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Some schools throughout the state that don’t have air conditioning have been closed or are releasing students early because of heat. At least one state representative says all K-12 schools should be air conditioned and is calling on education leaders to provide inventory of buildings that lack it. 

A new study from an environmental group says summer fun, as we know it, is changing -- that traditional summer activities, like going to the beach or even catching a ballgame, are under threat by climate change. 

Kentucky Derby 144: The Wettest On Record

May 7, 2018

Saturday’s 144th Kentucky Derby made history as the wettest ever, beating a hundred-year-old record set in 1918.

But the rains didn’t dissuade the crowds, who donned ponchos and sucked down mint juleps in spite of the weather. More than 157,000 revelers showed up to watch the races.

The track favorite, Justify, took home first place and overcame the so-called Apollo Curse. The colt didn’t race as a two-year-old, and it’s been 136 years since a horse has won the race without that experience.

Last year, the Ohio Department of Transportation received 364 claims for reimbursement to repair vehicles damaged by potholes. 

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A spring snowstorm is expected to hit the region this weekend. A forecaster at the National Weather Service (NWS) in Wilmington says no matter how much snow falls, it won't stick around long.

The first day of spring is bringing a Winter Weather Advisory in Central Ohio. And while the snow begins to come down, legislators in an Ohio House committee will be considering a new way to remove ice from the roads - using the byproduct of fracking

NASA

One of the most advanced weather satellites will soon be orbiting in space, helping forecasters anticipate a host of severe weather for the western United States, and from Alaska to New Zealand.

National Weather Service

The National Weather Service's Wilmington radar is off-line, and will be for much of the month.

Meteorologist Kristen Cassady says it was shut down Monday for a scheduled software upgrade. That's when it was discovered that hardware was wearing out.

Ann Thompson / WVXU

On the evening of August 28, 2016, central Hamilton County received nearly 4.5 inches of rain in a very short time. The storm sewer system wasn't built to handle that kind of rainfall and water and sewage backed up into some homes and businesses in Norwood, St. Bernard, and several Cincinnati neighborhoods.

WCPO

Update 3:50 p.m.:

The heaviest rain in Hamilton County from this morning's storms fell in the west and northeastern corners. Metropolitan Sewer District Director Gerald Checco says other than last August's heavy rain, it was the biggest storm in years.

As of 7:45 p.m. Tuesday evening, Duke Energy has about 500 crews working to restore power.  Duke spokeswoman Sally Thelen says most of those affected by Tuesday afternoon's storm are in the Eastern Clermont County area. Although there are widespread outages throughout the region from storms on Monday and Tuesday.

You can listen to an interview with Sally Thelen below.

High-Tech Shark Tank

May 11, 2015
Ann Thompson / WVXU

As part of the University of Cincinnati's Research Week, a friendly little "Shark Tank" competition brought out the brilliant and innovative scientists from UC and Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center.

Bill Rinehart / WVXU

**Updated March 9**

The Ohio River crested at 53 feet, Sunday, according to the Associated Press.  That's one foot above flood stage.  The river level is expected to fall slowly through the rest of the week.  The National Weather Service is predicting rain on Tuesday, and again Thursday and Friday.

**Original story** 

With plenty of rain and snow this week, area rivers are expected to rise quickly.

Sarah Ramsey

Wednesday's extreme cold and high winds have forecasters calling for possibly dangerous conditions. But it was something else that caused reporters in the WVXU newsroom to glance questioningly at one another.

Lake effect snow.

We saw it first on Twitter:

Holly Yurchison / WVXU

After a slow start, summer in Southwest Ohio is starting to feel more normal... and by normal we mean HOT.

Heat advisories and watches are in effect for Wednesday and Thursday.

This year's damaging storms have some homeowners looking to create safe rooms to provide a sturdy safe place to go during a tornado or dangerous weather.

Mitigation Branch Chief Steve Ferryman says the Ohio Emergency Management Agency is offering a rebate program to help fund the above or below ground shelters.