YOU NEED THIS: WHIO Weather App

Published: Friday, November 18, 2016 @ 2:01 PM

Weather app
Weather app

The free WHIO Weather App will keep you alert and informed of changing weather conditions. You’ll be able to access the live radar before you hit the road.  

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.

Mark your calendar now; more eclipses are on the way

Published: Monday, August 21, 2017 @ 4:05 PM

Most Stunning Moments From The Total Eclipse

The Great American Eclipse is almost history but another eclipse is just around the corner.

There are several eclipses lined up in the coming decade. Of course, the bigger challenge will be getting the weather to cooperate so we can see these celestial shows.

Take a look of a timelapse of the eclipse taken in the Miami Valley.

»RELATED: Explaining the solar eclipse

Next up on the eclipse calendar will be a partial lunar eclipse which will take place in just over 160 days, on Jan. 31. This time, the shadow of the Earth will be cast about the moon beginning just before 6 a.m. The maximum eclipse will occur as the moon hits the horizon as it sets around 7:40 a.m.

There will be no need for special glasses to view the lunar eclipse.

»MORE: What to know about sky events

If that eclipse is too early in the morning for you, then mark your calendar for Jan. 20, 2019 when the final eclipse of the decade is expected. This should be a remarkable show (again, weather dependent) late on a Sunday evening. This lunar eclipse will begin just after 10:30 p.m. and become total at 11:41 p.m. This eclipse will be total, meaning the moon will be completely in the shadow of the earth. But the moon will not go totally dark. It will turn almost a blood color as all the sunrises and sunsets on Earth are projected onto the moon, thus the term “blood moon”.

Watch excited Lakota students react to Monday's historic solar eclipse.

And if you miss that total lunar eclipse, then the following decade will begin with two penumbral lunar eclipses on July 4 and another on Nov. 30, 2020, and a partial lunar eclipse on May 26, 2021. These will be followed by two more total lunar eclipses visible in the Miami Valley in May and November of 2022.

»WEATHER: Get the latest Storm Center 7 forecast

Of course, the more spectacular of the eclipses are the solar ones. You’ll need to bring back your eclipse safety viewing glasses for these beginning with a partial solar eclipse on Oct. 14, 2023. your eclipse safety viewing glasses for a partial solar eclipse on Oct. 14, 2023. This eclipse will be at its maximum just after 1 p.m. that day. This will just be a teaser to the main event expected across the Miami Valley just seven years from now when a total solar eclipse will be visible in our area.

So, mark your calendar and set your alarm for just before 2 p.m. Monday, April 8, 2024. The sky will go nearly dark for nearly five minutes in the middle of the day during the totality between 3:09 and 3:13 p.m. with the eclipse coming to a complete end just before 4:30 p.m. If the weather cooperates, this should be one of the most spectacular celestial events here in our region in our lifetimes.

The total eclipse of 2024 will track across Mexico into southwest Texas, through Arkansas, Missouri, Indiana and then into western Ohio before lifting into eastern Canada. This time, it will be possible during that five-minute window to take your eclipse glasses off and look (briefly) at the eclipse.

So, get ready. Monday’s eclipse was just the warm-up to a decade of celestial shows ahead. Now, I’ll just have to work on the forecast and see if we can get some good weather to view these events.

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

Storms return to the Valley

Published: Monday, August 21, 2017 @ 5:18 AM
Updated: Monday, August 21, 2017 @ 6:54 PM

(Storm Center 7 Chief Meteorologist Eric Elwell)
Eric Elwell
(Storm Center 7 Chief Meteorologist Eric Elwell)(Eric Elwell)

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RELATED: WHIO Interactive Radar 

QUICK-LOOK FORECAST  

  • On and off storms through Tuesday
  • Some storms could produce strong winds, hail
  • Much cooler, less humid starting midweek

RELATED: Solar eclipse 2017: What time does it start; how long does it last; glasses; how to view it 

RELATED: Eclipse glasses all gone or too pricey online? Here are some options 

DETAILED FORECAST 

THIS EVENING: Scattered showers and thunderstorms will be around through the evening hours. A few strong storms can’t be ruled out. Temperatures will drop back through the 80s.

TONIGHT: Scattered storms will taper off with scattered clouds around through the night. Temperatures will fall into the lower 70s and it will be muggy.

 

(Storm Center 7 Chief Meteorologist Eric Elwell)

(Storm Center 7 Chief Meteorologist Eric Elwell)

(Storm Center 7 Chief Meteorologist Eric Elwell)

(Storm Center 7 Chief Meteorologist Eric Elwell)(Eric Elwell)

(Storm Center 7 Chief Meteorologist Eric Elwell)

TUESDAY: Scattered storms will become likely with a few strong storms possible. Storms could produce strong winds and hail along with very heavy rainfall. Highs will recover to the middle 80s before the front crosses.

WEDNESDAY: Partly cloudy skies return and pleasant conditions are expected with high temperatures dropping into the upper 70s.

THURSDAY: Mostly sunny skies return with highs comfortable, in the middle 70s.

FRIDAY: Lots of sunshine with highs in the middle 70s.

SATURDAY: Mostly sunny skies and slightly warmer temperatures to start the weekend with highs in the upper 70s.

Can you reuse eclipse glasses in 2024 for the next eclipse? 

Published: Monday, August 21, 2017 @ 3:08 PM

Staff Photo
Staff Photo

Many viewers have questioned if eclipse glasses used for Monday’s solar eclipse could be used again when the next solar eclipse rolls around 2024. 

RELATED: Photos of the 2017 Solar Eclipse in the Miami Valley

If your eclipse glasses or viewers are compliant with the ISO 12312-2 safety standard, you may look at the uneclipsed or partially eclipsed sun through them for as long as you wish. 

The Miami Valley was expected to only see 90% coverage of the solar eclipse. Here is what 90% looked like in the Dayton-metro area.

Furthermore, if the filters aren't scratched, punctured, or torn, you may reuse them indefinitely. Some glasses/viewers are printed with warnings stating that you shouldn't look through them for more than 3 minutes at a time and that you should discard them if they are more than 3 years old. 

Kate Bartley after the eclipse in Tennessee
Such warnings are outdated and do not apply to eclipse viewers compliant with the ISO 12312-2 standard adopted in 2015. To make sure your eclipse glasses/viewers are from a supplier of ISO-compliant products, see the American Astronomical Society (AAS) Reputable Vendors of Solar Filters & Viewers page.

Solar Eclipse 2017 happening today: How to watch & what to know

Published: Monday, August 21, 2017 @ 3:15 AM

WATCH: Eclipse continues in Miami Valley @ 2pm

The 2017 Great American Eclipse is happening today.

The solar eclipse will begin shortly after 1 p.m. in the Miami Valley and will last nearly three hours. 

>> RELATED: What you need to know about the 2017 solar eclipse

Storm Center 7 Meteorologist McCall Vrydaghs will be doing a Facebook Live at 10 a.m. ahead of the eclipse on Dayton Daily News Facebook page. From 1 until 4 p.m., meteorologists will be live on the WHIO Facebook page from the Storm Center 7 studio and the Boonshoft Museum of Discovery.

Here is a photo montage of the eclipse in the Miami Valley taken at 2:01pm

WHIO Radio will have a special live show from 1 until 4 p.m. The special Eclipse show can be listened to live here.

>> WATCH: Here’s what the solar eclipse will look like in the Miami Valley

There are several events planned throughout the Miami Valley today, including over 10 watch parties.

>> RELATED: 11 solar eclipse watch parties in Dayton

Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Brett Collar said there is a slight chance for rain today with some cloud coverage, but there will still be the chance to see the eclipse this afternoon.

Kate Bartley in Tennessee for the eclipse

>> RELATED: Great American Eclipse: Will clouds or rain hamper eclipse viewing?

Some local schools are closing today out of concern for student safety, while other districts are making plans, as the eclipse will be happening around dismissal time.

>> RELATED: Some local schools close, others make plans for today’s solar eclipse

Since the Miami Valley won’t experience a total solar eclipse, there is a threat and concern that looking directly at the eclipse could cause retina damage to your eyes. If you don’t have a pair of certified eclipse glasses, there are other ways to view the eclipse, including a pinhole projector.

>> RELATED: How to watch the Great American Eclipse safely

>> RELATED: Solar Eclipse 2017: Read this before looking at the sun

Animals may be affected by the eclipse, and Director of the Montgomery County Animal Resource Center said it may not be a bad idea to bring pets inside.