How to watch the Great American Eclipse safely

Published: Tuesday, July 25, 2017 @ 9:00 AM

Meteorologist McCall Vrydaghs and Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini explain how to make a solar eclipse pinhole projector with items you have around the house.

Your Storm Center 7 team wants to make sure you safely enjoy the Great American Eclipse on Aug.21. Since we won’t experience a total solar eclipse here in the Miami Valley, there is a threat that looking directly at the eclipse can open your eyes to retina damage because of the sun’s rays.

Here are some safe ways to watch.

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“To date four manufacturers have certified that their eclipse glasses and handheld solar viewers meet the ISO 12312-2 international standard for such products: Rainbow Symphony, American Paper Optics, Thousand Oaks Optical, and TSE 17.” 

Another way to safely view the eclipse is an indirect method! A pinhole projector or camera is an easy option that you can make with items in your home. 

What you need

Two pieces of white paper or card stock


Aluminum foil


Pin or paper clip 

Step 1. Cut a square into the middle of a piece of paper.

Step 2. Covering the square with aluminum foil

Step 3. Poke a small hole in the foil 

Step 4. Test it out. Put your second piece of paper on the grass and stand over it with your foil sheet (have the foil side face up). Have the sun behind you and hold it far away from the paper on the ground. This will make the projection bigger. 


You will be able to watch the sun become eclipsed safely by holding up the foil sheet and watching the shadowed “sun” on your second piece of paper! 

Enjoy! Any questions please visit our SkyWitness7 page on

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WPAFB Tuesday Weather: Cool, less humid conditions through the day

Published: Tuesday, July 17, 2018 @ 12:03 AM

WRIGHT PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE—Skies will become mostly sunny as we head through the day with slightly cooler, less humid conditions, according to Storm Center 7 Chief Meteorologist Eric Elwell.

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Temperatures will still reach into the middle 80s. Even cooler and less humid air will arrive this evening with a comfortable Wednesday on tap. Skies will be clear tonight and Wednesday with temperatures starting the day near 60 degrees and climbing to a high around 80 degrees Wednesday afternoon.

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Temperatures will moderate into the middle 80s Thursday and Friday with the threat for storms returning to end the week.

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Published: Friday, January 12, 2018 @ 1:01 AM
Updated: Monday, July 16, 2018 @ 2:52 PM


Track the storms as they move into the area with our Interactive Radar.
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Some rain to start the week

Published: Sunday, July 15, 2018 @ 5:01 AM
Updated: Sunday, July 15, 2018 @ 9:58 PM

More rain to start the work-week in the Dayton area.

There is a change for a few isolated showers/storms this evening, according to Meteorologist Brett Collar. Rain is more likely to appear on Monday, and it will not be as hot this coming week.

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  • Few isolated showers/storms this evening
  • More rain likely Monday
  • Not as hot this week

>>WHIO Doppler 7 Interactive Radar

Tonight: More dry time is expected overnight. It’ll be a mild and muggy night with temperatures dropping into the lower 70s.

Monday: More showers and storms are likely, especially in the afternoon and evening as a cold front moves through. It’ll be warm again with highs in the middle 80s.

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Tuesday: Aside from maybe a pre-dawn shower, it looks like we should be dry. Decreasing clouds are expected with highs around the middle 80s.

Few storms this evening in the Dayton area.

Wednesday: We top out in the lower 80s under mostly sunny skies.

Thursday: A nice day is on tap for your day. Mostly sunny skies with highs in the lower to middle 80s.

Friday: The chance for showers and storms returns with highs around the middle 80s.

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Chance of rain increasing for beginning of work week

Published: Saturday, July 14, 2018 @ 5:29 AM
Updated: Saturday, July 14, 2018 @ 9:55 PM

Mild this evening, chance for rain Sunday in the Dayton area.

Mostly sunny skies with a high around 92. With the humidity, we’ll see heat indices somewhere between 95 to 100 degrees, said Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Brett Collar

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  • Heat Index 95 to 100 degrees today and tomorrow
  • Rain chances begin tomorrow through Tuesday morning
  • Heat and humidity will drop off by Tuesday

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Tonight: More clouds are expected overnight tonight. It’ll be a mild and muggy night as temperatures drop into the lower 70s.

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Sunday: A few clouds are expected to start your day, and there is the slight chance for some light rain early in the day. However the better chance to see a few pop up showers and storms will come later in the afternoon. It’ll be a hot day again with highs in the upper 80s.

Monday: The best chance for rain is today, as a cold front moves through. Showers and storms are expected, some of which could be strong to severe. Highs will be in the middle to upper 80s.

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Tuesday: A pre-dawn shower can’t be ruled out, aside from that it should be a dry day with decreasing clouds. Highs will be in the middle 80s.

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Wednesday: Sunshine and pleasant temperatures return. Highs will be in the lower 80s.

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Thursday: Mostly sunny skies are on tap for your day. Highs will be in the lower to middle 80s.

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