WHIO Weather App: Winter weather at your fingertips

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. 

HOW DO I ADD MY CITY OR LOCATION IN THE APP?

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. 

SHOULD I "ENABLE" BACKGROUND TRACKING? 

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'

DO I HAVE TO BE ALERTED TO EVERYTHING WEATHER RELATED? 

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 

WHY DIDN'T THE WARNING GO OFF ON MY PHONE? 

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. 

ISN'T THE 7-DAY JUST LIKE ANY OTHER WEATHER APP? 

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

HOW DO I SEE THE LATEST LIST OF SCHOOL/ BUSINESS CLOSINGS AND DELAYS? 

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. 

 

I MISSED A NEWSCAST, HOW CAN I GET MY FORECAST? 

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. 

 

WHAT CAN I SEE ON THE INTERACTIVE RADAR BESIDES RAIN AND SNOW? 

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.

WPAFB Monday Weather: Possible afternoon shower, snow to move into Tuesday

Published: Monday, December 11, 2017 @ 12:11 AM

WRIGHT PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE—More clouds are expected on Monday, and while it will be a notch warmer, it’s still going to be below the normal high for this time of the year, according to Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Brett Collar.

RELATED: Dayton Interactive Radar - WHIO Doppler 7

We’ll see highs in the upper 30s. Some models hint at a passing light shower north of I-70 this afternoon, but those chances look pretty slim. Most will stay dry today. That will change though overnight as more snow moves in.

RELATED: County-by-County Weather 

That snow looks to linger into your Tuesday.

Slick conditions lead to crashes across Miami Valley

Published: Saturday, December 09, 2017 @ 2:01 PM
Updated: Saturday, December 09, 2017 @ 6:20 PM

FROM SCENE: Slick conditions cause crash on U.S. 35 East in Dayton

UPDATE @ 6:20 p.m.

Medics and law enforcement officers are busy keeping up with all the crashes in the region.

Temperatures are dropping and the snow is still falling.

The majority of accidents are minor, but there are reports of slick spots, particularly on hills, that are impassable.

>> Fatal crash with multiple other injuries reported in Greene County

Road crews also are busy treating roads throughout the area. 

UPDATE @ 4:05 p.m.

Road crews are putting salt down across the Miami Valley as temperatures drop amid snowy conditions.

Just outside Dayton, a vehicle slammed into a guardrail on U.S. 35 East. No other cars were involved in the crash, and there were not believed to be any injuries.

In Piqua, a two-vehicle crash along County Road 25A reportedly involved a medic unit responding to a call.

In Butler County, there were some crashes, including one on the High-Main Bridge in Hamilton, when one car swerved into another. Other crashes were fender-benders.

Lebanon dispatchers reported some vehicles unable to drive up a hilly road.

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Two vehicles rolled over in a multi-vehicle crash on Interstate 70 in Clark County.

According to the Clark County Sheriff’s Office, there are slick conditions leading to the crashes in the east end of the county. At least one person was taken to a local hospital.

>> Clipper arrives, snow falling across region

The Springfield Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol also reported they were responding to multiple crashes.

In Champaign County, wires are pulled down on North County Line Road and state Route 4 after a semi crashed into a pole. Another accident involved two cars in the same area, with the cars ending up in a ditch, according to the sheriff’s office.

The Auglaize County Sheriff’s Office reported there were a couple minor crashes.

Several slide-offs but nothing serious was reported in Mercer County.

In Greene County, the OSP’s Xenia Post said dispatchers handled a couple crashes, including one on state Route 44 (Springfield Street).

The Dayton Post of the OSP reported one crash in Preble County and another outside Englewood in Montgomery County.

Got a tip? Call our monitored 24-hour line, 937-259-2237, or send it to newsdesk@cmgohio.com

Worst global warming predictions likely the most accurate, study finds

Published: Saturday, December 09, 2017 @ 12:53 PM

What you know about climate change is correct — for the most part.

The worst-case predictions regarding the effects of global warming are the most likely to be true, a new study published this week has warned.

"Our study indicates that if emissions follow a commonly used business-as-usual scenario, there is a 93 per cent chance that global warming will exceed 4°C by the end of this century," Dr. Ken Caldeira, an atmospheric scientist at the Carnegie Institution for Science, who co-authored the study told The Independent.

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This research shows a dramatic increase over previous estimates, which placed the likelihood of such a drastic increase at just 62 percent.

Since the Earth's climate system is incredibly complex, different scientists have put forward different models to determine how fast the planet is warming. This has resulted in a range of predictions, some more dire than others.

The new study, published in the academic journal "Nature", aimed to determine whether the upper or lower-end estimates are more reliable.

Caldeira and co-author Dr. Patrick Brown looked at models that proved to be the best at simulating climate patterns in the recent past. They reasoned that these models would present the most accurate estimates.

"It makes sense that the models that do the best job at simulating today's observations might be the models with the most reliable predictions," Caldeira explained.

According to the researchers' conclusions, models with higher estimates are more likely to be accurate, meaning the degree of warming is likely 0.5°C higher than previously accepted.

(AP Photo/Andy Wong, File/for the AJC)

Scientist that weren't involved with the research have come out in support of the findings as well.

"There have been many previous studies trying to compare climate models with measurements of past surface-temperature, but these have not proved very conclusive in reducing the uncertainty in the range of future temperature projections," Professor William Collins, a meteorologist at the University of Reading, said.

Professor Collins explained that the new study "breaks the issue down into the fundamental building blocks of climate change."

While the overwhelming majority of climatologists and environmental scientists agree that climate change is a problem accelerated by human activity, representatives from the fossil fuel industry and the administration of U.S. President Donald Trump have dismissed such claims.

However, with more and more research backing worst-case predictions, complete dismissal of such findings becomes increasingly difficult. This study in particular addresses one key point climate change deniers often seize upon: the uncertainty that comes with so many different climate models.

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"This study undermines that logic," Dr. Brown told MIT Technology Review. "There are problems with climate models, but the ones that are most accurate are the ones that produce the most warming in the future."

Dr. Brown and Dr. Cadeira's study also comes on the heels of a dire warning issued by more than 15,000 scientists from around the world last month. The scientists warned that quick and drastic actions should be undertaken by society to address the threat to Earth.

"Soon it will be too late to shift course away from our failing trajectory, and time is running out," scientists wrote in the letter. "We must recognize, in our day-to-day lives and in our governing institutions, that Earth with all its life is our only home."

But despite scientists around the world, including the leading minds in climate and environmental research, raising their voices in concern, President Donald Trump's administration has expressed its disinterest and disbelief.

President Donald Trump said in June that he would pull the U.S. out of the landmark 2015 Paris climate agreement, joining only two other nations – Syria and Nicaragua – which had not signed the international accord.

Since then, Nicaragua agreed to sign the agreement in October, and Syria followed in November.

Instead of addressing greenhouse gas emissions as the Paris accord requires, the White House said it "will promote coal, natural gas and nuclear energy as an answer to climate change," a decision scientists around the globe have warned against.

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Clipper system to arrive in region by weekend

Published: Thursday, December 07, 2017 @ 8:05 PM
Updated: Saturday, December 09, 2017 @ 12:00 AM

The weather pattern that has enveloped the Miami Valley can be very conducive to "clipper systems". These storm systems originate from Canada and move rapidly across the Great Lakes. They usually bring quick bursts of light to moderate snow along with gusty winds. They also typically bring a rapid drop in temperatures after they move by.

The weather pattern that has enveloped the region can be very conducive to "clipper systems."

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These storm systems originate from Canada and move rapidly across the Great Lakes. They usually bring quick bursts of light to moderate snow along with gusty winds. They also typically bring a rapid drop in temperatures after they move by.

RELATED: Get the latest forecast

But there are several different names given to these clipper systems depending on where they originate. 

The most common Canadian storm system is called the "Alberta Clipper."

SEE: WHIO Doppler 7 Interactive Radar

But there also are two more names if the systems develop in the Canadian provinces of Saskatchewan and Manitoba. 

Storm Center 7 Chief Meteorologist Eric Elwell explains the differences between an "Alberta Clipper," a "Saskatchewan Screamer," and a "Manitoba Mauler" in this video.