Tara Hastings

Parade of storms in the Pacific Ocean

August 8th, 2014 at 11:51 am by under Weather

I’ve received a couple of questions regarding the two tropical systems now in the Pacific:  Iselle and Julio.  I’ve been watching these closely too.  It’s not too often Hawaii sees tropical activity.  I found a map that shows tropical storms and their tracks since 1950 around the islands.

Hurricanes passing toward Hawaii since 1950

The last time a hurricane made landfall on one of the Islands was back in 1992 – Hurricane Iniki.

Right now Tropical Storm Iselle is producing rain and some heavy surf on the Big Island of Hawaii.  The storm will continue to move westward and weaken through the weekend.  It looks like it will stay south of the other islands.

Tropical Storm Iselle Fri 11amTS Iselle Fri 8pm

TS Iselle Sat 8am

We do have a sister station in Hawaii – KHON.  Here’s a link if  you would like more information or want to see some of the news coverage via the internet.

One of our co-workers from WDTN is vacationing in Hawaii.  I’m pretty sure he didn’t expect to see this while on the beach!  Here are a few of his pictures on Oahu.

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Now attention turns to the other tropical storm, Hurricane Julio.  This is right now a category two hurricane with winds near 105 mph.  It looks like Julio will track north of Hawaii and not make landfall on any of the Islands.

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Hurricane Julio Wed am Hurricane Julio Sun 8am

Again if you want to see more video and pictures head to KHON2.com our sister station in Hawaii.

Have a great weekend!


Gorgeous today but rain possible tomorrow

August 4th, 2014 at 5:33 am by under Weather

We have high pressure nearby and that’s producing clear skies and calm winds around most of the area.  There’s some patchy fog developing east and south of Dayton.


Once the sun comes up the fog will quickly dissipate and we’ll see lots of sunshine for the day.  High pressure keeps us sunny and dry.  High temperatures today will be near normal in the low and middle 80′s.


mon 5pm surface map today

High pressure moves east of us tomorrow and a cold front will head this way.  This front will bring us a chance for some showers and storms for the afternoon.

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Temperatures will stay around normal through the rest of the week.  There’s a slight chance we may see a few showers by the end of the week.  A few of the computer models are suggesting we will see rain while others suggest we’ll be dry.  Stay tuned to the forecast.

rain percentage

Have a great week!

A nice end to the weekend

August 2nd, 2014 at 6:16 pm by under Weather

We had some spotty showers today but now we’re beginning to see those come to an end and see some peeks of sunshine.


Highs today were around 80 which is a little below normal for this time of year.  Highs will be in the lower 80′s tomorrow with more sunshine than what we had today.

Look for some sunshine for much of the day tomorrow with a few clouds for the afternoon.  There’s a slight chance for a shower but it looks like the best chance will be in our far eastern counties if any do develop.


Temperatures will slowly rise for next week with readings a few degrees above normal. Friday it looked like we would see middle to upper 80′s for next week.  Right now it appears we’ll stay in the low to middle 80′s.


Monday is not looking to bad either.  Look for a mix of sun and clouds with highs in the middle 80′s.  Next wee we’ll see a several chances for showers and thunderstorms.


The final numbers have come in for July.  July 2014 will be the third “coolest” July on record.  We didn’t hit 90 degrees at all in the summer month.  However it was rather humid.


Have a great weekend!


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!



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.

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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

svr risk

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.

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Have a FANTASTIC weekend!


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.

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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!


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.

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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.

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

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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.


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!


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.

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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!


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.

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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.

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

temps this week

Have a great week!


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.

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Have a great weekend!





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.


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


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


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.



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.


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.


Have a great weekend!


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.


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.

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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!


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.


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.

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


Thunderstorms Monday and Tuesday

July 6th, 2014 at 5:50 pm by under Weather

We had a few scattered showers this morning.  Didn’t really amount to much around the Miami Valley but enough to leave spots on the car and wet pavement.   We did see a lot of clouds this morning but as promised some sunshine came out this afternoon.

Humidity levels are too bad here right now but look out to the west.  Dew points are in the upper 60′s and 70′s.  This means sticky conditions tomorrow and Tuesday.

current dew points

The muggy air will play a role in our thunderstorm chances for tomorrow.  We’ll see a cold front approach the area and with the humid conditions we’ll see showers and thunderstorms fire up.  The first chance of rain will be in the morning on Monday.  We’ll see a break and then another round of showers and thunderstorms will fire up.  It’s this second round in the afternoon that I’m slightly concerned about.  We’re under a slight risk for severe weather from the Storm Prediction Center.  This means in the afternoon we may see some stronger storms with gusty winds and hail.

svr risk

Right now it looks like a few showers during the early morning.

Mon 7am

A break for the mid-morning/early afternoon before a line of showers and storms develop.

Mon 2pm

Some of our computer models are suggesting the storms fire right in the middle of the Miami Valley and move south.  It all depends on some of the boundaries that are left over from the morning rain.

There’s another round of showers and storms expected on Tuesday too.

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Some of these storms may be on the strong side with gusty winds and hail.

Dew points will climb into the upper 60′s and near 70 for Monday & Tuesday.


We’ll finally return to less humid air and dry conditions for the middle and latter half of the week.

Have a great week!



A great weekend before rain and humidity return

July 5th, 2014 at 6:14 pm by under Weather

After a great Fourth of July we ended up with a great holiday weekend too!  We had lots of sunshine, low humidity and temperatures right around normal for this time of year.


The sunshine has really been helping farmers and many of the flowers around the area.  Bill Norman from Farmersville sent some pictures of his sunflowers.  He says some of them are about 6 feet tall!


A few high level clouds have moved into portions of the Miami Valley from a storm system to the west of us.  This piece of energy will head into the area late tonight and early tomorrow morning.  We may see a few spotty showers very early Sunday morning but they should be out of here by lunchtime.


We’ll start off with cloudy skies on Sunday but will see some sunshine Sunday afternoon.  Highs will be in the low to middle 80′s.


A cold front will arrive on Monday.  This will bring an increase in humidity and also the chance for showers and storms.  Dew point values have been in the 50′s for the last few days but now it’s on the rise for early next week.  Dew point values will climb into the 60′s and near 70.  This means it’s going to feel much more humid.


The cold front will head this way on Monday.  We’ll see clouds increase late Sunday night with showers and storms likely for Monday afternoon.


There’s another system heading this way for Tuesday.  It will bring another round of rain for the day.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend!




A beautiful 4th of July weekend

July 4th, 2014 at 5:56 am by under Weather

The holiday weekend forecast looks great!  High pressure will keep us dry and sunny through much of the weekend.

If you’re heading out early this morning temperatures are on the cooler side with readings in the 50′s.  If you’re heading to any of the parades this morning temperatures will be in the 60′s with lots of sunshine.

parade forecast

Tonight’s fireworks displays won’t see any rain.  If you’re out though you may need a long sleeve shirt or light jacket as temperatures will fall in the 60′s.

In the past temperatures on the 4th of July have either been in the 70′s or 80′s.  Only two days saw triple digit readings.

July 4th Climo

Check out these great pictures from Amy Hoying in Fort Loramie.  She says the “amber waves of grain” will likely be harvested this weekend.

Amy Hoying Wheat Amy Hoying Corn

Arthur is picking up steam and is currently a category 2 storm as of 5am Friday.  It will begin to clip the east coast and eventually head farther into the Atlantic this weekend.


Quiet conditions continue for us as we see high pressure dominate our weather this weekend. Look for lots of sunshine throughout the day today and through Saturday.

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We’ll start off with some sunshine on Sunday morning but we’ll see clouds increase as a storm system heads this way for early next week.

boating forecast weekend

Happy 4th and have a wonderful weekend.


Muggy with more rain tomorrow

June 28th, 2014 at 5:20 pm by under Weather

I’m back for the weekend shift after having a week off going to a wedding, visiting friends/family and relaxing!  I had such a great time and now feel like I need another day off to unpack and clean.

One of my college friends (who is also a meteorologist) got married in Rockford last weekend.  There were 8 meteorologists at the wedding.  Including Tom Skilling from WGN.  Seven of us posed for a picture (My friend Alan is a professor at St. Cloud State and he missed the photo opportunity)  Can anyone name all 7?  The other guys work in Illinois and Wisconsin.  A hint…two aren’t actually on tv.

weather gang

I returned back to Dayton and I guess I brought the humidity with me.  Yuck!  Dew point values are in the 70′s which means it’s extremely humid.

dew points

The heat and humidity are going to stick around for the next several days.  We finally get a break after a cold front moves through Tuesday night.

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Until then we’ll see the heat, humidity and chance for rain.  An isolated shower is possible tonight and for the first half of Sunday.

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There’s a better chance of showers especially during the peak heating of the day.  After 1pm through the evening is the best chance of seeing rain.  If you are heading to the Vectren Dayton Air Show make sure you bring along the rain gear and drink plenty of water.

air show

Showers and storms will be likely after 1pm through the early evening hours.

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There’s a slight chance for a few showers on Monday but the heat will be the main story here.  Highs will approach 90 degrees during the afternoon.

Stay cool this weekend!

First time we hit 90 this season

June 17th, 2014 at 6:07 pm by under Weather

Well we made it.  Dayton International Airport hit 91 degrees this afternoon.


Of course it felt uncomfortable not because of the high heat but also the humidity.  Dew point values are in the upper 60′s and near 70.

dew points

When you factor in the humidity with the heat it feels slightly warmer.  Here are current heat index values.

heat index

We’ll see dry conditions tonight and it will be muggy once again.  Just like we saw last night and this morning.  We’ll be dry for the most part tomorrow but there’s a chance for a few thunderstorms especially in the afternoon and evening.  Some of the storms may be on the stronger side.

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There’s a better chance of showers and storms on Thursday afternoon and evening.  Humidity values will still be high.

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The chance for showers and storms will be possible through the end of the week.  Especially during the afternoon and evening during the peak heating of the day.

Have a great evening!


The heat is on

June 16th, 2014 at 6:11 pm by under Weather

I hope you had a wonderful weekend!  We had lots of sunshine and warm temperatures.  I went to Caesars Creek State Park and went on a long but gorgeous hike.  There were many people who enjoyed water skiing and swimming in the lake.

We got a great picture sent to us.  Don’t forget you can always send your photos via reportit@wdtn.com on our website. Thanks for sharing!


Today we saw some thunderstorms pop earlier this afternoon.  All of those storms have moved eastward but there’s still a slim chance we may see an isolated storm pop this evening but most of us should remain dry.


We started out this morning with dew point values in the lower 60′s but they quickly jumped into the upper 60′s and near 70 for the afternoon.


It’s going to be a while before the humidity ends.  Dew point values will stay in the upper 60′s and lower 70′s for the next several days.  This means it’s going to be hot and humid in the afternoon and muggy at night.  The AC unit will be getting a work out for much of the week.

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We will see the potential to reach 90 degrees a couple times this week.  The last time we hit 90 was in September of last year.

the heat is on

We’ll see sunshine to start Tuesday with a few clouds in the afternoon.  It looks like we’ll be dry.  If thunderstorms do pop they’ll be widely scattered.

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There’s a much better chance of rain on Wednesday afternoon.  With highs again in the lower 90′s.

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Stay cool this week!


A fantastic weekend

June 13th, 2014 at 4:55 am by under Weather

Wow we have a great weekend forecasted around the Miami Valley!  Lots of sunshine and warmer temperatures will head this way.  First we have to get through clouds and a few showers this morning.

We’re tracking a cold front moving through the Miami Valley this morning.  Look for lots of clouds and a slight chance for a few showers from now until about 11am.

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Skies will become mostly clear by the afternoon with lower humidity values.  Dew points to the west of us are in the 40′s and 50′s.

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Saturday morning will start off with clear skies and cool temperatures.  Readings will drop into the upper 40′s and lower 50′s early Saturday.  So if you have any late night plans tonight or early Saturday morning grab the light jacket or sweater.  By the afternoon Saturday will be great with highs a bit warmer into the middle and upper 70′s.

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This may be one of the best graphics Brian Davis has ever left me.  If you’re heading to Versailles this weekend for Poultry Days it’s going to be great.  Great theme folks “Cluck Dynasty.”

poultry days

Temperatures do rise on Sunday.  If you have any Father’s Day plans outside it will be great!  Look for lots of sunshine with highs climbing into the 80′s on Sunday.

fathers day

By the way – today is Friday the 13th AND we have a full moon!  The next full moon on a Friday the 13th won’t happen for another 35 years.

Fri 13th moon

Have a WONDERFULL weekend!!!