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The Autumn Lady Bug Swarm is Here

It’s that time of the year when you begin to see loads of lady bugs swarming on the sunny side of your home. As the temperatures drop usually after the first frost or freeze like we had the last weekend. Along with sun angle getting lower the ladybug or as they are sometimes called Asian Beetles begin to try to hide from the cold.  Read more

Sandy had huge impacts on the Carolinas 1 year ago

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

Frost & Freeze Protection

With a freeze tonight & a frost possible tonight and into the weekend across the piedmont and mountains. There are a few things you can do today to help prevent damage to your garden. Temperatures tonight will drop to around 29°-30° for 2-3 hours. Tomorrow night they will drop into the mid-30s for a few hours. Tonight is the bigger threat but both could damage tender plants. Here are a few things you can do to help prevent damage.

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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

The Earliest Snowfall on Record in North Carolina.

PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE GREENVILLE-SPARTANBURG SC
207 PM EDT THU OCT 6 2011

...PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT...

...EARLIEST SEASONAL MEASURABLE SNOW IN NORTH CAROLINA... Read more

Charlotte the new Severe Weather Capital of America?

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

We need to change how we look at hurricane season.

Today is September 3rd which is pretty much right in the middle of the Atlantic hurricane season. The peak of the season climatologically is Sept 10th but we are close enough. Most people are wondering why the season has seemed so quiet so far? The answer is complex it’s both part science but also in large part a communication failure of how we focus too much on Hurricane Seasonal Forecasts of named storms. For a long time I have not been a fan of all the mass exposure the seasonal forecasts get. The number of named storms is just a horrible metric of seasonal severity and intensity. The general public does not care how many storms there are in the entire Atlantic they simply care whether or not they will affect them. So 15-20 “fish” storms are irrelevant to the public if none of them impact the U.S. Especially when all the news coverage seems to be about a “bad” hurricane season based on the high number of storms forecasted. The problems arise when people think something is going to happen and it doesn’t they lose their sense of being prepared.  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

Why a 50% chance of rain usually means a 100% chance of confusion.

It’s one of the most misunderstood terms in all of weather, the chance of rain. You hear it and see in just about every weather forecast nowadays but few people really understand exactly what it means. Whenever people hear the chance of rain I find that every person interprets it slightly differently. So when we say there’s a 40% chance of rain some people think that’s means 40% of the area will see rain. Some people think it means it will rain 40% of the time. Some people just think it’s the odds of seeing rain. The 3rd option is the closest to the truth but it’s not the whole story. Read more

Almost 30″ Above Normal Rainfall in Western North Carolina!

There’s no denying it has been a wet year so far in Charlotte & across the rest of the Carolinas. The western Carolinas though might be in a whole other category. They are on pace for the wettest year on record in many locations. There are 2 spots they really stick out to me. Read more

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