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Published: Monday, April 16, 2018 @ 4:42 PM
Updated: Monday, April 16, 2018 @ 10:12 PM
— UPDATE @ 10 p.m.: A tenth of an inch of snow and voila! It’s a Dayton record for the most number of days in April with measurable (at least that amount) of snow, Storm Center 7 Chief Meteorologist Eric Elwell said.
According to data released as of 8 p.m. by the National Weather Service in Wilmington…. a tenth of an inch of snow has been measured at Dayton International Airport for Monday, April 16, 2018.
This sets a record at 5 for most number of days in April with measurable (at least a tenth of an inch) of snow.
Cincinnati also broke the record, with 5 days of accumulating snow in April.
Sunshine and 70s last week, snow showers and cold this week.
Mother nature can’t seem to make up her mind.
Temperatures have plunged 40 degrees since Friday and it seems like winter just doesn’t want to let go.
So how unusual is it to see snow showers in late April? Actually, it’s not that rare.
"It is important to note though that we have had snow in May before," Elwell said, "but we can never rule that out."
The latest seasonal measurable snowfall record is a half-inch of snow on May 9, 1923.
But Elwell doesn't think we'll be seeing May snow.
We are on track, however, to make it into the top 5 for snowiest Aprils on record.
And Elwell believes we are about to turn a corner and say goodbye to the ever changing weather pattern, and it could be as early as this week.
"The stronger sun angle this time of year will eventually win out, and the warmth of spring will return. But don’t look for as fast as a warm-up as we saw last week," he said.
Elwell strongly suggests holding off on any significant planting other than cold season vegetables right now. While the average last freeze date in Dayton is April 19, temperatures in the region have dipped below 32 degrees as late as May 3.
And the way this year has gone, Elwell said it wouldn’t surprise him if we hit another record.
The advice has always been to wait until Mother’s Day weekend to do any planting. This year, that falls on May 13.
Published: Sunday, July 22, 2018 @ 2:55 PM
DAYTON — Flyer, the baby bald eagle who just took her first flight Tuesday, has died.
Jim Weller, founder of Eastwood Eagle watchers, confirmed with us that the 87-day-old eagle was struck by a delivery truck while attempting to cross Interstate 75 in Dayton Sunday morning.
She flew across the highway from the north riverbank area and attempted to land but missed her perch. Weller said this is common for eagles at this age. She then flew back across the highway to the north riverbank area but she was too low, and was struck by a delivery truck.
A member of the Eastwood Eagle Watchers had witnessed the accident.
Weller said she flew outside of Carillon Historical Park for the first time Saturday.
According to Weller, 50 percent of eagles do not survive their first year. A lot goes against them, he said, such as electrical wires, automobile traffic, and planes.
Flyer had a wingspan of six feet and hatched in April, said Weller.
Her remains were recovered and taken to the Glen Helen Raptor Center in Yellow Springs. She will then be transported to Colorado Springs, Colorado to a federal eagle repository by federal law, Weller said.
Flyer’s father, Orv, and mother, Willa, were still active in her life. Orv had caught her a fish to eat and Willa was perched nearby Saturday.
Weller said her father and mother will spend about one to two weeks searching for her.
Published: Thursday, July 19, 2018 @ 12:29 PM
— Middletown Police Chief Rodney Muterspaw said he was “overwhelmed” by the response to a video his department created as part of a national lip sync challenge among police departments.
Since its posting at noon Wednesday, the video has been viewed more than 2 million times, shared more than 56,000 times and has generated more than 6,000 comments.
“Incredible,” Muterspaw told the Journal-News this morning.
The video also attracted the attention of country music group Lady Antebellum, whose song “Need You Now” is lip synced by Middletown Police.
The group tweeted the video was “amazing.”
Muterspaw said it took about one hour to shoot the video, and while some officers were reluctant at first, he said everyone seemed to enjoy the experience.
He said it’s important to show police officers are human.
“If we brought out some smiles, then we did our job,” Muterspaw said.
In the video, officers are seen craving doughnuts, and once the empty boxes in the office are replenished, stuffing their faces with doughnuts.
Muterspaw said police officers truly “love” their doughnuts.
“We always have them in the break room,” he said.
Published: Saturday, July 21, 2018 @ 7:43 PM
HUBER HEIGHTS — Perfections Beauty College held a ribbon-cutting with the city Saturday afternoon at 1:00 p.m.
This Beauty College is located at 7806 Waynetown Blvd., where the old Carousel Beauty College was located.
When Carousel Beauty College abruptly closed about two years ago, over 300 students in the Dayton region were unable to finalize their education, said City Council Member of Huber Heights Richard Shaw.
Perfections Beauty College has revamped and renovated this location and is coming in to help students continue their education that they had with Carousel.
Published: Sunday, July 22, 2018 @ 12:44 PM
Updated: Sunday, July 22, 2018 @ 1:00 PM
DAYTON — UPDATE @ 1:00 p.m.:
Police on scene told us one man was taken to a hospital but is in good condition after he struck an RTA pole and flipped his car on its top.
The driver was the only person involved in the accident, police said.
He lost control of his car before striking the pole.
A tow truck just left the scene and the road should open back up soon.
A road is closed after a vehicle flipped on its top and caught fire in Dayton Sunday.
Crews responded to the scene at North Broadway Street and Superior Avenue around 11:38 a.m., regional dispatchers confirmed.
North Broadway Street between Grand Avenue and Superior Avenue is closed, according to our crew on scene.
Dispatch advised people take an alternate route.
Everyone was able to get out of the vehicle, dispatch said.