A warming trend as we head through the rest of the week…

July 30th, 2014 at 7:47 am by under Weather

We are starting off cool again, but will see a warming trend from here on out. Yesterday we did get close to one record… and then we actually TIED another record. Here are the details:

Tuesday’s record low:  51
Tuesday’s actual low:   52

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Today we have mid-upper 50s to start, and highs will make it into the upper 70s. We will continue in that warming direction through the end of the week:

temps

Rain chances are also increasing. We still have the trough in place over the Great Lakes, and some energy will swing through the Miami Valley today… providing better forcing than we’ve seen the past couple of days. This, combined with daytime heating will kick off scattered showers and even a few thunderstorms this afternoon:

forecast

While widespread severe weather is not expected, we could see a little small hail in a thunderstorm or two. Drier conditions return for Thursday, and it will likely be a pretty nice day–the nicest of the week, perhaps? Rain chances return for Friday and the weekend, but we will remain warm, with highs in the lower 80s.

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Tornado touchdown now cooler air in place

July 28th, 2014 at 6:15 pm by under Weather

The storm which prompted a tornado warning Sunday afternoon did produce a tornado.  It was a weak EF zero tornado in Champaign county between Cable and Mechanicsburg.

Champaign Co tornado Tornado stats

The storm system that produced the strong storm is now east of us.  Cooler and less humid has replaced the muggy air we had over the weekend.

Cooler Tempsalmanac

Highs today were in the 70′s and will stay that way for the next couple of days.

We’ll continue to see partly cloudy skies through the overnight hours and start off dry Tuesday.

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There’s a chance for a few showers tomorrow in the late afternoon and evening.

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The chance for showers will continue on Wednesday too.  Keep in mind the showers will be light and scattered but it may be a good idea to keep the umbrella handy.

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Have a great week!

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Another taste of Fall this week…

July 28th, 2014 at 9:21 am by under Weather

After a humid weekend, with scattered showers and thunderstorms… we are getting a taste of fall here in the Miami Valley! Highs will be running about 10-degrees below normal through the middle part of the week:

temps

Not only is it cooler… but it feels nice and refreshing with the lower humidity. Gone, are the sticky 70-degree dew points of Sunday… and the 50s have settled in behind our cold front:

dew

That front brought some severe weather Sunday afternoon. A funnel cloud was spotted near West Liberty in Champaign County around 3pm… this prompted a tornado warning. One of our viewers, Matt Harper, sent us some video of a wall cloud near his home in Cable… here is an image from that footage:

wall

This was Harper’s view as he looked toward Rt. 559 from Cable. And it’s a very ominous sight… the wall cloud is a lowering of the cloud base in a thunderstorm. If there is a tornado, this is where it would most likely materialize! And indeed, storm damage occurred around 3:25pm near Mechanicsburg. Below is a map so you can get an idea of where this occurred:

storm report

As of this morning, the NWS did not have official plans to survey damage, but they do say they may head out to a few sites today. We will let you know what they determine if they go to Champaign County.

We won’t see severe weather today, and in fact, the chance of any lightning or thunder is low. But a few showers will be possible this afternoon, as an upper-level trough is in place over the Great Lakes:

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This cool and slightly unsettled pattern will stay with us most of the week!

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Nice today but thunderstorms this weekend

July 25th, 2014 at 5:59 am by under Weather

Another great day on tap here in the Miami Valley.  Look for lots of sunshine, lower humidity and highs near 80.  We have high pressure right overhead which is keeping us nice and quiet for Friday.

Fri 8am Fri pm dew points

If you have any activities outside or you need to get that yard work done – today is the day to do it.  Special thanks to Mike Lang for sending a great grill photo for our “grilling forecast.”  Great night to cook up a great feast.

cooking forecast

We’ll see some cloud cover later this afternoon and evening as a storm system approaches.

Fri 5pm

The weekend forecast is going to be a bit complex but I’ll try to explain what it looks like right now.  If you’re heading to Celtic Festival this weekend I’ll be there on Friday!  Be sure to stop by the WDTN tent and say hello to us.  Saturday and Sunday will be humid with showers and thunderstorms possible.

celtic festival Sat dew points

About the weekend and timing of the rain:

It looks like there’s a slight chance for a showers early Saturday morning.  We may get a break for Saturday afternoon but another round of showers and thunderstorms is likely Saturday evening.  Some of these storms may be on the stronger side with gusty winds.

Sat 8amSat 5pm

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There’s another chance for rain Sunday morning and Sunday night.

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After the thunderstorms this weekend temperatures drop quickly for next week.  Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday will drop into the 70′s.

next week cooler

Have a FANTASTIC weekend!

Tara
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A great end to the week

July 24th, 2014 at 4:58 am by under Weather

We’re seeing a big difference from yesterday morning to today!  Yesterday we had heavy rain, thunder and lightning.

rainfall amounts lightning pic

Today we have lower humidity, cooler temperatures and lots of sunshine.  Dew points are in the 50′s compared to yesterday’s 60′s.

cooler 850 dew points

High pressure is in control for today and Friday.  We’ll see sunny skies through the day with highs in the middle to upper 70′s.

thu 5pm

Much of the day Friday will be sunny but we’ll see the clouds increase late Friday afternoon and evening as a storm system heads this way.

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We’re going to continue on the roller coaster ride with temperatures for the next few days.  Highs will be below normal then above normal then back below normal.  A mouthful I know – take a look at the temperatures.

temps this week

A storm system will head this way for the weekend.  Showers and thunderstorms will be possible.  The best chance is on Sunday but keep the umbrella handy for the entire weekend. Here’s a look at the Celtic Festival forecast if you’re heading to downtown Dayton this weekend.

celtic festival

Behind the system this weekend another cool pool of air will head right back into the Miami Valley.  Highs will be in the lower 70′s for early next week.

cooler next week

Have a great week!

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Thunderstorms to start the day

July 23rd, 2014 at 5:26 am by under Uncategorized, Weather

A cold front is just west of the Miami Valley and out ahead of it showers and thunderstorms have formed.  We’ll see this line of thunderstorms move through this morning from the north to south.

Here’s a look at the radar as of 5am.  You can get the updated radar by clicking here

current radar

Ahead of the front we still have some sticky conditions.  Dew points are still in the upper 60′s.  But they will drop as the cold front moves through later today.

dew points 6pm wed

The best chance of rain will be in the morning and again around 2pm.  We’ll see the chance for some showers to pop as the cold front arrives.  The evening commute should be dry.

wed 8am wed 5pm

High pressure comes into the Miami Valley for Thursday and Friday.  This means less humid air, cooler temperatures and sunny skies.

Thu 8am thu 5pm

Temperatures are going to drop below normal for the next few days.

temps this week

Yesterday we saw a hot and humid day.  We didn’t hit 90 – we were one degree away!  Could you tell the difference though?  I mean 89/90 it was ‘gross’ yesterday!  Cincinnati and Columbus both hit the 90′s.

YESTERDAYS HIGHS SUMMER HEAT

I wanted to give a special HELLO to the kids who are enjoying summer camp at Washington Township Rec Center.  They came in yesterday for a tour.  Marsha Bonhart and myself showed them around the studio.

Summer Camp

The kids had a great time and are enjoying the summer camp.  They’ve been on so many field trips during the summer.

Have a great week!

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Hot and humid today

July 22nd, 2014 at 5:52 am by under Weather

Well we’ve been talking about the heat for the last several days and here it is.  We’ll see highs today near 90 but high humidity will make the heat index about 95.

heat index forecast

Today’s dew point will be between 65 and 70.  This means it will be muggy and feel oppressive outside.

dew points tue 6pm

Look for lots of sunshine today.  Make sure you drink plenty of fluids and wear sunscreen!

tue 5pm

We haven’t seen 90 degrees yet in July.  Last year we had plenty of 90 degree days.  Do you remember that stretch?

90s in summer

A cold front will be heading this way for Wednesday.  We’ll see the chance for showers and thunderstorms for the first half of the day.

wed 8am wed 5pm

Once the cold front moves through the area we’ll see less humid conditions and cooler temperatures.

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Looking ahead:  Our jet stream or storm track takes a dive by the end of July and early August.  This means below normal temperatures to end out our summer season.

next week below normal temps

Stay cool today!

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Welcome back summer!

July 21st, 2014 at 5:58 am by under Weather

After several days with temperatures in 70′s we’re bouncing back to summer mode!  Look for some patchy fog this morning – especially south and east of Dayton.

dense fog advisory

We will see some sunshine this afternoon with highs in the middle to upper 80′s.  If you’re heading to the pool don’t forget to grab the sunscreen.  High UV index expected the next few days.

uv index pool forecast

Not only will our temperatures rise but so will our dew points.  Dew point is the measurement of how much moisture is in the air.  We had 50′s and lower 60′s the last few days.  For the first half of the week we’re going to feel muggy.

dew points Monday dew points Tuesday

Sunshine will be out this afternoon.  There’s a slight chance we may see a few isolated showers however I think many locations will be dry.

Mon 5pm Mon 10pm

Tuesday will be the hottest day with highs near 90 and partly cloudy skies.

Tue 8am Tue 5pm

On Wednesday we’re tracking a cloud front that will bring a good chance of showers and thunderstorms.

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Behind the cold front temperatures will drop below normal and we’ll also see humidity levels drop on Thursday.

850 temps Tuesday 850 temps Thursday

Highs climb to the upper 80′s and near 90 this week which is well above normal.

temps this week

Have a great week!

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Summer like weather pattern returns

July 19th, 2014 at 5:05 pm by under Weather

The clouds stuck around for much of the day.  While we did see some sunshine we did see more clouds for the day which held temperatures down a bit.

Beavercreek Cam adi clouds

We’ll see some clouds through the evening hours with patchy fog possible toward daybreak.  There’s a slight chance we may see a few isolated showers pop but most locations should remain dry.

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Our weather pattern takes a turns back to summer like conditions.  Heat and humidity increase Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.

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There’s a chance for a few showers to pop Monday and Tuesday with all of the humidity but the best chance of rain will be on Wednesday as a cold front moves through.

Mon 7amMon 7pm

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Slowing rising temperatures for the weekend

July 18th, 2014 at 6:50 pm by under Weather

Rain is moving through the Miami Valley right now.  We’ll see the rain stick around through at least midnight.

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Shower finally begin to end and we’ll start off with partly to mostly cloudy skies for Saturday morning.

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There’s a slight chance we may see a few spotty showers on Saturday afternoon.

SAT 2PM SAT 7PM

Temperatures have been below normal for the last several days and we’ll see them rise to near normal for the weekend.  Highs will climb into the middle and upper 80′s for Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.

COOLER WARMER

TEMPERATURES

Dew point values are going to rise too.  Dew points will be in the 50′s tonight but into the middle and upper 60′s.

HUMIDITY

It looks like we’ll have many dry hours through the weekend.  So if you’re heading to the Clark Co Fair this weekend it looks good.  We’ll see just the slight chance for a few showers.

FAIR FORECAST

Have a great weekend!

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Warming through the weekend…

July 18th, 2014 at 6:21 am by under Weather

It’s another cool start in the 50s this morning, but with high pressure now shifting east of us, our winds will become more southerly over the next 24 hours:

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That will allow for a gradual warm up over the next few days:

TREND

We will be dry today, even though we’ll see clouds at times. Tonight, a system will move in from the southwest and bring the slight chance of a few showers to the area, although the highest chance will remain to the east:

forecast

The rain chance goes up a bit for Saturday, with scattered showers and thunderstorms possible during the afternoon. It will not be a wash-out, and we expect a lot of dry weather. On Sunday, we can’t rule out a spotty shower/thunderstorm, but the chance is fairly low. We continue to warm next week, and do have upper 80s in the forecast by Tuesday.

Enjoy the weekend! I am off next week, but you are in good hands with @MetTaraHastings

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One more day in the 70s, then we’ll start to climb…

July 17th, 2014 at 7:21 am by under Weather

It really feels like Fall across the region, with this cooler air mass in place. Over the past 24 hours, I’ve heard jokes about the fact we should be watching football, raking leaves and even Trick-or-Treating. We were out at Delco Park during the early afternoon hours, and it was almost chilly during the time the skies got mostly cloudy! As we were walking around the pond, the kids (and adults!) were wondering out loud about certain aspects of the park. I am actually on the Kettering Parks Board, so I felt it was my duty to find some answers… and I did! Here are some useless but interesting points about Delco Park:

*How deep is the pond around the pier?
5 Feet deep around the pier and about 12 Feet deep out in the middle of the pond
*What are the buoys in the water?
There is a club with remote controlled sail boats and when they come out, they do competition with each other to sail around the buoys. 
*On the west end of the pond…the trees right along the bank have their roots exposed. Have they always been like that?
These trees are Cypress trees and they grow in or near water and have those distinctive roots (some times called “knees” with the Cypress trees).  They love having their roots in water.
*Will the continued park improvements involve swings at some point?
Yes, swings will be back, but it is uncertain exactly when this will happen. The long term plan is to add another play structure with soft surface connected to the new existing play structure.  The  next play structure will be made for younger children ages 2 to 5.

So there you have it! Today will be a nice day for a park, even though we’re starting off so cool. High pressure right over the region, has brought us clear skies and calm winds through the early morning hours. Temperatures have dropped a little lower than yesterday morning, because of these conditions. We bottomed out in the lower 50s. And, in fact, just after 6am we tied our RECORD LOW temperature for the day at 51-degrees. We will also be close to the record low HIGH temp this afternoon:

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As we get a little heating beyond lunch, we once again expect a cumulus field to develop. The clouds won’t be quite as extensive as they were yesterday, and we do not expect any rain. Friday will be the same story… only a little warmer, with highs near 80.

Over the weekend, we continue to see at least a small chance of a few showers or thunderstorms over the Miami Valley. This would be most common in the afternoon hours, and highs will be in the low-mid 80s.

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Record cool possible today…

July 16th, 2014 at 7:55 am by under Weather

With an unseasonably cool air mass in place, we were in record territory this morning. The Dayton International Airport hit 55 degrees, which was just shy of the record for today, 52, set back in 1903. And we could tie or set another couple of records over the next 24-hours. First, a record low HIGH temperature:

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And if skies can clear out overnight… we could also get close to a record low by early Thursday morning:

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But that should be it, as we get into a warming trend for the end of the week and weekend.

Rain chances are low through the first part of the day, and we will enjoy a lot of sun initially. During the afternoon, upper level energy will work over Ohio, and with heating we do expect a few showers to pop. Timing looks best after 3 or 4pm, and not everyone will see rain. High pressure moves in for Thursday and Friday, and as we warm we will enjoy a lot of sunshine. Over the weekend, highs will be closer to normal (84)… but the chance for scattered showers and thunderstorms returns.

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Feeling like Fall for a few days!

July 15th, 2014 at 8:23 am by under Weather

A cold front moved through the Miami Valley and now cooler and less humid air is moving in. Temperatures will be running below normal–by more than 10-degrees– for a few days:

temps

So while it’s mid-Summer… it will feel much more like Fall! We could even see temperatures reach record cool numbers… or at least close to it. Here are some of the cooler temperatures on record for the next few days, and then our forecast numbers:

Temps this week     Temps this week2

Today looks to be a dry day, with lots of sun and just a few clouds. On Wednesday, some upper level energy will swing across the area, and we could see a few spotty showers. The best chance will be in the afternoon, and not everyone will see rain:

500     forecast

We get back to dry weather and a lot of sunshine for Thursday and Friday. Temperatures will slowly climb through the end of the week, and we should be back up near 80 for a high Friday afternoon. Rain chances again go up a bit for the weekend, but it doesn’t look like a wash-out either day.

I hope you enjoy this break from the heat and humidity!
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Muggy, rain and then MUCH cooler

July 13th, 2014 at 6:40 pm by under Weather

We had a few showers and thunderstorms pop this afternoon.  Some of them brought some heavy downpours and brief gusty winds.

A cold front is moving through the Miami Valley right now and it’s acting as a trigger for showers and thunderstorms with the muggy air mass in place.  We’ll see the chance for a few scattered showers this evening.

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The juicy air mass is all thanks to dew points in the upper 60′s and near 70.  These humid conditions will stick around for tomorrow too.

DEW POINTS MON 6PM

Another cold front will bring showers and storms yet again tomorrow afternoon.  Right now it doesn’t appear we’re going to see widespread severe weather.  However some of the storms may produce some heavy rain.

Mon 8am Mon 6pm

Conditions really change after the second front moves through the area late Monday night.  Dew points drop dramatically!  Look for less humid air to start your Tuesday morning.

Dew Points Tue 8am

A cooler air mass takes over for the middle part of the week.  There’s a big dip in our jet stream or storm track Tuesday through Thursday.  This will bring cooler than normal temperatures for several days.

Jet wed 5am

Highs will be in the 70′s which are typically temperatures we would see in middle to late May – not middle July!

I did some research and found how low Dayton’s temperatures have been in the past.  These are the coolest daily high temperatures and the forecast for this week.

Temps this week

As you can see we may be flirting with a lowest high temperature record Wednesday afternoon.  Lows in the morning will be in the low to middle 50′s.  At least we’ll see some sunshine and it won’t be as humid.  Temperatures do warm up for the end of the week to near normal.

Have a great week!

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Muggy with strong storms possible Sunday

July 12th, 2014 at 6:31 pm by under Weather

We had some sunshine today but a line of showers and storms fizzled out west of us.  While we didn’t see anything but a few light showers north of Dayton we are seeing a thick deck of clouds overhead.

beavercreek clouds

Look for cloudy skies tonight and very muggy conditions.  Dew point values are in the middle to upper 60′s and near 70.  They’ll continue to be high through the rest of the weekend.

TEMPS

The muggy air combined with a cold front to the west of us means showers and storms Sunday.  Some of the storms may be on the stronger side with gusty winds, hail and heavy rainfall the main threats.   We’re in an elevated risk for severe weather Sunday.

svr risk

There’s a slight chance we may see a few isolated showers very early Sunday morning as the batch of storms now in Iowa moves eastward.  However those are going to fall apart and a new batch of storms will pop right over the Miami Valley.  The best time frame for seeing thunderstorms is between 1 p.m. and 8 p.m.

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There’s a slight chance for a few showers on Monday but look for lower humidity values and cooler temperatures to enter the area.  Highs for the middle of the week will be WELL below seasonal normals.

Jet wed 5am

Highs will be in the lower 70′s and lows in the 50′s.  It’s still summer right?
Have a great weekend!

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Great finish to the week, with some changes over the weekend…

July 11th, 2014 at 8:31 am by under Weather

I hope you are enjoying the nice weather we’ve had in the past few days! Yesterday, I went with a group to Cox Arboretum & then on to Bill Yeck Park in Centerville. It was a beautiful afternoon!

Butterfly house at Cox Arboretum

  Butterfly house at Cox Arboretum

This nice lady let us pet her horse & feed it carrots!

This nice lady let us pet her horse & feed it carrots!

Today, we will likely end up at the pool, as the weather looks perfect for swimming:

POOL

Humidity will continue to be low today, but will come back up a bit for Saturday. The first part of the day looks nice and comfortable, but as we head into the afternoon, it might start to feel a little humid to you. There will be mostly dry weather Saturday, but we do have the slightest chance of a spotty shower late in the day. The best chance will be across the northern counties.

On Sunday, you will REALLY notice the increase in humidity. It will be quite muggy with rain likely, as a slow-moving front drops in. Scattered showers and thunderstorms will be likely, some producing heavy rain, strong winds, and even hail.

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We are already smack dab in the middle of an elevated risk for severe weather Sunday, so stay tuned to the forecast. In the meantime, enjoy the next two days!

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Great weather through the start of the weekend…

July 10th, 2014 at 6:43 am by under Uncategorized, Weather

High pressure building is bringing some really great weather to the Miami Valley for the next three days or so:

temps

With light northerly winds in place, we will continue with low humidity and pleasantly warm temperatures. Today’s high will be similar to yesterday–near80-degrees. Some of our surrounding cities may only hit the upper 70s:

highs

We will be a bit warmer Friday into the weekend, with mid-80s forecast. Humidity will remain low until Saturday, when will see it rise during the afternoon hours. There is the slight chance of a spotty shower late in the day Saturday… but a much better chance of rain arrives on Sunday.

Warm weather will continue through Monday, but there are signs we will cool down significantly as we head through next week.

Nice weather = Short blogs :)

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Humid with more thunderstorms…

July 8th, 2014 at 9:52 am by under Weather

The humidity continues to run high across the region, as you can see on this morning’s dew point map:

dew points

Any time these values are above 65 it feels uncomfortable, and when they’re up near 70… as they are today… it’s borderline oppressive. Thankfully, relief is on the way, as we turn less humid for the second half of the week!

But in the meantime, all the moisture in the air will be fuel for thunderstorms through the mid-afternoon hours:

forecast

Once again, heavy rain will be likely and we’ll have to watch for the potential for flash flooding. If you see water-covered roads, please remember to “Turn Around, Don’t Drown”. Not only can the water be dangerous, but it can damage your car!

We still have the potential for some stronger thunderstorms today. The greatest severe weather risk will be in areas to the southeast of Dayton, and the timing looks to be early afternoon:

severe

Strong winds and hail will be the main threats. We will keep you posted on-air and online. If you have weather photos to share with us, please do so when it is safe by using the ReportIt feature at wdtn.com!

Just a few showers on Wednesday, but mostly dry. And Thursday and Friday look great!

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Increasing humidity and scattered thunderstorms…

July 7th, 2014 at 7:22 am by under Weather

What a fabulous holiday weekend! I really hope you had a wonderful time celebrating our country and our freedom. John Seibel and I had the honor of emceeing Kettering’s Rock-N-Boom at Delco Park–it was so much fun! Here are a few pictures from the event:

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Neil Sedaka takes the stage!

Neil Sedaka takes the stage!

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Bo Bice performed with Blood, Sweat & Tears… and then signed lots of autographs!

Now that the weekend is over, the weather is changing. Southwest winds will continue to pump in warm and humid air today, and dew points will be on the rise:

temps     Tds

With a cold front approaching from the northwest, our air mass will become increasingly unstable with daytime heating. Some of the storms that form may produce strong winds or hail, and the Storm Prediction Center has us in an elevated risk for severe weather:

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Heavy rain will also be a threat, so some localized flooding will be possible. It looks like the best chance for this will be after 1 or 2pm this afternoon… as storms increase in coverage. Here is what Futuretrac looks like as we head toward the late afternoon rush hour:

forecast

The rain chance continues tonight and through the day Tuesday, as the front lingers across the area. Tuesday’s severe weather threat will be highest to our southeast. Finally, after just a few showers possible on Wednesday, the humidity will drop as we dry out again.

We will keep you posted today on the severe weather threat–be sure to stay with us on-air and online!

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