The unofficial start of summer in this weekend with Memorial Day weekend. Many will be hitting the Carolina Coast to soak in the sun and take their first dips into the ocean for the season. This weekend the pattern and long range guidance are pointing to some kind of low pressure developing.
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It seems like nothing attracts rain like a NASCAR race the past couple of years. Honestly, though races in the south in the Spring time are just always going to be impacted by at least the chance of scattered storms or rain.
The Wells Fargo Championship celebrates its 14th year in Charlotte this week. With round one starting Thursday. It has gone by a few other names in the past but here’s a look at the weather for every single year dating back to 2003 and some other weather facts:
Something odd is going on just north of Weaverville, NC. Since Sunday, there have been 15 microquakes within a mile radius. What could be going on?
No matter if you have lived here your whole life or just moved to the area. There are a few things about the weather and climate of the Charlotte area that might surprise you. Some of these you might know, but I guarantee there will be a few that will be new to you. These […]
With a freeze warning in effect tonight and possible frost again tomorrow. There are a few things you can do today to help prevent damage to your garden. Temperatures tonight will drop to around 28°-32° for 1-3 hours. Tomorrow night they will drop into the low mid-30s for a few hours. Tonight is the bigger […]
It’s pretty easy to get caught up in our early taste of Spring like weather coming over the next several days. The highs all week will be in the 70s. Even so it’s still only early March and while the grass, trees and even some flowers have already started to show signs of growth. It’s […]
This is the stuff of legends around the Carolinas. People who were around still talk about it and even if you weren’t around you have likely heard about it from your relatives or friends. I’m talking about that crazy March that it snowed the first 3 Wednesdays in 1960.
Today is the end of winter as far as climate records and meteorologist are concerned. I know what you are saying, though, “Hey Brad, my calendar says March 20th is the 1st day of Spring!”. However, in the meteorological and climatological world, winter ends today. So why do meteorological and astronomical end on different […]
One of the biggest snowstorms in Charlotte history started on this date 12 years ago today. In an amazing 2 days of snow that saw the city come to a standstill at noon time on the 26th when everyone left work and school at the same time. We saw 2 waves of snow with this […]
A classic Carolina cold air damming regime will be setting up later tonight into Tuesday. This is when cold air gets trapped up against the mountains, and we see temperatures 10-20° colder than the surrounding area. This set-up can save us from severe weather often but it can also lead to severe weather as the […]
An asteroid named 2013 TX68 could pass within 11,000 miles of the Earth on Saturday, March 5th. The asteroid is about 33 yards long, or the same length of the longer extra point in the NFL this past season.
As you know I keep very detailed records of my forecasts and like with our last winter storm I like to grade my work. This is so I can learn from mistakes and find ways to do better the next time. So let’s quickly recap yesterday’s storm and give me some grades. Snow Accumulations: 93% […]
I have got quite a few questions about what these winter weather advisories, winter storm warnings actually mean? Here are the criteria and definitions for our area. These are issued mainly from the National Weather Service office in Greer, SC or GSP for short.
With cold air surging into the Carolinas over the next few days and especially this weekend. The set-up for a potential winter storm is slowly coming together. Like most Carolina winter storms the big question is the storm track and ultimately what type of winter precip and how much?
The set-up is clearly there for some snow late this weekend into early next week. The only real question is will we have just flurries or something more substantial? A large trough of low pressure will move in this weekend and at the base of the trough I expect low pressure to form off the […]
Some of the coldest air of the season could be on the way next week; this is fairly certain. What’s not so certain is the chance for a storm to go along with this cold air. All signals are pointing to a weakening of the polar vortex which will lead to a big time trough […]
It seems there is a new profession in the field of weather forecasting. I like to call it modelology. Which is far different from the field of meteorology. There is a disturbing trend that seems to be infecting our field and, in my opinion, is making us worse at forecasting the weather.
Now that we have had time to recover a bit from Friday-Saturdays winter storm. Time to hand out some grades on my forecast. This is something I do with all my forecasts but thought I’d share them with you.
This is why I don’t want people to get caught up in one type of threats like snow or sleet. We could see everything from rain to ice. The typical Carolina winter storm usually has a little bit of everything. The ice potential is honestly becoming my biggest concern for the Piedmont. In the mountains and […]