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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...

Posted: 4 days ago

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...

Posted: 11 days ago

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...

Posted: 25 days ago

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...
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 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...
Longest eclipse of the century occurs this month
 If you haven’t already heard about the big astronomical event happening this month, you likely will soon. A “blood moon” is coming, and it will be the longest one to occur this century thanks to a total lunar eclipse. But before you get too excited, unfortunately it will not be visible here in Ohio, or really from anywhere...

7:40 PM Monday, Jul. 09, 2018

If you haven’t already heard about the big astronomical event happening this month, you likely will soon. A “blood moon” is coming, and it will be the longest one to occur this century thanks to a total lunar eclipse. But before you get too excited, unfortunately it will not be visible here in Ohio, or really from anywhere...
2018 on track to be one of the warmest in years for Miami Valley
 It may be hard to believe when you think to just three months ago when we couldn’t seem to escape snow in April, but overall, 2018 is on track to be one of the warmest in years for the Miami Valley. According to data from the National Weather Service, Dayton has already recorded 10 days with temperatures reaching 90 degrees or warmer...

2:07 AM Friday, Jul. 06, 2018

It may be hard to believe when you think to just three months ago when we couldn’t seem to escape snow in April, but overall, 2018 is on track to be one of the warmest in years for the Miami Valley. According to data from the National Weather Service, Dayton has already recorded 10 days with temperatures reaching 90 degrees or warmer...
A massive ‘heat dome’ has opened the summer, and it’s already setting records
 It is a term that we use a lot in the summertime, and we’ve certainly had to get used to it lately. Since late June, a massive “heat dome” has encompassed nearly two-thirds of the continental United States. While these weather events are a normal occurrence this time of year, the latest one over the last few days has broken...

2:59 PM Tuesday, Jul. 03, 2018

It is a term that we use a lot in the summertime, and we’ve certainly had to get used to it lately. Since late June, a massive “heat dome” has encompassed nearly two-thirds of the continental United States. While these weather events are a normal occurrence this time of year, the latest one over the last few days has broken...
A massive ‘heat dome’ has opened the summer, and it’s already setting records
 It is a term that we use a lot in the summertime, and we’ve certainly had to get use to lately. Since late June, a massive “heat dome” has encompassed nearly two-thirds of the continental United States. While these weather events are a normal occurrence this time of year, the latest one over the last few days has broken...

10:53 AM Tuesday, Jul. 03, 2018

It is a term that we use a lot in the summertime, and we’ve certainly had to get use to lately. Since late June, a massive “heat dome” has encompassed nearly two-thirds of the continental United States. While these weather events are a normal occurrence this time of year, the latest one over the last few days has broken...
El Nino could mean warmer winter here
 El Nino may be back just in time for autumn. The Climate Prediction Center announced earlier this month that there is a 65 percent chance of El Nino forming by the end of this year. Thus, the agency issued an El Nino Watch. An El Nino is a periodic natural warming of the ocean water in the central Pacific Ocean. During an El Nino, these water...

7:19 PM Monday, Jun. 25, 2018

El Nino may be back just in time for autumn. The Climate Prediction Center announced earlier this month that there is a 65 percent chance of El Nino forming by the end of this year. Thus, the agency issued an El Nino Watch. An El Nino is a periodic natural warming of the ocean water in the central Pacific Ocean. During an El Nino, these water...
Humid air puts region at risk for potential flash-flooding

5:30 PM Monday, Jun. 18, 2018

The summer solstice is upon us, but it appears the hazy, hot and humid weather arrived early. Temperatures soared over the weekend into the 90s as the first heat-wave of the year arrived in time for Father’s Day. An official heat wave occurs when temperatures soar to 90 degrees or higher for at least three days in a row. The Weather...
We’ve seen a near-record low number of tornadoes so far this year. Here’s why.
 June is typically the most tornado-active month across the state of Ohio. Severe weather season got off to a quick start this year, with the first tornado touching down on Feb. 25th in Brown County. But despite the stormy weather in February and March, severe weather mostly disappeared in April, thanks to the return of a winter-like pattern...

10:39 AM Wednesday, Jun. 13, 2018

June is typically the most tornado-active month across the state of Ohio. Severe weather season got off to a quick start this year, with the first tornado touching down on Feb. 25th in Brown County. But despite the stormy weather in February and March, severe weather mostly disappeared in April, thanks to the return of a winter-like pattern...
May second warmest month on record in Miami Valley
 The last 60 days have been amazing. The Miami Valley went from the third coldest April on record to the second warmest in May. These records go back to 1896. The average temperature for Dayton in April was 45.9 degrees, which was nearly six degrees below normal. In May, the average temperature soared to 70.5 degrees, jumping 9.1 degrees above...

10:00 AM Tuesday, Jun. 05, 2018

The last 60 days have been amazing. The Miami Valley went from the third coldest April on record to the second warmest in May. These records go back to 1896. The average temperature for Dayton in April was 45.9 degrees, which was nearly six degrees below normal. In May, the average temperature soared to 70.5 degrees, jumping 9.1 degrees above...
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