WSU police ready for storm that disrupts Xenia graduation ceremony

Published: Wednesday, May 24, 2017 @ 10:16 PM
Updated: Thursday, May 25, 2017 @ 10:30 PM

UPDATE @ 10:30 p.m.

Wright State Police said they were not taken by surprise Wednesday night when severe weather forced the lockdown of 3,000 people at the Nutter Center for the Xenia High School graduation ceremony.

Campus police said they had been monitoring the weather and had plans in place.

“The individuals that are on the floor, they move over to the McLin Hallway. The people that are on the upper seating area we request that they come down to the lower area,” said WSU Police Chief David Finnie.

Police helped move people to safety until the storm passed.

A funnel cloud was spotted over Fairborn. There were no injuries, but there were downed trees and power lines in the area.

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About 3,000 people were locked down at the Nutter Center after the Xenia High School graduation ceremony as severe weather barreled toward the arena.

>>VIDEOS: Rotating clouds near CedarvilleFunnel and lightning spotted

Funnel cloud over Fairborn

Doug Cope, the leader of Ohio Task Force One, called NewsCenter 7 to describe what was going on inside the arena.

“At about 8:10 (p.m.) they made an announcement for all the students on the floor to egress back to the backstage area, and this was because of the large monitor that hangs over the floor for basketball games,” Cope said. “They were telling folks to stay off the concourse area because of all the glass doors.”

Right then, NewsCenter 7’s James Brown gave a dire warning.

“Please tell the folks not to go outside, it’s headed right toward you,” Brown said.

There were no injuries reported.

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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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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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