Blizzard of 1978: Today marks daily snowfall record anniversary

Published: Thursday, January 25, 2018 @ 6:38 AM

A look back at some photos and stats from this historical storm.

If you think we’ve had a rough winter so far, at least it’s not a repeat of 1978.

On Jan. 26, the storm dropped over a foot of snow; this date still holds the record for the most snow in Dayton in a 24-hour period, according to Dayton Daily News archives.

The 40th anniversary of the Blizzard of 1978 is this week. The blizzard lasted three days, from Jan. 25 until Jan. 27, 1978.

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The National Guard was called in to help deliver supplies and rescue those stuck in the snow. Interstate 75 was closed for four days, air traffic was halted at the airport, and RTA and the postal servic both halted service.

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Dayton officials estimated the blizzard caused over $4 million in damages, according to the archives.

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Humidity builds with threat of storms to start holiday weekend

Published: Saturday, May 26, 2018 @ 6:55 AM
Updated: Saturday, May 26, 2018 @ 1:15 PM

Very warm and humid this weekend with storms likely today.

Scattered thunderstorms develop into the afternoon with highs in the lower to middle 80s. Severe storms are not expected, but brief heavy rainfall, gusty winds and lightning are possible, 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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    This evening/overnight: Storms will taper off this evening and become partly cloudy overnight with lows in the upper 60s.

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

    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.

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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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    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.

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    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.

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    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 

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    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.

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    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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