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Early Thoughts on Chantal

Well as if the wet weather recently wasn’t enough there’s a chance we maybe adding to our misery with a tropical system by the end of this weekend. I am not expecting Chantal to become a strong storm but the tropical moisture that could be moving our way is a huge problem. The same pattern which has soaked us for the past 30 days is the same kind of pattern that will steer Chantal and it’s remnants our way by Sunday into Monday. Read more

Solstice Sun Spikes on Doppler Radar

Today is the summer solstice when we have the highest sun angle of the entire year at 78.4° above the horizon at solar noon. Most people know this at the astronomical beginning of summer. One very good way to see how the sun angle changes by season is to look at the sun spikes which appear briefly on Doppler radar twice a day at sunrise and sunset. Read more

Last Weeks Downbursts & Arcus Clouds

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

What is a Derecho and The Great Derecho of April 4-5th, 2011

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.

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The Myth of Heat Lightning

I’ve decide to start a serious of blog posts on weather myths called “Weather Mythbusters” I love the show so I’ve always wanted to do this. There are many weather myths that have been passed down by generations or spread through folklore. Some have a small amount of reality to them most do not. Often times they can be fun and just simply ways to explain weather in terms easier to understand. Though there are some that are deadly and those deal with tornado myths. I might have to break those up into a few posts. So today lets start with a common myth that is still used today. I originally wrote this last summer but it’s always worth a re-post ever summer. Read more

What we can learn from the tornado tragedy in Oklahoma.

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

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

With the Cicadas comes the Cicada killer wasp

I blogged in early April about the return of the 17 year Brood II returning to parts of the North Carolina and the large cities of the east coast. Many people are scared of this large ugly looking insect but they are completely harmless. There is an even scarier insect that feeds on the Cicadas and that is the Cicada Killer Wasp. Read more

Heavy Rainfall Potential This Weekend

Get ready for weekend #2 of heavy rainfall around the Southeast. This time there is more moisture and a saturated ground in place for more widespread flooding. The combination of a cut-off low and a subtropical low over Florida combined with deep tropical moisture could really unload with some heavy rain. Here’s a quick discussion of the set-up with some select model guidance that is all pointing to the same concoction, start building an ARK!

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Wells Fargo Championship Weather

It’s that time of year again and this is the 10th anniversary of the PGA returning to the Queen City. It’s Wells Fargo Championship week at Quail Hollow in South Charlotte. Activities run all week long with practice rounds and the Pro-AM’s starting today. The 4 rounds run from Thursday through Sunday. I have kept a climate record of all 4 rounds of the tournament since it started back in 2003. The weather history of the tournament can be found via the link below. Read more

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