Tonight’s full snow moon named for the full moon in February is casting a nice 22° halo over Charlotte. 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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Ever since I have been in Charlotte now 12 years and counting. I’ve always heard this saying, “If it doesn’t snow in Atlanta it’s not going to snow in Charlotte”. It was kind of an odd thing, even though the first several snow storms I experienced in 2002 and 2003 didn’t cause snow in Atlanta. Ever since then I have been keeping tallies of the myth/folklore and can understand how this started and why it may be true at times but more often than not it just doesn’t work out that way. Read more
The pattern is changing and we are going into a much stormier pattern starting this upcoming weekend. If you are a snow lover you might need to wait a while longer for a “real” threat of wintry weather. As is often the case with the 1st storm in a pattern change you just don’t have the cold air for snow. In the Carolinas you’d like to see the cold air establish itself first then get a storm if you are a snow lover. This weekends storm is just lacking serious cold air to work with. It doesn’t mean we can’t see some wintry mix especially in the mountains or even north of I-40 though. Read more
Lots of buzz about the pattern change for the Dec 20-24 time period, which is looking more and more likely. It’s one thing to be confidence in a stormy pattern and quite another to even entertain specifics of wintry weather when we are still in the 7-14 day time frame. Here’s what we know right now and more importantly what we don’t know. Read more
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