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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...

Posted: 8 days ago

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...

Posted: 10 days ago

 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...

Posted: 14 days ago

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...

Posted: 18 days ago

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...

Posted: 25 days ago

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...

Posted: 25 days ago

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 hits first heat wave of 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. 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...

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. 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...
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...
When to spot International Space Station flyover in Dayton this week
 There will be several chances to see the International Space Station fly over Dayton this week, said Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini. Thursday the ISS will appear in the west/southwest sky at 9:25 p.m. It will pass by in six minutes reaching up 53 degrees above the horizon before disappearing in the northeast sky. The space station...

10:28 AM Tuesday, May. 22, 2018

There will be several chances to see the International Space Station fly over Dayton this week, said Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini. Thursday the ISS will appear in the west/southwest sky at 9:25 p.m. It will pass by in six minutes reaching up 53 degrees above the horizon before disappearing in the northeast sky. The space station...
When, where to spot Venus in night sky this week
 Look for Venus in the sky the next few evenings. About an hour after the sun sets at 8:45 p.m., Venus will be visible near the very thin crescent moon. The moon will be below Venus May 16. On May 17, the moon will be right next to Venus, and on May 18, the moon will be above the planet. Venus will be very bright in the evening sky and it...

11:22 AM Wednesday, May. 16, 2018

Look for Venus in the sky the next few evenings. About an hour after the sun sets at 8:45 p.m., Venus will be visible near the very thin crescent moon. The moon will be below Venus May 16. On May 17, the moon will be right next to Venus, and on May 18, the moon will be above the planet. Venus will be very bright in the evening sky and it...
How to spot the planet Jupiter through weekend
 Wonder what the bright looking star is at night in May? It is likely Jupiter you are seeing! May is a big month for the planet. On May 8, Jupiter was at opposition or exactly opposite of the sun. This made it the brightest in the night sky it will be all year. The opposition of Jupiter just means it is opposite of the sun as seen from earth...

1:33 PM Thursday, May. 10, 2018

Wonder what the bright looking star is at night in May? It is likely Jupiter you are seeing! May is a big month for the planet. On May 8, Jupiter was at opposition or exactly opposite of the sun. This made it the brightest in the night sky it will be all year. The opposition of Jupiter just means it is opposite of the sun as seen from earth...
Cloudy with a Chance of Podcast: Storm Talk with Chief Meteorologist from Tulsa
 Fox 23 Chief Meteorologist James Aydelott from Tulsa, Oklahoma called into Cloudy with a Chance of Podcast to talk Meteorologist McCall Vrydaghs and Kirstie Zontini about his experiences as a chief in “tornado alley.”  James explained he’s a fourth generation Okie (a native to Oklahoma). Aydelott said growing up in...

2:40 PM Friday, May. 04, 2018

Fox 23 Chief Meteorologist James Aydelott from Tulsa, Oklahoma called into Cloudy with a Chance of Podcast to talk Meteorologist McCall Vrydaghs and Kirstie Zontini about his experiences as a chief in “tornado alley.”  James explained he’s a fourth generation Okie (a native to Oklahoma). Aydelott said growing up in...
How to spot the full ‘pink’ moon and Jupiter
 Mostly clear skies are expected this weekend, leading to good viewing conditions for a full moon, with Jupiter also visible near the moon, according to Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini.  The full “pink” moon is Sunday night and clear skies are expected, Zontini said.  “The full moon this month...

11:03 AM Thursday, Apr. 26, 2018

Mostly clear skies are expected this weekend, leading to good viewing conditions for a full moon, with Jupiter also visible near the moon, according to Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini.  The full “pink” moon is Sunday night and clear skies are expected, Zontini said.  “The full moon this month...
Daylight starting to increase across region
 Despite most of April feeling like winter, one thing you may have noticed that doesn't shift is the fact that our days are getting longer! The sunset as of April 17 is already past 8:15PM.  From now through April 30 we will gain about 31 minutes of daylight. That means even on the coldest of spring days, you get those extra hours of...

3:03 PM Tuesday, Apr. 17, 2018

Despite most of April feeling like winter, one thing you may have noticed that doesn't shift is the fact that our days are getting longer! The sunset as of April 17 is already past 8:15PM.  From now through April 30 we will gain about 31 minutes of daylight. That means even on the coldest of spring days, you get those extra hours of...
By the numbers: Spring snowfall
 Most of the Miami Valley woke up to snow on the grass Monday morning. The most recent year that had snowfall that accumulated around this time was 2016.    >> RELATED: Mild day today; snow showers possible tonight, Sunday evening Totals ranged from a dusting to about an inch the morning of April 9.  Union 1.2"...

10:01 AM Friday, Apr. 06, 2018

Most of the Miami Valley woke up to snow on the grass Monday morning. The most recent year that had snowfall that accumulated around this time was 2016.    >> RELATED: Mild day today; snow showers possible tonight, Sunday evening Totals ranged from a dusting to about an inch the morning of April 9.  Union 1.2"...
Saturn and Mars visible this weekend: When and how to view
 This weekend, if clouds cooperate, you easily should be able to find see Saturn and Mars. Saturn and Mars will be close to the moon before dawn Sunday, Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini said. Head outside before sunrise, which is around 7:15 a.m. Sunday, and look to the south/southeast. You should see the moon. To the top...

11:37 AM Thursday, Apr. 05, 2018

This weekend, if clouds cooperate, you easily should be able to find see Saturn and Mars. Saturn and Mars will be close to the moon before dawn Sunday, Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini said. Head outside before sunrise, which is around 7:15 a.m. Sunday, and look to the south/southeast. You should see the moon. To the top...
Second of two blue moons in 2018 will be visible this weekend
 2018 is a special year when it comes to full moons, according to Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini. In January, we had two full moons, one was actually a super blue blood moon (a super moon, the second of the month during a lunar eclipse). March is also a special month as there will be two full moons. The first full moon was March...

11:29 AM Monday, Mar. 26, 2018

2018 is a special year when it comes to full moons, according to Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini. In January, we had two full moons, one was actually a super blue blood moon (a super moon, the second of the month during a lunar eclipse). March is also a special month as there will be two full moons. The first full moon was March...
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