Tara Hastings

A warm but soggy end to the weekend

November 22nd, 2014 at 6:35 pm by under Weather

After a brief period of light freezing rain/showers this morning we quickly warmed up.  Highs today were above normal for the first time in more than ten days.  Just like that the snow pack we once had is now gone.

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It will be above normal for tomorrow and Monday before temperatures drop back into the 30′s for daytime highs.

Tonight we’ll see mostly cloudy skies and there’s a slight chance we may see a few isolated showers.  The best chance will be shortly before sunrise.

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Look for a mild, mostly cloudy day Sunday.  If you have any outdoor plans the earlier you can do them the better.  A large swath of rain will be heading this way for the afternoon and evening.

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The rain will continue through the overnight hours and there’s a chance we may still see some wet spots for the Monday morning commute.

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Rainfall amounts will be close to a half an inch.

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Temperatures will be above normal for Sunday and Monday but another cold blast will head this way late Monday and into the rest of the holiday week.

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Right now it looks like there’s a chance for a few flurries on Thanksgiving.  Temperatures will be below normal for the late week into next weekend.

Have a great weekend!
Tara
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Warm up before a cold blast

November 8th, 2014 at 6:15 pm by under Weather

A cold front is passing through right now bringing low clouds and a few light sprinkles.

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Highs today were closer to normal.

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We’ll see clouds through the overnight hours but we’ll break into some sunshine for Sunday.

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Temperatures will rise Monday into the upper 50′s near 60 on breezy southwesterly winds.

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It will be dry with some sunshine to start the work week.

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A cold front will move through Tuesday.  This will bring us a chance for some showers during the afternoon Tuesday.  One thing you’ll notice is the BIG drop in temperature.  A cold blast will envelope most of the country from Wednesday through the end of the week and next weekend.

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Highs will stay in the 30′s around the Miami Valley and lows will drop in the 20′s.

Stay warm!
Tara
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Freezing tonight and we’re falling back

November 1st, 2014 at 6:22 pm by under Weather

Halloween was a trick to many of those out getting candy last night.  Rain cold temperatures and then snow developed after 8 p.m. last night.  A few snow showers were also around very early this morning.  Chuck Long took this picture of the snow from Indian Lake.

Chuck Longo Indian Lake

It was a cold, cloudy and windy day around the Miami Valley.  Winds gusted around 30 mph at times today.

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The clouds are still around right now but sunshine is starting to peek through the clouds.

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Skies will eventually become mostly clear tonight allowing temperatures to fall into the 20′s and end our growing season.

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The reason we are seeing such a strong cold blast is our jet stream or storm track is taking a large dip south.  This is also one of the reasons why the southeast saw snow this morning and freezing temperatures tonight.

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Skies clear tonight and we’ll start off cold but sunny for Sunday.

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Temperatures will be below normal for Sunday but will rise to near normal conditions for Monday with partly cloudy skies.

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Don’t forget to set your clocks BACK one hour as we FALL BACK to standard time.  Daylight Saving Time (not savings – we’re saving time not putting it into a savings bank account)

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This means we’re going to see the sun rising earlier but setting right after you get home from work now.

Have a great weekend!
Tara
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Partial solar eclipse today

October 23rd, 2014 at 7:07 am by under Weather

Skies will become mostly sunny this afternoon which will be perfect for the partial solar eclipse visible later today.  The best viewing times will be shortly after 5:30 p.m.

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A solar eclipse happens with the moon blocks out part of the sun.

Click here to see a web stream of the event.

Make sure you don’t look at the sun directly.  There’s a few ways you can view the solar eclipse safely.  If you have special glasses you can use those, watch it online or grab the cardboard from a roll of toilet paper.

Solar eclipse safely

Tape a piece of paper at one end of the roll and poke a small hole in the paper.  Hold the open end up to the sun and you can see the projected image of the eclipse.

Happy viewing!

Tara
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Cloudy and cool again with a partial solar eclipse tomorrow

October 22nd, 2014 at 7:20 am by under Weather

Clouds are going to hang around for much of the day today.  Eventually skies begin to clear out from west to east later this afternoon.

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We’ll see some peeks of sunshine by lunchtime but a better chance of sun for the afternoon and evening.

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Highs will stay in the middle 50′s with breezy winds out of the north.  Tonight with skies clearing temperatures will drop into the 30′s.  Frost will be likely.

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We’ll see clear skies late tonight and early Thursday morning.

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Temperatures slowly rise for the end of the week and weekend.  Highs climb above normal into the 60′s and near 70 by the weekend!

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Tomorrow will be clear so we’ll be able to view a partial solar eclipse.  This is when the moon blocks out part of the sun.  It will be brief though – eclipse beings around 5:51 pm and the sun sets at 6:46 pm.

solar eclipse

It’s important to remember not to look at the sun.  Click here to find out how to view a solar eclipse safely.

Enjoy the show tomorrow!
Tara
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Cloudy and breezy today

October 21st, 2014 at 6:34 am by under Weather

Lots of clouds today as a low pressure departs our area.  We’ll see a few peeks of sun but there’s still a slight chance of a few showers or sprinkles.  It will also be breezy with winds out of the northwest.  Highs are going to struggle today to reach the middle 50′s.

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We’ll see a little more sunshine Wednesday but temperatures are still going to be below normal.

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Temperatures are going to rise for the end of the week.  Right now the weekend looks great with sunny skies and highs in the 60′s.

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We’ve been asking for some of your fall color pictures and we appreciate your photos!  Here’s a couple of them.

FALL COLORSLINDA BRUNS BRUCE BRUN XENIA  JIMMIE ALESHIRE

Have a great day!

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Cloudy with showers today

October 20th, 2014 at 5:43 am by under Weather

After a sunny Sunday the clouds are back for Monday.  We’re seeing a few showers north of Dayton this morning but more showers are possible this afternoon.  The best chance of rain will be between 2 p.m. and 6 p.m.

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Clouds will stick around today as a weak storm system drops into the area.  Winds will be breezy out of the southwest this afternoon and will switch to the northwest tonight and tomorrow.

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Clouds will stick around today, tonight and tomorrow.

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There’s a slight chance we may see a few spotty showers early Tuesday morning but most of the day will be cloudy, cool and breezy.

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The fall colors are peaking around the Miami Valley and many of you have been sending us your photos through reportit@wdtn.com Thank you so much for sharing!

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Linda Bruns Miami University

Here are a few pictures I took while hiking at Hueston Woods State Park.

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Have a great Monday!

Tara
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Lunar eclipse photos

October 8th, 2014 at 5:33 pm by under Weather

We had clear skies for our celestial show this morning!  Many of you sent us pictures and I wanted to share a few of them with you.

A lunar eclipse happens when the moon moves into the Earth’s shadow.

This lunar eclipse gave the moon a red or orange tint during totality.

Wallace Campbell – Xenia

Wallace Campbell Xenia Lunar eclipse

John Parmley Miami Twp                                                            John Parmley Miami Twp

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Michael New Carlisle

Michael New Carlisle

Skies will remain clear tonight but clouds will increase after midnight.  Rain will be likely on and off through the day tomorrow and Friday.

Have a great night!

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Rainbows and an eclipse

October 7th, 2014 at 7:55 pm by under Weather

We had a soggy day around most of the Miami Valley. Rainfall amounts were around a quarter of an inch to as much as a half of an inch.

The biggest batch of rain moved out of the area around 4 p.m. and we saw some sunshine.  We still had a few scattered showers around and many of you snapped some great rainbow pictures.  There were even some double rainbows.  Did you know that the colors are reversed on the second bow of a double rainbow?

Bill Norman Farmersville                                                                  Stuart Sherwood

Bill Norman Rainbow Farmersville     Stuart Sherwood

Sherri Bailey Beavercreek                                                   Melissa Barrington Miamisburg

 

Sherri Bailey BeavercreekMelissa Barrington Miamisburg

Maureen McLaughlin Oakwood                                            John Parm Miami Twp

Maureen McLaughlin OakwoodJohn Parm Miami Twp

Dean Brown Indian Riffle Park                                                  Terri Johnston Waynesville  

Dean Brown Indian Riffle Park Terri Johnston Waynesville

We still have a few scattered showers around the area right now however skies will become partly cloudy overnight.  Skies will clear out just in time for a lunar eclipse.  A lunar eclipse occurs when the moon passes in front of the Earth’s shadow.  In order to see the eclipse you’ll have to wake up early or stay up late (however you choose to look at it!) and look WEST.  The eclipse will begin shortly after 4 a.m. and last until about 7:30am.  Totality will begin around 6:30am.  The moon may have a red or orange tint to it.  This is why it’s nicknamed the ‘blood moon’.

If you want to check out the eclipse from your warm bed SLOOH observatory is setting up a live feed.  Click here

If you’re up and want to send photos of the eclipse we would LOVE to share them on the air and in our weather blogs!  Just send your photo to reportit@wdtn.com

Tara

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Frost advisory in effect

October 4th, 2014 at 7:06 pm by under Weather

This morning many of us saw some ice pellets falling instead of rain showers.  Here’s some video I shot earlier today.  Graupel occurs where there is cold air in the upper levels of the atmosphere.

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Temperatures today were well below our normal readings for this time of the year.

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The chilly temperatures will continue tonight.  Look for skies to become partly cloudy by daybreak.  Temperatures will drop into the 30′s by early tomorrow morning.  A frost advisory has been issued for most of the Miami Valley until 10 a.m. Sunday.

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Surface temperatures are taken five feet above the ground.  So even though air temperatures at reporting sites may say 36 degrees the air at the ground may be closer to 32.  This is why if you have any tender plants you might want to cover them or bring them into your garage.

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We’ll see some sunshine for Sunday but there’s also a slight chance we may see a few isolated showers too.

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A better chance for showers arrives on Monday and Tuesday.

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Temperatures will slowly moderate for the middle of the week to near normal.

Have a great weekend!
Tara
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The nice weather continues

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

If you wanted great fall weather we’ve really hit the jackpot.   Clear nights and sunny afternoons will continue for the next few days.

We had a few clouds early this morning and that allowed for a fantastic sunrise!

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We ended the day with a lot of sunshine and temperatures once again in the 80′s.

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We’ll continue to see clear skies and temperatures dropping into the 50′s tonight.   Quiet conditions continue for the next couple of days before we see a pattern change take place at the end of the week.

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We’ll see a few clouds tomorrow but it will be another gorgeous fall day around the area with highs once again in the lower 80′s.

Tuesday we’ll see a few more clouds as a weak system drops from the north.  It looks like most locations will be dry we’ll just see a few more clouds as the cold front passes through Ohio.

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Have a great week!

Tara

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Windy and cooler

September 21st, 2014 at 6:14 pm by under Weather

We had a few spotty showers this morning and some clouds but after the cold front moved we saw some changes.  The sun came out and the winds picked up!

Here’s a look at some of the wind speeds throughout the day.

WIND SPEEDS TODAY

Despite the windy conditions we did see high temperatures in the 70′s.

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Temperatures are already dropping north and west of us.  The cooler air is not too far behind and it will be with us through the next two days.

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This chilly air mass will drop our temperatures into the 40′s tonight and keep us in the 60′s for tomorrow afternoon.  High pressure will keep us dry and sunny but it will keep us cool.

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High pressure is going to be right over us Tuesday morning and that will produce one of the coolest nights we’ve felt this month.

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After a chilly start we’ll see temperatures slowly rise by Tuesday afternoon and will continue to rise for the rest of the week.

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Have a great week!
Tara
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Cool nights but warmer afternoons

September 16th, 2014 at 7:35 am by under Weather

We’re starting off with cloudy skies around the Miami Valley this morning.  Clouds will begin to break for the afternoon and we’ll see lots of sunshine.  Temperatures are going to be well below normal today but eventually will rise to the middle and upper 70′s for the weekend.

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Cloudy conditions this morning but high pressure builds across the area for the afternoon.

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We’ll see temperatures fall into the 40′s tonight with clear skies and calm winds.  You’ll definitely need the jacket Wednesday morning.

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High pressure will keep us cool at night but allow for lots of sunshine during the afternoon.

Looking ahead to the weekend:  Many of you may be running the Air Force Marathon this weekend.  The weather so far is looking great!  We’ll see temperatures in the lower 70′s for the 5K on Friday and in the 50′s for the full marathon Saturday.  Good news BOTH days look dry!

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Have a great week!

Tara
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Cool tonight with showers late Monday

September 14th, 2014 at 6:05 pm by under Weather

Many locations started out in the low to middle 40′s this morning.  Lowell Miller one of our weathercheckers in Greenville dropped to 42!  Officially Dayton dropped to 45.

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Despite the chilly start we saw lots of sunshine for the afternoon and warmed near 70 for the afternoon.

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We’re going to see clear skies once again tonight and temperatures will drop into the middle and upper 40′s.  So a few degrees warmer than this morning.

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We’ll start off with some sunshine Monday morning but we’ll see some clouds head this way for the afternoon.  A weak system is going to approach the Miami Valley and bring us a chance for some showers later in the afternoon and evening.

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After the system moves through Monday night we’ll see another cool day Tuesday but it will be sunny.  It will be dry for much of the work week with lots of sunshine and highs in the lower 70′s.

Have a great week!

Tara
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Chilly air this weekend

September 13th, 2014 at 6:20 pm by under Weather

Brrr!!  Grab the extra blanket tonight, temperatures are going to be well below normal.  Take a look at what it felt like this morning across the Great Lakes.

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This chilly air mass is going to settle right over the Dayton area tonight/Sunday morning.  Temperatures will be in the low to middle 40′s by Sunday morning.  Don’t forget the jacket as you make your way out the door for church or grab an extra layer if you’re going for a long run.

Temperatures are suppose to be in the 70′s this time of year but we stayed in the 60′s for highs today.

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Skies have cleared after a cloudy couple of days.  Those clear skies will allow our temperatures to drop into the lower 40′s for many spots.  With lots of sunshine expected tomorrow we’ll see highs near 70 Sunday afternoon but we’ll still be below normal for much of next week.

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Despite seeing temperatures below normal we will see mostly sunny skies for the end of the weekend.

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On Monday we’ll see a weak system move through Monday afternoon.  This will bring us a few showers late in the afternoon and evening.

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I spent the last several days traveling around the Great Lakes.  I spent ten days traveling around four states, seeing friends, family and making great memories.  I had a lot of time in the car but it was well worth it to see many friends I haven’t seen in a long time.  I was in Green Bay, Minneapolis and Chicago.  Here are just a few of the pictures I took along the way.  Have great weekend!

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Tara

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Humid again with spotty showers

September 1st, 2014 at 5:06 am by under Weather

We’re seeing some patchy fog this morning.  Look for some clouds with just a slight chance for a few spotty showers during the first half of the day.

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I don’t think it’s going to be a complete wash out but there is a chance for a few spotty showers before lunchtime.

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If you’re running the 5K at the Holiday at Home event in Kettering it’s going to be a muggy one.  There’s a slight chance we may see a few spotty showers around parade time but the best chance of rain will be tonight.

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A cold front is going to head this way later tonight.  This will bring us a good chance for showers and thunderstorms overnight and into early Tuesday morning.  The rain may be heavy at times and we may see a few storms with gusty winds.

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The best chance of storms will be later tonight and early Tuesday morning.

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After the cold front moves through we’ll see the humidity drop a little late Tuesday night.  However it will be brief.  Temperatures rise again into the middle and upper 80′s.  Next weekend looks like we’ll finally drop to near normal and even below normal temperatures.

Happy Labor Day!

Tara
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Muggy with some showers

August 30th, 2014 at 6:23 pm by under Weather

The Labor Day weekend is going to be a little uncomfortable.  We’ve felt the sticky conditions today and that’s going to continue for the rest of the weekend.

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Dew points or the measurement of how much moisture is in the air are near 70 which means it feels uncomfortable.  Dew points will still be high for tomorrow too.

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Along with the high humidity we’ll also see the rain chances increase tonight.  Showers and even a few thunderstorms will move through the area.  Right now the rain is south of us but it is moving to the northeast.

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The rain will be steady through the overnight hours.  We may see a few showers to start the day Sunday and then just a few scattered showers for the afternoon.

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Monday will continue to feel muggy with highs in the middle 80′s.  We have the chance for a few spotty showers but the best chance of rain will come from a cold front late Monday night into Tuesday.

Have a great holiday!

Tara
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The heat is on…and the humidity

August 24th, 2014 at 5:45 pm by under Weather

If you were out today it certainly felt hotter than it actually was outside.  It’s all due to the muggy air mass overhead.  Middletown Airport did manage to hit 90 this afternoon but Dayton topped off at 88.

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The heat index – what it actually feels like outside – was at or near 90 for much of the day.

TODAY HEAT INDEX

We have high dew points not only in Ohio but across much of the central and eastern part of the country.  These upper 60′s and 70 degree dew points make it feel muggy and are tropical like.  See you really didn’t need to spend money on a trip to Florida – the Florida weather came to us!  However not sure where the ocean view is????

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Dew points will still be high for tomorrow and the next few days.

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The reason for this latest batch of heat and humidity is all thanks to a ridge of high pressure in the upper levels of the atmosphere.  This dome of high pressure will keep the humidity around through much of the week.

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Tomorrow will be much like today.  Slight chance for a bit of patchy fog in the morning, sunny skies, hot and humid.  There’s a slight chance we may see an isolated shower pop but most locations will be dry.

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Tuesday will be much of the same.  Sunny, hot and humid.  However later in the evening there’s a better chance of seeing some showers.

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Stay cool and stay hydrated!

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Summer makes a return

August 23rd, 2014 at 6:49 pm by under Weather

Today felt more like summer.  Highs were in the upper 80′s but the humidity made it feel worse.

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Dew point values are in the lower 70′s.  That means it’s sticky, muggy, uncomfortable or whatever adjective you would like to use.

The reason our temperatures and dew points are so high is because of our jet stream or storm track.  There’s a big area of high pressure in the upper levels of the atmosphere.  This will allow heat to build across the nation’s midsection.  This pattern is going to stick around for the next several days.

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Highs will be approaching 90 degrees through Wednesday.

Right now we have a few spotty showers popping around the area and a large batch of rain to our west.

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This batch of rain is moving south-southeastward.  Many of our  computer models are suggesting it’s going to weaken and miss the Dayton area.  We will likely see some clouds from this system but the rain will hold off and may clip our western counties.

Tomorrow morning we’ll start off the day with some patchy fog.  Look for another humid and warm day with highs approaching 90 degrees.

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There’s a slight chance we may see an isolated shower pop up in the afternoon.  This may occur through the next several days.  But not everyone will see rain.

Stay cool!

Tara

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Warmer but unsettled

August 17th, 2014 at 5:48 pm by under Weather

We had a few early morning sprinkles around parts of the area today.  The bulk of the rain stayed south of the Dayton region.  There’s a very slim chance we may see a spotty shower pop tonight but again most of the rain should stay south.  We stayed cloudy for most of the day but our temperatures were just a touch warmer than yesterday.

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I’ve lowered our rain chances tomorrow.  It looks like we’ll see mainly cloudy skies for much of the day with just a slight chance for a few scattered showers.

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You’ll begin to notice the humidity values climb tomorrow.  Right now our dew points ware in the low to middle 60′s.  Those will rise a few more degrees for tomorrow.

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It looks like Tuesday will bring us the better chance for rain and even a few thunderstorms.  I think many of the lawns could use it!  It’s been a while since we’ve seen a decent rain over the entire area.

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Next week looks like summer will make a return.  Temperatures will climb into the middle and even upper 80′s.

WED 850 TEMPS

Along with the warmer highs we’ll also see several chances for showers and thunderstorms.  Stay cool and dry next week!

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