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Published: Thursday, October 05, 2017 @ 6:46 PM
— Ham radio operators are a big part of emergency communications in Puerto Rico in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria.
Now, local operators are taking part in the largest ever amateur radio severe weather drill. It simulates what would happen if a massive weather disaster happened here.
Just steps away from the WHIO-TV newsroom, ham radio experts come in whenever there’s the potential for severe weather to the SKYWARN office. There, Mike Carter and Don Parker today were communicating with the outside world using ham radios in a drill called Black Swan.
“Dayton SKYWARN will be putting out the weather alerts that we receive from National Weather Service. This is basically following the same event we had June 29, 2012, where we had a derecho come through and do all the damage,” Don Parker, Dayton SKYWARN coordinator said.
While this is only an exercise, it mimics what’s happening now in Puerto Rico. The U.S. territory lost power from Hurricane Maria, which is keeping people there in a black hole of communications.
Volunteers with the American Radio Relay League, which certifies ham radio operators, flew to the island to help connect Puerto Ricans with their loved ones.
“They put a call out for ham radio operators on Monday ... on Thursday, 50 of them went down. They had over 350 people apply for that and they will send those down to relive the ones already down there,” Parker said.
The important role amateur radio operators play in times of disaster is why they are participating in the Black Swan exercise. This way if anything happens, they will be ready to help.
Published: Friday, April 20, 2018 @ 3:26 AM
Updated: Saturday, April 21, 2018 @ 2:20 AM
— Mainly clear skies will remain with chilly conditions overnight, Storm Center 7 Chief Meteorologist Eric Elwell said. Temperatures drop into the middle 30s. Some patchy frost will be possible, especially east.
Saturday: Expect high clouds to allow for filtered sunshine. Temperatures will continue to climb with highs near 60 degrees.
Sunday: A mix of sun and clouds will end the weekend with near seasonable temperatures in the lower 60s.
Monday: Partly cloudy skies will start the workweek. Highs will reach into the middle 60s.
Tuesday: Skies will become mostly cloudy with a chance for showers. Highs will drop back into the upper 50s.
Published: Wednesday, April 18, 2018 @ 5:50 AM
Updated: Saturday, April 21, 2018 @ 1:25 AM
— This time of year if you notice your allergy symptoms, it is likely because of a toss-up between tree pollen or the mold spores, said Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini.
Tree pollen is what typically spikes in April and May. Mold spores, during a wet time of year, also can be high. This time of year we can get low amounts of grass pollen in the air as well.
This weekend, sunshine and warm, breezy conditions will allow the tree pollen to climb quickly, while dry weather will allow the mold spores to drop.
If you suffer from spring allergies, you likely will notice your symptoms this weekend.
Published: Thursday, April 19, 2018 @ 6:13 AM
Updated: Saturday, April 21, 2018 @ 1:29 AM
— Dry and pleasant weather returns just in time for the Lyrid Meteor Shower this weekend, said Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini.
RELATED: Tips for viewing a meteor shower
The meteor shower peaks before dawn Sunday. The waxing crescent moon will have set around 2:30 a.m. Sunday morning, meaning the sky will be darker to watch for meteors. Grab a blanket and go outside Saturday night/Sunday morning!
The Lyrids usually produce 10 to 20 meteors per hour, but can have outbursts which produce around 100. The radiant point, which is the point where the meteors look to come from of the Lyrid shower, is the constellation Lyra.
Give yourself 30 minutes outside to let your eyes adjust to the darkness and enjoy the show! You also might see some meteors before dawn on Saturday and Monday.
Published: Friday, April 20, 2018 @ 2:13 PM
— It’s been a pretty cold month so far, as we’ve had a number of mornings below freezing and snow.
Data from the National Weather Service backs that up. Records indicate that if the month were to end on April 20, it would in fact be the coldest April on record for the Dayton area.
The coldest April in history occurred in 1950, when the average temperature was just 45 degrees. As of April 20, 2018, the average temperature is 43.2 degrees. That’s almost a whole 2 degrees below the coldest.
However, that average temperature is certain to rise as we round out the month. We’ll be back in the mid-60s by Monday, and long range models indicate we likely will see highs stay in the 60s for the rest of the month.