When are frozen ponds safe to walk on?

Published: Saturday, January 23, 2016 @ 8:27 AM
Updated: Saturday, January 23, 2016 @ 8:27 AM

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After several days of frigid temperatures, some ponds and lakes in Massachusetts are finally frozen over, and that has emergency responders concerned.


“We do hold our breath a bit. We do encourage people to get off the ice,” one first responder told FOX25.


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When are frozen ponds safe to walk on?


According to the fire departments FOX25 contacted, pretty much never.


“There's really no way of knowing when the ice is safe,” a first responder said.  


Even if you measured its thickness. Five-inch-thick ice can support the weight of a human being, maybe even a couple, but it’s often difficult to tell which part of the pond has ice that thick.


“Could have some kind of a current underneath. So one area might be five inches thick....   you could have something two feet away that's two inches thick,” a first responder told FOX25.


Despite those warning signs, there is no shortage of people headed out on the ice.


For more, visit FOX 25 Boston.

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Flash flooding threat today with afternoon storms; hot and humid pattern continues

Published: Tuesday, June 19, 2018 @ 4:24 AM
Updated: Tuesday, June 19, 2018 @ 11:31 AM

Heavy rain and gusty winds are possible Tuesday afternoon into the evening.


  • Storms Today and Tomorrow
  • Hot and humid again
  • Gusty winds and flooding threat 

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Tuesday: Today will be another very warm and muggy day. Temperatures will rise into the upper 80s with a heat index in the middle 90s. Partly sunny skies will give way to some scattered showers and thunderstorms into the afternoon and evening. Due to the high level of moisture in the atmosphere, there is an increased threat for flash flooding. Another weather threat Isolated strong storm could produce strong wind gusts as well. Storms will taper off, especially after sunset when we lose the heating of the day. Still mild and muggy overnight with lows in the lower 70s.

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Wednesday: There will be dry time early. Highs will reach the mid-80s and it will still be muggy. Some passing showers and storms are possible in the afternoon with localized heavy rain being the main threat. Showers and storms will move south into the night.

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Thursday: A boundary to our south should keep the rain chance in the far southern Miami Valley. We’ll see a brief break from the heat and humidity with highs around 80, which is normal. Most will stay dry.

Friday: There will be dry weather early. Clouds will increase and scattered showers and storms will return through the day and evening. Highs will be in the mid-80s. The flash flood threat continues.

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Saturday: Highs will be in the low-80s and it will be muggy. It will be mostly cloudy with a passing shower or storm. It will dry out into the evening.

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Dayton hits first heat wave of 2018

Published: Monday, June 18, 2018 @ 11:40 AM
Updated: Tuesday, June 19, 2018 @ 5:53 AM

A stretch of warm days is needed but how warm and for how long?

In the Miami Valley, a heat wave is classified as three consecutive days or more at or above 90 degrees, according to Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini. Dayton saw two 90 degree days in a row in May and this weekend, we added two more. It officially hit 92 degrees Monday making this stretch an official heat wave in Dayton. The airport climbed to 90 degrees Saturday and 92 degrees Sunday and Monday.

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The most recent heat wave was July 23-25, 2016. The last heat wave Dayton experienced in June was June 10-14, 2015. That stretch produced five days at 91 degrees! 

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WPAFB Tuesday Weather: Storms with gusty winds, hail possible today

Published: Tuesday, June 19, 2018 @ 1:49 AM

A false alarm in a building led to a temporary gate closure Wednesday night in Area B, a base spokeswoman said.
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A stormy pattern will set up across the area over the next 48 hours as a slow moving cold front moves into the region, said Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Eric Elwell.

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Expect showers and storms to become more numerous during the afternoon and evening hours today and again on Wednesday. While the overall severe weather threat is marginal, one or two storms could produce gusty winds and some hail.

>> Humid air puts region at risk for potential flash-flooding

The main threat from the heavier storms will come from locally heavy rainfall which could lead to flash flooding. The added clouds and rain should hold temperatures in the 80s for highs through midweek.

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Dangerous heat to last into the new week

Published: Sunday, June 17, 2018 @ 8:03 AM
Updated: Sunday, June 17, 2018 @ 4:46 PM

5 Day Forecast with Chief Meteorologist Eric Elwell

It will be quite hot and humid with mostly sunny skies. Temperatures will reach near 93 degrees, according to Storm Center 7 Chief Meteorologist Eric Elwell. The heat index will be between 95 to 100 degrees by late afternoon. While most will stay dry, an isolated pop-up strong storm cannot be ruled out.

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- Air Pollution Advisory until Monday

- Heat index near 100 again Monday afternoon

- Storms to bring locally heavy rain by Tuesday

 >>5-day forecast

This Evening: A hot and humid evening is in the forecast with a slight chance for a pop-up storm. Any storms will quickly dissipate after sunset. Temperatures will fall through the 80s after sunset.

Tonight: Skies will become mostly clear. It will remain warm and muggy with a low around 73 degrees.

Tomorrow: Another hot day is in the forecast with the humidity making temperatures feel more like 100 degrees. Actual temperatures will top out in the lower 90s under mostly sunny skies. There is a slight chance for a pop-up late day storm. Chances will increase late Monday night. 

Tuesday: Skies will be partly cloudy with an increasing chance for scattered showers and storms developing, especially during the afternoon. Some of the storms could produce locally heavy rainfall and flash flooding. Highs will top out in the upper 80s.

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Wednesday: Numerous showers and storms will be scattered across the Miami Valley. Some of the storms could produce locally heavy rainfall and flash flooding. Storms will taper down after sunset. Highs will be in the middle 80s.

Thursday: There is a chance for a few storms early in the day and then again toward late evening or at night. Otherwise partly cloudy skies are expected with a bit cooler, less humid air arriving. Highs will be in the lower 80s.

Friday: Scattered showers and storms will return by the afternoon with highs in the middle 80s.

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