While we all enjoy the nice warm-up this week it will likely be all coming to an abrupt end Friday. With a strong cold front moving into the Southeast with a chance for strong to severe storms. Like most of these cool season severe weather threats this is going to be one of those high shear, low CAPE events. Read more
Posts from the ‘Severe Weather’ Category
A 1.2 X-Class solar flare occurred on Tuesday and launched what is called a CME or Coronal Mass Ejection towards the Earth. This CME will be impacting the Earth today through tomorrow causing a Geomagnetic storm. Read more
Not many will forget Hurricane Sandy as it impacted the entire state of North Carolina as well as devastating parts of the Northeast. From the Outer Banks into the mountains the impact were large. Here’s a look back at the impacts and highest impacts in the state. Read more
I came across some recent research that the Storm Prediction Center placed on their website. Right away something jumped off the map to me. The Charlotte metro area appeared to have more severe weather days than any other location in the U.S. over the time period of 2003-2012. Read more
Last Thursday our entire area was impacted by a severe line of severe thunderstorms. These storms carried damaging winds of between 60 to at times 100 mph causing widespread tree and power line damage. Now many people have never seen shelf clouds or arcus clouds which often accompany these types of storms. Read more
With all the talk about derechos today which frankly is a term that’s been around forever I thought I’d share the last time we were impacted by a derecho. These types of storms are hard to forecast and you usually don’t know if they will be classified as a derecho until they start or until they are over. I should also note no 2 events are ever the exact same and every event should be treated independent of the previous events. Plus remember it’s just a name for a type of storm. The impacts are damaging winds 60-100 mph, flash flooding, large hail and even tornadoes with these storms.
It’s been a horrible few weeks in Oklahoma and then today we learned it got even more tragic as we mourn the loss 3 stalwarts in the storm chaser and severe weather research community. These deaths are even more shocking to the meteorology community because Tim Samaras, Paul Samaras and Carl Young were known for their safety and research breakthroughs. Many chasers including experienced chasers got caught off guard by the size of the mesocyclone which rotated vorticies around it. Read more
A severe thunderstorm is consider any thunderstorms that produces 1.00″ diameter hail or winds guts in excess of 58 mph. Read more
Well after a week of cold temperatures and 2 winter storms we now are looking at a Spring like storm set-up for Wednesday. Temperatures on Tuesday and early Wednesday will be very warm.Highs might approach 70° both days, but clouds will likely keeps us in the upper 60s. Either way warm and moist air for late January will be flooding into the region.
The second Wednesday of every quarter throughout the year Duke power tests it’s network of audio emergency sirens. These sirens serve to warn residents of both nuclear emergencies, flooding from dam failures or water releases from their hydro power plants and even tornadoes in certain circumstances.