What’s the weather forecast for Monday’s solar eclipse?

Published: Friday, August 18, 2017 @ 8:02 AM

Looking towards a hot and humid day for the solar eclipse across the Miami Valley

The Great American Solar Eclipse will take place August 21st, with the Miami Valley enjoying a partial eclipse with about 89% of the sun eclipsed.

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The viewing will begin around 1 p.m. with the max eclipse around 2:28 p.m. This means plenty of people will be outside during the peak heating hours of the day.

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Make sure you DO NOT look directly at the sun even for a few seconds unless you have ISO compliant solar eclipse glasses.

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The day will warm up quickly with most of the eclipse time-frame in the mid to upper 80s. Dew points will be in the 60s so it will feel muggy as well. 

Heat index values can reach the low 90s that day so please make sure you have plenty of water to stay hydrated and take breaks outside if you feel like you are overheating. 

There will be a good deal of sunshine especially early but as the day goes on some high clouds and a few fair weather clouds look to develop. We are lucky that the forecast will stay dry to enjoy the show! 

Dangerous Hurricane Maria takes aim at Puerto Rico

Published: Saturday, September 16, 2017 @ 9:16 PM
Updated: Tuesday, September 19, 2017 @ 5:58 AM

Devastating hurricane Maria is projected to be a category 5 storm making landfall in Puerto Rico early Wednesday.

UPDATE 11:46 pm: 

Hurricane Maria is taking aim at Puerto Rico Tuesday night as a dangerous Category 5 storm with sustained winds of 175 mph, according to the National Weather Service.


Hurricane Maria has strengthened to a Category 5 storm, with winds reported at 160 mph, according to Air Force Reserve hurricane hunter planes. 

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Maria is the second Category 5 storm for the 2017 Atlantic Hurricane Season. Maria will continue to move toward the Virgin Islands  and likely move over Puerto Rico late tonight and through Wednesday. Life threatening flash flooding, mudslides and storm surge are be possible.

Tropical Storm Jose is still expected to impact the northeast coast of the United States through the week. 

Tropical Storm Warnings extent along the coast of Rhode Island and Massachusetts. 

See our WHIO Dopple 7 Interactive Radar

Jose's center should stay out to sea but dangerous rip currents and life threatening surf will be possible as the storm moves north. 

Maria became the fourth major hurricane of the 2017 Atlantic season on Monday. Maria is expected to bring major impacts to the Leeward Island, Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico. 

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Several islands were already severally damaged from Hurricane Irma. Rain totals could reach as high as 20 inches in some of those spots producing life threatening flash flooding and mudslides. Hurricane and tropical storm force winds extend out from the center of the storm. 

Storm surge 6-9 feet above tide could impact parts of the Leeward Islands and the British Virgin Islands. Maria is expected to curve back out to sea by the weekend, but there will be plenty to track. 

On Monday, there were three active named storms in the Atlantic for the second time this season. Tropical Depression Lee was also active. 

Showers, storms tonight but no threat for severe weather

Published: Tuesday, September 19, 2017 @ 5:30 AM
Updated: Tuesday, September 19, 2017 @ 7:45 PM

Rain showers are expected today, but we should be drying out this weekend.

Scattered showers with embedded thunderstorms under mostly cloudy skies are expected this evening. There is no threat for severe weather, but isolated downpours and gusty winds are possible.


  • Few showers and storms this evening
  • Areas of fog develop overnight
  • Warming Wednesday and through the weekend
    Tonight's Forecast(Graphic by Storm Center 7 Meteorologist McCall Vrydaghs)


Overnight: Temperatures will fall into the 60s. Any showers or storms will end, then clouds break and patchy fog will develop. This could lead to a few issues during the morning commute.

>> RELATED: WHIO Doppler 7 Interactive Radar

Wednesday: Some patchy morning fog, then it will become sunny for the afternoon. There is a slight chance of a stray shower for the second half of the day. it will be a bit muggy with highs into the middle 80s. Partly cloudy skies remain Wednesday night, which will be mild with lows in the upper 60s.

Outdoor Outlook(Graphic by Storm Center 7 Meteorologist McCall Vrydaths)

Thursday: Partly cloudy, hot and muggy conditions are expected with highs in the upper 80s; it will feel closer to 90 degrees the humidity.

>> Hurricane Maria lashes Dominica, now menaces other islands 

Friday: It will feel like summer for the first official day of fall, which begins at 4:02 p.m. Autumn’s first day will be mostly sunny, hot and humid with highs in the upper 80s.

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Saturday: Bright skies and temperatures again in the upper 80s are expected. It will still be humid and feel like 90 degrees. 

Sunday: Highs will reach in to the upper 80s under sunny skies on this summer-like hot and humid day.

with highs in the upper 80s with sunny skies.

Florida's 10 safest cities in a hurricane

Published: Tuesday, September 19, 2017 @ 6:35 PM

Get Ahead of the Storm - 5 Severe Weather Hacks

There’s really no place that’s 100 percent safe in Florida when it comes to hurricanes.

Even Orlando got hit twice in 2004 by hurricanes Charley and Frances.

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And, although Florida enjoyed a more than 10-year hurricane drought after 2005’s Hurricane Wilma, Hurricane Hermine made landfall in the Florida Panhandle in 2016. 

Still, Homeinsurance.com has ranked Florida’s cities based on their evaluation of NOAA-identified storms from 1965 to October 2014, doling out scores based on the number of storm events, number of storm-related deaths, property damage and storm-related injuries.

The top 10 safest cities in Florida during a hurricane, according to the insurance study, are:

  1. Leesburg
  2. Orlando
  3. Sanford
  4. Kissimmee
  5. Palatka
  6. Lake City
  7. Naples
  8. Ocala
  9. Gainesville
  10. Fernandina Beach

The entire ranking is below.

This graphic shows an approximate representation of coastal areas under a hurricane warning (red), hurricane watch (pink), tropical storm warning (blue) and tropical storm watch (yellow). The orange circle indicates the current position of the center of the tropical cyclone. The black line, when selected, and dots show the National Hurricane Center (NHC) forecast track of the center at the times indicated.(National Hurricane Center)
Read more about the Home Insurance study here.

Flood advisory issued for Wayne County, Indiana, expires

Published: Monday, September 18, 2017 @ 5:16 AM
Updated: Monday, September 18, 2017 @ 11:33 PM

Chance for showers and storms return for Tuesday across the Miami Valley.

UPDATE @ 11:30 p.m.: A flood advisory issued for Wayne County, Indiana, has expired, according to the National Weather Service. 

Doppler radar showed thunderstorms in the advisory area. About two inches of rain have fallen so far tonight. 

5 Day Forecast with Meteorologist McCall Vrydaghs


  • Few Showers and Storms Possible this Evening
  • Few More Storms Tomorrow
  • Warmer than normal week

WHIO Doppler 7 Interactive Radar


This evening/overnight: Partly cloudy, warm and muggy this evening with a few passing showeres/storms. Severe weather is not expected, but heavy downpours and isolated gusty winds possible. Temperatures will fall through the 70s this evening, then to a low in the middle 60s overnight. There will be a lull in the precipitation after sunset and through most of the night. A few more showers and isolated embedded storms may develop from the west towards morning.

Tuesday: Chance of a few passing showers or storms early. In the 60s through the morning. Clouds linger through the day with a few more showers or storms possible. Highs in the upper 70s. Severe threat is not expected.

>> Atlantic has 3 active storms

Wednesday: Partly cloudy, warm and humid. Slight chance of an afternoon shower or storm. Most will likely remain dry. Highs in the middle 80s.

Thursday: A mix of sun and clouds, warm and muggy with highs in the middle 80s. 

>> WHIO severe weather guide

Friday: Sunshine and a few clouds, warm and muggy again. Highs in the middle 80s 

Saturday: Mostly sunny, warm and muggy with highs in the middle 80s.