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 Three things to look forward to this spring

Published: Thursday, February 22, 2018 @ 12:25 PM
Updated: Thursday, March 15, 2018 @ 4:17 AM

Here are a few things to look forward to as we start a new season.

We are now less than a week from the astronomical start to spring. On March 20 the vernal equinox will take place, transitioning us to the new season. 

  • Daylight: The days will get longer. Daylight Saving Time helps increase the amount of daylight but naturally the days get longer during the transition from the winter solstice to the summer solstice. From Feb. 20 to March 20, we will see an increase of a little more than an hour of daylight.                                      Latest weather video: Watch our five day forecast
  • Low Snow: The chance for snow drops off. On average, the latest we see an inch of snow in Dayton is March 10. That doesn’t mean we won’t get snow in March, just statistically speaking it becomes less likely. There will be a greater chance though for spring storms as severe weather season kicks in.  
  • Warmer: It will gradually get warmer. The average afternoon by the first day of spring is 51 degrees. The angle of the sun and the length of day helps to increase our average high. 
  • Keep an eye on your daily forecast by using the WHIO weather App. 

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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.
    RELATED: 5-Day Forecast

    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.

    RELATED: County-by-County Weather 

    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.

    WHIO Weather App

    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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    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.

    QUICK-LOOK FORECAST

    • 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

    DETAILED FORECAST

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

    >> WHIO Weather App

    >> 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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    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!

    RELATED: SkyWitness7

    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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