Get ready for the eclipse

Published: Thursday, July 20, 2017 @ 5:27 PM

StormCenter 7 Meteorologist McCall Vrydaghs takes a look at the upcoming solar eclipse that will happen on Aug. 21. Dayton will not see a total eclipse, but we will be at about 90 percent.

America is gearing up for a spectacular celestial event, a total solar eclipse, on Aug. 21, 2017. A total solar eclipse occurs somewhere in the world about every 18 months, but for the moon and the sun to align perfectly to create a total solar eclipse in the United States is rare. The last total solar eclipse that was visible in the contiguous United States was back on Feb. 26, 1979. 

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Jason Heaton, The Director of Astronomy at the Boonshoft Museum of Discovery in Dayton, says this eclipse is being termed the Great American Eclipse.

"It's visible in America, all the way from the west coast to the east coast," said Heaton.

Jason Heaton, director of astronomy at Boonshoft, explains how dark the sky will get here in Dayton on Aug. 21.

In the Miami Valley, the eclipse will begin shortly after one o'clock in the afternoon on Aug. 21. It will take the moon almost three hours to cross the face of the sun, from one side to the other. 

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During the eclipse it will get darker, cooler and shadows on the ground will look strange and animals may act very strangely too. 

Many cities across America will see a total eclipse, but our area will only have a partial eclipse. Almost 90 percent of the sun will be eclipsed by the moon. The last total solar eclipse that passed over the Miami Valley was more than a thousand years ago. 

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Unlike a lunar eclipse, the solar eclipse cannot be watched with the naked eye. It must be viewed safely with special filters or eclipse glasses. Even a sliver of the sun, is too bright for our eyes. Looking at the sun for long periods of time can damage your eyes. Even during an eclipse when only part of the sun is visible, it can be harmful to watch. In fact, Optometrist Dr. James Bierly says it may be even more dangerous to look at the sun during an eclipse. 

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"A lot of time during solar eclipses because of what we call the light spectrum going away, the pupil will dilate on its own, and then you are getting more UV radiation or UV light that is coming in and could cause damage," Dr. Bierly said.

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Many people from the Miami Valley said they are traveling to other cities to experience the total solar eclipse. If you can't go and are upset that we don't go to total darkness here, don't worry because we will get our chance in April 2024. 

Eclipse 2017 facts:
  • A solar eclipse is when the moon moves in front of the sun.
  • The solar eclipse happens on Monday, Aug. 21. It will start in the northwest United States, and end in the southeast United States.
  • This hasn't happened to this scale since 1918.
  • The next total solar eclipse that we will be able to see in southwest Ohio is in 2024.
  • Solar eclipses happen fairly often, but they are not total, meaning some parts of the sun are still visible.
  • Partial eclipse starts near Seattle, Wash. at 12:08 p.m.
  • Partial eclipse starts for Dayton at 1:02 p.m.
  • Max eclipse for Dayton at 2:28 p.m.
  • Partial eclipse ends for Dayton at 3:51 p.m.
  • Partial eclipse ends near Charlotte, N.C. at 4:04 p.m.
  • We will not be in the path of totality (where the moon completely covers the sun), so it is not safe to look directly at it here in SW Ohio. 
  • If you are in the path of totality, you can look directly at it during the Max time.

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Fog this morning; showers, storms to return today

Published: Wednesday, June 20, 2018 @ 4:15 AM

The chance for more showers and storms continues today in the Dayton area.

QUICK-LOOK FORECAST

  • Few evening showers and storms today
  • Chances for rain/storms continues into weekend
  • Little relief from the heat/humidity

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DETAILED FORECAST

Today: Some areas could wake up to some fog this morning, said Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Brett Collar. The chance for showers and storms returns today, with the best chances later this afternoon and evening. While we’re not anticipating this rain to be as widespread as yesterday, most areas will stand a decent chance to see rain today. Some heavy downpours will be possible with these showers and storms. Highs today will be in the lower to mid 80s.

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Tonight: Any showers and storms that remain this evening should fade away past sunset. Some fog is possible again overnight with temperatures dropping into the mid-60s.

Thursday: The chance for a few showers and storms returns. Highs will be near 80 degrees.

Friday: The best chance for rain moves in. Showers and storms are expected with highs in the lower 80s.

Saturday: More showers and storms are likely at times, though it won’t be an all-day rain event. Highs to start the weekend will be in the upper 70s to lower 80s. 

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Sunday: More dry time is expected, but there’s still a chance for showers and storms. Highs will be in the lower 80s.

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Threat for flash flooding through Wednesday

Published: Tuesday, June 19, 2018 @ 4:24 AM
Updated: Tuesday, June 19, 2018 @ 11:30 PM

Flooding on Third Street

Clouds will linger with still a chance for a passing shower or storm overnight. Patchy fog will be possible late in areas that have heavy rain. Temperatures will drop into the lower 70s by morning, Storm Center 7 Chief Meteorologist Eric Elwell said.

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QUICK-LOOK FORECAST

  • On-and-off storms through midweek
  • Locally heavy rain possible
  • Heat to ease into the weekend

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DETAILED FORECAST

Wednesday: Scattered showers and storms return, but will be more widespread across the southern counties. Outside of the storms, skies will be partly sunny with highs in the lower 80s.

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Thursday: Partly sunny skies with a bit less humidity. A passing shower or storm is possible again in southern counties. Temperatures will climb into the lower 80s.

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Friday: Scattered showers and storms spread back across the area with locally heavy rain possible. A few stronger storms are possible as well with highs again in the lower 80s.

Saturday: A chance for showers and storms are expected again. Otherwise, skies will be partly sunny with highs in the upper 70s.

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Sunday: Skies will be partly cloudy There is a slight chance for a passing shower or storm, mainly in the southern counties. Highs will be in the lower 80s. 

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Woman, 87, killed in fatal wrong-way downtown Dayton crash

Published: Tuesday, June 19, 2018 @ 9:20 AM
Updated: Wednesday, June 20, 2018 @ 3:46 AM

A driver is reportedly trapped inside their vehicle following a crash in downtown Dayton on West Fifth Street Tuesday morning.

The victim killed in a wrong-way crash Tuesday morning in downtown Dayton was identified as 87-year-old Opal Clouse of Dayton by the Montgomery County Coroner’s Office.

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Officers were dispatched to a report of a crash with one person trapped near the intersection of West Fifth Street and South Perry Street around 9 a.m. 

According to a crash report, a red Toyota Rav driven by Adrian F. Traylor, 67, was traveling westbound in the wrong direction on West Fifth Street.  At the intersection of W. Fifth Street and S. Perry Street, Mr. Traylor crashed into Mrs. Clouse’s silver Honda, sending her vehicle into a DP&L pole.  

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Ms. Clouse was transported to Miami Valley Hospital where she was pronounced dead, the report states.

Mr. Traylor was not injured in the crash. 

Police said excessive speed doesn’t appear to be a factor, and it is not uncommon to see drivers travel the wrong way on Dayton’s one-way streets. 

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“With going the wrong way, there is no traffic device to tell you that you should be slowing down for a red light,” Lt. James Mullins said.  “I’m sure the person was driving normal speeds and had the collision.” 

The preliminary report does not show Mr. Traylor to be charged or cited in the crash, however, the crash remains under investigation. 

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Police, medics called for stabbing victim in his late 70s

Published: Tuesday, June 19, 2018 @ 8:20 PM
Updated: Wednesday, June 20, 2018 @ 3:46 AM

Police, medics called for stabbing victim in his 70s

Springfield police are investigating after a 79-year-old man was stabbed Tuesday evening.

The incident was reported around 8 p.m. in the 2100 block of Gerald Drive. The victim, who has not been identified, was taken by CareFlight to Miami Valley Hospital.

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According to his neighbors, he was alert and talking to medics following the incident, and he said he was stabbed by a relative.

Everyone knows the victim, neighbors said. They described him as a nice man who is quick to help out his neighbors.

According to initial reports, the victim suffered wounds to the chest and leg.

Springfield police Lt. Jeff Williams said detectives were at the scene and that no further information would be released until Wednesday.

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The incident remains under investigation and no one is in custody, Williams said.

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