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Some showers for Thursday morning, few storms by afternoon

Published: Wednesday, May 24, 2017 @ 5:15 AM
Updated: Thursday, May 25, 2017 @ 2:31 AM

Graphic by Storm Center Chief Meteorologist Eric Elwell
Graphic by Storm Center Chief Meteorologist Eric Elwell

A flash flood watch remain for parts of the area as more rain and storms are possible Thursday, Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini said. 

A flash flood watch for Butler, Darke, Preble, and Wayne, Ind. is in effect through Thursday morning. 



  • Wet roads, ponding issues for the morning commute
  • Morning showers, few afternoon storms Thursday
  • Unsettled weather pattern into the weekend

RELATED: County-by-County Forecasts 


Thursday: Some showers will develop and move back into the Miami Valley in the morning, especially south of Interstate 70. Temperatures will drop into the middle 50s early, then climb to an afternoon high in the upper 60s. Broken clouds with some peaks of sun throughout the afternoon with some popup storms and downpours possible between 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. The severe thereat is low, but brief, heavy rain could reduce visibility. 

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Friday: Dry and pleasant for the first half of the day with highs reaching the middle 70s and some sunshine early. Scattered clouds move in during the evening with a few showers or storms. 

RELATED: WHIO Interactive Radar

Saturday: Most spots start out dry in the morning, but some isolated storms are possible in the afternoon. More scattered showers and storms are possible into the night with an isolated strong storm possible. Highs will reach around 80 degrees with a muggy feel to the air. 

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Sunday: Scattered showers and storms move through the first half of the day as a front moves through. Eastern parts of the Miami Valley might still have a few storms around late in the afternoon. Everyone will start to dry out by the evening. It will be muggy once again with highs near 80 degrees again. 

Memorial Day: Sunshine and scattered clouds with highs reaching the middle 70s. Another quick-moving front will approach the area that could trigger a few showers or storms towards the evening. 

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Not as humid today, storms expected for Memorial Day weekend

Published: Wednesday, May 23, 2018 @ 3:30 AM
Updated: Wednesday, May 23, 2018 @ 10:57 AM

Plenty of sunshine with low humidity this afternoon.


  • Not as humid, staying dry today
  • Warmer than normal through weekend
  • Few storms this weekend

>> WHIO Live Doppler 7 Interactive Radar


Today: There will be sunshine through the afternoon. Highs will be right around 80, which is warmer than normal. It won’t be a muggy day.

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Thursday: We’ll see sunshine and it will be very warm. Highs will be in the low 80s. It won’t be as muggy, and it will be dry from start to finish.

>> 5-Day Forecast

Friday: Another dry day expected with highs in the mid-80s. It will start to feel muggy again as dew points climb. We’ll see plenty of sunshine for the afternoon.

>> County-by-County Weather

Saturday: There will be sunshine with a few clouds developing in the afternoon. It looks to be a mainly dry day with highs in the mid-80s. It will be muggy again, and as we heat up, a pop-up shower or storms is possible.

Sunday: Highs will reach the low 80s with sunshine and scattered clouds. It will be muggy and very warm. Some isolated storms are possible toward the late afternoon and evening.

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With harsh hurricane season expected, how are storms named?

Published: Monday, May 14, 2018 @ 6:54 AM

2018 Hurricane Names

Hurricane forecasters on Wednesday morning (May 23) increased the development chances for a weather disturbance heading for the Gulf of Mexico, according to The Times-Picayune.

Forecasters say the disturbance has a 60 percent chance of becoming at least a tropical depression in the next five days. The National Weather Service is predicting heavy rainfall during the Memorial Day weekend on the Gulf Coast between Southeast Louisiana and Florida. 

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Hurricane season officially starts June 1, and it could be even worse than last year, according to forecasts from Colorado State University and North Carolina State University. Initial forecasts show an “above-average season” for hurricanes. The extremely active 2017 Atlantic hurricane season was one of the most destructive on record. Damage costs exceeded 250 billion dollars in the United States alone, while recovery for the worst hit Caribbean islands such as Dominica may take years, according to the World Meteorological Organization

Though the storms are often hard to predict, their names are not.

The World Meteorological Organization maintains and updates six alphabetically-arranged lists for Atlantic, Eastern North Pacific, and Central North Pacific tropical storms. The lists are used in rotation and recycled every six years — names used in 2017 will be used again in 2023.

The Hurricane Committee retired the names Harvey, Irma, Maria and Nate from its list of rotating names. They will be replaced by Harold, Idalia, Margot and Nigel.

In 2018, the tropical cyclone names for the Caribbean Sea, Gulf of Mexico and North Atlantic will be: Alberto, Beryl, Chris, Debby, Ernesto, Florence, Gordon, Helene, Isaac, Joyce, Kirk, Leslie, Michael, Nadine, Oscar, Patty, Rafeal, Sraa, Tony, Valerie and William.


“Since 1953, Atlantic tropical storms had been named from lists originated by the National Hurricane Center. They are now maintained and updated through a strict procedure by an international committee of the World Meteorological Organization,” according to the National Hurricane Center.

“If a storm forms in the off-season, it will take the next name in the list based on the current calendar date. For example, if a tropical cyclone formed on Dec. 28, it would take the name from the previous season’s list of names. If a storm formed in February, it would be named from the subsequent season’s list of names. In the event that more than twenty-one named tropical cyclones occur in the Atlantic basin in a season, additional storms will take names from the Greek alphabet,” according to the National Hurricane Center.

Learn more about the history of how hurricanes are named.


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When to spot International Space Station flyover in Dayton this week

Published: Tuesday, May 22, 2018 @ 6:28 AM
Updated: Wednesday, May 23, 2018 @ 4:40 AM

Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini tells you where to look to see the ISS.

There will be several chances to see the International Space Station fly over Dayton this week, said Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini.

>> WHIO Doppler 7 Interactive Radar

Thursday the ISS will appear in the west/southwest sky at 9:25 p.m. It will pass by in six minutes reaching up 53 degrees above the horizon before disappearing in the northeast sky.


The space station was also visible Tuesday night and early Wednesday.

>> Mark your calendar for these 2018 meteor showers

The International Space Station will look like a bright star or plane moving across the sky except it won't flash or blink. 

The clouds should break even more by Wednesday morning so get out and take a photo.

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WPAFB Wednesday Weather: Sunny skies, lower humidity for the day

Published: Wednesday, May 23, 2018 @ 12:01 AM

WRIGHT PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE—Storms have officially moved out of the area for the time being as calmer conditions move in.

RELATED: 5-Day Forecast

Skies will be mostly sunny for the day and lower humidity is expected. 

Temperatures reach into the upper 70s. 

Pleasant conditions continue through Friday with increasing humidity. 

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