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Cloudy, chilly with a few flurries

December 18th, 2014 at 5:43 am by under Weather

Today will be much like yesterday….cloudy and cool.  Temperatures will stay in the lower 30′s.  Clouds will stick around and there’s a slight chance for a few flurries this afternoon.  The best chance will be after 2 p.m.

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There’s a storm system producing snow to the west of us in Missouri, and western Illinois.  It will weaken as it moves eastward.

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We’ll have another cold start Friday morning with temperatures in the 20′s but for the afternoon clouds will clear.  Look for some sunshine during the afternoon.

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We’re keeping an eye on a storm system that will head this way next week.  At first we’ll see warmer temperatures move this way which means rain.  However the colder air will filter into the area behind the storm and it will turn colder, windy and we may see some snow.  It all depends on the track of the storm and when the cold air arrives…BUT there’s a a chance we could have a White Christmas.  So you’re saying there’s a chance?  YES I’m saying there’s a chance.

Stay warm!
Tara
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Chilly air mass in place

December 17th, 2014 at 6:08 am by under Weather

Well we have quite a difference this morning than yesterday morning.  Yesterday we were in the 40′s and today we’re right around freezing. Much of us are seeing temperatures 15 to 20 degrees cooler today than yesterday.

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We’re seeing gusty winds out of the west.  Wind chill values are in the 20′s.   wind chills

There is a few flurries and a few pockets of drizzle.  Due to the temperature around freezing there may be some slick spots on area roadways.

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The precipitation will come to an end by late morning but the clouds will hang around the area. We may see a few peeks of sunshine before it sets tonight.

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Look for a mostly cloudy skies again Thursday.  There’s a slight chance we may see a few flurries by the afternoon and evening.

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Temperatures will stay below normal for the next few days.  It will feel like December.

Have a great day!
Tara
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Foggy start, mild with showers later

December 15th, 2014 at 6:22 am by under Weather

We’re seeing a few school districts operating on a two hour delay due fog.  You can find the latest closings by clicking here.

Visibilities are down to a quarter of a mile north and east of Dayton.

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We’re tracking an area of low pressure heading this way later today.  We’re going to see temperatures above normal ahead of the storm.

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Our jet stream or storm track will bring winds out of the southwest in the upper levels of the atmosphere today and the switch to the northwest once the low passes us.  This means above normal temperatures at first then near normal for Wednesday through Friday.

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As the storm system approaches we’re going to see a chance for showers. Much of the day will be dry but we’ll see a chance for showers later this evening.

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Showers will continue for Tuesday as the low exits the Great Lakes.

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Temperatures then drop to near normal conditions for the rest of the week.

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Tracking a cold front for Monday and Tuesday

December 7th, 2014 at 6:03 pm by under Weather

It was great to see the sunshine this morning!  Clouds have returned ahead of a cold front and they’ll be with us through the first part of the new work week.

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The cold front is well to the west of us but it will be making progress eastward through the day tomorrow.

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Already there are some light rain showers and even snow farther north in Western Wisconsin.

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Tonight we’ll be dry but clouds will continue to hang around through Monday.  There’s a chance for a few showers shortly after 5 p.m.

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Colder air builds into the area Monday night and early Tuesday morning.  We’ll see a chance for the rain showers to change over to a few flurries late.

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Depending on the temperature profile there may be a little wintry mix or freezing drizzle. It’s something we’ll continue to watch.

The rest of the work week looks quiet with near normal temperatures.

Have a great week!

Tara
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Rain has ended; dry for the rest of the weekend

December 6th, 2014 at 6:13 pm by under Weather

It was a wet Friday and first start of Saturday.  Many areas picked up one to two inches of rainfall.

Here’s a look at the Doppler radar estimates for the last 24 hours.

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The rain is off to the east of us right now.  We still have some  clouds around the Miami Valley but skies will continue to clear through the evening.

East coast rainfall

It will become mostly clear and chilly by Sunday morning.  Temperatures will be dropping into the 20′s.

Tonights lows

Look for a quiet and dry end to the weekend with temperatures near normal.

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We’re tracking a cold front that will move through the Miami Valley Monday evening.  This will bring us a little more cloud cover and a chance for a few showers by the afternoon.

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There may be a little precipitation lingering when the cold air arrives late Monday and early Tuesday morning.  This cold air may change the rain showers over to a few flurries early Tuesday morning.  Right now it doesn’t look like a big snow at all.

The rest of the work week looks quiet with near normal temperatures.

Have a great weekend!
Tara
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Dramatic temperature drop

November 30th, 2014 at 5:39 pm by under Weather

Hopefully you enjoyed the warm temperatures today!  I saw someone riding a motorcycle and others tending to the yard.  We saw highs in the middle 60′s today!

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The warmer temperatures were due to strong winds out of the southwest.  Winds were gusty during the day.

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There’s a cold front to our west.  You can pick it out with the sharp temperature contrast.  We’re in the 60′s but it’s in the 30′s in Chicago and 20′s in Iowa.

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This front will move through the Miami Valley later tonight.  We’ll see our winds switch to the northwest, temperatures drop and also see a chance for some light showers.

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Notice the coverage in the rain west of Indy.  The showers we see tonight will be light and scattered.

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By Monday morning a lot of the showers will be gone.  There’s a slight chance we may see a few showers south of Dayton but the bulk of the area will be dry.

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It will be cloudy, breezy and temperatures will be below normal.  Temperatures will start out in the 30′s and stay steady through the day then fall into the afternoon.

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Temperatures will be well below normal through the nation’s midsection.  Highs will slowly moderate to near normal for the rest of the week.

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Windy and warm to end the weekend

November 29th, 2014 at 5:49 pm by under Weather

Wow it was windy today!  These winds will continue to be howling tonight and tomorrow.

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The winds did help transport warmer air northward.  Our highs today climbed into the 50′s.  Tomorrow we’ll be even warmer with highs approaching 60.

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Winds will be the main story along with the warmer temperatures tomorrow.  Wind speeds will be 10-25 mph with gusts near 30 again.

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These winds will help to bring a little more moisture northward Sunday.  There’s a chance for a little light drizzle or spotty shower at any time during the day tomorrow.  However the best chance of rain will be after 5 p.m.

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A cold front will move through the area Sunday.  Once the front approaches the Miami Valley by late Sunday evening that’s when we’ll see the best chance of rain.  The rain will be on the light side and won’t amount to very much in the rain gauge.

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There’s a slight chance we may see a few rain showers very early Monday morning.  Cold air will drop southward once the front moves through the area.  There’s a slight chance we may see a few snowflakes mix in south of Dayton however the chance is very small.

We received a few sunrise pictures in our reportit file that I would love to share.  Don’t forget you can always share your photos by sending picture to reportit@wdtn.com

Wallace Campbell Sunrise Roger Garber Dayton Sunrise

Enjoy the warmer temperatures Sunday!

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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!

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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.

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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!
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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!

Tara
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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!
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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!
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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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