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Published: Friday, March 16, 2018 @ 2:31 PM
— During the winter months you may often hear about snow, sleet and freezing rain.
Each has its own hazards, but freezing rain can create hidden dangers on the roads, more than the others. Unlike snow or sleet on pavement, freezing rain can appear wet, but is actually a sheet of ice and will leave no traction for drivers.
Freezing rain forms in the clouds just like snow, but it’s what happens after the snowflake leaves the cloud that changes everything. During a freezing rain event the air within the cloud is cold enough to produce a snowflake.
If the snowflake falls into air below the cloud that is above freezing, it will melt into a raindrop. This droplet will continue to fall as rain as long as the environment remains above 32 degrees.
Since cold air is more dense than warm air, sometimes a thin layer of subfreezing air may settle to the surface cooling the ground. If this occurs, once the droplet hits anything that is below 32 degrees it will freeze on contact. Typically, elevated objects such as trees, overpasses and power lines are the first to accumulate ice. If freezing rain continues for an extended period of time, ice may become so thick that numerous accidents and power outages may occur.
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.
Published: Wednesday, April 18, 2018 @ 5:50 AM
Updated: Sunday, April 22, 2018 @ 4:50 PM
— 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.
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.
Published: Friday, April 20, 2018 @ 3:26 AM
Updated: Saturday, April 21, 2018 @ 2:20 AM
— 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.
Saturday: Expect high clouds to allow for filtered sunshine. Temperatures will continue to climb with highs near 60 degrees.
Sunday: A mix of sun and clouds will end the weekend with near seasonable temperatures in the lower 60s.
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.
Published: Thursday, April 19, 2018 @ 6:13 AM
Updated: Saturday, April 21, 2018 @ 1:29 AM
— 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!
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.