Ringing in 2018: Likely one of the coldest on record

Published: Thursday, December 28, 2017 @ 6:51 AM
Updated: Friday, December 29, 2017 @ 7:49 AM

A look at the forecast heading into 2018 and a look back at the past.

New Year’s Eve this year could turn out to be one of the coldest the area has seen since 1968 when temperatures dropped to minus 8 degrees, according to Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini. That is almost 50 years ago! 

Temperatures are expected to drop to 3 below zero on New Year’s Eve as a quick-moving system will bring another shot of cold air and fresh snow to the Miami Valley, according to Zontini. 

“The snow pack will help keep temperatures colder during the day and at night, especially when skies clear out,” Zontini said.  

>>Frigid temperatures to continue into the New Year

This year is shaping up to be one of the coldest New Year’s Eves on record, even looking back to records since 1894 Zontini said. 

“The coldest New Year's Eve low temperature was 8 below zero back in 1968. The Dayton-area has actually been at, or below zero only four times during that entire time frame,” Zontini said. 

“The most recent ‘very’ cold night was in 1977 when we fell to zero heading into the new year. The coldest high temperature on record for New Year's Day is 6 degrees, set in 1928.” 

>> Pets need protection from dangerously low temperatures, too

“This will make it one of the coldest nights we’ve seen to ring in a new year. The only time Dayton dropped below zero on New Year’s Eve were back in 1968 and 1928,” Zontini said. 

On Monday, Zontini indicates temperatures are only expected to climb to 12 degrees, also one of the coldest New Year's Day forecasts. 

“Stay warm and have a safe and happy New Year!” 

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Frost Advisory for parts of the region in effect overnight

Published: Friday, April 20, 2018 @ 3:26 AM
Updated: Saturday, April 21, 2018 @ 2:20 AM

Great weather continues through the weekend.

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.


  • Clear and chilly overnight
  • Frost Advisory is in effect from 2 to 9 a.m. Saturday for Clinton, Greene and Warren counties
  • Lyrid meteor showers peak late Saturday night

>> Live Dopper 7 Interactive Radar


Saturday: Expect high clouds to allow for filtered sunshine. Temperatures will continue to climb with highs near 60 degrees.

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>> Clear skies in time for Lyrid Meteor Shower this weekend

Sunday: A mix of sun and clouds will end the weekend with near seasonable temperatures in the lower 60s.

>> County-by-County Weather 

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.

>> County-by-County Weather 

Wednesday: Scattered showers are expected with a high near 60 degrees.

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Tree pollen staying high this weekend 

Published: Wednesday, April 18, 2018 @ 5:50 AM
Updated: Saturday, April 21, 2018 @ 1:25 AM

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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Broken clouds for the Lyrid Meteor Shower this weekend 

Published: Thursday, April 19, 2018 @ 6:13 AM
Updated: Saturday, April 21, 2018 @ 1:29 AM

The Lyrids peaks this weekend! Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini talks about where and when to look.

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!

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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.

Don’t forget to use the hashtag #SkyWitness7 if you snap a picture.

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Could this month be the coldest April on record in the Dayton area?

Published: Friday, April 20, 2018 @ 2:13 PM

Will the month of April shape up to be the coldest on record in the Dayton area?

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. 

Time will tell how much more that average temperature climbs.

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