sky this weekend! 

>> Advice for best viewing of meteor shower

The Orionid meteor shower will put on a good show Friday night into Saturday morning, and Saturday night into Sunday morning.

Debris from Haley's comet will hit Earth's atmosphere. The Orionid shower gets its name because the meteors look like they are coming  from the constellation Orion. This year, 10 to 30 meteors per hour are possible. 

>> Warming trend continues; lower temps arrive next week

This weekend skies will cooperate for great viewing of the Orionid meteor shower!

Temperatures will drop into the middle 50s overnight Saturday into Sunday. The moon will set around 8:14 p.m. so skies will remain dark. Some high clouds will be out there Saturday night, but overall it will still be a good night to view.

>> #SkyWitness7

Get outside and grab a blanket, find a dark spot with a good view of the sky and let your eyes adjust to the darkness. If you capture any photos share them using the hashtag #SkyWitness7!

Cooler, fall temperatures start to approach Miami Valley 

Published: Friday, October 20, 2017 @ 3:39 AM
Updated: Friday, October 20, 2017 @ 11:30 AM

Warm temperatures are expected this weekend, with rain returning next week in the Dayton area.

It stays quiet and cool overnight with lows near 50 degrees, Storm Center 7 Meteorologist McCall Vrydaghs said.

QUICK-LOOK FORECAST

  • Clear and cool overnight
  • Warmer than normal weekend
  • Showers, lower temps next week

>> When to see Orionid meteor shower this weekend

5 Day Forecast with Meteorologist McCall Vrydaghs

DETAILED FORECAST

Saturday: Plenty of sunshine starts the weekend. Highs will push into the upper 70s, more than 10 degrees above normal. Mostly sunny skies expected through the day.

>> Fall colors near peak 

Yard Work Forecast(Graphic by Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Mcall Vrydaghs)

Sunday: Sun will give way to clouds, but it stays dry. It will be another warm day with highs in the middle to upper 70s. More clouds and the chance for showers develop late Sunday night.

>> 5-Day Forecast

(Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini)

Monday: It will be cloudy ith showers likely. These showers could become steady, and perhaps heavy at times. It will be cooler with highs in the upper 60s.

Tuesday: A breezy and cool day is expected with a few passing showers possible. Much cooler air will settle into the Miami Valley. Highs only reach into the upper 50s.

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Wednesday: A cold start to what will be a cooler than normal day. Morning temperatures near the upper 30s will only climb to the lower 50s for highs. Lots of clouds will be around with the chance of a few passing showers.

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Tips for viewing a meteor shower

Published: Friday, October 20, 2017 @ 7:55 AM

Here's what you need to know before you head outside.

Meteor showers are great events to enjoy at any age. When the sky cooperates, the bright show can keep you entertained for hours.

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Viewing a meteor shower when the skies are clear and dark will set you up for success. Little or no moonlight means the meteors will be easier to see. Head outside after midnight and before dawn. You'll want to find a dark spot away from city lights and let your eyes adjust to the darkness.

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Make sure you are prepared for the forecast and dress warmly if you need to. You want to grab a sleeping bag or lawn chair and dedicate at least 30 minutes to looking across the night sky. You won't need a telescope or binoculars because they will limit how much sky is visible to you. The wider the view, the better. Remember to stay patient and enjoy! 

For a calendar of meteor showers throughout the year visit http://www.skywitness7.com