WPAFB Thursday Weather: Patchy fog, thunderstorms by late morning

Published: Thursday, October 05, 2017 @ 12:02 AM

Some patchy fog will be possible to start the day with lots of clouds around during the day, according to Storm Center 7 Chief Meteorologist Eric Elwell.

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Showers will develop by late morning into the afternoon. A few rumbles of thunder will also be possible. High temperatures will hold in the middle 70s. Any leftover rain will taper off by late tonight with areas of fog likely by Friday morning. Dry conditions are expected through most of the day Friday with highs in the upper 70s.

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Temperatures will climb back into the lower 80s with partly sunny skies and breezy conditions Saturday. Some showers are expected to return Saturday night.

WPAFB Tuesday Weather: Patchy frost, chilly temps to start the day 

Published: Tuesday, October 17, 2017 @ 12:03 AM

WRIGHT PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE—After starting the day with some patchy frost and chilly temperatures, seasonably mild weather is expected this afternoon with plenty of sunshine, said Storm Center 7 Chief Meteorologist Eric Elwell. 

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Highs will reach into the middle 60s. Skies will remain clear tonight as temperatures fall back into the 40s but stay slightly warmer than last night. 

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The slow warming trend will continue through the week and into the upcoming weekend, with highs reaching back into the lower 70s by Thursday. The weather will remain dry through at least Saturday and likely through the entire weekend before a storm system arrives early next week.

Science world ignores politics, preps for lunar space station

Published: Monday, October 16, 2017 @ 2:52 PM

NASA and other space agencies around the world are planning to build an outpost near the moon.
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NASA and other space agencies around the world are planning to build an outpost near the moon.(Zak GHM)

Working in the news business, it is easy to get distracted by the unsettling chaos of the day and the uneasy political climate.

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Most days, I tune out a lot of the bad news and try to focus on the weather and what good is happening. Yes, there are some good things. Despite our political discourse and the unnecessary politicization of science, the science community continues to work together for a better and brighter world with new, exciting adventures for exploration and study. This gives me great optimism for the future.

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One great example is the announcement of a new multi-national quest to build a lunar space station. Late last month, the Russian Space Agency, Roscosmos announced they would join a NASA-led effort to build an international human outpost near the moon. The Russians will now join the European Space Agency (ESA), Japanese (JAXA) and Canadian space agencies (CSA) who are already working with NASA, on a plan to construct a modular habitat to be known as Deep-Space Gateway. The habitat will be built in orbit around the moon, and will become a primary destination for astronauts, extending the presence of humans beyond earth’s orbit for the first time since 1972 when Apollo missions ended.

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The Deep-Space Gateway, if funded, is expected to be launched on NASA’s giant SLS rocket and serviced by the crews of NASA’s new Orion spacecraft. Once operational, the outpost is expected to pave the way for mission to Mars in the 2030s with the construction of a Deep Space Transport. It is also possible that Deep-Space Gateway will allow for future missions to the moon’s surface and perhaps even a lunar habitat. While some may think that such an undertaking could be a waste of money, it is important to realize the amazing discoveries that occur in space that significantly advance technology and research right here on earth. You can thank the space program for inventions like hand-held vacuum cleaners, breathing apparatus for firefighters, lasers that assist with heart surgery, satellite television, lightning detection systems and so much more.

The International Space Station (ISS) is the primary destination for astronauts and cosmonauts. The ISS is supported by NASA, Roscosmos, JAXA, ESA, and CSA. The ownership and use of the space station is established by intergovernmental treaties and agreements. Interestingly, the station is divided into two sections, the Russian Orbital Segment (ROS) and the United States Orbital Segment (USOS), which is shared by many nations. Currently, the American portion of ISS is being funded until 2024.

The lunar station, Deep-Space Gateway is expected to go under construction in the mid-2020s according to Roscosmos with both US and Russian rockets being used to launch the modules into space.

Now - if we could just get political leaders across the world to learn from the scientific community - and look beyond petty differences, greed and infighting. Working together with other nations can only help the advancement of science and technology, and perhaps someday, develop cures to diseases and famine. Despite our differences and beliefs, we are and will always be a tiny speck of something much, much bigger. The only question is - what will our contribution be?

Eric Elwell is WHIO StormCenter 7 Chief Meteorologist. Contact him at eric.elwell@coxinc.com or follow him on Facebook and Twitter.

Patchy frost possible tonight

Published: Monday, October 16, 2017 @ 3:12 AM
Updated: Monday, October 16, 2017 @ 6:56 PM

Temperatures drop into the 30s Tuesday AM, Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini talks about possible impacts.

Sunny skies and cooler than normal temperatures are in the forecast for today, according to Storm Center 7 Meteorologist McCall Vrydaghs.

QUICK-LOOK FORECAST

  • Clearing skies, chilly tonight
  • Patchy frost possible early Tuesday
  • Rain-free, slow warming trend this week

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DETAILED FORECAST

Tonight: Skies will clear tonight as temperatures drop through the 50s to an overnight low in the upper 30s in most places. Some areas north and east of the Dayton metro area could drop into the middle 30s. 

(Graphics by Storm Center 7 Chief Meteorologist Eric Elwell)

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Tuesday: A cold morning with some patchy frost in low lying areas. After a chilly morning, sunshine will bring temperatures back into the middle 60s by afternoon.

(Storm Center 7 Chief Meteorologist Eric Elwell)



Wednesday: Sunny skies and mild temperatures are expected with highs approaching 70 degrees.

Thursday: It will be another sunny, dry day with high temperatures climbing to around 70 degrees.

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Friday: Skies will be mostly sunny with highs unseasonably mild, in the lower 70s.

Saturday: Mostly sunny skies and mild temperatures will start the weekend. Highs will be back in the lower 70s.

Why is the sun red, the sky yellow in London? 

Published: Monday, October 16, 2017 @ 5:44 PM



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An eerie weather phenomenon across parts of the United Kingdom is turning the skies an anemic yellow color and making the sun appear blood red.

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The anomaly is not the beginning of the end of days or a sign of the apocalypse, scientists said. Instead, it’s directly related to Hurricane Ophelia, which is whipping through the region.

The storm’s tropical air dragged in dust from the Sahara Desert and air pollution from wildfires in Spain and Portugal as it moved north through the Atlantic, creating the strange spectacle, the BBC reported.

The sky in France's Brittany region also turned yellow on Monday, Oct. 16,2017 as nearby Hurricane Ophelia brought a mix of sand from the Sahara and particles from Spain and Portugal's forest fires over the region. (David Vincent/AP)

“The dust gets picked up into the air and goes high up into the atmosphere, and that dust has been dragged high up in the atmosphere above the UK,” BBC weatherman Simon King said, according to the Express.

The blood-red sun Monday morning across the region is a result of the same weather phenomenon creating the yellow skies, according to the U.K.’s  Meteorological Office or Met Office.

“The same southerly winds that have brought us the current warmth have also drawn dust from the Sahara to our latitudes and the dust scatters the blue light from the sun letting more red light through much as at sunrise or sunset,” Met officials said on the agency’s website.

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Social media users in London chronicled the spectacle on Twitter.