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!


A worry-free day, then the rain chance goes up again…

August 7th, 2014 at 9:20 am by under Weather

High pressure to our norther is bringing northeast winds to the Miami Valley this morning, and dew points have dropped. This means it feels much more comfortable out there, as we’ve lost the mugginess:


We will see highs near 80-degrees this afternoon, and it will be pleasantly warm. The front to our south will stay there today, but that area of low pressure over Missouri will slowly track our way. We’re already seeing some clouds from this system, and while we consider today “mostly sunny”… we won’t see a bright blue sky. The thin clouds will filter the sun, and it will look more “milky” overhead.

Clouds thicken tonight, and the potential for showers and thunderstorms returns on Friday. The southern half of the Miami Valley will have the best chance at rain:

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The low will be a slow-mover, and rain chances will linger into the weekend. While it doesn’t look like a wash-out, we could have some heavier downpours around, as moisture increases over the region. Temperatures also warm, and we should be back in the mid-80s by Sunday. Still no 90s in sight!


Mostly dry, with just a few showers/t’storms today…

August 6th, 2014 at 6:16 am by under Weather

A front is draped to our south this morning, and an area of high pressure sits off to the northwest:


We are starting off with some dense fog in spots, and a Dense Fog Advisory is in effect for the far northern counties until 9am. Visibility may drop below a quarter-mile in spots, so be aware that you may approach fog rather quickly.

Dry conditions have settled back in after a few showers/thunderstorms late yesterday and overnight. For the second day in a row, the Dayton International Airport picked up rainfall:

Monday’s rain:  .48″
Tuesday’s rain:  .04″

And here’s a look at how our monthly and yearly totals compare to average:


With some heating and the front near by… we may see a few more showers, even a thunderstorm pop up late this afternoon or evening, as upper level energy crosses the region. Right now, it looks like the highest rain chance will be across the southern counties, closer to the front:


And even if showers do get going, you can see how spotty they will be–meaning not everyone will see rain. The high then builds in for Thursday, bringing a dry day and lots of sunshine. Then, scattered showers and thunderstorms will return to the area for the end of the week.

Right now, the weekend looks mostly dry and warmer, with highs in the mid-80s!


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!


A warming trend as we head through the rest of the week…

July 30th, 2014 at 7:47 am by under Weather

We are starting off cool again, but will see a warming trend from here on out. Yesterday we did get close to one record… and then we actually TIED another record. Here are the details:

Tuesday’s record low:  51
Tuesday’s actual low:   52


Today we have mid-upper 50s to start, and highs will make it into the upper 70s. We will continue in that warming direction through the end of the week:


Rain chances are also increasing. We still have the trough in place over the Great Lakes, and some energy will swing through the Miami Valley today… providing better forcing than we’ve seen the past couple of days. This, combined with daytime heating will kick off scattered showers and even a few thunderstorms this afternoon:


While widespread severe weather is not expected, we could see a little small hail in a thunderstorm or two. Drier conditions return for Thursday, and it will likely be a pretty nice day–the nicest of the week, perhaps? Rain chances return for Friday and the weekend, but we will remain warm, with highs in the lower 80s.


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!



Another taste of Fall this week…

July 28th, 2014 at 9:21 am by under Weather

After a humid weekend, with scattered showers and thunderstorms… we are getting a taste of fall here in the Miami Valley! Highs will be running about 10-degrees below normal through the middle part of the week:


Not only is it cooler… but it feels nice and refreshing with the lower humidity. Gone, are the sticky 70-degree dew points of Sunday… and the 50s have settled in behind our cold front:


That front brought some severe weather Sunday afternoon. A funnel cloud was spotted near West Liberty in Champaign County around 3pm… this prompted a tornado warning. One of our viewers, Matt Harper, sent us some video of a wall cloud near his home in Cable… here is an image from that footage:


This was Harper’s view as he looked toward Rt. 559 from Cable. And it’s a very ominous sight… the wall cloud is a lowering of the cloud base in a thunderstorm. If there is a tornado, this is where it would most likely materialize! And indeed, storm damage occurred around 3:25pm near Mechanicsburg. Below is a map so you can get an idea of where this occurred:

storm report

As of this morning, the NWS did not have official plans to survey damage, but they do say they may head out to a few sites today. We will let you know what they determine if they go to Champaign County.

We won’t see severe weather today, and in fact, the chance of any lightning or thunder is low. But a few showers will be possible this afternoon, as an upper-level trough is in place over the Great Lakes:


This cool and slightly unsettled pattern will stay with us most of the 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.

Fri 8am Fri pm dew points

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.

Thu 8am thu 5pm

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.

850 temps Tuesday 850 temps Thursday

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.

850 cool temps 850 warmer temps

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!


Warming through the weekend…

July 18th, 2014 at 6:21 am by under Weather

It’s another cool start in the 50s this morning, but with high pressure now shifting east of us, our winds will become more southerly over the next 24 hours:


That will allow for a gradual warm up over the next few days:


We will be dry today, even though we’ll see clouds at times. Tonight, a system will move in from the southwest and bring the slight chance of a few showers to the area, although the highest chance will remain to the east:


The rain chance goes up a bit for Saturday, with scattered showers and thunderstorms possible during the afternoon. It will not be a wash-out, and we expect a lot of dry weather. On Sunday, we can’t rule out a spotty shower/thunderstorm, but the chance is fairly low. We continue to warm next week, and do have upper 80s in the forecast by Tuesday.

Enjoy the weekend! I am off next week, but you are in good hands with @MetTaraHastings


One more day in the 70s, then we’ll start to climb…

July 17th, 2014 at 7:21 am by under Weather

It really feels like Fall across the region, with this cooler air mass in place. Over the past 24 hours, I’ve heard jokes about the fact we should be watching football, raking leaves and even Trick-or-Treating. We were out at Delco Park during the early afternoon hours, and it was almost chilly during the time the skies got mostly cloudy! As we were walking around the pond, the kids (and adults!) were wondering out loud about certain aspects of the park. I am actually on the Kettering Parks Board, so I felt it was my duty to find some answers… and I did! Here are some useless but interesting points about Delco Park:

*How deep is the pond around the pier?
5 Feet deep around the pier and about 12 Feet deep out in the middle of the pond
*What are the buoys in the water?
There is a club with remote controlled sail boats and when they come out, they do competition with each other to sail around the buoys. 
*On the west end of the pond…the trees right along the bank have their roots exposed. Have they always been like that?
These trees are Cypress trees and they grow in or near water and have those distinctive roots (some times called “knees” with the Cypress trees).  They love having their roots in water.
*Will the continued park improvements involve swings at some point?
Yes, swings will be back, but it is uncertain exactly when this will happen. The long term plan is to add another play structure with soft surface connected to the new existing play structure.  The  next play structure will be made for younger children ages 2 to 5.

So there you have it! Today will be a nice day for a park, even though we’re starting off so cool. High pressure right over the region, has brought us clear skies and calm winds through the early morning hours. Temperatures have dropped a little lower than yesterday morning, because of these conditions. We bottomed out in the lower 50s. And, in fact, just after 6am we tied our RECORD LOW temperature for the day at 51-degrees. We will also be close to the record low HIGH temp this afternoon:


As we get a little heating beyond lunch, we once again expect a cumulus field to develop. The clouds won’t be quite as extensive as they were yesterday, and we do not expect any rain. Friday will be the same story… only a little warmer, with highs near 80.

Over the weekend, we continue to see at least a small chance of a few showers or thunderstorms over the Miami Valley. This would be most common in the afternoon hours, and highs will be in the low-mid 80s.


Record cool possible today…

July 16th, 2014 at 7:55 am by under Weather

With an unseasonably cool air mass in place, we were in record territory this morning. The Dayton International Airport hit 55 degrees, which was just shy of the record for today, 52, set back in 1903. And we could tie or set another couple of records over the next 24-hours. First, a record low HIGH temperature:


And if skies can clear out overnight… we could also get close to a record low by early Thursday morning:


But that should be it, as we get into a warming trend for the end of the week and weekend.

Rain chances are low through the first part of the day, and we will enjoy a lot of sun initially. During the afternoon, upper level energy will work over Ohio, and with heating we do expect a few showers to pop. Timing looks best after 3 or 4pm, and not everyone will see rain. High pressure moves in for Thursday and Friday, and as we warm we will enjoy a lot of sunshine. Over the weekend, highs will be closer to normal (84)… but the chance for scattered showers and thunderstorms returns.



Feeling like Fall for a few days!

July 15th, 2014 at 8:23 am by under Weather

A cold front moved through the Miami Valley and now cooler and less humid air is moving in. Temperatures will be running below normal–by more than 10-degrees– for a few days:


So while it’s mid-Summer… it will feel much more like Fall! We could even see temperatures reach record cool numbers… or at least close to it. Here are some of the cooler temperatures on record for the next few days, and then our forecast numbers:

Temps this week     Temps this week2

Today looks to be a dry day, with lots of sun and just a few clouds. On Wednesday, some upper level energy will swing across the area, and we could see a few spotty showers. The best chance will be in the afternoon, and not everyone will see rain:

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We get back to dry weather and a lot of sunshine for Thursday and Friday. Temperatures will slowly climb through the end of the week, and we should be back up near 80 for a high Friday afternoon. Rain chances again go up a bit for the weekend, but it doesn’t look like a wash-out either day.

I hope you enjoy this break from the heat and humidity!