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Here’s how you can see the Taurid meteor showers this month
 November is a great month to do some stargazing! Not only will Venus be a great planet to look for before sunrise in the south/southeast sky, but the Taurid meteor showers also are active in the beginning of the month. The debris from Comet Encke is what produces the meteors, and the constellation Taurus is the radiant point. The estimated...

Posted: 12 days ago

November is a great month to do some stargazing! Not only will Venus be a great planet to look for before sunrise in the south/southeast sky, but the Taurid meteor showers also are active in the beginning of the month. The debris from Comet Encke is what produces the meteors, and the constellation Taurus is the radiant point. The estimated...
Cloudy with a Chance of Podcast: Pumpkin Edition 
 Fall is here and that means pumpkins are available all over the Miami Valley. A popular spot in Yellow Springs to enjoy all things fall related is at Young’s Jersey Dairy. Farm manager Stuart Young sat down with Storm Center 7 Meteorologists Kirstie Zontini and McCall Vrydaghs on some hay to talk about the pumpkin crop and what it is...

Posted: 26 days ago

Fall is here and that means pumpkins are available all over the Miami Valley. A popular spot in Yellow Springs to enjoy all things fall related is at Young’s Jersey Dairy. Farm manager Stuart Young sat down with Storm Center 7 Meteorologists Kirstie Zontini and McCall Vrydaghs on some hay to talk about the pumpkin crop and what it is...
Cloudy with a Chance of Podcast: Seeing devastation first-hand
 Hurricane Michael devastated the Florida Panhandle when it made landfall as a strong Category 4 hurricane. It moved over the Panhandle October 10, right over Mexico Beach, Fla.  It was the first Category 4 hurricane ever to make landfall in the Florida Panhandle, and ended up the third-strongest in the United States based on pressure...

Posted: 30 days ago

Hurricane Michael devastated the Florida Panhandle when it made landfall as a strong Category 4 hurricane. It moved over the Panhandle October 10, right over Mexico Beach, Fla.  It was the first Category 4 hurricane ever to make landfall in the Florida Panhandle, and ended up the third-strongest in the United States based on pressure...
Look for Jupiter this week near the moon 
 Clouds should cooperate Thursday and Friday nights to use the thin crescent moon to find Jupiter. The sun will set around 7 p.m. Thursday with Jupiter setting around 9 p.m.  Use that window to look to the southwest sky to find the moon next to the planet Jupiter. On Friday evening around the same time, look for the moon to the top left...

2:16 PM Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2018

Clouds should cooperate Thursday and Friday nights to use the thin crescent moon to find Jupiter. The sun will set around 7 p.m. Thursday with Jupiter setting around 9 p.m.  Use that window to look to the southwest sky to find the moon next to the planet Jupiter. On Friday evening around the same time, look for the moon to the top left...
Cloudy with a Chance of Podcast: Fall colors to arrive for the changing season
 Cloudy with a Chance for Podcast traveled outside to Sycamore State Park for this week’s episode. Fall has officially begun and this season produces beautiful color’s across the Miami Valley and the state. Ohio Department of Natural Resource’s Urban Forestry Program Manager sat down with Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini and...

5:30 PM Friday, Oct. 05, 2018

Cloudy with a Chance for Podcast traveled outside to Sycamore State Park for this week’s episode. Fall has officially begun and this season produces beautiful color’s across the Miami Valley and the state. Ohio Department of Natural Resource’s Urban Forestry Program Manager sat down with Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini and...
Oktoberfest forecast calls for fall temperatures
 Oktoberfest falls on the first weekend of fall. The fall equinox is at 9:54 p.m. Saturday and the weather matches the new season. You might want to put on a pair of jeans and even a sweater this year.  Saturday: Mostly cloudy and cooler. We go from the 90s this week to the upper 60s. Without much sunshine and a breeze, a sweater would...

2:25 PM Friday, Sep. 21, 2018

Oktoberfest falls on the first weekend of fall. The fall equinox is at 9:54 p.m. Saturday and the weather matches the new season. You might want to put on a pair of jeans and even a sweater this year.  Saturday: Mostly cloudy and cooler. We go from the 90s this week to the upper 60s. Without much sunshine and a breeze, a sweater would...
Mars, Saturn visible near the moon this week
 Clouds are expected to decrease the next few nights providing a great chance to view Mars and Saturn. September 17 through 19, the two planets will be near the bright waxing gibbous moon. “Head outside after sunset and look to the southern sky once it gets dark,” Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini said. “It should...

6:07 PM Monday, Sep. 17, 2018

Clouds are expected to decrease the next few nights providing a great chance to view Mars and Saturn. September 17 through 19, the two planets will be near the bright waxing gibbous moon. “Head outside after sunset and look to the southern sky once it gets dark,” Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini said. “It should...
Air Force Marathon weather: What to expect
 Unlike last weekend that dealt with the remnants of Gordon, this weekend is looking a lot quieter in the Miami Valley, Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini said. Wet weather from the remnants of Florence are expected to stay to the south through the weekend, however runners should be prepared for warm and muggy conditions.  ...

3:14 PM Wednesday, Sep. 12, 2018

Unlike last weekend that dealt with the remnants of Gordon, this weekend is looking a lot quieter in the Miami Valley, Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini said. Wet weather from the remnants of Florence are expected to stay to the south through the weekend, however runners should be prepared for warm and muggy conditions.  ...
Hurricane Lane wettest tropical cyclone on record for Hawaii
   The National Weather Service in Honolulu released rainfall reports from what was once Hurricane Lane and the results changed the record books.  The Mountain View rain gauge collected 52.2 inches of rain which breaks the record for the wettest tropical cyclone in Hawaii.  The old record was 52 inches from Hurricane Hiki back...

3:09 PM Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2018

  The National Weather Service in Honolulu released rainfall reports from what was once Hurricane Lane and the results changed the record books.  The Mountain View rain gauge collected 52.2 inches of rain which breaks the record for the wettest tropical cyclone in Hawaii.  The old record was 52 inches from Hurricane Hiki back...
Dayton hit its 3rd heat wave of the summer this week
 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. So far this year, Dayton has had 18 90-degree days. August 26, 27 and 28, Dayton hit 90 degrees making it the third heat wave of the summer. June 16 through June 18 and June...

10:55 AM Monday, Aug. 27, 2018

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. So far this year, Dayton has had 18 90-degree days. August 26, 27 and 28, Dayton hit 90 degrees making it the third heat wave of the summer. June 16 through June 18 and June...
Cloudy with a Chance of Podcast: Wildfires, Earthquakes & Wind Storms of the Pacific Northwest
 This week on Cloudy with a Chance of Podcast Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini and McCall Vrydaghs talked with Chief Meteorologist Morgan Palmer from KIRO in Seattle about the challenges that come with living and forecasting in the Pacific Northwest.    You may have seen Seattle in the headlines already as they have dealt this summer...

3:01 PM Friday, Aug. 24, 2018

This week on Cloudy with a Chance of Podcast Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini and McCall Vrydaghs talked with Chief Meteorologist Morgan Palmer from KIRO in Seattle about the challenges that come with living and forecasting in the Pacific Northwest.    You may have seen Seattle in the headlines already as they have dealt this summer...
Tips for safe driving in foggy conditions
 Driving in fog can be dangerous but there are steps you can take to stay safe.  Slow down. Give yourself extra time to get to your location especially if it is foggy for a commute
Use your low-beams or fog lights NOT high beams. Highs beams reflect too much off the fog causing glare and making it harder to see the road and what is in...

9:40 AM Thursday, Aug. 02, 2018

Driving in fog can be dangerous but there are steps you can take to stay safe.  Slow down. Give yourself extra time to get to your location especially if it is foggy for a commute Use your low-beams or fog lights NOT high beams. Highs beams reflect too much off the fog causing glare and making it harder to see the road and what is in...
Sunsets to start earlier as summer winds down
 Heading through the middle of July, summer is in full force. Dayton has reached the point of our warmest daytime high temperature on average, which is 84 degrees. The sunset has also begun to change.   The latest sunsets in Dayton are around 9:08 p.m. As of July 12, the sunset is 9:05 p.m and the daylight hours will continue to shorten...

4:26 PM Thursday, Jul. 12, 2018

Heading through the middle of July, summer is in full force. Dayton has reached the point of our warmest daytime high temperature on average, which is 84 degrees. The sunset has also begun to change.   The latest sunsets in Dayton are around 9:08 p.m. As of July 12, the sunset is 9:05 p.m and the daylight hours will continue to shorten...
Fireball spotted in Indiana 
  A fireball was spotted July 8 that captured the attention of over 600 people. Reports came into the American Meteor Society from nine states. The fireball sightings were mainly from Iowa but stretched as far away as Indiana. A fireball is just a very bright meteor. It is as bright as the planet Venus. Thousands occur each day but they...

3:45 PM Tuesday, Jul. 10, 2018

 A fireball was spotted July 8 that captured the attention of over 600 people. Reports came into the American Meteor Society from nine states. The fireball sightings were mainly from Iowa but stretched as far away as Indiana. A fireball is just a very bright meteor. It is as bright as the planet Venus. Thousands occur each day but they...
Cloudy with a Chance of Podcast recap show
 Summer is here, and that can mean a lot of vacation time.  Meteorologists Kirstie Zontini and McCall Vrydaghs are working hard to get schedules lined up and a new podcast dropped. In the meantime, here’s a look back at a few episodes that are available. In mid-March Kirstie and McCall sat down with WHIO anchor and reporter Gabrielle...

8:48 PM Friday, Jul. 06, 2018

Summer is here, and that can mean a lot of vacation time.  Meteorologists Kirstie Zontini and McCall Vrydaghs are working hard to get schedules lined up and a new podcast dropped. In the meantime, here’s a look back at a few episodes that are available. In mid-March Kirstie and McCall sat down with WHIO anchor and reporter Gabrielle...
Excessive Heat Warning will make for scorching Fourth of July this year 
 The Miami Valley will be heating up this Independence Day! A week spent near 90 degrees will continue for the holiday. Excessive Heat Warning in effect Wednesday from noon until 8 p.m. for Butler, Warren, and Clinton counties. The warning is extended for Montgomery county until 8 p.m. Thursday. (Heat Index of 105-110 degrees) A weak...

2:27 PM Monday, Jul. 02, 2018

The Miami Valley will be heating up this Independence Day! A week spent near 90 degrees will continue for the holiday. Excessive Heat Warning in effect Wednesday from noon until 8 p.m. for Butler, Warren, and Clinton counties. The warning is extended for Montgomery county until 8 p.m. Thursday. (Heat Index of 105-110 degrees) A weak...
Strawberry moon, Saturn and Mars visible this week
 This month’s full moon, known as a strawberry moon, will brighten the night sky from late Thursday, June 28 until Friday morning. But don’t expect a ruby-colored sphere in the sky. The moon’s name actually comes from the Algonquin tribe, one of North America’s most populous Native American tribes, who would...

3:23 AM Tuesday, Jun. 26, 2018

This month’s full moon, known as a strawberry moon, will brighten the night sky from late Thursday, June 28 until Friday morning. But don’t expect a ruby-colored sphere in the sky. The moon’s name actually comes from the Algonquin tribe, one of North America’s most populous Native American tribes, who would...
Saturn visible near Strawberry Moon this week
 Saturn will be visible next to the the full moon this month, known as the Strawberry Moon, Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini said. “The moon officially becomes full at 12:53 a.m. Thursday. It will be big and bright in the evening sky all week and close by will be the planet Saturn,” Zontini said. “Head outside...

2:29 PM Monday, Jun. 25, 2018

Saturn will be visible next to the the full moon this month, known as the Strawberry Moon, Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini said. “The moon officially becomes full at 12:53 a.m. Thursday. It will be big and bright in the evening sky all week and close by will be the planet Saturn,” Zontini said. “Head outside...
Dayton expected to hit its 3rd heat wave of the summer this week
 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. Since June, Dayton has had 14 90 degree days, and that list will grow this week. August 26, 27 and 28 are all expected to reach 90 degrees making it the third heat wave of...

3:40 PM Monday, Jun. 18, 2018

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. Since June, Dayton has had 14 90 degree days, and that list will grow this week. August 26, 27 and 28 are all expected to reach 90 degrees making it the third heat wave of...
May weather highlights and June outlook 
 May was one for the record books! Here are five things to know about this past month.  Dayton ended up the second warmest May on record with an average temperature of 70.5 degrees at the Dayton International Airport. The warmest on record was 71.3 degrees set back in 1896. 
 Dayton hit 90 two times and they were consecutively...

3:32 PM Tuesday, Jun. 05, 2018

May was one for the record books! Here are five things to know about this past month.  Dayton ended up the second warmest May on record with an average temperature of 70.5 degrees at the Dayton International Airport. The warmest on record was 71.3 degrees set back in 1896.   Dayton hit 90 two times and they were consecutively...
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