WSU police ready for storm that disrupts Xenia graduation ceremony

Published: Wednesday, May 24, 2017 @ 10:16 PM
Updated: Thursday, May 25, 2017 @ 10:30 PM

UPDATE @ 10:30 p.m.

Wright State Police said they were not taken by surprise Wednesday night when severe weather forced the lockdown of 3,000 people at the Nutter Center for the Xenia High School graduation ceremony.

Campus police said they had been monitoring the weather and had plans in place.

“The individuals that are on the floor, they move over to the McLin Hallway. The people that are on the upper seating area we request that they come down to the lower area,” said WSU Police Chief David Finnie.

Police helped move people to safety until the storm passed.

A funnel cloud was spotted over Fairborn. There were no injuries, but there were downed trees and power lines in the area.


About 3,000 people were locked down at the Nutter Center after the Xenia High School graduation ceremony as severe weather barreled toward the arena.

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Funnel cloud over Fairborn

Doug Cope, the leader of Ohio Task Force One, called NewsCenter 7 to describe what was going on inside the arena.

“At about 8:10 (p.m.) they made an announcement for all the students on the floor to egress back to the backstage area, and this was because of the large monitor that hangs over the floor for basketball games,” Cope said. “They were telling folks to stay off the concourse area because of all the glass doors.”

Right then, NewsCenter 7’s James Brown gave a dire warning.

“Please tell the folks not to go outside, it’s headed right toward you,” Brown said.

There were no injuries reported.

WPAFB Tuesday Weather: Possible passing rain, snow shower; gusty winds

Published: Tuesday, January 23, 2018 @ 12:27 AM

WRIGHT PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE— Chance of a passing rain or snow showers during the day, otherwise cloudy, blustery and cold with temperatures in the 30s, according to Storm Center 7 Meteorologist McCall Vrydaghs.

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Winds may gust as high as 30mph creating wind chills in the 20s.

No snow accumulations expected.

WPAFB Monday Weather: Rain showers, mild temperatures throughout day

Published: Monday, January 22, 2018 @ 12:19 AM

WRIGHT PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE— Grab the umbrella as you head out the door today.

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While we're not anticipating a lot of rain to fall, we will see a few showers today. This will continue into the evening hours as well.

Temperatures today will be on the mild side. We'll top out in the middle 50s this afternoon.

Warming trend to last through the weekend

Published: Friday, January 19, 2018 @ 4:12 AM
Updated: Friday, January 19, 2018 @ 6:54 PM

Flooding concerns increase with snowmelt and rain this weekend.

A gradual warm-up will continue through the weekend and into the start of next week, according to Storm Center 7 Chief Meteorologist Eric Elwell. 


  • Some refreeze possible tonight
  • Temperatures climb into the 40s this weekend
  • Wet, but mild start to next week

>> WHIO Doppler 7 Interactive Radar


Tonight: Mainly clear skies are expected through the evening. Breezy conditions and chilly as temperatures fall through the 30s towards an overnight low in the upper 20s.

5 Day Forecast with Chief Meteorologist Eric Elwell

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Saturday: Sunshine to start the day, but clouds will increase late, Elwell said. It will be breezy at times with highs in the lower to middle 40s.

Sunday: Lots of clouds are expected during the day with a chance for drizzle or light rain and fog. Highs will be in the middle 40s.

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Monday: Rain will be likely, especially in the afternoon. Gusty winds will also be likely with highs in the lower 50s. 

Tuesday: Colder air returns with blustery, cloudy conditions. A few passing flurries or snow showers are possible with highs in the middle 30s.

>> WHIO Weather App

Wednesday: Some sunshine returns but it will stay chilly. Highs will be in the upper 30s

WPAFB Friday Forecast: Chilly start, warm-up underway

Published: Friday, January 19, 2018 @ 1:06 AM

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Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. TODD JACKSON | STAFF(Staff Writer)

After another chilly start, temperatures will make it back above freezing this afternoon for the first time in a week with highs in the middle 30s, said Storm Center 7 Chief Meteorologist Eric Elwell.

>> WHIO Doppler 7 HD Interactive Radar

Skies will remain mostly sunny. Dry weather will stick around through the day Saturday with some increase in clouds late in the day and evening. Temperatures are expected to rebound into the middle 40s.

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The warming trend will continue into Sunday, although you'll have to dust of the umbrellas with the chance for showers arriving by mid-morning.

>> WHIO Weather App

Showers will be even more likely Monday as high temperatures reach 50 degrees before falling late in the day.