Wet and cool weather to start the weekend

Published: Friday, April 21, 2017 @ 3:57 AM
Updated: Tuesday, April 11, 2017 @ 11:10 PM

QUICK-LOOK FORECAST

  • Clouds, few showers return tonight
  • Wet, breezy and cool to start the weekend
  • Warming trend begins with the clearing skies Sunday

RELATED: County-by-County Forecasts 

Tonight: Mostly cloudy skies are expected with a slight chance for a passing shower, especially late. Temperatures will be in the upper 50s. 

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Saturday: Expect cloudy skies with occasional showers through the day. Temperatures will be cool with highs only reaching into the middle 50s. Breezy conditions will make it feel cooler.

RELATED: WHIO Interactive Radar  

Sunday: Clouds will clear in the morning with a nice, warmer afternoon. Temperatures will be seasonably with highs in the middle 60s.

Monday: Sunny skies will start the workweek with highs rebounding into the lower 70s.

Tuesday: Mostly sunny skies and warm conditions are expected with highs in the middle 70s.

Wednesday: A frontal boundary pushing across the Miami Valley will bring a chance for a passing shower or thunderstorm. Highs will be in the middle 70s.

Thursday:  Temperatures will be unseasonably warm under partly cloudy skies. Highs will reach up to near 80 degrees.

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Highs in the 70s today, storms ahead this weekend

Published: Thursday, April 27, 2017 @ 5:12 AM

Scattered showers in Indiana will move in for the morning through early afternoon on Thursday. An isolated storm during that time frame is also possible.  

QUICK-LOOK FORECAST

  • Showers move in Thursday morning
  • Showers and storms through Monday morning
  • Low severe weather threat for the weekend

RELATED: County-by-County Forecasts 

TODAY: If a storm does develop, it may bring isolated strong wind gusts . Outside of any storms, winds will gust from 25 to 35 mph through the afternoon as well.

Very mild first half of day ahead of front. Highs around 70 early then dropping into the middle 60s by end of day. Broken clouds for the afternoon and evening.

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FRIDAY: Dry start to the day. Temperatures will climb to the low 70s. Potential showers during the day, however the best chance for showers and storms will move in during the night. 

A slight risk for severe storms exists for the Miami Valley Friday night into Saturday. An isolated strong storm could produce high winds and large hail.

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Heavy rain will likely be the biggest issue with minor flooding in some isolated locations possible by Saturday morning. 

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SATURDAY: Early scattered showers and storms. Chance for showers to linger especially north of Interstate 70 into the afternoon. Heading later into the day and evening some dry time will return. Temperatures may vary with 60s in the north and highs in the low 70s near Dayton. Breezy through the day.

SUNDAY: An early shower or storm is possible. Some dry time during the afternoon. Highs reach to 80. More showers and storms develop at night. Strong winds with a few storms possible.

RELATED: WHIO Interactive Radar

MONDAY: Showers and storms early. Breezy day, with temperatures dropping into the 60s.

 

 

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Stormy weather returns to the region

Published: Wednesday, April 26, 2017 @ 4:54 AM
Updated: Wednesday, April 26, 2017 @ 11:40 PM

QUICK-LOOK FORECAST

  • Increasing clouds, mild tonight
  • Scattered showers, storms early Thursday  
  • More storms return late Friday, some strong

RELATED: Much more active weather develops over next 24 hours

RELATED: WHIO Interactive Radar

DETAILED FORECAST

This Evening: Mostly clear skies will stick around through sunset with some increase in clouds by late evening. Temperatures will remain warm, generally in the 70s.

Tonight: Clouds will be on the increase through the night with a chance for some showers or storms toward morning. Temperatures will fall back into the lower 60s.

Thursday: Scattered showers and thunderstorms will be around, mainly during the first half of the day with some breaks in the afternoon. An isolated storm could be strong. Temperatures will be a bit cooler but still mild, near 70 degrees.

RELATED: Flooding: Know Your Risks

Friday: Partly to mostly cloudy skies are expected with a chance for a shower or storm late. More storms are expected by evening. A few storms could be strong. Highs will reach into the middle 70s.

Saturday: Partly to mostly cloudy skies are expected with occasional showers and storms. Temperatures will top out in the lower 70s.

Sunday: Expect a mix of sun and clouds and much warmer temperatures, along with gusty winds. Highs will top out in the lower 80s. Scattered storms will be possible, especially late. A few storms may be strong late.

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Monday: Scattered showers and storms will be likely, especially early in the day. It will windy with cooler air pushing temperatures down through the 60s by afternoon. 

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Dry conditions could mean more venomous snake sightings, experts say

Published: Wednesday, April 26, 2017 @ 7:54 AM

The ongoing drought could bring danger slithering right into Floridians' yards.

The dry conditions mean the most venomous snakes in Central Florida are on the move.

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Herpetologist Bob Cross said low water levels in many lakes and swamps means snake sightings are more likely to happen in neighborhoods.

“It’s very frightening to think that they’re that they’re that close to a house,” said Longwood resident Candy Bauer. "I don't feel the same about my backyard."

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She found a cottonmouth in her backyard this week and called Cross to relocate the animal.

“Usually when people saw that, it’s a harmless water snake," Cross said. "But in this case, the lady was right."

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He said the dry weather is forcing the cottonmouths and other snakes to seek water elsewhere.

"He’s going to be traveling like the gators,” Cross said.

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He said a bite from a cottonmouth would cause severe pain and swelling.

"We'd be calling 911 and a helicopter for you," Cross said.

The snake found in Bauer’s yard will be sent to a facility in DeLand which will use it to produce anti-venom.

Swarms of cicadas expected soon in Southeast

Published: Wednesday, April 26, 2017 @ 3:57 AM

Southerners with a keen sense of sound and a watchful eye for insects are in for a surprise as swarms of cicadas and their overpowering hums make their way to the Southeast any day now.

These insects, also called “17-year locusts,” are notorious for disappearing for several years (in this case, 17) and reappearing “at force” in intervals, according to National Geographic

The 17-year brood, Brood VI, is estimated to hatch this month in North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia, according to the Gardener’s Network.

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This brood probably won’t be back until 2034, but Brood X is estimated to hatch in 2021 (though they may emerge as early as this year in some parts of the United States, according to USA Today).

University of Georgia entomologist Nancy C. Hinkle said people may first notice shed cicada skins on trees and poles, and later notice the red-eyed insects flying around trees and bushes.

According to Hinkle, the bugs aren’t particularly harmful to animals and plants but could occasionally pierce plant stems.

However, massive swarms of the insects crowded in a single area could potentially damage young trees.

The undigested remnants of the cicadas could also be harmful to dogs and are known to upset their stomachs, according to the New York Times.

In 2016, some areas saw densities of 1.5 million periodical cicadas per acre, the Washington Post reported.

“They’ll be out as one of the natural wonders of nature. Watch them, enjoy them and they’ll be gone in about a month,” John Cooley from the University of Connecticut ecology and evolutionary biology department said. 

After the periodical cicadas have tapered off, Cooley said, the summer cicadas will be on their way.