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Severe Weather Threat Wednesday

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.

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Winter Storm Chances Increasing Friday

The prospects for a winter  storm impacting the entire area are increasing for Friday. There are still large questions of the amounts of precipitation that will fall but a few things are becoming clearer today. Number one being this will likely be an all winter precipitation event and likely for a large part of our area. The air is plenty cold enough and dry enough to keep everything either snow/sleet or freezing rain. We aren’t looking at much of any rain at all right now.

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It really does always snow in Charlotte..no really it does!

It’s been 4 days now since what many feel was a disappointing winter storm around the Charlotte area. I won’t lie even though it never was going to be a big storm for Charlotte and points South.

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Arctic air is on the way

I started talking about the events going on over the Arctic and how they would eventually mean cold air for the Carolinas. Now 2 weeks later the cold air in scheduled to moves south in 2 district waves.

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Why the Duke Emergency sirens test seemed so loud today.

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.

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Coldest air of the winter on the way next week?

With the warm air moving in this week many have given up on any winter weather again this year. I think mother nature is saying to us, “Not so Fast!” There are very good signs that something called a “Sudden Stratospheric Warming Event” may mean major cold for the US by the end of this month.

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Moon Halos or Rings

With the last full moon of 2012 I was flooded with photos of moon halos. These halos or rings around the moon are not very rare at all but often when people see them for the first time they are amazed. They form through a pretty simple process thanks to high cirrus clouds at around 20-30,000 feet. Cirrus clouds by their nature are made up of tiny ice crystals or super cooled water droplets. When these particles form hexagonal shaped ice crystals then we are in business.

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Charlotte had a warm & dry 2012

Now that 2012 is in the record books here’s the highlights of what was a warm and dry year in the Charlotte region.

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Top Ten Weather Events for 2012

In no particular order because it’s always hard to compared events against each other. Here are the ten biggest weather story of 2012 for our area.

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Alternatives to Instagram

So with Instagram selling your photos for profit whether you like it or not many people are jumping ship. I’ve never been a big fan of Instagram due to the poor quality of its actual pictures but have always enjoyed and admired it’s community. Here are my favorite alternatives to Instagram both as a picture taking and sharing resource.

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