Entries by wxbrad

Snow chances increasing for Sunday morning

Many people mainly north of Charlotte will see snow falling tomorrow morning and maybe even around Charlotte. The real question is how likely it will be that anything actually sticks to the ground. The ground temperatures will be around 40°, and air temperatures will be in the mid to upper 30s. So this will be […]

Our Wet November & Autumn in Charts

No big shock here that November was the wettest November in Charlotte’s record books. These records go back 137 years to 1878 here in Charlotte. It also was an incredibly wet Autumn here in the Queen City. What’s really stunning is just how big the turn around has been from Summer drought to Autumn surplus.

My 11th Annual Winter Forecast for Winter 2015-16.

El Nino is something you have likely been hearing about since earlier this year. What it is and it’s impacts on our winter weather are very well established. What El Nino means is an above-normal warming of the waters in the Pacific Ocean off the West Coast of South America. This warming water makes a […]

The Earliest Snowfall on Record in North Carolina, October 1st 2011

4 years ago snow moved into the North Carolina mountains and set a record for the earliest measurable snow on record in the state. It actually started snowing on Spetmebr 30 but accumulations didn’t occur until October 1st. PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE GREENVILLE-SPARTANBURG SC 207 PM EDT THU OCT 6 2011 …PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT… […]

1,000 Year rainfall event vs 1,000 year flood, what that actually means.

This past weekend’s epic flooding in South Carolina was indeed a 1,000-year rainfall event. Though that term is being misused and abused and even sometimes confused with a 1,000-year flood event. Both are entirely different things and measured differently. 1,000-year rainfall event definition: A 1,000-year rainfall event is measured by the amount of rain over a particular […]

Legislation introduced to better cover Charlotte with Doppler Radar

Legislation introduced to better cover Charlotte with Doppler Radar. Charlotte has long suffered from a lack of quality doppler radar coverage. The closest Doppler radar to the Charlotte Metro 94 miles away in Greer, SC.  No other city of Charlotte’s size currently has a radar situated more than 58 miles away.

Moon & Solar Halos: Rainbows around the sun

Today’s high clouds are casting a nice 22° halo over Charlotte. These halos or rings around the sun or the moon are not very rare at all but often when people see them for the first time they are amazed. They form through a pretty simple process thanks to high cirrus clouds at around 20-30,000 […]

Astronomy and sky watching highlights for Charlotte this week.

Thank you to NASA ambassador Tony Rice for providing the weekly Astronomical highlights for Charlotte. You can connect with Tony right here Highlights 09/10 Venus will be within 4º of the crescent moon, rising about an hour before sunrise 9/13 There will be a partial solar eclipse beginning at 06:41 UTC but it will be […]

Tropical Storm Erika needs to be watched

Unlike Danny, which was doomed by dry air and shear almost from the get go. Erika’s path is into an area were slow, but steady intensification is likely. If Erika makes it through the dry air and shear of the next 48-72 hrs and gets into the extreme southern Bahamas, then it will be able […]

What El Nino could mean for Charlotte this winter.

So by now we have all seen the headlines about the strong El Nino that is building. Most people probably aren’t entirely sure what El Nino is let alone what a “Godzilla” El Nino means. (Side not I hate headlines like that).  So let’s talk about what El Nino actually is and what it could mean […]