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Published: Wednesday, September 27, 2017 @ 2:00 PM
DAYTON — The changing color of fall foliage is one of the best parts about fall weather in Ohio.
Different types of trees show different colors like the bright reds from oaks, the yellows from the birch trees, or the beautiful mixes that buckeye trees reveal.
Ohio Department of Natural Resources forester Casey Burdick said this year will be another great one for fall colors and weather can play a roll in how early leaves reveal their true color.
This year, according to Burdick, the wet weather in late spring and early summer created stress in some urban trees and along the edges of woodlands, so early color can be seen there. The true trigger though for full fall color though is the shorter days and longer nights.
"To get the best color we need that sap to thicken up so it needs to cool off a little bit so the tree can prepare, as the day shorten that's really the trigger that causes fall color to start," said Burdick.
Published: Friday, March 16, 2018 @ 2:31 PM
— During the winter months you may often hear about snow, sleet and freezing rain.
Each has its own hazards, but freezing rain can create hidden dangers on the roads, more than the others. Unlike snow or sleet on pavement, freezing rain can appear wet, but is actually a sheet of ice and will leave no traction for drivers.
Freezing rain forms in the clouds just like snow, but it’s what happens after the snowflake leaves the cloud that changes everything. During a freezing rain event the air within the cloud is cold enough to produce a snowflake.
If the snowflake falls into air below the cloud that is above freezing, it will melt into a raindrop. This droplet will continue to fall as rain as long as the environment remains above 32 degrees.
Since cold air is more dense than warm air, sometimes a thin layer of subfreezing air may settle to the surface cooling the ground. If this occurs, once the droplet hits anything that is below 32 degrees it will freeze on contact. Typically, elevated objects such as trees, overpasses and power lines are the first to accumulate ice. If freezing rain continues for an extended period of time, ice may become so thick that numerous accidents and power outages may occur.
Published: Thursday, March 15, 2018 @ 6:53 AM
Updated: Friday, March 16, 2018 @ 1:27 PM
— A storm system will approach the Miami Valley just in time for St. Patrick's Day, said Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Brett Collar. Early Saturday morning the system will bring freezing rain and possible ice acccumulation.
Slick roads and icy sidewalks could be an issue beginning at 4am Saturday, and last through noon.
Prior to sunrise Saturday, freezing rain is set to move in from the west. This will become more widespread around sunrise and that’s when ice accumulation will start to become a big issue. This will continue through the morning hours but by 10am or 11am, we should start to see a transition over to rain as temperatures climb above freezing. Untreated surfaces however are likely to still be icy through lunch time.
Published: Friday, March 16, 2018 @ 12:34 AM
— WRIGHT PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE—Sunshine will start the day across the area but it will be a cold morning, according to Storm Center 7 Chief Meteorologist Eric Elwell.
RELATED: 5-Day Forecast
Temperatures will begin in the lower 20s by climb back into the lower 40s during the afternoon. Clouds will increase tonight as a storm system approaches from the southwest.
A wintry mix of freezing rain and sleet is expected to develop after 3 or 4 Saturday morning. This will lead to icy spots and perhaps a coating of ice on elevated surfaces to begin St. Patrick’s Day. Some snow may also mix in across the far northern Miami Valley.
RELATED: County-by-County Weather
As temperatures rebound from the 20s into the lower 40s in the afternoon, mainly rain showers are expected with improving travel conditions. Skies will clear Saturday night with sunshine and milder weather to end the weekend.
Published: Thursday, February 22, 2018 @ 12:25 PM
Updated: Thursday, March 15, 2018 @ 4:17 AM
— We are now less than a week from the astronomical start to spring. On March 20 the vernal equinox will take place, transitioning us to the new season.
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