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Advisories canceled after heavy rains overnight

Published: Sunday, May 11, 2014 @ 8:39 AM
Updated: Monday, May 12, 2014 @ 9:28 AM

            5-day forecast with meteorologist McCall Vrydaghs
5-day forecast with meteorologist McCall Vrydaghs

Warnings for severe storms have now expired, but the heavy downpours mean possible flash flooding across the area, Storm Center 7 Meteorologist McCall Vrydaghs said.

By 8:30 a.m. Monday, all flood advisories were canceled or allowed to expire.

An early evening storm system on Mother's Day triggered a tornado warning in Clark and Champaign counties and severe thunderstorm warnings across the region, knocking out power to some across the area.

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A Springfield resident reported spotting what appeared to be a funnel cloud near the intersection of Home Road and North Limestone, but rather had a low cloud base and was "non-rotational," Vrydaghs said.

There were no reports of significant damage across the area on Sunday, according to county dispatchers even though the strong storm produced reports of strong rain with heavy thunder and lighting.

A tree fell into power lines at Deweese and East Rusk roads in Troy, according to the Miami County Sheriff's Office. Residents in Tipp City reported seeing large hail, described as being as large as a golf ball. In Clark County, debris was reported in the roadway in the 4500 block of Troy Road. Elsewhere, residents reported spotting a rainbow in the sky after the storm had left.

Any lingering showers should end early. Most areas should remain dry overnight, with temperatures in the mid-60s.

It will be breezy and warm today, with clouds and sun. Highs will be in the low to mid-80s. An afternoon, isolated shower or storm may develop, Vrydaghs said. Tonight will be mild with scattered clouds and lows in the mid-60s.

On Tuesday, it will become mostly cloudy as a cold front approaches.

"This front will bring showers and thunderstorms later in the day," Vrydaghs said. "Storms are not expected to be severe, but heavy rain and gusty winds are still possible."

Before the arrival of the front, highs will be in the low to mid-80s.

On Wednesday, the cold front may stall near or just south of the area. Another wave of showers and storms are expected during the day. It will be much cooler with temperatures in the 60s.

It will be mostly cloudy on Thursday, with a chance of a few showers and a rumble of thunder. Highs will be in the low 60s.

Friday will be partly sunny, but a passing shower is possible. It will be cool again, with highs in the low to mid-60s.

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Open windows and enjoy cool overnight air

Published: Saturday, June 14, 2014 @ 7:41 AM
Updated: Saturday, June 14, 2014 @ 11:10 PM

            5-day forecast with Meteorologist McCall Vrydaghs
5-day forecast with Meteorologist McCall Vrydaghs

It will be another cool overnight with lows into the lower 50s, Storm Center 7 Meteorologist McCall Vrydaghs said.

"With low humidity again, tonight is a perfect night to open the windows and give the A/C a break," Vrydaghs said.Father's Day will have mostly sunny skies, low humidity and temperatures in the low 80s.

"Any and all activities outdoors will go uninterrupted," Vrydaghs said.

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The only downside to the forecast is the very high UV index. "Just remember to lather on the sunscreen (SPF 30+) before heading out," she said.

Unfortunately, the fantastic Father's Day weekend weather will come to an end.

More clouds arrive Sunday night with increasing humidity. Temperatures will be in the mid-60s for overnight lows. Also, a few isolated showers or storms could develop before sunrise on Monday, Vrydaghs said.

On Monday, it will be partly sunny, very warm and humid with temperatures in the mid- to upper 80s -- but the heat index will feel like 90 degrees. A cold front pushing in from the north will bring the chance of scattered showers or storms. Storms will be "hit-or-miss," Vrydaghs said, likely with more dry hours than wet ones.

On Tuesday, as the front lifts back to the north, the region will become "warm sectored." This allows warm and humid air to freely flow in from the south.

"The combination of these ingredients will allow for pop-up showers and storms, especially in the afternoon," Vrydaghs said.

Temperatures will rise into the upper 80s with heat index values around 90. Anyone with respiratory issues or those working outdoors may have difficulties next week due to the heat and humidity. Vrydaghs advises residents to remember to take breaks often, move indoors or to a shaded area to cool off, and to drink plenty of cold water.

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Cloudy skies and rain this week

Published: Sunday, June 08, 2014 @ 3:26 AM
Updated: Sunday, June 08, 2014 @ 3:26 AM

Rain will move in overnight with some embedded thunder. Some pockets of heavier rain still possible.

Showers and some isolated thunderstorms for morning especially. Activity looking to taper off by afternoon.

Sunday evening looks nicer. Highs in the mid 70s. Clouds breaking late day. Sunday night will be Cooler with lows in the upper 50s.

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A mix of sun and clouds for Monday. Highs around normal with most spots around 80.

Clouds increase Monday night. Lows around 60.

Some showers and storms possible at times on Tuesday. Some breaks in the clouds. Highs in the upper 70s. Lows in the lower 60s.

Wednesday will be mostly cloudy. Showers and storms possible. Highs around 80.

Lows in the mid 60s on Thursday. Partly sunny. A few showers or storms possible. Highs around 80.

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Arctic blast expected at end of week

Published: Wednesday, November 20, 2013 @ 5:52 AM
Updated: Wednesday, November 20, 2013 @ 11:37 AM

            5-day forecast with Meteorologist Rich Wirdzek
5-day forecast with Meteorologist Rich Wirdzek

An arctic blast of cold air is expected to invade the region this weekend.

The blast will come behind a strong cold front that will sweep through the area late in the day Friday, said Meteorologist Rich Wirdzek.

Daytime highs will barely reach the mid-30s on Saturday, and only be in the upper-20s on Sunday.

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"Normal highs for this part of November are still in the upper-40s," Wirdzek said.

For today, temperatures will reach highs of about 50 degrees. As the sun goes down, clouds will increase and the chance for a shower will arrive by sunrise Thursday.

Lows overnight are expected to fall to the mid-30s.

On Thursday, the chance of a passing shower arrives in the region, but significant rainfall is not expected Wirdzek said. High temperatures are expected to be in the low-50s.

Periods of rain will filter through the region Friday, and high temperatures will be in the mid-50s.

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Weather forecast: Sun, lower humidity move in for weekend

Published: Friday, August 23, 2013 @ 11:07 AM
Updated: Friday, August 23, 2013 @ 11:07 AM

The weather forecast for this weekend is looking pretty amazing. The second half of the day today and the weekend should see spectacular weather, as a cold front settles to the south bringing with it high pressure and lower humidity, Storm Center 7 Meteorologist McCall Vrydaghs said.

Before the afternoon arrives some areas could see thickening fog, which could create some travel issues this morning.

Today will start with some possible fog and showers, but clouds will give way to sun as highs rise into the low 80s.

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Tonight will see clear and comfortable conditions, Vrydaghs said. "[It's] a nice night to open the windows and let the fresh air inside," she said. Lows tonight will settle in the upper 50s.

Saturday will see sunny conditions with low humidity and seasonable temperatures in the low 80s. The UV index will be around 8 all weekend, so sunglasses and sunscreen are suggested if you plan to venture outdoors, Vrydaghs said.

Sunday will be the warmer day of the weekend with sunny conditions and highs in the mid 80s.

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