New satellite to enhance forecasting, storm tracking

Published: Tuesday, February 27, 2018 @ 11:34 AM
Updated: Thursday, March 01, 2018 @ 6:05 AM

NOAA and NASA will send a new satellite to join GOES-16 and provide better data and imagery for the entire United States.

A new NOAA (National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration) satellite is scheduled to launch in to space this week with help from NASA.

The new satellite will continue to improve the ability of meteorologists to forecast and track weather moving across the United States, including our own Storm Center 7 team of meteorologists here in the Miami Valley.


Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini said these satellites carry working lightning mappers that can tell forecasters more about severe thunderstorms and improve lead time on warnings to keep your family safer during severe weather. 

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The GOES-17 will join GOES-16 in orbit to watch the western Hemisphere from Africa to New Zealand. This means GOES-17 will provide improved atmospheric measurements and imagery for the Pacific Ocean, western United States, Hawaii and Alaska. Weather systems in the US typically travel west to east so this will give forecasters even more information about developing systems and greater detail about severe thunderstorms. 

Images from GOES-17 can be generated as quickly as every 30 seconds. It will provide faster information when it comes to weather patterns, severe weather or hurricanes.

Wildfires will be better monitored with the enhanced imagery and hurricane tracking and forecasts will be improved. 

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GOES-17 and GOES-16, which launched in 2016, will combine to provide this enhanced satellite imagery across the lower 48 states adding big improvements for Hawaii and Alaska.


A satellite like this one has a “geosynchronous orbit,” meaning it will keep the satellite over a specific location, like shining a flashlight. GOES-S will take 17 days to reach geostationary orbit and then it will be called GOES-17. 

NOAA and NASA will launch a new GOES satellite Thursday, March 1, which will help improve weather forecasting and storm tracking. IMAGE COURTESY NASA of GOES-13

This allows it to always monitor the atmosphere. GOES-S can scan Earth five times faster and with four times the image resolution than older GOES satellites.

The new GOES is expected to launch just after 5 p.m. March 1 from Cape Canaveral, Florida, weather permitting. 

Check this site for a live feed of the launch.

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Gates open at the 2018 Vectren Dayton Air Show

Published: Saturday, June 23, 2018 @ 9:00 AM

Blue Angels show off jet at Air Show

Gates are now open for today’s 2018 Vectren Dayton Air Show.

The first acts take to the skies at noon and fly through 4:15 p.m.

Today’s lineup of feature flying acts include: the Tuskegee Airmen, P-51 Mustang, U.S. Army Golden Knights, Vicky Benzing, B-17 Movie Memphis Belle, Redline, Sean Tucker, U.S. Air Force F-22 Raptor, U.S. Air Force Heritage Flight, CareFlight dedication, Tora Tora Tora, Jet Waco and the U.S. Navy Blue Angels.

Gates close at 6 p.m., and will be open again from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday.

>> Air show forecast: Warm with chance for showers, storms

>> RTA offers express shuttle service to Vectren Dayton Air Show

>> How to avoid traffic and parking headaches at this weekend’s Vectren Dayton Air Show

>> Parking lots in good shape for Vectren Dayton Air Show


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Dayton Air Show parking lots in good shape so far this year

Published: Friday, June 22, 2018 @ 10:23 PM

Dayton Air Show parking lots in good shape so far this year

The organizers of the 2018 Vectren Dayton Air Show say with all the rain this week, they do not want a repeat of the mess from years in the past.

All of the mud has caused problems in the past years, causing vehicles to get stuck and having to be pulled out of the muddy parking lot. 

Roger Doctor, the air show’s public safety director, admits he has underestimated the mud before, but this year he’ll actually be sending drivers to test out the ground in the morning before the show. If it’s too muddy, they have a back-up plan where drivers will park on the other side of the airport, which has room for 6,000 vehicles all on pavement.

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“I’m just sure we’re going to have a much smoother time than we did last year. We’ve got a great plan. It’s a thorough plan. And lots of buses, that’s the big thing. They have to be able to move a lot of people in a very short amount of time,” said Doctor. 

Additionally, electronic signs will reflect any changes to the Dayton Air Show, but so far the lots are in good shape.

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RTA offers express shuttle service to Dayton Air Show

Published: Saturday, June 23, 2018 @ 1:50 AM

The Greater Dayton RTA will provide transport to the Vectren Dayton Air Show this weekend.

Air conditioned buses will run an express shuttle service on a continuous loop from the U.S. Air Force Museum parking lot and Wright Stop Plaza directly to the air show's main gate. 

>>Dayton Air Show forecast

The park-and-ride service will run Saturday and Sunday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Shuttles will leave from each location approximately every 10 minutes. 

Cost for a round-trip ride is $3, children five and under are free. Cash is the only payment method accepted. 

The regular fare structure applies from the downtown Wright Stop Plaza location. 

For more information, call 937-425-8300 or visit

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Storms to weaken, taper off tonight

Published: Friday, June 22, 2018 @ 3:34 AM
Updated: Friday, June 22, 2018 @ 11:00 PM

Some rain is expected at times this weekend in the Dayton area, which could have an impact on the Vectren Dayton Air Show.


  • Mild for the weekend 
  • Isolated flooding and damaging winds possible
  • Few showers and storms into the evening

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Tonight: While a few showers may linger overnight, for the most part the rain should taper off. More dry time is expected as temperatures drop into the middle 60s.

>> LIVE Doppler 7 Interactive HD Radar

5 Day Forecast with Meteorologist McCall Vrydaghs

>> Moon and Jupiter expected to be close for the weekend

Saturday: Mostly cloudy, mild and still a little muggy with the chance of a few passing showers or isolated storm. A little bit of a breezy afternoon with temperatures in the upper 70s. Some breaks in the clouds Saturday night with temperatures dropping into the lower 60s.

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Sunday: Partly sunny and warm with the slight chance of a passing shower. Most of the area will remain dry with highs in the lower 80s.

>> County-by-County Weather 

Monday: Mostly sunny and comfortable. Temperatures rise into the lower 80s.

>> 5-Day Forecast

Tuesday: Partly cloudy and warmer. Highs in the middle 80s.

Wednesday: Partly sunny skies with showers and a few storms developing. A warm and muggy day with temperatures climbing into the upper 80s.

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