Mini ice age could hit Earth by 2030, researchers say

Published: Monday, July 13, 2015 @ 7:40 PM
Updated: Monday, July 13, 2015 @ 7:40 PM


            CHICAGO, IL - JANUARY 06: Ice builds up along Lake Michigan at North Avenue Beach as temperatures dipped well below zero on January 6, 2014 in Chicago, Illinois. Chicago hit a record low of -16 degree Fahrenheit this morning as a polar air mass brought the coldest temperatures in about two decades into the city. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
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CHICAGO, IL - JANUARY 06: Ice builds up along Lake Michigan at North Avenue Beach as temperatures dipped well below zero on January 6, 2014 in Chicago, Illinois. Chicago hit a record low of -16 degree Fahrenheit this morning as a polar air mass brought the coldest temperatures in about two decades into the city. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)(Scott Olson)

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Scientists say Earth may plunge into a “mini ice age” in 15 years or so because of irregularities in the sun’s “11-year heartbeat.” 

>> Read: 3 reasons not to worry about a mini ice age - the other side of the story

A new model of the Sun’s solar cycle that is behind the prediction is extremely accurate, according to the report published in Science Daily

The model shows solar activity “will fall by 60 percent during the 2030s,” creating freezing conditions not seen since 1645.

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The scientists warning about the mini ice age say their methodology, which uses mathematical models to predict solar activity, has resulted in “an accuracy of 97 percent” in past predictions.

This latest warning is not entirely new.

“Former NASA consultant and space shuttle engineer John Casey has been known to voice similar concerns. In fact, he wrote a book called ‘Dark Winter’ in which he warns of crop failures and food riots.” (Source: Marketwatch.com

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Fog, drizzle possible this morning; sunshine returns Thursday

Published: Wednesday, April 25, 2018 @ 3:31 AM

Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini has a look at what to expect for the morning and afternoon drive.

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  • Areas of fog and drizzle this morning
  • Few showers Friday evening
  • Mild weekend

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DETAILED FORECAST

Today: Drizzle and fog will be possible this morning, said Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini. Highs will reach around 60. Clouds will become broken into the afternoon with dry weather returning.

Thursday: It will be a quiet morning. Sunshine will return for the afternoon with highs in the low 60s.

Friday: It will remain dry early with sunshine. Clouds will increase with highs in the mid-60s as it becomes breezy. A passing evening shower can’t be ruled out.

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Saturday: The weekend will kick off with a beautiful start with some sun. Highs will be in the low 60s and it will be dry.

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Sunday: It will be another great day with sunny skies and highs in the low 60s.

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WPAFB Tuesday Weather: Showers continue for the day 

Published: Tuesday, April 24, 2018 @ 12:31 AM

WRIGHT PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE—Another soggy day is in the forecast with on and off showers expected, said Storm Center 7 Chief Meteorologist Eric Elwell.

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It will be breezy at times with temperatures still a bit below normal, hovering in the upper 50s by late afternoon. Showers will gradually taper off late tonight with temperatures dropping back into the upper 40s by morning.

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The region will dry out on Wednesday but it may take much of the day for the clouds to break. Highs will rebound to near 60 degrees and then climb into the lower 60s Thursday as sunshine returns.

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WPAFB Monday Weather: Showers to move in late morning, early afternoon

Published: Monday, April 23, 2018 @ 12:00 AM

WRIGHT PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE—A dry morning commute is expected today, but grab the umbrella as you head out as rain is expected to move in, said Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Brett Collar.
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The best chance for this rain will come in the afternoon, but we may see that rain as early as the late morning hours.

Showers are expected this afternoon and this early evening, which means your drive home will likely be a wet one and you’ll want to give yourself some extra time. A few lingering showers are expected later this evening, but more dry time is expected after sunset.

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Highs today will be in the upper 50s and lower 60s.

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Tree pollen staying high this weekend 

Published: Wednesday, April 18, 2018 @ 5:50 AM
Updated: Sunday, April 22, 2018 @ 4:50 PM

Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini talks about the pollen counts this weekend.

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.

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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.

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