Super blue blood moon eclipse visible this morning

Published: Sunday, January 28, 2018 @ 9:45 PM
Updated: Wednesday, January 31, 2018 @ 2:09 AM

There's a lunar eclipse Wednesday morning. Here's what you need to know!

A super blue blood moon eclipse? Yes!

WATCH LIVE: Super Blue Blood Moon Eclipse

It is happening today. A blue moon typically gets its name when it occurs as the second of two full moons in one calendar month.

But something very special will happen to the moon on this date. The full moon will pass through Earth’s shadow during the early morning hours on Wednesday to give us a total lunar eclipse. During the time of the total eclipse, the moon will appear reddish in color, which is where it gets to be called a “blood moon.” Totality, when the moon will be entirely inside Earth’s dark umbral shadow, will last a bit more than one-and-a-quarter hours.

The Jan. 31 full moon also is the third in a series of three straight full moon supermoons – that is, super-close full moons. It’s the first of two Blue Moons in 2018. So it’s not just a lunar eclipse, or a Blue Moon, or a supermoon. It’s all three … a super Blue Moon eclipse!

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It is the first Blue Moon total eclipse in 150 years in America.

The eclipse in Ohio begins at 6:48 a.m. Wednesday.

You’ll have to be up high with a good view of the western horizon to see the eclipse when it is total, as the moon will be setting as the eclipse reaches totality.

Those in the western United States will be able to view the full eclipse. But don’t let the setting moon stop you from getting to see a good part of the eclipse. It still should be a neat sight early in the morning if skies are clear and it is not too cold.

If you happen to get some great pictures of the coming super blue blood moon, send them my way!

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

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Freeze warning for some overnight; warmer weekend ahead

Published: Thursday, April 19, 2018 @ 3:21 AM
Updated: Thursday, April 19, 2018 @ 3:30 PM

Gradual warm up towards the weekend.

Freeze Warning will go into effect at 2 a.m. Friday for Montgomery, Greene, Warren, Preble and Butler counties.

QUICK-LOOK FORECAST

  • Clearing skies, cold tonight
  • Sunshine, milder weather Friday
  • Dry and mild through weekend

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DETAILED FORECAST

Overnight: Skies will be mainly clear and temperatures will fall to near or below freezing for several hours overnight.

>> Clear skies in time for Lyrid Meteor Shower this weekend

Friday: Sunshine will end the workweek with a steady warm-up getting under way. Highs will reach into the middle 50s.

Saturday: Expect lots of sunshine but with some high clouds moving by. It will be milder with temperatures topping out in the upper 50s.

Sunday: Partly cloudy skies and mild conditions will end the weekend with highs in the lower 60s.

Monday: A bit more cloud cover will be around through the day. There also is a slight chance for a passing shower, mainly south. Highs will reach into the middle 60s.

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Tuesday: Expect lots of clouds and a chance for showers. Highs will reach back into the lower 60s.

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Why freeze warning only issued for the southern Miami Valley 

Published: Thursday, April 19, 2018 @ 5:51 PM

Freeze warning for the southern part of the Miami Valley

Since the first day of spring, March 20, the days have become longer and the strength of the sun has increased. 

This change in incoming solar radiation will directly impact the rise in our daily average temperatures. 

Typically during this time of year, overnight lows fall to the lower 40s, but that doesn't mean some nights can't be cooler. 

In fact, according to the National Weather Service, the average last date of 32 degree temperatures is around April 19, but have been recorded as late as May 21 for Dayton. 

While we can see freezing temperatures into May, it's the warmer days that trigger the beginning of the growing season. 

Areas south of I-70 generally start their growing season before our northern communities. 

Because of this, on nights when temperatures drop close to freezing, the National Weather Service will begin to post freeze warnings. 

Dependent upon how far into the growing season we are, there may be time when only the southern counties get placed under a warning. 

As more vegetation is evident in northern counties, freeze warnings will then be issued if necessary. 

There could be a few days to a couple weeks lag between growing seasons in the Miami Valley.  

A few ways to keep your plants safe: 
  • Bring plants indoors to protect them from the colder temperatures 
  • Cover plants and bushes with sheets or burlap (not plastic) to trap heat from the soil, keeping the plant warmer through the night 
  • Remove cover early in the morning when temperatures climb above freezing 
  • Water plants to add moisture to the soil, this will help to insulate the plant's roots

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Clear skies in time for the Lyrid Meteor Shower this weekend 

Published: Thursday, April 19, 2018 @ 6:13 AM

The Lyrids peaks this weekend! Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini talks about where and when to look.

Dry and pleasant weather returns just in time for the Lyrid Meteor Shower this weekend, said Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini.

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The meteor shower peaks before dawn Sunday. The waxing crescent moon will have set around 2:30 a.m. Sunday morning, meaning the sky will be darker to watch for meteors. Grab a blanket and go outside Saturday night/Sunday morning!

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The Lyrids usually produce 10 to 20 meteors per hour, but can have outbursts which produce around 100. The radiant point, which is the point where the meteors look to come from of the Lyrid shower, is the constellation Lyra. 

Give yourself 30 minutes outside to let your eyes adjust to the darkness and enjoy the show! You also might see some meteors before dawn on Saturday and Monday.

Don’t forget to use the hashtag #SkyWitness7 if you snap a picture.

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WPAFB Thursday Weather: Possible snow showers to start the day 

Published: Thursday, April 19, 2018 @ 12:20 AM

WRIGHT PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE—A quick blast of wintry weather will start the day with a chance for snow showers, according to Storm Center 7 Chief Meteorologist Eric Elwell.

RELATED: 5-Day Forecast

Little, if any snow accumulation is expected. After starting in the 30s, clearing skies this afternoon will allow temperatures to rebound into the upper 40s. It will be blustery through the day.

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A steady warming trend will get underway Friday with sunny skies. Highs will rebound into the 50s. Dry weather will stick around through the weekend with highs reaching up to 60 degrees by Sunday.

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