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Posts from the ‘Weather’ Category

Lightning strike caught on tape is amazing!

This viral video of a person filming a rainbow then nearly getting hit by lightning has been making the rounds around social media. While this is another great learning lesson on lightning safety there were some amazing images caught on this recording.  Read more

How cool has this summer really been & does it mean anything for winter?

The summer of 2014 has been mild so far but actually not as mild as some might think. So far through August 13th we have had  an average temperature of 77°. Making this right now the 46th coolest summer in 136 years. The records go back to 1878. It’s actually been slightly warmer than last summer which was 76.9° the 43rd coolest summer on record. Plus we still have half of August to go to see where we finally end up.  Read more

Dog days of summer aren’t what you might think.

The dog days of summer are upon us and you might think that they have something to do with hot and humid weather. Well that isn’t exactly where the term originated from; the dog days of summer are actually July 3rd through August 11th.   Read more

Positive Lightning: Why it’s so dangerous

I have been showing lightning counts on TV over the past few weeks with all our thunderstorms. I show total lightning counts per 30 mins but I also show the number of negatively charged lightning strikes and the positive charged lightning strikes. Read more

Potential For Strong Storms late tonight & Thursday

A large complex of thunderstorms will develop today across the Ohio valley. The complex will make a run at the Carolinas late tonight and early Thursday morning. The real question is will it weaken as it moves in or will it hold together long enough to produce damaging winds?

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Perspective on the accuracy of Meteorologists

I know what you are thinking. “Here we go another Meteorologist telling me how great they are”. That is not the purpose of this blog post. I am simply attempting to put what we do in perspective. Plus I’m fascinated by how we perceive certain things about weather forecasting versus other professions we are all familiar with. Read more

Mecklenburg County Tornado History

Yesterday Mecklenburg County had the 1st tornado warnings issued in the county since September 2011. It also ended up with the 1st confirmed tornado since March of 2012 when a un warned tornado touched down in the Reedy Creek Neighborhood. Read more

Strong Storms with Flash Flooding Potential Thursday.

The set-up for Thursday is more and more looking like a high threat of strong storms along with flash flooding. The severe threat is conditional on how much instability we will see or heating. The Flood threat seems to be much more likely at this point. Read more

The Carolina Tornado Outbreak of May 5th, 1989

Yesterday was the 25th anniversary of the worst tornado outbreak to affect the western Carolinas since 1950. This outbreak had the largest number of violent tornadoes to strike the area. There were 3 EF-4 tornadoes on this date. For perspective since then only 1 EF-4 tornado has struck the area since. Read more

3 Rounds of Severe Weather This Week

Today is the calm before a very stormy week ahead. Take this time now to prepare for 3 separate rounds of severe weather and combined all of them will produce a Flash Flood Risk as well.

Remember each wave of storms could impact the next wave so don’t let the severity or lack of severity of the early rounds make you let your guard down. Read more