YOU NEED THIS: WHIO Weather App

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

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 

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.

 

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.

Rain arrives Monday evening; more comes later in week

Published: Sunday, June 25, 2017 @ 4:54 AM
Updated: Sunday, June 25, 2017 @ 4:30 PM

More clearing is expected overnight. Lows will again be dipping into the middle 50s, Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Brett Collar said.

Track conditions on Live Doppler 7 Interactive Radar

QUICK-LOOK FORECAST

  • Few passing showers Monday evening
  • More dry time Tuesday and Wednesday
  • Chance for storms heading into weekend

DETAILED FORECAST

Monday: Partly sunny skies are expected with the chance for a passing evening showers. Highs will be in the lower 70s.

RELATED: County-by-County Forecasts

Tuesday: More sunshine is expected as high pressure builds in. Highs will be in the lower to middle 70s.

Wednesday: Mostly sunny skies on tap with highs near 80 degrees.

RELATED: Sky Witness 7

Thursday: The chance for rain returns for the second half of the day. Highs will be in the middle 80s.

RELATED: WHIO Weather App

Friday: The chance for more showers and storms continues. Highs will be in the lower to middle 80s.

Dry weather expected over the coming days

Published: Saturday, June 24, 2017 @ 8:32 AM
Updated: Saturday, June 24, 2017 @ 10:35 PM

We’ll see more clearing this evening and overnight, Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Brett Collar said. It’ll be pleasant, but a notch cooler with temperatures dipping into the middle 50s overnight.

Track the latest conditions on Live Doppler 7 Interactive Radar

QUICK-LOOK FORECAST

  • More dry time to start the new week
  • Pleasant weather starts the week
  • Warmer with rain ends the week

DETAILED FORECAST

Sunday: More sunshine is expected with highs in the middle 70s. We’ll again see a few daytime clouds develop, and one or two of those clouds may spit out a stray shower, but the chances are slim.

RELATED: County-by-County Forecasts

Monday: Partly sunny skies are on tap to start the workweek. Highs will be in the lower 70s.

Tuesday: We get back to the middle 70s under mostly sunny skies.

RELATED: Sky Witness 7

Wednesday: Temperatures return to around normal under mostly sunny skies. Highs will be near 80 degrees.

Thursday: Partly cloudy skies are expected with highs in the middle 80s. The chance for showers and storms moves in later Thursday into Friday.

RELATED: WHIO Weather App

Heavy rain, flooding threat ends

Published: Friday, June 23, 2017 @ 4:07 AM
Updated: Friday, June 23, 2017 @ 11:00 PM

The remnants of Tropical Storm Cindy brought heavy rains and record daily rainfall of nearly 3 inches on Friday in Dayton, Storm Center 7 Meteorologist McCall Vrydaghs said. The record is 2.78 inches, which beats the previous record of 1.04 inches set in 1896. So far this month, 6.19 inches of rain has fallen over Dayton.

Overnight, it dries out and clouds break, Vrydaghs said. Much drier air builds in, which will reduce humidity towards morning. Overnight lows will be around 60 degrees.

Track the latest conditions on Live Doppler 7 Interactive Radar

QUICK-LOOK FORECAST  

  • Cooler, less humid this weekend
  • Slight chance for stray shower Saturday, Sunday
  • Warming up midweek

RELATED: County-by-County Forecasts 

DETAILED FORECAST 

Saturday: Sun and some scattered clouds are expected, though it will be cooler than normal and less humid with highs in the upper 70s. It will be windy at times with gusts over 20 mph. There is a slight chance of a stray shower across the north in the afternoon. Saturday night will be partly cloudy and cool with lows in the middle 50s.

RELATED: Sky Witness 7

Sunday: Partly cloudy skies are expected, and it still will be breezy and cooler with highs in the middle 70s. There is a slight chance of a passing shower into the afternoon/early evening. 

Monday: This will be the coolest day of the week with highs around 70 degrees under partly cloudy skies. Again, there is a slight chance a passing shower late day.

Tuesday: Sunshine and a few clouds move in with highs in the middle 70s. 

Wednesday: It will be sunny and warmer with highs around 80 degrees.

Tornado Facts and Safety

Published: Friday, June 23, 2017 @ 5:44 PM



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Tornado Facts

Tornadoes can range in intensity. Wind speeds are measured on the Enhanced Fujita scale, which was implemented in February of 2007:

  • EF0 = 65 – 85 mph winds
  • EF1 = 86 – 110 mph winds
  • EF2 = 111 – 135 mph winds
  • EF3 = 136 – 165 mph winds
  • EF4 = 166 – 200 mph winds
  • EF5 = Over 200 mph winds


Tetsuya Theodore "Ted" Fujita (1920-1998) developed the original Fujita Tornado Intensity Scale. The scale was changed to the “Enhanced” Fujita Scale in 2007, after more information about the destructiveness of tornadoes had been scientifically examined. The estimated wind speeds were updated, and more specific damage requirements were set. Tornadoes are now measured AFTER damage has been assessed, days after a tornado strikes.

The size of a tornado is not necessarily a measure of its intensity. Larger tornadoes can be weaker and less violent than smaller tornadoes that have more intense winds. Tornadoes in the EF0-EF2 range are much more likely to develop than stronger ones, but all tornadoes can be deadly. Following these tips could save your life.

Tornado safety tips

1. Have a plan in place:

  • Know in advance exactly what to do when a tornado nears.
  • Know where to take shelter in seconds.
  • Practice home tornado drills with your entire family.
  • Have your kids draw a picture of their home with their “safe place.”

2. The best shelter is a tornado shelter, or an interior room like a closet or bathroom on the lowest level of your home, away from glass or windows.

  • Bring pillows and blankets to cover yourselves from falling debris and wear bike helmets to protect your head.
  • Have a flashlight and a battery-operated radio to take into your shelter with you.
  • You may even turn your television volume up loud enough so that you can hear severe weather alert updates.

3. If you live in a mobile home:

  • Get out!
  • Find the nearest shelter, like a neighbor’s house.
  • If no other shelter is available, it is safer to lie down, as low as you can, such as in a ditch, outside, covering your head with your hands.
  • Even if your mobile home is tied down it is not a safe place during a tornado.
4. If you’re in your car:
  • Get out!
  • Find shelter in a sturdy building. If you don’t see one, find a ditch away from trees and other cars.
  • Lie down in the ditch with your hands covering your head.
  • If there’s no ditch, find an open area of land away from trees and cars. Lie flat on the ground and cover your head with your hands.