Why are female meteorologists wearing purple today?

Published: Wednesday, March 14, 2018 @ 12:07 PM
Updated: Wednesday, March 14, 2018 @ 1:04 PM

A look at why wearing purple on Pi Day is so important

Today marks the third annual dress for STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) day in a movement to showcase the need for more woman in STEM careers.

This year female meteorologists will be wearing purple to inspire girls to pursue higher education in STEM. Women in STEM careers and anyone else who would like to join in the solidarity, are encouraged to wear purple on March 14, “Pi Day.”

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“Women make up nearly half of the workforce, but hold only 24% of jobs in science, technology, engineering and math,” said event organizer, AccuWeather Meteorologist Julia Weiden. 

WHIO Meteorologist McCall Vrydaghs shares below her personal story about what #STEM day means to her.

McCall Vrydaghs Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Bio Page

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 “Growing up I was always intrigued by the weather, especially this time of year. Nor'easters were bound to happen at least every winter living in New York, and that meant a lot of snow. I wanted to know why we saw snow, but my grandmother in South Carolina wouldn't. I soon started watching the news more, specifically to see Al Roker on television talking about weather. What Al was doing seemed like something I might want to do someday as well. I remember the day when I was in high school and told my parents I wanted to be a meteorologist. Their faces were filled with confusion and fear of how I could go to school for this unique field and make it a career, but they supported me 100%.

 

School was difficult at times. My courses not only included meteorology, but a lot of math and supporting sciences. Just to name a few: calculus 1,2 and 3; Physics; Chemistry; Differential Equations; Statistics...the list goes on and on.

 

I don't know if I really ever thought about how much work it was going to take to accomplish my goal and I'm glad I didn't. Had I known I may have been too scared to try because to me it always felt like boys were smarter. They were the ones taking the math and science courses. They were the ones that would become the scientist. The turning point for me was meeting a female chemistry teacher in high school. She had so much faith in my abilities. She was the one that pulled me into a higher level class and solidified that I was smart enough. That's when I gained the confidence in myself.

 

Coming full circle, my Chemistry teacher is what #STEM is all about. Supporting the younger female generation to work in a field that is dominantly male. Not because of trying to be equal, but because girls can be scientists too.”

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Saturday’s highlights of the 2018 Vectren Dayton Air Show

Published: Saturday, June 23, 2018 @ 9:00 AM
Updated: Saturday, June 23, 2018 @ 4:00 PM

Heritage Act - June 23, 2018

PHOTOS: Images from the Air Show

VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS: F-22 Raptor takes over Dayton skiesCincinnati’s Redline Aerobatic TeamJet-powered WACO biplane |  Tuskegee Airmen P-51C MustangOracle biplane doesn’t believe in the laws of physics |

Saturday’s lineup of feature acts included: 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.

>> Blue Angels thrill crowd with performance

3:35 p.m. U.S. Navy Blue Angels

The iconic U.S. Navy Blue Angels fly six F/A-18 Hornet fighter jets in a tightly choreographed, high-energy demonstration. The F-18 generators of their aircraft are made by GE Aviation in Vandalia.

 

   

2:55 p.m. Jet Waco

The Jack Link’s Beef Jerky “Screamin’ Sasquatch” Jet Waco is a highly modified 1929 Taperwing Waco that can fly vertically and has a loud roar to please the crowds.

2:40 p.m. Tora, Tora, Tora

This is the dramatic recreation of the Dec. 7, 1941, attack on Pearl Harbor.

 

2:30 p.m. CareFlight Dedication

CareFlight, the air-medical transport service, is celebrating 35 years of service by participating in the air show.

2:15 p.m. Heritage Flight

2 p.m. U.S. Air Force F-22 Raptor

This is a rare appearance in Dayton of the world’s most formidable stealth fighter, which can reach supersonic airspeeds of Mach 1.5 without using the afterburner.

1:47 p.m. Sean Tucker

Sean Tucker, who flies the Oracle biplane, is one of the world’s best aviators, is recognized as one of the Living Legends of Flight. Did you know he learned to fly to conquer a fear of flying? He serves as chairman of the Young Eagles Program and works with at-risk children through the Every Kid Can Fly program. He also offers the Sean D. Tucker Young Eagles Essay contest for a chance to win a flight with him ahead of the air show.

1:30 p.m. Redline Airshows

The Cincinnati-based aerobatic team returns to the Dayton skies with their formation flying.

1:20 p.m. B-17 Movie Memphis Belle

The movie Memphis Belle commemorates the real B-17 Memphis Belle Flying Fortress World War II heavy bomber.

1 p.m.: Vicky Benzing

The accomplished pilot, skydiver, aerobatic performer and air racer brings her high-energy and action-packed routine to Dayton for the first time.

 

12:30 p.m.: U.S. Army Golden Knights

The Golden Knights paratroopers, formed in 1959, last appeared in Dayton in 2015. They thrill spectators with intricate canopy work along with their etreme-precision skydiving formations and landings.

PHOTOS: 2018 Vectren Dayton Air Show kicks off

12:24 p.m.: P-51C Red Tail Mustang “Tuskegee Airmen” - Watch Here

The aircraft inspires spectators in the air as well as on the ground.

Noon: Redline Tease

The Cincinnati-based aerobatic team gives a hint of its performance to come.

 

9 a.m.:

Gates are 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.

Airshow: Oracle acrobatic biplane doesn't believe in the laws of physics

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

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Here’s how to avoid a major two-day road closure in Huber Heights

Published: Saturday, June 23, 2018 @ 3:09 PM

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A major thoroughfare in Huber Heights will be closed for two days.

Bellfontaine Road will be closed Monday and Tuesday between Chambersburg Road and Taylorsville Road for instillation of a new water main across the roadway, according to the city.

There will be no local through access, but there will be local access to homes and businesses in the area, primarily from the Taylorsville Road side, said Clerk of Council Anthony Rodgers.

Traffic will be detoured to Brandt Pike.

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Police are asking for your help finding missing endangered teen in Springboro

Published: Saturday, June 23, 2018 @ 3:56 PM

Police are seeking the public’s  help to find a missing endangered teen. 

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Frista Gibbons, 15, was last seen around 2:30 p.m. Friday leaving her home on foot, according to the Springboro Police Department.

Gibbons is stands 5 feet 7 inches, weighs 100 pounds, has short brown hair and hazel eyes.

She was last seen wearing a light blue zip-up hoodie with a knee length leopard-print skirt. She was carrying a black backpack, according to a release.

Police said Gibbons may be with her juvenile boyfriend from Camden, Ohio. 

Anyone with information is urged to call the Springboro Police Department at 937-748-0611.

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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 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Shuttles leave approximately every 10 minutes. 

Round-trip cost is $3 and free for children 5 and younger. 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 www.iriderta.org.

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