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SUMMER RANKS

Why today was the end of meteorological Summer.

Today is August 31st the end of Meteorological summer. I’ve already heard from many who say, “hey Brad my calendar say Autumn begins September 23rd, what gives?” Well, that is the astronomical beginning of the autumn season.  However, in the meteorological and climatological world, summer ends today. So why do meteorological and astronomical end on different days? In short, it is because the astronomical seasons are based on the position of the Earth in relation to the sun, whereas the meteorological seasons are based on the annual temperature cycle.

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Charlotte Snow History

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 for the upcoming winter here in the Southeast.  Read more