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Elwell: What we can learn from last week’s frustrating ice storm
 With Thanksgiving week upon us, we must admit that one thing we should be thankful for is that we didn’t have last week’s ice storm at the same time this week. Can you even imagine the issues that could have caused as thousands of travelers hit the highways and airports to try to get to see family? After the ice storm ended, the...

Posted: 20 days ago

With Thanksgiving week upon us, we must admit that one thing we should be thankful for is that we didn’t have last week’s ice storm at the same time this week. Can you even imagine the issues that could have caused as thousands of travelers hit the highways and airports to try to get to see family? After the ice storm ended, the...
ELWELL: What kind of weather can we expect Thanksgiving week?
 Over the next week or so, many people will be traveling over the river and through the woods. With our turn toward cold weather and our recent brushes with snow, many are wondering if the weather could turn tricky for one of the busiest travel weeks of the year. It’s looking like a relatively calm weather pattern for Thanksgiving week...

Posted: 27 days ago

Over the next week or so, many people will be traveling over the river and through the woods. With our turn toward cold weather and our recent brushes with snow, many are wondering if the weather could turn tricky for one of the busiest travel weeks of the year. It’s looking like a relatively calm weather pattern for Thanksgiving week...
Get ready for winter: We could see near-record cold this weekend
 I was out running errands a couple of days ago when someone stopped me and thanked me for sunshine that we got to enjoy over the weekend. Indeed, it was a nice change after a very soggy week before. Of course, just like I cannot take credit for the good weather, I certainly cannot take credit for the weather pattern we are about to endure...

11:00 PM Monday, Nov. 05, 2018

I was out running errands a couple of days ago when someone stopped me and thanked me for sunshine that we got to enjoy over the weekend. Indeed, it was a nice change after a very soggy week before. Of course, just like I cannot take credit for the good weather, I certainly cannot take credit for the weather pattern we are about to endure...
After Halloween, beware of the ‘Witches of November’ storm systems
 If the vivid fall color hasn’t reminded you how close we are to November, perhaps the strong winds from this past weekend did. As we move toward Halloween, meteorologists really do start looking for “witches.” Of course, we are not talking about the greenish-colored lady dressed in all black flying on a broom. Instead, this...

4:00 AM Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2018

If the vivid fall color hasn’t reminded you how close we are to November, perhaps the strong winds from this past weekend did. As we move toward Halloween, meteorologists really do start looking for “witches.” Of course, we are not talking about the greenish-colored lady dressed in all black flying on a broom. Instead, this...
ELWELL: Winter may start quiet, get increasingly bitter
 Late last week, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration released its winter weather outlook for the 2018-2019 season. In case you missed it, the forecast is calling for another El Nino winter. El Niño is a part of a routine climate pattern that occurs when sea surface temperatures in the tropical Pacific Ocean rise to above-normal...

10:00 AM Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2018

Late last week, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration released its winter weather outlook for the 2018-2019 season. In case you missed it, the forecast is calling for another El Nino winter. El Niño is a part of a routine climate pattern that occurs when sea surface temperatures in the tropical Pacific Ocean rise to above-normal...
Where is all the fall color? Why we’re not seeing as much as normal
 Despite the recent drop in temperatures, it seems to many of us that fall has been delayed. Or, at least, that the color of fall has been slowed down. Around mid-October, the trees should be well into their full process of changing color. Typically, the peak of fall color is around a week from now. But many trees in the Miami Valley have...

4:00 AM Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2018

Despite the recent drop in temperatures, it seems to many of us that fall has been delayed. Or, at least, that the color of fall has been slowed down. Around mid-October, the trees should be well into their full process of changing color. Typically, the peak of fall color is around a week from now. But many trees in the Miami Valley have...
First frost likely just days away
 Despite a couple of cool days, fall has started out quite warm. The stats certainly bear that out. Since Oct. 1, when factoring in both high and low temperatures, we are currently running over 12 degrees above average. Near record-high temperatures were reported Sunday and Monday. But if you are yearning for cooler weather to get you into...

5:25 PM Monday, Oct. 08, 2018

Despite a couple of cool days, fall has started out quite warm. The stats certainly bear that out. Since Oct. 1, when factoring in both high and low temperatures, we are currently running over 12 degrees above average. Near record-high temperatures were reported Sunday and Monday. But if you are yearning for cooler weather to get you into...
Elwell: The origin and impact of the European ‘medicane’
 As we roll into October and temperatures will begin to cool, the season for tropical storms is slowly winding down. What you may not know is there is a stormed named Leslie churning over the open Atlantic Ocean. The storm is forecast to slowly strengthen throughout the early part of this week, but the system is not expected to impact any...

10:39 AM Tuesday, Oct. 02, 2018

As we roll into October and temperatures will begin to cool, the season for tropical storms is slowly winding down. What you may not know is there is a stormed named Leslie churning over the open Atlantic Ocean. The storm is forecast to slowly strengthen throughout the early part of this week, but the system is not expected to impact any...
Elwell: Start of fall brings more active weather to area
 Right on cue, fall arrived in the Miami Valley over the weekend. Indeed, it is likely we saw our last 90-degree day for the next eight months last week. Temperatures dropped almost 40 degrees in just about 36 hours between Thursday to Saturday morning. Such a dramatic change in temperatures can sometimes fuel big storms. While the threat...

6:30 PM Monday, Sep. 24, 2018

Right on cue, fall arrived in the Miami Valley over the weekend. Indeed, it is likely we saw our last 90-degree day for the next eight months last week. Temperatures dropped almost 40 degrees in just about 36 hours between Thursday to Saturday morning. Such a dramatic change in temperatures can sometimes fuel big storms. While the threat...
Elwell: Extreme weather events rise as planet warms
 Growing up, I was always fascinated by the weather. I wasn’t just in awe about what I was seeing outside, but why I was seeing what I was seeing. It is likely you will recall from elementary school one of the most basic meteorological processes called the “water cycle.” The water cycle, also known as the hydrological cycle...

10:53 AM Tuesday, Sep. 18, 2018

Growing up, I was always fascinated by the weather. I wasn’t just in awe about what I was seeing outside, but why I was seeing what I was seeing. It is likely you will recall from elementary school one of the most basic meteorological processes called the “water cycle.” The water cycle, also known as the hydrological cycle...
Elwell: Hurricanes take aim at U.S. as season hits peak
 Southwest Ohio is slowly beginning to dry out from what was a drenching weekend as the remnants of Tropical Storm Gordon pushed through the area. Parts of the Miami Valley saw more than 6 inches of rain fall in about 72 hours. Dayton had a daily rainfall record blown out of the water on Saturday with 2.70 inches of rain falling. This shattered...

10:53 AM Tuesday, Sep. 11, 2018

Southwest Ohio is slowly beginning to dry out from what was a drenching weekend as the remnants of Tropical Storm Gordon pushed through the area. Parts of the Miami Valley saw more than 6 inches of rain fall in about 72 hours. Dayton had a daily rainfall record blown out of the water on Saturday with 2.70 inches of rain falling. This shattered...
Elwell: Fall nearing, but September likely hotter than normal
 It is almost here! The kids are back in school. Football is being played on Thursday and Friday nights at a field near you. Even the pumpkin spiced whatever has started to show up. I spotted Halloween decorations on my local grocery store shelf. That is right: fall arrives in 25 days! Are you ready? Last week, the weather started to feel...

6:54 PM Monday, Aug. 27, 2018

It is almost here! The kids are back in school. Football is being played on Thursday and Friday nights at a field near you. Even the pumpkin spiced whatever has started to show up. I spotted Halloween decorations on my local grocery store shelf. That is right: fall arrives in 25 days! Are you ready? Last week, the weather started to feel...
Those unusual Ohio sunsets are a result of western wildfires
 “Red sky at night, sailors delight. Red sky in the morning, sailors take warning.” You’ve likely heard this saying, which has very old roots that can even be traced to the book of Matthew in the Bible. There are also versions of this saying that talk about shepherds instead of sailors. There are two factors that contribute...

6:55 PM Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2018

“Red sky at night, sailors delight. Red sky in the morning, sailors take warning.” You’ve likely heard this saying, which has very old roots that can even be traced to the book of Matthew in the Bible. There are also versions of this saying that talk about shepherds instead of sailors. There are two factors that contribute...
The sun created havoc during massive hurricane. New probe seeks to learn why.

5:49 PM Monday, Aug. 13, 2018

While you were hopefully out enjoying some sunshine with family or friends over the weekend, you may not have known that NASA launched a probe atop a ULA Delta IV Heavy rocket from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida toward the sun. The mission, called the Parker Solar Probe, will loop around the sun 24 times, flying within the star&rsquo...
Elwell: Weather’s ‘bad mood’ and what it costs you
 Whether or not you realize it, the weather affects us in almost everything we do. It affects us on what we wear each day and how much our utility bills will be from one month to the next. It even affects the price you pay for your groceries. Often, when I am visiting a school or other group, I am asked, “What got you into forecasting...

10:45 AM Tuesday, Aug. 07, 2018

Whether or not you realize it, the weather affects us in almost everything we do. It affects us on what we wear each day and how much our utility bills will be from one month to the next. It even affects the price you pay for your groceries. Often, when I am visiting a school or other group, I am asked, “What got you into forecasting...
Elwell: Comet debris and a meteor shower will soon make up gorgeous night skies
 Right now, the Earth is slowly moving into the path of debris left behind by a comet. This comet, named Swift-Tuttle, has a nucleus ball of dust, ice, rock and dark organic material. The nucleus is 16 miles wide and is the largest solar system object to pass close to Earth repeatedly. The last visit of comet Swift-Tuttle was in 1992 and will...

2:02 PM Tuesday, Jul. 31, 2018

Right now, the Earth is slowly moving into the path of debris left behind by a comet. This comet, named Swift-Tuttle, has a nucleus ball of dust, ice, rock and dark organic material. The nucleus is 16 miles wide and is the largest solar system object to pass close to Earth repeatedly. The last visit of comet Swift-Tuttle was in 1992 and will...
Toxic algae bloom spreading over western Lake Erie
 The Microcystis cyanobacteria bloom is continuing to spread across the western basin of Lake Erie. The toxic bloom starts near Monroe and Detroit Beach and then extends 20 miles to the east to southeast. Recent satellite imagery indicates the bloom is present in Maumee Bay, extending north alongshore the Michigan coast to Brest Bay,...

8:58 PM Thursday, Jul. 26, 2018

The Microcystis cyanobacteria bloom is continuing to spread across the western basin of Lake Erie. The toxic bloom starts near Monroe and Detroit Beach and then extends 20 miles to the east to southeast. Recent satellite imagery indicates the bloom is present in Maumee Bay, extending north alongshore the Michigan coast to Brest Bay,...
Here’s how we know our hotter-than-usual summer will be cooling off soon
 There is a clear sign that colder weather is on the way. I’m not talking about the cool down in our temperatures over the weekend, but the fact that on Saturday, our sunset time was back before 9 p.m. We are already starting to lose daylight. We are now losing an average of about one minute and 45 seconds per day. By the end of this...

2:41 PM Wednesday, Jul. 25, 2018

There is a clear sign that colder weather is on the way. I’m not talking about the cool down in our temperatures over the weekend, but the fact that on Saturday, our sunset time was back before 9 p.m. We are already starting to lose daylight. We are now losing an average of about one minute and 45 seconds per day. By the end of this...
Weather Wise Q&A 
 Have you ever pulled up the radar on your phone or watched on TV and see what appears to be precipitation on radar when the sun is out?  You may think there is something wrong with the radar, but actually, there is not. You are seeing ground clutter.  Doppler Radar is so sensitive it can pick up insect and bird migrations and low-level...

12:10 AM Thursday, Jul. 19, 2018

Have you ever pulled up the radar on your phone or watched on TV and see what appears to be precipitation on radar when the sun is out?  You may think there is something wrong with the radar, but actually, there is not. You are seeing ground clutter.  Doppler Radar is so sensitive it can pick up insect and bird migrations and low-level...
This is among the best times in years to see Mars in the night sky. Here’s how to do it.
 Growing up, I don’t really remember ever wanting to be anything other than a meteorologist. It was my dream. I loved watching the sky. While my favorite thing to see in the night sky are thunderstorms off in the distance, I am still very drawn to gazing outside of our own atmosphere. One of the greatest sights in the sky over the last...

10:41 AM Tuesday, Jul. 17, 2018

Growing up, I don’t really remember ever wanting to be anything other than a meteorologist. It was my dream. I loved watching the sky. While my favorite thing to see in the night sky are thunderstorms off in the distance, I am still very drawn to gazing outside of our own atmosphere. One of the greatest sights in the sky over the last...
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