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 […]
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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 […]
Finally after the 4th hottest summer on record a real break from the heat and humidity is on the way. Now you won’t be feeling it today or really over the next two days but by the weekend two cold fronts will cross the area. The second one is the real deal with both cooler and […]
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 […]
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 […]
Tonight’s the peak of the best meteor shower of 2015. So after midnight tonight until 6 am Thursday are the ideal times to look. So how do you increase your chances to see meteors? Find a dark sky location!
We have many meteor showers throughout the year, but here are 2 that I always look forward to the most. They are the Perseids in August and the Geminids in December. These 2 meteor showers tend to produce the highest rate of meteors per hour. These 2 usually produce around 80-120 per hour in very dark […]
The saying goes, “Once in a blue moon”, as a way of saying something that is rare or doesn’t happen very often. In this case, a blue moon is the second full moon in a month when we typically only have one. Which is the modern definition of a blue moon. There is an older […]
It’s no shocker that this summer has been really hot so far. Especially when you consider how mild that the past two summers were in Charlotte. Don’t just take my word for it or let your memories decide for you lets look at the hard truth in the numbers.
Well, it doesn’t take a meteorologist to tell you this summer has been really hot and really dry so far. So far in Summer 2015 we are on pace for one of the top 5 hottest summers on record in Charlotte. Those records go back 137 years.
I received numerous reports of what people thought was a shooting star or what many knew was something breaking up on re-entry into our atmosphere. It’s clear from the pictures, and some video that I received that it was some piece of either space junk or an old rocket body re-entering the atmosphere.
It’s been hot and it’s been hot early this summer but how rare is this type of heat in Charlotte in June? Well, it depends on how you look at it. Over the past week starting on Sunday, the high temperatures has remained at or above 97°. We have tied or broken 3 record highs […]
Yesterday at around 6:15 pm EDT a series of small showers rapidly developed in central and northern York Co. These showers weren’t severe and other than the dangerous cloud to ground lightning they started to produce, they were frankly very tame little thunder showers. Yet they managed to produce an odd type of funnel cloud.
Thank you to NASA ambassador Tony Rice for providing the weekly Astronomical Highlights for Charlotte. You can connect with Tony right here Highlights Keep an eye on the western sky at sunset throughout June. Venus is visible below and to the right of Jupiter. Over the coming weeks, Jupiter and Venus will draw closer together […]
We are less than a week away from the beginning of the 2015 Atlantic Hurricane season. Now we have all of the seasonal outlooks in hand including the NOAA forecast released today. While I appreciate the attempts at these seasonal outlooks they are pretty much useless for the general public other than to raise awareness […]
So far, May has certainly been off to a warm start. Charlotte is already running about 4° above average just 13 days into the month. Even though we get a brief break from the really hot stuff the rest of this week. There are signs the heat will be coming back and sticking around for […]
Well, it has a name but the overall impacts from Ana have not changed at all. The main threats will be from rip currents for swimmers and the potential for flooding rains near the coast. What Ana won’t have is a whole lot of wind and little to no storm surge.
Thank you to NASA ambassador Tony Rice for providing the weekly Astronomical highlights for Charlotte. You can connect with Tony right here Highlights Russian ground controllers have given up on regaining contact with the Progress M-27M. The craft is expected to reenter within the next weeks. Odds are this will happen over water. NORAD is […]
People know the saying April showers bring May flowers. Though in Charlotte, April is on average the driest month of the entire year. April only averages 3.04″ of rainfall per year based on the 30-year average. So being really wet is not all that normal.
Maybe 4 days in a row with perfect weather was just too much to ask for. Now the rain is moving back in and it’s really going to be a soaker Saturday. As ugly as it will be at times Saturday the cool wet weather, for the most part, should save us from severe storms. […]