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Turning colder beyond today!

October 30th, 2014 at 7:46 am by under Weather

We’re starting off with some clouds this morning… and they’re doing good for our growing season! They have held temperatures in the lower 40s in most spots, so frost has not been a concern:

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Notice it’s closer to the center of high pressure… that is where skies are clear and winds are calm. We will eventually see some sunshine today, but it will be another cool afternoon, with highs in the lower 50s. If your community has Trick-or-Treat tonight, you have the better of the two nights this week:

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If your community has Trick-or-Treat on Friday, you might want to consider checking the list of Thursday Beggars Nights to drive somewhere else tonight! Friday looks cold, windy and wet at times. The rain chances will be highest after lunch, as showers move in from the west:

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And during the evening hours, much colder air will be moving in from the north… so temperatures will be dropping! Looks like many will have to cover UP the costumes on Friday:

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Yes, that is a snowflake on the forecast above! We may see a few wet snowflakes mix in during the evening, with a better chance overnight. We drop to 30-degrees early Saturday morning… and the afternoon high is only going to be 40-degrees! Brrrrr! By Sunday morning, we dip into the mid-20s.

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Cooler for a couple days… then COLDER

October 29th, 2014 at 7:29 am by under Weather

Tuesday’s cold front is moving well off to the east, and we have high pressure building in behind it:

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A cooler air mass has moved in, as well… and we will have a couple days near/below normal. Highs both today and Thursday will be in the mid-50s, with a mix of sun and clouds and dry conditions. This week, we have many communities having Trick-or-Treat on Thursday or Friday. You can get the full list of times and locations here: TRICK OR TREAT.

If your city has Beggars Night on Thursday… you win! Seriously, you will have MUCH better weather during the evening:

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On Friday… the Halloween forecast actually looks quite scary, if you’re not a fan of cold! A stronger trough drops in and temperatures really drop, as well:

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Expect showers during the daylight hours Friday… with the potential for some wet snowflakes mixing in after the sun sets. Little or no snow accumulation will occur. We still expect the first freeze of the season, too– both Saturday and Sunday mornings will be in the 20s!

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Showers today… then much cooler

October 28th, 2014 at 9:43 am by under Weather

What a warm start to the week! As expected, our high temperature Monday afternoon reached 78-degrees… just three degrees shy of  the record for the date. Overnight, it remained mild, check out these temps:

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Now things are changing! A cold front is moving into the Miami Valley today, and we will see showers and even a thunderstorm or two through early afternoon. You can keep tabs on the rain by linking to Live Doppler 2HD anytime!

It will also be another breezy day, with a southwest wind between 10 and 20 mph with slightly higher gusts. Temperatures will slowly fall later in the day, and we will be dropping into the 40s overnight. But this will not be the coldest night of the week! There is the potential for a frost and freeze in the forecast:

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There are a lot of communities holding Beggars’ Night on Thursday and Friday this week. Clearly, the better of the two days weather-wise is going to be Thursday. Friday looks even cooler, with the potential for a few showers at times. By Friday evening… IF the moisture lingers… we could even see a few wet snowflakes!  Eeek! Now THAT’S scary.

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Unseasonably warm today, with changes Tuesday!

October 27th, 2014 at 7:54 am by under Weather

A warm front south of the area will lift north today, getting us into an unseasonably warm air mass:

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We’re starting off with clouds north of this boundary, but as the front lifts through we’ll see plenty of sunshine in the afternoon. We expect highs in the upper 70s… quite close to a record high for this day!

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It will be a breezy afternoon, with southerly winds 10-20mph and slightly  higher gusts. But enjoy the sunshine and warmth. Things change as early as late morning on Tuesday, as a cold front approaches the area. This will bring in showers and even the chance of a thunderstorm:

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The rest of the week will feature temperatures at or below normal. Halloween is still looking chilly with a few showers possible. Right now, it looks like they may be moving out by Trick or Treat in the evening!

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Beautiful Fall weather to continue!

October 25th, 2014 at 9:41 pm by under Weather

What a beautiful Autumn day here in the Miami Valley. Believe it or not, a cold front was crossing the region. While we started off with clouds, they quickly cleared out as you can see on our satellite imagery:

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We enjoyed plenty of sunshine in the afternoon, which  boosted our temperatures significantly! We officially made it up to 75-degrees in Dayton. It was truly one of the best days of the season. Here are a few photos of the afternoon and evening:

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My kids helped… well PLAYED while we did yard work :)

Mark Allan took a 40 mile bike ride to Caesar Creek!

Mark Allan took a 40 mile bike ride to Caesar Creek!

Tom Westendorf sent this beautiful shot of the contrails in the clear evening sky in Kettering.

Tom Westendorf sent this beautiful shot of the contrails in the clear evening sky in Kettering.

Now a slightly cooler air mass will build in for the second half of the weekend. We will dip into the lower 40s overnight, and Sunday’s highs will be in the mid-upper 60s. Still above normal, and still quite pleasant. Look for a bright blue sky and lots of sun to top off our great weekend!

On Monday, a warm front will lift through the area in the morning, and bring us another warm afternoon:

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Then a stronger cold front arrives on Tuesday, with our next chance of rain. We will gradually turn cooler during the second half of the week, and unfortunately it looks chilly for Trick-or-Treaters (and high school football) on Halloween.

I hope you have been able to enjoy this awesome Autumn weather while it’s here!

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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!

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Warmer today, but changes for the weekend…

October 17th, 2014 at 8:37 am by under Weather

We’re finally getting a dry day in the Miami Valley as we finish off the week! High pressure to our south will bring some sunshine this afternoon, and strong southerly winds… which will help warm temperatures up near 70 degrees after this cool start:

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The cold front to the west will move in tonight, bringing just the slightest chance of a spotty shower to the area. This won’t happen until after midnight, so no threat of rain for the high school football games! It will be breezy and cool for Operation Football, with increasing clouds.

Upper level energy crosses the region on Saturday, bringing a better chance of scattered showers. It will be quite a different forecast for the weekend, with much cooler weather around. Highs will be in the mid-50s, and with a stiff northwest wind Saturday, it will feel a little blustery!

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Behind this system, we will really see temperatures drop! If skies can clear out Saturday night, we will tank into the 30s early Sunday morning. If you still have sensitive plants, you’ll want to protect them!

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The latest report from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources has many of our local parks at PEAK fall color this week! This may be THE weekend to get out and take in some of the beautiful shades of the season. The better weather day looks to be Sunday. While it will be cool, it won’t be as windy… and we expect more sunshine for the latter half of the weekend!

I am heading to the National Weather Association annual meeting next week, to get my weather geek on! ;) Keep an eye on Twitter for updates from #NWAS14! Tara will be with you on 2 News Today!

Enjoy your weekend!
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Still unsettled for a couple days…

October 15th, 2014 at 6:45 am by under Weather

An upper low to our west will slowly cross the Miami Valley today into Thursday, keeping our weather unsettled:

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While we’re starting off dry, we will see scattered showers develop as we head into the afternoon hours. It will not be as windy as yesterday, and it we won’t have the prolonged periods of rain, but on and off showers can be expected:

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With the upper low and unsettled weather, it will be a cooler day, with highs in the lower 60s. A set-up like this sometimes causes “cold air funnels” to develop. These are funnel clouds visible in the sky… but they rarely touch down. The National Weather Service does not issue warnings for cold air funnels, but they can look threatening. In the past, I know some communities have sounded their outdoor weather sirens upon the seeing these ominous features, so just be aware of that. If you see one, snap a picture and send to ReportIt@wdtn.com or use the ReportIt feature at www.wdtn.com to upload your photo!

The upper low will be shifting off to our east on Thursday, but we will still have the chance of a few showers, as we remain mild. Highs will again be in the lower 60s. We do expect improvement for the end of the week–Friday looks awesome! Partly sunny, dry and highs into the upper 60s!

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Right back into an unsettled pattern this week…

October 13th, 2014 at 8:34 am by under Weather

A slow-moving storm system will keep the Miami Valley with the chance of rain each day this week. Today, a warm front will move into the area, and with breezy southerly winds, temperatures will soar:

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Scattered showers, even a few thunderstorms will be most likely during the late morning/early afternoon hours… but we really could see a shower at any time of the day. The rain chances, however, will be HIGHEST on Tuesday as a strong cold front moves in:

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We expect a decent chance of rain all day long, with heavy downpours possible. If storms line up just right, there will be the potential for “training” storms… and localized flooding. There is a minimal severe weather risk Tuesday, although a few stronger wind gusts are possible.

A closed low will be slow to move over the area Wednesday and Thursday. This will keep us with a 30-40% chance of mainly afternoon showers, and slightly lower temperatures:

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Right now, it looks like the low lifts out just in time for the upcoming weekend. We should return to dry weather by Friday!

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One more gloomy day before a better weekend…

October 10th, 2014 at 7:58 am by under Weather

A front has been stalled south of the Miami Valley… keeping the clouds and on and off showers around. And it’s STILL there today:

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A wave of low pressure will move along the front, pushing it a little farther north this afternoon and evening.  So rain becomes more likely as the day goes on:

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The best chance of rain will be along and south of I-70, although a few spotty showers will even be possible north of this. Rain will continue to be likely through the evening… so that means a not-so-pleasant Friday night football experience!

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But overnight, rain will taper off late… and we have a mostly DRY weekend forecast! Saturday will still be cool with highs in the upper 50s, but with some sun it will at least feel pleasantly cool. Sunday will be a little warmer, as we climb back into the lower 60s. And Sunday is trending drier, too, so just the slight chance of a shower late in the day.

Rain chances increase significantly early next week as a strong cold front moves our way. Temperatures will climb into the low 70s for highs Monday and Tuesday ahead of the system… but drop off again mid-week.

Have a great weekend!
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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

 

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Maureen McLaughlin Oakwood                                            John Parm Miami Twp

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Dean Brown Indian Riffle Park                                                  Terri Johnston Waynesville  

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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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Today… similar to Monday. Wednesday… improvement.

October 7th, 2014 at 8:06 am by under Weather

Another disturbance is moving into the Miami Valley today! This will keep us with the chance for scattered showers and even a rumble or two of thunder. Yesterday, we had mainly on and off showers… with a few thunderstorms that developed late in the day. These dumped some heavier rain and even pea-sized hail:

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This could be possible again this afternoon and early evening. The Dayton International Airport only picked up 0.04″ of rain, but other locations saw significantly more than that:

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This will be the nature of things again today, because the showers will be scattered. You can see the hit-and-miss nature of the system on our Futuretrac forecast model, valid for 5pm:

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Rain chances die down tonight, and the clouds will break up, too. As we head toward Wednesday morning, a Total Lunar Eclipse will occur! This happens when the moon passes through the Earth’s shadow, as seen on the graphic below:

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Make sure you have a clear view to the west if you are going to check it out tomorrow morning… as the moon will be low in the sky, near the horizon. Here is more on the eclipse– what you can expect and when: LUNAR ECLIPSE.

We expect a lot of sunshine on Wednesday, as high pressure returns to the area. Highs will be close to normal, in the mid-60s, and right now it looks like the only day this week with NO chance of rain. Another disturbance moves in later in the day Thursday, and rain chances stay up Thursday night into Friday morning. Temperatures don’t fluctuate very much day to day right through the end of the week.

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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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Scattered showers… windy… then much colder

October 3rd, 2014 at 9:50 am by under Weather

It was an unseasonably warm summer-like day on Thursday! Check out the stats:

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We were fairly close to the record high for the day, thanks to sunshine and southerly winds. And, if you stepped outside early this morning, it probably felt like a nice Spring day. We had temperatures near 70 degrees all morning long:

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This nice mild weather will NOT last. We are already seeing signs of change, with scattered showers impacting the area. You can check Live Doppler 2HD at any time.

While we will have a few breaks in the rain today, the potential for a shower will be there at any time… with the slight chance of a rumble of thunder. You can see the scattered nature of the rain on Futuretrac for this afternoon:

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While it’s been breezy this morning, it will become windy if not gusty as the cold front comes through around the mid-afternoon hours. Winds will be up near 25-30mph. If you are heading out to a high school football game this evening, be sure to wear something warm, and perhaps have an umbrella on hand!

Saturday will start off dry, but we can’t rule out a spotty shower in the afternoon. The best chance will be across the northern counties. BUT the big story will be how COLD it will be this weekend!

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Saturday’s high temp will only reach 52, and it will be breezy… so expect a chilly day ahead. Sunday will still be cool, as we climb into the upper 50s. This huge drop in temperature will definitely make it feel more like Fall!

Enjoy your weekend!
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Warm today, then the bottom drops out!

October 2nd, 2014 at 7:29 am by under Weather

We start off partly cloudy this morning… with dry conditions across the Miami Valley. I am keeping an eye to the west, where we currently have an area of rain/thunder:

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This will continue to weaken as it heads our way, but if any of it holds together, we may see a few showers in our northwestern counties. The time frame would be late morning/early afternoon if it happens. Otherwise, what a warm day it will be! We are forecasting highs in the lower 80s. This will be aided by a southerly flow and some afternoon sunshine. This could actually be one of our last 80-degree days of the year, if not THE last. A strong cold front moves in for Friday bringing a quick end to the summer-like warmth. The first sign of change will be late tonight, as showers and thunderstorms develop. They will be in full swing early Friday, so most of the Miami Valley will deal with a wet morning commute:

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The rain chance continues as we head into the afternoon, any thunderstorm will have the potential to produce heavy rain or gusty winds:

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Friday’s highs will be near 70-degrees… so about 10-degrees lower than today, but still near normal. Take a look at how the bottom drops out for the weekend!

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Overnight lows Sunday could dip into the upper 30s! Hopefully the heat is working!

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Two nice days before a big change…

October 1st, 2014 at 9:35 am by under Weather

Fog settled in the Miami Valley this morning, and visibility was down near a quarter of a mile in many locations this morning. Here are a few dense fog pictures from our networks of cameras:

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The fog and low clouds will break up as we head into the afternoon. We should end up mostly sunny mid-late day and hit highs in the lower 70s. Thursday will be a warmer day, with temperatures climbing into the lower 80s ahead of a cold front. That front will bring big changes for the end of the week and the weekend. The chance of rain will be increasing Thursday night and will remain high Friday:

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Friday will be a rainy (at times), breezy and cooler day. And then we get MUCH cooler for the weekend! Oh my–Saturday’s high is only going to be in the mid-50s!

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