Skip to content

Posts from the ‘Climate’ Category

Why we don’t really have equal day and night on the equinox.

Tonight at 10:29pm EDT we will have the Autumnal Equinox marking the astronomical beginning of fall in the northern hemisphere. Most people think of the equinox as having equal day and night. I mean that’s what equinox actually means in Latin, so why wouldn’t you?  Read more

Summer 2014 in Charlotte by the numbers & charts.

So did you think it was a mild summer? Wet summer? Dry Summer? Here’s the summer weatherwise by the numbers using charts and graphs. This will allow you to compare it to years past and put it in perspective.  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

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

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

Wells Fargo Championship Weather History

The Wells Fargo Championship celebrates its 11th year in Charlotte next week April 28th-May4th. 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: Read more

Great Lakes 92% ice coverage will have summer long impacts.

Today is April 10th and while most of the country experienced the warmest weather of the spring so far. Lake Superior was still 80% covered in ice. The great lakes as a whole are still 53% covered in ice. There is no doubt it’s going to take a lot longer to melt the ice this spring due to the near record Ice coverage this past winter. Read more

False Start To Spring Again

So allegedly Spring begins when the Vernal Equinox occurs on Thursday at 12:57 pm. While this is strictly the astronomical start to Spring and Meteorological Spring started on March 1st.  Both of these dates seem totally irrelevant this year. Read more

The coldest January in Charlotte in 37 Years

Well this likely comes as no shock to many but January 2014 was very cold in Charlotte. It was also very cold across the eastern half of the country. I have some amazing stats to share with you on the cold of this past month. Hopefully this will put this past deep freeze into to perspective for you. Read more