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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.


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.


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.


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.



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!


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.


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


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????


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


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.

upper flow wednesday

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.


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.


Stay cool and stay hydrated!


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.


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.


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!



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.


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.

dew points

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.


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


More scattered showers for the weekend

August 16th, 2014 at 5:55 pm by under Weather

We saw some early morning sunshine before the clouds moved in and stayed here for the rest of the day.  We even had a few showers pop on the radar.

Here’s a look at the 5:45pm radar image:


Scattered showers will be possible through the early evening otherwise we’ll stay mostly cloudy.

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It’s also a little more humid.  Dew points have climbed into the middle 60′s.

dew points

We have an area of low pressure to the west of us that’s keeping us cloudy, cool and unsettled.

surface map

This storm will slowly progress eastward through the weekend.  Keep the umbrella handy just in case you get caught in a shower tomorrow.

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We’ll see a few breaks in the rain on Sunday so it won’t be a complete washout.

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There’s a chance we may see some heavy rain at times late Sunday night and Monday.

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Next week looks like summer may make a return.  Temperatures will climb into the middle and even upper 80′s.  Along with the warmer temperatures comes several chances for rain.

Have a great weekend.


Cooler and less humid today

August 13th, 2014 at 7:26 am by under Weather

A chilly start this morning.  Temperatures are in the upper 50′s with a wind out of the northwest making it feel like a crisp fall day.  We are about 10-12 degrees cooler than yesterday morning.  We had some clouds this morning but now they are already beginning to move out of the Dayton area.

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We’ll see sunny skies for the afternoon but we’ll still be below normal.  Our normal high is around 83.  We’ll stay in the 70′s for the rest of the week.

cool temps wed 6pm

A weak disturbance passes through our region later tonight.  We’ll see a few clouds and there’s a slight chance we may see a few spotty showers after midnight toward daybreak Thursday.

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Temperatures will stay below normal for the week before a warmup this weekend.

850 temps Wed 850 temps sat

Along with the warmer air we’ll also see the chance for a rain by the end of the weekend.

Have a great week!

Cooler less humid air is on the way

August 12th, 2014 at 5:14 am by under Weather

We’re dealing with some patchy fog this morning.  Visibilities haven’t dropped too much this morning but be aware of a some fog in low lying areas.

patchy fog

We still have humid conditions in place this morning and for much of the day.  There’s some good news though….look at the dew points to the west they are in the 50′s.  We’ll see that air mass move in later tonight and tomorrow.

midwest dew points

A cold front will track through the area today.  We’ll see a chance for showers and storms.  I don’t think we’ll see as much coverage as yesterday but if you’re out be aware a shower or storm could pop up.

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rain percentage

Yesterday some areas saw a good soaking.  Showers and thunderstorms developed in the humid air mass.

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But we did have a great sunset!  Thanks to Lisa for sending this photo via Report!t.

sunset Lisa Hampshire Englewood

After the cold front moves through temperatures and humidity levels drop.  High pressure builds across the area for Wednesday.

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We’ll continue to see highs below normal through the rest of the week.

temps this week

Long range computer models suggest we’ll see a warm up for the weekend.

Have a great day and don’t forget to look up!  The Perseid meteor shower is peaking.  However the full moon may limit viewing.  All you have to do is look up at the northeast part of the sky.



Humid with rain likely today

August 11th, 2014 at 6:02 am by under Weather

Showers and thunderstorms will be likely today especially after noon.  We’re tracking an area of low pressure moving through the Miami Valley today.  It will be muggy with dew points in the upper 60′s and lower 70′s.  The “frizz factor”  will be high today and tonight.

Mon 6pm dew points

Showers and thunderstorms will be likely through much of the day.  The best chance will be between 2pm and 7pm.

rain percentage

We’ll see mostly cloudy skies through the day today with high humidity values as an area of low pressure tracks through the Miami Valley.

Mon 8am Mon 5pm

We’ll see another chance for a few showers and storms tomorrow as a cold front tracks through the area.

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Humidity values start out high tomorrow but once the front moves through it will turn less humid and cooler.

wed 12am dew points

Temperatures will drop into the 70′s as high pressure keeps us high and dry for the middle of the week.

temps this week surface map today

The Perseid meteor shower will peak in a few days.  However the full “super moon” is going to put a damper on the show.  Because of the full moon we may not see as many meteors as we usually do.  Skies will clear late Tuesday night and early Wednesday just in time to see some shooting stars.


Have a great day!




Rain chances increase next few days

August 9th, 2014 at 6:32 pm by under Weather

We managed to squeak out a dry day today.  Showers formed east and south of the Dayton area.  We’re seeing a deck of clouds over the central half of the Miami Valley right now but some sunshine is breaking through. We were right around normal for today.


Humidity values have increased today and will be a little higher tomorrow.  Dew points are already in the middle 60′s.

dew points

Tonight we’ll continue to see dry conditions with a few clouds around.  We’ll see a few more clouds Sunday morning than we did today.

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There’s a slight chance for a few showers to pop up for the afternoon and evening.  It won’t be a complete washout but a few showers are possible.

Monday will be the better chance for rain as an area of low pressure heads this way.

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Showers are possible on Tuesday as a cold front moves through the Miami Valley.  Then we turn cooler for the middle of the week with highs in the 70′s.


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.

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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.

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.

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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.

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.

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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!