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Heavy rain threat Saturday with some isolated severe storms

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. That is until late in the day as a warm front tries to move north. Read more


Why WX is the abbreviation for Weather.

If you are reading this blog, follow me on social media or follow weather at all you likely know what WX means and stand for. Social media has kinda made WX go mainstream after being mainly confined to weather geeks, ham radio operators, news people and military members. You have likely seen my name wxbrad or hashtags like #cltwx #ncwx and #scwx, if you spend anytime on-line. Read more


The 4 year Anniversary of the Historic Carolina Tornado Outbreak 4/16/2011


I wrote this blog a few days after the historic tornado outbreak in North Carolina on April 16th, 2011. This ended up being the largest tornado outbreak in state history. 30 confirmed tornadoes occurred in North Carolina on 16 April 2011, the greatest one-day total for North Carolina on record. Read more


Cold week ahead but just not as cold!

Our pattern of cold and stormy weather isn’t really going away this week. Even with a nice warm-up we had Sunday. More cold air and more winter storm chances await this final week of February. The only difference this week is we won’t be as cold as last week, but there are at least 2 chances of winter weather ahead in the next 7 days. Though honestly both are right on the border of being nothing or possibly something bigger.  Read more

The Earliest Snowfall on Record in North Carolina. October 1st 2011

3 years this morning snow moved into the North Carolina mountains and set a record for the earliest measurable snow on record in the state.


207 PM EDT THU OCT 6 2011


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Why it’s Called Uptown & Why Charlotte’s Uptown Streets go Northeast.

Ever notice how we call downtown Charlotte Uptown? Or why North Tryon really runs Northeast? Well I did and while I have blogged about this before it was the way the streets run in Uptown that made me want to research this further. Most cities are settled near a body of water or some other important navigational feature like a port or railroad. Charlotte settled for what at the time of it’s founding was the middle of nowhere. So I always wondered why it was set-up the way it is.  Read more


100,000 Tweets: Meaningful or Meaningless?

I  surpassed a Twitter milestone this past weekend. It happened at a weird time but a fitting time. I was tracking strong storms all Saturday afternoon from home and after the wxbabies woke up from a nap we went to the pool. This is a summertime ritually at my house weekends means pool time with the family. Another ritually is me tweeting weather whenever it is happening. So in between jumps by the kids into the pool I went to check my iPhone for updates on the weather. Read more


Record Lake Levels

The recent flooding along the Catawba river chain will go down as one of the top floods along the chain on record. In most cases the lake levels reached this week were the highest or 2nd highest on record. The most recent comparison was in 2004 when the remnants of hurricane Francis came through or the flooding back in 2007 due to days of heavy thunderstorms. Read more


The 17 Year Cicadas are Returning to Parts of North Carolina

Over the next few weeks you may begin to the see & hear the distinctive sights and sounds of the 17 year Cicadas returning after their hiatus. Now they aren’t returning everywhere in our area just locations from around Lake Norman North.You can’t  miss the sound or miss their appearance once you see them. These little guys are waking up after being in the ground for 17 years. Read more