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How to spot the planet Jupiter through weekend
 Wonder what the bright looking star is at night in May? It is likely Jupiter you are seeing! May is a big month for the planet. On May 8, Jupiter was at opposition or exactly opposite of the sun. This made it the brightest in the night sky it will be all year. The opposition of Jupiter just means it is opposite of the sun as seen from earth...

1:33 PM Thursday, May. 10, 2018

Wonder what the bright looking star is at night in May? It is likely Jupiter you are seeing! May is a big month for the planet. On May 8, Jupiter was at opposition or exactly opposite of the sun. This made it the brightest in the night sky it will be all year. The opposition of Jupiter just means it is opposite of the sun as seen from earth...
Cloudy with a Chance of Podcast: Storm Talk with Chief Meteorologist from Tulsa
 Fox 23 Chief Meteorologist James Aydelott from Tulsa, Oklahoma called into Cloudy with a Chance of Podcast to talk Meteorologist McCall Vrydaghs and Kirstie Zontini about his experiences as a chief in “tornado alley.”  James explained he’s a fourth generation Okie (a native to Oklahoma). Aydelott said growing up in...

2:40 PM Friday, May. 04, 2018

Fox 23 Chief Meteorologist James Aydelott from Tulsa, Oklahoma called into Cloudy with a Chance of Podcast to talk Meteorologist McCall Vrydaghs and Kirstie Zontini about his experiences as a chief in “tornado alley.”  James explained he’s a fourth generation Okie (a native to Oklahoma). Aydelott said growing up in...
How to spot the full ‘pink’ moon and Jupiter
 Mostly clear skies are expected this weekend, leading to good viewing conditions for a full moon, with Jupiter also visible near the moon, according to Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini.  The full “pink” moon is Sunday night and clear skies are expected, Zontini said.  “The full moon this month...

11:03 AM Thursday, Apr. 26, 2018

Mostly clear skies are expected this weekend, leading to good viewing conditions for a full moon, with Jupiter also visible near the moon, according to Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini.  The full “pink” moon is Sunday night and clear skies are expected, Zontini said.  “The full moon this month...
Daylight starting to increase across region
 Despite most of April feeling like winter, one thing you may have noticed that doesn't shift is the fact that our days are getting longer! The sunset as of April 17 is already past 8:15PM.  From now through April 30 we will gain about 31 minutes of daylight. That means even on the coldest of spring days, you get those extra hours of...

3:03 PM Tuesday, Apr. 17, 2018

Despite most of April feeling like winter, one thing you may have noticed that doesn't shift is the fact that our days are getting longer! The sunset as of April 17 is already past 8:15PM.  From now through April 30 we will gain about 31 minutes of daylight. That means even on the coldest of spring days, you get those extra hours of...
By the numbers: Spring snowfall
 Most of the Miami Valley woke up to snow on the grass Monday morning. The most recent year that had snowfall that accumulated around this time was 2016.    >> RELATED: Mild day today; snow showers possible tonight, Sunday evening Totals ranged from a dusting to about an inch the morning of April 9.  Union 1.2"...

10:01 AM Friday, Apr. 06, 2018

Most of the Miami Valley woke up to snow on the grass Monday morning. The most recent year that had snowfall that accumulated around this time was 2016.    >> RELATED: Mild day today; snow showers possible tonight, Sunday evening Totals ranged from a dusting to about an inch the morning of April 9.  Union 1.2"...
Saturn and Mars visible this weekend: When and how to view
 This weekend, if clouds cooperate, you easily should be able to find see Saturn and Mars. Saturn and Mars will be close to the moon before dawn Sunday, Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini said. Head outside before sunrise, which is around 7:15 a.m. Sunday, and look to the south/southeast. You should see the moon. To the top...

11:37 AM Thursday, Apr. 05, 2018

This weekend, if clouds cooperate, you easily should be able to find see Saturn and Mars. Saturn and Mars will be close to the moon before dawn Sunday, Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini said. Head outside before sunrise, which is around 7:15 a.m. Sunday, and look to the south/southeast. You should see the moon. To the top...
Second of two blue moons in 2018 will be visible this weekend
 2018 is a special year when it comes to full moons, according to Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini. In January, we had two full moons, one was actually a super blue blood moon (a super moon, the second of the month during a lunar eclipse). March is also a special month as there will be two full moons. The first full moon was March...

11:29 AM Monday, Mar. 26, 2018

2018 is a special year when it comes to full moons, according to Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini. In January, we had two full moons, one was actually a super blue blood moon (a super moon, the second of the month during a lunar eclipse). March is also a special month as there will be two full moons. The first full moon was March...
How common is a snow storm in spring in Ohio?
 As we prepare for another snow storm on this first day of spring, you may be asking yourself, how common (or not) is snow in spring? We posed the question to Stormcenter 7 Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini. “It’s not uncommon,” said Zontini. If you’ve lived in Ohio for awhile, you probaby already guessed that. ...

9:47 PM Tuesday, Mar. 20, 2018

As we prepare for another snow storm on this first day of spring, you may be asking yourself, how common (or not) is snow in spring? We posed the question to Stormcenter 7 Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini. “It’s not uncommon,” said Zontini. If you’ve lived in Ohio for awhile, you probaby already guessed that. ...
Severe weather season is here. Are you prepared?
 Severe weather season is here. We saw our first tornados of the season April 3, 2018, in Greene and Clark counties.  Spring coincides with the increased risk for severe weather and that means it’s time to plan how to keep your family, and yourself safe. The WHIO Stormcenter 7 team of Meteorologists are expecting more thunderstorms...

3:11 PM Monday, Mar. 19, 2018

Severe weather season is here. We saw our first tornados of the season April 3, 2018, in Greene and Clark counties.  Spring coincides with the increased risk for severe weather and that means it’s time to plan how to keep your family, and yourself safe. The WHIO Stormcenter 7 team of Meteorologists are expecting more thunderstorms...
Did you see a halo around the sun? Here is how it formed 
 Multiple #SkyWitness7 reporters posted photos showing a beautiful phenomena: A halo around the sun.   Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini explains why we saw the halo: Thin high clouds had moved in. They are so high they are made up of ice crystals. 
 The sunlight is refracted in those ice crystals. This means...

5:56 PM Monday, Mar. 05, 2018

Multiple #SkyWitness7 reporters posted photos showing a beautiful phenomena: A halo around the sun.   Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini explains why we saw the halo: Thin high clouds had moved in. They are so high they are made up of ice crystals.  The sunlight is refracted in those ice crystals. This means...
Look for Venus, Mercury in the March evening sky
 Clear skies lately will help you find two planets this month. The first few weeks of March, Venus and Mercury stay  close together. >> Download our free WHIO Weather AppOn March 18, look to the western sky just after sunset. Not only will Venus and Mercury be visible, the thin crescent moon will be just to the left of the planets...

3:12 AM Sunday, Mar. 04, 2018

Clear skies lately will help you find two planets this month. The first few weeks of March, Venus and Mercury stay close together. >> Download our free WHIO Weather AppOn March 18, look to the western sky just after sunset. Not only will Venus and Mercury be visible, the thin crescent moon will be just to the left of the planets...
New satellite to enhance forecasting, storm tracking
 A new NOAA (National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration) satellite is scheduled to launch in to space this week with help from NASA. The new satellite will continue to improve the ability of meteorologists to forecast and track weather moving across the United States, including our own Storm Center 7 team of meteorologists here in the Miami...

4:34 PM Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2018

A new NOAA (National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration) satellite is scheduled to launch in to space this week with help from NASA. The new satellite will continue to improve the ability of meteorologists to forecast and track weather moving across the United States, including our own Storm Center 7 team of meteorologists here in the Miami...
RAIN TOTALS: Flooding risk remains high through the weekend

2:25 PM Friday, Feb. 23, 2018

Consistent rainfall that fell Wednesday into Thursday dropped around 0.25-inches to 1.5-inches of rain across the area, according to Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini.  With more rain expected Saturday and Sunday, the threat for flooding stays high through the weekend.  Here is how much rain fell in parts of the region...
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