Solar Eclipse 2017 happening today: How to watch & what to know

Published: Monday, August 21, 2017 @ 3:15 AM

WATCH: Eclipse continues in Miami Valley @ 2pm

The 2017 Great American Eclipse is happening today.

The solar eclipse will begin shortly after 1 p.m. in the Miami Valley and will last nearly three hours. 

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Storm Center 7 Meteorologist McCall Vrydaghs will be doing a Facebook Live at 10 a.m. ahead of the eclipse on Dayton Daily News Facebook page. From 1 until 4 p.m., meteorologists will be live on the WHIO Facebook page from the Storm Center 7 studio and the Boonshoft Museum of Discovery.

Here is a photo montage of the eclipse in the Miami Valley taken at 2:01pm

WHIO Radio will have a special live show from 1 until 4 p.m. The special Eclipse show can be listened to live here.

>> WATCH: Here’s what the solar eclipse will look like in the Miami Valley

There are several events planned throughout the Miami Valley today, including over 10 watch parties.

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Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Brett Collar said there is a slight chance for rain today with some cloud coverage, but there will still be the chance to see the eclipse this afternoon.

Kate Bartley in Tennessee for the eclipse

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Some local schools are closing today out of concern for student safety, while other districts are making plans, as the eclipse will be happening around dismissal time.

>> RELATED: Some local schools close, others make plans for today’s solar eclipse

Since the Miami Valley won’t experience a total solar eclipse, there is a threat and concern that looking directly at the eclipse could cause retina damage to your eyes. If you don’t have a pair of certified eclipse glasses, there are other ways to view the eclipse, including a pinhole projector.

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Animals may be affected by the eclipse, and Director of the Montgomery County Animal Resource Center said it may not be a bad idea to bring pets inside.

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More rain expected to end the weekend

Published: Saturday, July 21, 2018 @ 4:54 AM
Updated: Saturday, July 21, 2018 @ 4:51 PM

5 Day Forecast with Meteorologist Jesse Maag

>>WHIO Doppler 7 Interactive Radar

QUICK-LOOK FORECAST:

  • Rain chances stay with us for the next few days
  • More dry time later this coming week
  • Warmer temperatures build back in

>>Mars visible in the night sky

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Today: Showers and storms are expected to pop up in the afternoon and into the evening hours. Temperatures will hold in the upper 70s.

Tonight: A few showers will continue this evening, but should start to taper down as we head overnight. A few showers may linger through the overnight hours as temperatures drop into the middle 60s.

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Sunday: More spotty showers are expected, with the best chances coming in the afternoon hours. It’ll again be a cooler day with highs in the middle to upper 70s.

Monday: More rain is on tap to start the work-week. Highs will be in the upper 70s.

Tuesday: The chance for rain continues, but more dry time is expected overall. Temperatures will get back into the lower to middle 80s.

>>County-by-county weather

Wednesday: More dry time is expected, but a stray shower can’t be ruled out, especially further east. Highs will be in the middle 80s.

The chance for rain sticks around this weekend and even lasts into the middle of the work week.
Thursday: Partly cloudy skies with highs in the middle 80s are expected.

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Showers, storms taper off tonight

Published: Friday, July 20, 2018 @ 4:22 AM
Updated: Friday, July 20, 2018 @ 10:00 PM

Rough weather predicted for the remainder of Friday

>> Strong storms spawn several tornadoes in Iowa

DETAILED FORECAST

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Tonight: Showers and storms, some heavy, will gradually taper down after midnight, Storm Center 7 Chief Meteorologist Eric Elwell said. Temperatures will fall into the middle 60s overnight.

Rough weather predicted for the remainder of Friday

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Saturday: Expect showers and storms to increase in coverage through the afternoon hours. Temperatures will hold in the upper 70s.

Saturday: Expect showers and storms to increase in coverage through the afternoon hours. Temperatures will hold in the upper 70s.

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Sunday: Much of the area will be dry in the morning but more showers and storms will develop during the afternoon hours. Highs will hold in the upper 70s.

Monday: Expect a mix of sun and clouds in the morning with a chance for some showers and storms in the afternoon and early evening. Highs will reach into the lower 80s.

>> Mars visible in the night sky 

Tuesday: Partly sunny skies are in the forecast with a slight chance for a pop-up shower or storm, mainly in the afternoon. Temperatures will rebound back into the middle 80s.

>> WHIO Weather App

Wednesday: Expect a mix of sun and clouds with a slight chance for a pop up storm. It will be warm with highs in the middle 80s.

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Severe weather possible here for the weekend

Published: Thursday, July 19, 2018 @ 3:33 AM
Updated: Friday, July 20, 2018 @ 2:12 AM

Storms which are pounding the Central Plains Thursday night will push into the Ohio and Mississippi Valleys on Friday. Our StormCenter 7 team says there will be a threat for severe storms over the Miami Valley late Friday afternoon and into the evening hours.

The National Weather Service Storm Prediction Center placed much of the Miami Valley under an Enhanced Risk for Severe Storms for Friday.

The severe weather that spawned numerous tornadoes across the Central Plains will shift east and south overnight and into the day Friday, with the threat for severe weather developing here during the afternoon hours,  Storm Center 7 Chief Meteorologist Eric Elwell said.

“While a line of storms will be possible in the morning, the main activity is expected to occur near or shortly before sunset,” Elwell said.

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>>Strong storms spawn several tornadoes in Iowa

The storm system responsible for the severe weather in Iowa, Missouri and Kansas will slowly shift into the Ohio Valley and then stall across the area through the weekend. 

"The threat for severe storms will decrease some over the weekend," Elwell said, “but we will likely pick up some much needed rainfall over the next 72 hours.”

Despite the recent dry conditions, there could be some flash flooding if the rain falls too hard, too fast, Elwell said.

The weather pattern change also is forecast to hold temperatures into the upper 70s this weekend.

>> LIVE Doppler 7 Interactive HD Radar

QUICK-LOOK FORECAST

  • Humidity and storms arrive Friday
  • Isolated strong to severe storms possible (hail and wind)
  • Rounds of showers, storms this weekend 

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DETAILED FORECAST

Friday: It will be warm, breezy and muggy with several rounds of showers and thunderstorms. The first round will move through in the morning and may bring gusty winds and heavy rain during the commute, mainly between 7 and 9 a.m. A lull in activity is expected through midday, when temperatures will climb into the lower 80s with increased humidity. Isolated showers and storms begin to develop during the afternoon with a more significant line coming through during the evening Damaging wind gusts will be possible with the strongest storms late in the day.

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Saturday: Expect on and off showers and storms through the day. While there will be some dry time, rain may be heavy at times. Highs will hold in the upper 70s.

Sunday: Skies will remain mostly cloudy with a continued threat for passing showers and storms. Highs will hold in the upper 70s.

>> Mars visible in the night sky 

Monday: Partly to mostly cloudy skies will start the day with scattered showers and storms redeveloping during the afternoon. Highs will be a bit higher, climbing into the middle 80s.

Tuesday: Skies will be partly cloudy with temperatures rising into the middle 80s. There will be a slight chance for a pop-up shower or storm.

>> WHIO Weather App

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Mars visible in night sky: How and when to see it

Published: Wednesday, July 18, 2018 @ 6:47 AM
Updated: Thursday, July 19, 2018 @ 6:38 AM

Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini shows you how to find Mars.

Mars is even brighter than Jupiter in the night sky right now.

This month through early August, Mars and Earth happen to be very close. Right now, the two planets are at the second closest point they’ve been in nearly 60,000 years.

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Mars is in opposition at the end of the month, said Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini. This is when Mars, the Earth and the sun line up. Opposition refers to Mars being “opposite” the sun in our sky. When the sun rises, Mars sets in the west, and when the sun sets, Mars rises in the east.

When Mars is fainter in the sky, it appears more reddish. When it’s closer and brighter, the color appears more orange.

>> LIVE Doppler 7 HD Interactive Radar

This week, Mars is rising at around 10 p.m. over the Miami Valley, and by the end of July it will be rising as the sun goes down, around 8:30 p.m. Mars will be very visible on clear nights fairly low in the southeastern sky. 

>> SkyWitness7

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