Fall colors nearing peak across Miami Valley

Published: Thursday, October 19, 2017 @ 6:07 AM

Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini talks about our color update from ODNR and forecast heading into the weekend.

Most of the Miami Valley is seeing peak or near peak fall color, according to the latest report from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources.

The reds, oranges and yellows might not be as bright as they were in the past because of the mild start to the month. The cool nights and sunny days this week might help a few slow changing trees to really pop. 

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Sycamore State Park and Indian Lake State Park are seeing peak fall color.

>> Warming trend continues, lower temps arrive next week

The third week of October is typically when the Miami Valley sees the best colors emerge, and true color should show into next week.

Heavy rain or wind can take the leaves off the trees quickly this time of year, but weather this weekend is expected to be mild.

>> WHIO Doppler 7 Interactive Radar

The rest of this week looks sunny and dry with highs in the low to middle 70s. 

Get outside and enjoy the color change. Share your photos with us using the hashtag #Skywitness7!

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Humidity builds with threat of storms to start holiday weekend

Published: Saturday, May 26, 2018 @ 6:55 AM

Partly sunny, mild and muggy through the morning. Scattered thunderstorms develop into afternoon. Severe storms not expected but brief, heavy rainfall, gusty winds and lightning possible. Highs will climb into the lower to middle 80s. Storms will taper off this evening and become partly cloudy overnight. Lows in the upper 60s - Storm Center 7 Meteorologist McCall Vrydaghs said. 

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    • Warm and humid this weekend
    • Scattered thunderstorms expected to start holiday weekend
    • Mainly dry and hot for Memorial Day 

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    Sunday: Partly sunny, hot and humid. Slight chance for a pop-up shower or storm. Highs in the upper 80s, but feeling like the lower 90s.

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    Monday / Memorial Day: Lots of sunshine, hot and humid again. Highs will top out near 90 degrees with a heat index from 90 to 95 degrees.

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    Tuesday: Expect partly cloudy skies with muggy conditions and a high near 90 degrees.

    Wednesday: Skies will become mostly cloudy with scattered showers and storms developing. Highs will drop back into the middle 80s.

    >>County-by-county weather 

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    Clear skies overnight; threat for Memorial Day weekend storms

    Published: Wednesday, May 23, 2018 @ 3:30 AM
    Updated: Wednesday, May 23, 2018 @ 5:10 PM

    Humidity and chances for storms return for memorial weekend.

    Skies will be clear with comfortable conditions as temperatures drop into the middle 50s, Storm Center 7 Chief Meteorologist Eric Elwell said.


    • Quiet and comfortable overnight
    • Air Quality Advisory Thursday for Butler, Warren counties
    • Memorial Day weekend: Heat, humidity, threat for pop-up storms

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    >> Air Pollution Advisory Thursday for Butler, Warren counties

    Thursday: Lots of sunshine is expected with temperatures rebounding back into the lower 80s. Humidity levels will remain low. An Air Quality Advisory is issued for Thursday for Butler and Warren counties in anticipation of high ozone levels.

    An Air Quality Advisory is in place for Thursday in Butler and Warren counties

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    Friday: Mostly sunny skies are in the forecast but temperatures will heat up into the middle 80s.

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    Saturday: The heat and humidity will begin to build with partly cloudy skies. There is a chance for some afternoon and evening pop-up thunderstorms. Highs will be in the upper 80s.

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    Sunday: It will be quite warm and humid with partly cloudy skies and a chance for pop-up thunderstorms.

    >> 5-Day Forecast

    Memorial Day:  Expect it to be partly cloudy and humid Monday with a continued chance of mainly afternoon/evening pop-up storms. Highs will be in the upper 80s.

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    When to spot International Space Station flyover in Dayton this week

    Published: Tuesday, May 22, 2018 @ 6:28 AM
    Updated: Wednesday, May 23, 2018 @ 4:40 AM

    Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini tells you where to look to see the ISS.

    There will be several chances to see the International Space Station fly over Dayton this week, said Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini.

    >> WHIO Doppler 7 Interactive Radar

    Thursday the ISS will appear in the west/southwest sky at 9:25 p.m. It will pass by in six minutes reaching up 53 degrees above the horizon before disappearing in the northeast sky.


    The space station was also visible Tuesday night and early Wednesday.

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    The International Space Station will look like a bright star or plane moving across the sky except it won't flash or blink. 

    The clouds should break even more by Wednesday morning so get out and take a photo.

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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.


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

    >> LIVE Doppler 7 Interactive Radar


    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.

    >> 5-Day Forecast

    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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