SOLAR STORM: Could hit parts of Earth this morning

Published: Tuesday, February 13, 2018 @ 2:46 PM
Updated: Thursday, February 15, 2018 @ 2:46 AM

A solar storm has the potential to impact the globe Thursday morning.

A solar storm could have an impact on Earth this morning.

NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory Satellite showed a coronal mass ejection occurring from Sunday night into Monday morning. 

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This solar flare is forecast to send a solar storm towards Earth, and according to computer models, the storm could impact around 8 a.m. Thursday.

The solar flare, classified as a long-duration C1.5 has warranted a G1 (Minor) Geomagnetic storm watch for Feb. 15, 2018.

Computer model showing the solar storm heading towards earth (yellow dot) 7pm Thursday

While this storm is not expected to be large compared to past solar storms, it could still have an affect on Earth. Here are some things that COULD happen as a result of this storm:  

  • These storms can cause weak power grid fluctuations. 
  • Minor impact on satellite operations is possible. 
  • Aurora possible in the mid-latitudes where skies are clear. This is not likely for us due to a large amount of cloud cover and the sun coming up around that time, but those on the west coast of the U.S. may see them. 
  • Storms of this size can have an effect on migratory animals in northern regions, most likely Canada and points north. 

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Solar storms of this scale do happen fairly often, though not that affect Earth. Data suggests storms like this occur approximately 1,700 times per 11 years (per solar cycle) or 154 times per year, but rarely does it actually hit the Earth. 

Most of these storms eject from the sun into open space.

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Unsettled weather for out-of-town guests this weekend

Published: Friday, May 18, 2018 @ 6:53 AM
Updated: Saturday, May 19, 2018 @ 4:40 PM

More showers and storms are likely through the weekend in the Dayton area.

Welcome to the Miami Valley! We’ve been stuck in an active weather pattern for about a week and that will continue this weekend as well.

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If you are visiting or just making plans this weekend, here’s what you need to know. 

1. It will be warm! Saturday highs will be around 80 degrees and Sunday we climb to the lower 80s. Dew points also will climb, which means it will feel a little humid this weekend as well. 

2. There will be storms to track. This weekend won’t be completely dry, but there is a lot of dry time to enjoy! Saturday pop-up storms will be possible at any time but especially in the afternoon. The storms will be isolated in nature, so keep your eye to the sky because it might be sunny in one spot and stormy in another. Sunday most of the morning and afternoon looks dry. Some storms will develop again towards the evening hours. 

3. Do you have allergies? The Miami Valley is known for being a struggle for allergy sufferers and this weekend there might not be much relief. We have noticed the tree pollen count has been dropping. This is a natural progression as we move through the middle of May. Grass pollen, though, is now picking up. The rain we see will help a little to keep the tree and grass pollen down. Watch the mold spores though, they can climb during a muggy and mild stretch.

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WPAFB Friday Weather: Showers, storms to continue into early next week

Published: Thursday, May 17, 2018 @ 11:44 PM

WRIGHT PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE—Occasional showers with the possibility of a rumble of thunder for the day. Though severe weather is not expected, mostly cloudy skies will be. Highs hold in the lower 70s.

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Showers, storms to continue through the weekend with a passing shower possible on Saturday and scattered showers with one or two stronger storms likely Sunday evening. Monday brings a chance for showers and storms as well. 

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Temperatures peak in near 80 degrees. 

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Increasing threat for showers through Friday

Published: Thursday, May 17, 2018 @ 3:21 AM
Updated: Thursday, May 17, 2018 @ 11:25 PM

Chance for passing showers and storms return today, especially south of I-70.

Patchy light rain and drizzle will taper off; some patchy fog is possible overnight, Storm Center 7 Chief Meteorologist Eric Elwell said. Temperatures fall into the lower 60s.

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  • Showers redevelop Friday
  • A bit cooler Friday
  • On and off storms into the weekend 

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DETAILED FORECAST

Friday: Expect mostly cloudy skies with occasional showers. A rumble of thunder is possible but severe weather is not expected. Highs will hold in the lower 70s.

>> Pollen very high this week 

Saturday: Expect a mix of sun and clouds and a chance for passing showers and storms. Highs will rebound to near 80 degrees.

Sunday: The day will start mainly dry under partly cloudy skies. Clouds will increase late in the day with scattered showers and storms becoming likely by evening. One or two stronger storms will be possible. Highs will climb into the middle 80s.

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Monday: Expect a chance for showers and storms with highs in the lower 80s.

Tuesday: Partly sunny skies are expected with only a slight chance for a lingering shower. Highs will top out near 80 degrees.

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WPAFB Thursday Weather: Chance showers continue for rest of week

Published: Thursday, May 17, 2018 @ 12:01 AM

WRIGHT PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE—There’s a chance for a few showers, mainly south. Overall, expect a mix of sun and clouds for the day. Highs peak in the upper 70s.

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Passing showers and storms continue for Thursday, particularly in the afternoon. Temperatures hold in the lower 70s. 

Threat for showers continues through the weekend into early next week. 

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