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  • BLOG: In need of rain...

    BLOG: In need of rain...

    Tuesday, May 26 2015 12:34 PM EDT2015-05-26 16:34:08 GMT
    Tuesday, May 26 2015 1:07 PM EDT2015-05-26 17:07:51 GMT

    Thus far, there have been only three days this month where Charlotte's high has been lower than 80, and several days have managed to climb very near 90, with even a handful above that critical number.


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    Thus far, there have been only three days this month where Charlotte's high has been lower than 80, and several days have managed to climb very near 90, with even a handful above that critical number.


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  • BLOG: Memorial Day Weekend Weather Outlook

    BLOG: Memorial Day Weekend Weather Outlook

    Tuesday, May 19 2015 12:13 PM EDT2015-05-19 16:13:10 GMT
    Tuesday, May 19 2015 12:13 PM EDT2015-05-19 16:13:10 GMT
    High pressure will build in to the WBTV area Wednesday, knocking the uncomfortable humidity of late back down to reasonable levels. Still, plenty of sunshine  is expected Wednesday, and with that, a continuation of above-average afternoon temperatures in the middle 80s.
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    High pressure will build in to the WBTV area Wednesday, knocking the uncomfortable humidity of late back down to reasonable levels. Still, plenty of sunshine  is expected Wednesday, and with that, a continuation of above-average afternoon temperatures in the middle 80s.

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  • BLOG: How rare is a May tropical storm?

    BLOG: How rare is a May tropical storm?

    Tuesday, May 12 2015 12:31 PM EDT2015-05-12 16:31:58 GMT
    Tuesday, May 12 2015 12:34 PM EDT2015-05-12 16:34:03 GMT
    Before Ana this week, the occurrence last happened in May 2012, when both Tropical Storms Alberto and Beryl flared up off the Southeast coast, with Beryl having a direct impact on the Carolina coast, washing out Memorial Day weekend that year.More >>
    Before Ana this week, the occurrence last happened in May 2012, when both Tropical Storms Alberto and Beryl flared up off the Southeast coast, with Beryl having a direct impact on the Carolina coast, washing out Memorial Day weekend that year.More >>
  • BLOG: Tropical trouble for Mother's Day?

    BLOG: Tropical trouble for Mother's Day?

    Tuesday, May 5 2015 12:24 PM EDT2015-05-05 16:24:13 GMT
    Tuesday, May 5 2015 12:24 PM EDT2015-05-05 16:24:13 GMT
    The official start of hurricane season isn't until June 1 for the Atlantic basin, but we already have an eye on the tropical Atlantic for the possibility of "subtropical" system developing over the next few days. A subtropical system is one that exhibits both tropical characteristics and those of a “winter-style” storm. More >>
    The official start of hurricane season isn't until June 1 for the Atlantic basin, but we already have an eye on the tropical Atlantic for the possibility of "subtropical" system developing over the next few days. A subtropical system is one that exhibits both tropical characteristics and those of a “winter-style” storm. More >>
  • BLOG: May will be 'turning point' for Charlotte weather

    BLOG: May will be 'turning point' for Charlotte weather

    Tuesday, April 28 2015 11:58 AM EDT2015-04-28 15:58:53 GMT
    Soon we will close the books on a wet and cool April and I thought we'd look ahead to May and lend some insight into what you can expect. May is typically a turning point in our weather, when we transition farther away from winter's cool, settling in rather routinely to warmer, “summer-preview”-type weather.More >>
    Soon we will close the books on a wet and cool April and I thought we'd look ahead to May and lend some insight into what you can expect. May is typically a turning point in our weather, when we transition farther away from winter's cool, settling in rather routinely to warmer, “summer-preview”-type weather.More >>
  • BLOG: 'Wedge' responsible for recent weather

    BLOG: 'Wedge' responsible for recent weather

    Monday, April 20 2015 11:32 AM EDT2015-04-20 15:32:21 GMT
    Monday, April 20 2015 1:10 PM EDT2015-04-20 17:10:09 GMT
    High pressure means great weather, right ??? That was the number one question posed to me from WBTV viewers last week. If high pressure “is controlling our weather,” why is it wet and cold for days on end ? The devil is in the details.More >>
    High pressure means great weather, right ??? That was the number one question posed to me from WBTV viewers last week. If high pressure “is controlling our weather,” why is it wet and cold for days on end ? The devil is in the details.More >>
  • BLOG: It's the water, not the wind

    BLOG: It's the water, not the wind

    Tuesday, April 7 2015 7:01 AM EDT2015-04-07 11:01:05 GMT
    Tuesday, April 7 2015 7:26 AM EDT2015-04-07 11:26:58 GMT
    (Source: National Hurricane Center)(Source: National Hurricane Center)
    Here's something you probably didn't know: categorizing tropical cyclones using the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Scale (SSHS) has everything to do with wind, but nothing to do with the main threat, water.More >>
    Here's something you probably didn't know: categorizing tropical cyclones using the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Scale (SSHS) has everything to do with wind, but nothing to do with the main threat, water.More >>
  • BLOG: Below average hurricane season expected, here's why...

    BLOG: Below average hurricane season expected, here's why...

    Tuesday, March 31 2015 7:50 PM EDT2015-03-31 23:50:15 GMT
    Friday, April 3 2015 5:37 PM EDT2015-04-03 21:37:55 GMT
    Considering it's been a decade since Wilma - the most intense hurricane on record in the Atlantic basin - lashed South Florida, you might think we're due for a big season.More >>
    Considering it's been a decade since Wilma - the most intense hurricane on record in the Atlantic basin - lashed South Florida, you might think we're due for a big season.More >>
  • BLOG: U.S. weather satellite explodes into 43 pieces – little impact to the forecasting community

    BLOG: U.S. weather satellite explodes into 43 pieces – little impact to the forecasting community

    Tuesday, March 10 2015 10:46 AM EDT2015-03-10 14:46:13 GMT
    Tuesday, March 10 2015 10:46 AM EDT2015-03-10 14:46:16 GMT
    The U.S. Air Force confirmed late last month that a "catastrophic event" has led to the destruction of a weather satellite. The satellite, previously used by the U.S. military, exploded into 43 pieces.More >>
    The U.S. Air Force confirmed late last month that a "catastrophic event" has led to the destruction of a weather satellite. The satellite, previously used by the U.S. military, exploded into 43 pieces.More >>
  • BLOG: Storm brewing in Gulf may bring flooding to Southeast

    BLOG: Storm brewing in Gulf may bring flooding to Southeast

    Monday, March 9 2015 4:19 PM EDT2015-03-09 20:19:46 GMT
    Monday, March 9 2015 5:53 PM EDT2015-03-09 21:53:39 GMT
    Today's weather map shows a blossoming system in the Gulf of Mexico that will impact the Southeast this week.A low pressure system is developing over south Texas and will slowly move northeast bring with it moisture and rainfall to most of the Southeast in the coming week.More >>
    Today's weather map shows a blossoming system in the Gulf of Mexico that will impact the Southeast this week.A low pressure system is developing over south Texas and will slowly move northeast bring with it moisture and rainfall to most of the Southeast in the coming week.More >>
  • BLOG: Sunny skies close out the work week

    BLOG: Sunny skies close out the work week

    Friday, March 6 2015 6:12 AM EST2015-03-06 11:12:02 GMT
    Friday, March 6 2015 6:18 AM EST2015-03-06 11:18:51 GMT
    It will be clear and cold tonight, with evening readings reaching into the 30s. Overnight lows will drop well back down in the 20s.More >>
    It will be clear and cold tonight, with evening readings reaching into the 30s. Overnight lows will drop well back down in the 20s.More >>
  • BLOG: Precipitation gone but refreeze in store

    BLOG: Precipitation gone but refreeze in store

    Tuesday, February 17 2015 11:00 AM EST2015-02-17 16:00:23 GMT
    Tuesday, February 17 2015 11:05 AM EST2015-02-17 16:05:48 GMT
    The wintry mix is now long gone and the thaw-out will begin today.  Once the sun goes down this evening, any lingering ice, snow or standing water will refreeze as we settle back into the lower 20s overnight. And so, there will likely be a large dose of school delays Wednesday morning as slippery road surfaces develop on untreated roads.More >>
    The wintry mix is now long gone and the thaw-out will begin today.  Once the sun goes down this evening, any lingering ice, snow or standing water will refreeze as we settle back into the lower 20s overnight. And so, there will likely be a large dose of school delays Wednesday morning as slippery road surfaces develop on untreated roads.More >>
  • BLOG: What is heat lightning?

    BLOG: What is heat lightning?

    Monday, June 15 2015 10:39 PM EDT2015-06-16 02:39:31 GMT
    Monday, June 15 2015 10:39 PM EDT2015-06-16 02:39:31 GMT
    Well, it's actually a myth.More >>
    Well, it's actually a myth.More >>
  • BLOG: 2015 hurricane season

    BLOG: 2015 hurricane season

    Friday, June 12 2015 1:34 PM EDT2015-06-12 17:34:16 GMT
    Friday, June 12 2015 1:36 PM EDT2015-06-12 17:36:45 GMT
    It was fairly substantial with over half a foot of rain falling in some spots near the Carolina Coast along with beach erosion and of course tropical storm force winds. More >>
    It was fairly substantial with over half a foot of rain falling in some spots near the Carolina Coast along with beach erosion and of course tropical storm force winds. More >>
  • BLOG: Homemade ice cream - the mystery revealed!

    BLOG: Homemade ice cream - the mystery revealed!

    Saturday, June 6 2015 11:56 PM EDT2015-06-07 03:56:22 GMT
    Tuesday, June 9 2015 4:02 PM EDT2015-06-09 20:02:52 GMT
    Who doesn't like homemade ice cream? It sure is nice being able to make ice cream while sitting on your back porch but have you ever wondered how that happens?More >>
    Who doesn't like homemade ice cream? It sure is nice being able to make ice cream while sitting on your back porch but have you ever wondered how that happens?

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  • BLOG: This really bothered me - It should bother you, too

    BLOG: This really bothered me - It should bother you, too

    Tuesday, June 9 2015 9:18 AM EDT2015-06-09 13:18:57 GMT
    Tuesday, June 9 2015 9:21 AM EDT2015-06-09 13:21:35 GMT
    On average, 38 children die each year from being left in a hot car. That is more than the number of people (all people, not just children) killed by lightning every year. More >>
    On average, 38 children die each year from being left in a hot car. That is more than the number of people (all people, not just children) killed by lightning every year. More >>
  • BLOG: Meteorology Vocab 101: Crepuscular Rays

    BLOG: Meteorology Vocab 101: Crepuscular Rays

    Saturday, June 6 2015 9:06 AM EDT2015-06-06 13:06:19 GMT
    Saturday, June 6 2015 9:06 AM EDT2015-06-06 13:06:18 GMT
    (Courtesy: Brenda Vinney)(Courtesy: Brenda Vinney)
    The word crepuscular actually means of, resembling, or relating to twilight, so Crepuscular Rays literally means "twilight rays". This is simply because they most commonly occur during twilight (dawn or dusk) but in fact they can occur at any time during the day.More >>
    The word crepuscular actually means of, resembling, or relating to twilight, so Crepuscular Rays literally means "twilight rays". This is simply because they most commonly occur during twilight (dawn or dusk) but in fact they can occur at any time during the day.More >>
  • BLOG: Protect your home from lightning

    BLOG: Protect your home from lightning

    Friday, June 5 2015 12:31 PM EDT2015-06-05 16:31:46 GMT
    Friday, June 5 2015 12:31 PM EDT2015-06-05 16:31:59 GMT
    According to the National Fire Protection Association, about 4,300 homes house fires are started by lightning every year!More >>
    According to the National Fire Protection Association, about 4,300 homes house fires are started by lightning every year!More >>
  • BLOG: Sweat. It's not all bad

    BLOG: Sweat. It's not all bad

    Wednesday, June 3 2015 6:45 PM EDT2015-06-03 22:45:17 GMT
    Wednesday, June 3 2015 11:33 PM EDT2015-06-04 03:33:12 GMT
    Have you ever wondered how sweat works? It's probably not the way you think…More >>
    Have you ever wondered how sweat works? It's probably not the way you think…More >>
  • BLOG: If you see a shelf cloud, brace yourself!

    BLOG: If you see a shelf cloud, brace yourself!

    Tuesday, May 26 2015 12:04 PM EDT2015-05-26 16:04:55 GMT
    Tuesday, May 26 2015 12:21 PM EDT2015-05-26 16:21:36 GMT
    I thought I would pass on some unusual cloud photos that I took while delivering a boat on an offshore passage from Palm Beach, FL up to Charleston, SC on Friday and Saturday.  More >>
    I thought I would pass on some unusual cloud photos that I took while delivering a boat on an offshore passage from Palm Beach, FL up to Charleston, SC on Friday and Saturday.  More >>
  • BLOG: The Charlotte rain deficit continues... or does it?

    BLOG: The Charlotte rain deficit continues... or does it?

    Wednesday, May 20 2015 4:04 PM EDT2015-05-20 20:04:48 GMT
    Wednesday, May 20 2015 9:52 PM EDT2015-05-21 01:52:19 GMT
    Well, as we know, the weather at the airport is not always representative of the weather over other parts of the city, and at times, this becomes more obvious than others.More >>
    Well, as we know, the weather at the airport is not always representative of the weather over other parts of the city, and at times, this becomes more obvious than others.More >>
  • BLOG: It's the *non* severe weather you should worry about...

    BLOG: It's the *non* severe weather you should worry about...

    Friday, May 15 2015 11:25 PM EDT2015-05-16 03:25:31 GMT
    Monday, May 18 2015 8:00 AM EDT2015-05-18 12:00:31 GMT
    I remember quite a while ago, when my son was playing little league soccer at the YMCA, it was a warm and muggy summer day and the sun was gradually disappearing behind the clouds during the game. This was before the age of smart phones, so I couldn't just grab my screen and check the radar. But I was starting to get a little concerned. Then, sure enough, I heard a rumble of thunder. More >>
    I remember quite a while ago, when my son was playing little league soccer at the YMCA, it was a warm and muggy summer day and the sun was gradually disappearing behind the clouds during the game. This was before the age of smart phones, so I couldn't just grab my screen and check the radar. But I was starting to get a little concerned. Then, sure enough, I heard a rumble of thunder. More >>
  • BLOG: Is A Seasonal Tornado Forecast Coming?

    BLOG: Is A Seasonal Tornado Forecast Coming?

    Thursday, May 14 2015 10:40 PM EDT2015-05-15 02:40:01 GMT
    Friday, May 15 2015 8:00 AM EDT2015-05-15 12:00:32 GMT
    For years now we have had access to long range hurricane forecasts which are typically produced early in a calendar year and predict how active the upcoming hurricane season will be, even citing specific ranges or exact numbers in their predictions. They attempt to answer the big three questions: How many tropical storms will develop? How many hurricanes? How many major hurricanes (category 3 or stronger)? That's pretty impressive when you consider these forecasts are made months in advance. ...More >>
    For years now we have had access to long range hurricane forecasts which are typically produced early in a calendar year and predict how active the upcoming hurricane season will be, even citing specific ranges or exact numbers in their predictions. They attempt to answer the big three questions: How many tropical storms will develop? How many hurricanes? How many major hurricanes (category 3 or stronger)? That's pretty impressive when you consider these forecasts are made months in advance. ...More >>
  • BLOG: Self-healing concrete - what will they invent next?

    BLOG: Self-healing concrete - what will they invent next?

    Thursday, May 14 2015 12:38 PM EDT2015-05-14 16:38:28 GMT
    Thursday, May 14 2015 12:38 PM EDT2015-05-14 16:38:28 GMT
    self-healing concrete?self-healing concrete?
    Hairline cracks and crumbling concrete seem nearly impossible to stop. So how about a concrete mix that would heal itself? That's what a scientist in the Netherlands says he has come up with. More >>
    Hairline cracks and crumbling concrete seem nearly impossible to stop. So how about a concrete mix that would heal itself? That's what a scientist in the Netherlands says he has come up with. More >>
  • BLOG: Hail damage in the Carolinas

    BLOG: Hail damage in the Carolinas

    Wednesday, May 13 2015 8:46 PM EDT2015-05-14 00:46:15 GMT
    Wednesday, May 13 2015 8:46 PM EDT2015-05-14 00:46:16 GMT
    While extremely large hail (baseball sized or larger) is hardly every seen across the Carolinas, quarter or golf ball sized hail can still cause property damage, especially to vehicles, and we do often see these (relatively) smaller sized hailstones in this part of the country.More >>
    While extremely large hail (baseball sized or larger) is hardly every seen across the Carolinas, quarter or golf ball sized hail can still cause property damage, especially to vehicles, and we do often see these (relatively) smaller sized hailstones in this part of the country.More >>
  • BLOG: Does weather affect your mood? Sort of...

    BLOG: Does weather affect your mood? Sort of...

    Friday, May 8 2015 12:53 AM EDT2015-05-08 04:53:05 GMT
    Friday, May 8 2015 8:00 AM EDT2015-05-08 12:00:38 GMT
    I go to bed very late, and get up late. So when the sun is setting at 5:11pm (our earliest sunset each year in December), I don't get a whole lot of 'light therapy' in the winter months. That is why I'm a big fan of Daylight Saving Time. I love those long evenings and still getting work done in my yard at 8pm at night. More >>
    I go to bed very late, and get up late. So when the sun is setting at 5:11pm (our earliest sunset each year in December), I don't get a whole lot of 'light therapy' in the winter months. That is why I'm a big fan of Daylight Saving Time. I love those long evenings and still getting work done in my yard at 8pm at night. More >>
  • BLOG: The Heat is On... Sort of.

    BLOG: The Heat is On... Sort of.

    Tuesday, May 5 2015 1:09 AM EDT2015-05-05 05:09:29 GMT
    Tuesday, May 5 2015 1:09 AM EDT2015-05-05 05:09:30 GMT
    Well it appears we are finally seeing our first week this year that has reached and will remain in the 80s. So are we hot yet? I suppose if you're from Canada it may feel hot. But around here 80s and low humidity are considered ideal by many. So what part of the United States is the champ when it comes to searing heat? Did you guess correctly? More >>
    Well it appears we are finally seeing our first week this year that has reached and will remain in the 80s. So are we hot yet? I suppose if you're from Canada it may feel hot. But around here 80s and low humidity are considered ideal by many. So what part of the United States is the champ when it comes to searing heat? Did you guess correctly? More >>
  • BLOG: Winter Thunderstorms - Thundersnow

    BLOG: Winter Thunderstorms - Thundersnow

    Friday, May 1 2015 12:11 AM EDT2015-05-01 04:11:55 GMT
    Friday, May 1 2015 10:45 PM EDT2015-05-02 02:45:45 GMT
    With winter over and spring here, it's time to prepare for thunderstorms. But wait, we heard a few reports this past winter about Thundersnow! What exactly is that? More >>
    With winter over and spring here, it's time to prepare for thunderstorms. But wait, we heard a few reports this past winter about Thundersnow! What exactly is that? More >>
  • BLOG: Tesla invention may be game-changer for solar energy

    BLOG: Tesla invention may be game-changer for solar energy

    Thursday, April 30 2015 11:17 AM EDT2015-04-30 15:17:02 GMT
    Source: Eco Alternative EnergySource: Eco Alternative Energy
    Until now home owners could only use their solar systems when it was able to generate electricity on mainly sunny days, selling any extra energy produced back to the power company, and back in to the grid.More >>
    Until now home owners could only use their solar systems when it was able to generate electricity on mainly sunny days, selling any extra energy produced back to the power company, and back in to the grid.More >>
  • Forecast Secret: The Dewpoint

    Forecast Secret: The Dewpoint

    Wednesday, April 29 2015 6:09 PM EDT2015-04-29 22:09:18 GMT
    Wednesday, April 29 2015 6:09 PM EDT2015-04-29 22:09:18 GMT
    Impress your friends with your forecast skills.More >>
    Impress your friends with your forecast skills.More >>
  • BLOG: What would you do? What should you do?

    BLOG: What would you do? What should you do?

    Monday, April 27 2015 9:31 PM EDT2015-04-28 01:31:37 GMT
    Monday, April 27 2015 9:31 PM EDT2015-04-28 01:31:38 GMT
    I ran across this gripping video of a motorist coming face to face with a large tornado. I found myself yelling at the video telling him to turn around and flee. But according to the National Weather Service recommendations, I was actually giving him bad advice. More >>
    I ran across this gripping video of a motorist coming face to face with a large tornado. I found myself yelling at the video telling him to turn around and flee. But according to the National Weather Service recommendations, I was actually giving him bad advice. More >>
  • We're above average… Who gets to decide that?

    We're above average… Who gets to decide that?

    Sunday, April 26 2015 8:05 PM EDT2015-04-27 00:05:55 GMT
    Sunday, April 26 2015 8:05 PM EDT2015-04-27 00:05:55 GMT
     Have you ever wondered where those average highs, lows and rainfall totals come from?More >>
     Have you ever wondered where those average highs, lows and rainfall totals come from?More >>
  • BLOG: How YOU can become an Official Storm Spotter

    BLOG: How YOU can become an Official Storm Spotter

    Thursday, April 23 2015 8:47 PM EDT2015-04-24 00:47:50 GMT
    Friday, April 24 2015 8:00 AM EDT2015-04-24 12:00:32 GMT
    Did you know there is no other place on the Planet Earth that gets more diverse weather than North Carolina? Try to think about one type of weather our state *doesn't* get! We see snow, blizzards, ice storms, rain, thunderstorms, lightning, microbursts, hail, tornadoes, floods, mudslides, and of course, hurricanes. More >>
    Did you know there is no other place on the Planet Earth that gets more diverse weather than North Carolina? Try to think about one type of weather our state *doesn't* get! We see snow, blizzards, ice storms, rain, thunderstorms, lightning, microbursts, hail, tornadoes, floods, mudslides, and of course, hurricanes. More >>
  • Weather Blog: Airport Codes... Decoded!

    Weather Blog: Airport Codes... Decoded!

    Wednesday, April 22 2015 8:22 PM EDT2015-04-23 00:22:48 GMT
    Wednesday, April 22 2015 8:24 PM EDT2015-04-23 00:24:19 GMT
    (Source: Airportcod.es)(Source: Airportcod.es)
    Some of the codes are easily recognizable in terms of which city (airport) they represent. Charlotte, for example, is coded CLT. However, there are many cities whose airports codes leave us scratching our heads.More >>
    Some of the codes are easily recognizable in terms of which city (airport) they represent. Charlotte, for example, is coded CLT. However, there are many cities whose airports codes leave us scratching our heads.More >>
  • BLOG: Your kid dreams about forecasting tornadoes? Give 'em crayons!

    BLOG: Your kid dreams about forecasting tornadoes? Give 'em crayons!

    Sunday, April 19 2015 9:56 PM EDT2015-04-20 01:56:29 GMT
    Monday, April 20 2015 8:00 AM EDT2015-04-20 12:00:36 GMT
    The best of the best severe weather forecasters are assembled at the Storm Prediction Center in Norman, OK. Here they issue severe weather outlooks along with Tornado and Severe Thunderstorm Watches for the entire country. One would assume they use the fastest and most sophisticated weather computers and atmsopheric models to analyze the latest conditions. One would be wrong. More >>
    The best of the best severe weather forecasters are assembled at the Storm Prediction Center in Norman, OK. Here they issue severe weather outlooks along with Tornado and Severe Thunderstorm Watches for the entire country. One would assume they use the fastest and most sophisticated weather computers and atmsopheric models to analyze the latest conditions. One would be wrong. More >>
  • More Storms Tomorrow? Get the WBTV Weather App

    More Storms Tomorrow? Get the WBTV Weather App

    Sunday, April 19 2015 9:19 PM EDT2015-04-20 01:19:23 GMT
    Sunday, April 19 2015 9:19 PM EDT2015-04-20 01:19:24 GMT
    There has been plenty of rain out there today! Are you ready for more tomorrow? Get the latest info with the WBTV Weather App!More >>
    There has been plenty of rain out there today! Are you ready for more tomorrow? Get the latest info with the WBTV Weather App!More >>
  • BLOG: Last Week's Illinois Tornado vs Social Media

    BLOG: Last Week's Illinois Tornado vs Social Media

    Friday, April 17 2015 12:09 AM EDT2015-04-17 04:09:17 GMT
    Friday, April 17 2015 12:09 AM EDT2015-04-17 04:09:18 GMT
    Last week's incredible EF4 tornado that ripped through Fairdale, IL may have killed many more than two people if it weren't for social media. More >>
    Last week's incredible EF4 tornado that ripped through Fairdale, IL may have killed many more than two people if it weren't for social media. More >>
  • Weather Blog: A day for the ducks

    Weather Blog: A day for the ducks

    Wednesday, April 15 2015 10:52 PM EDT2015-04-16 02:52:13 GMT
    Wednesday, April 15 2015 10:52 PM EDT2015-04-16 02:52:13 GMT
    As my Mom used to say, "It was a day for the ducks!" We saw almost an inch of rain in Charlotte Wednesday - and it looks like it's the most rain we've seen in a calendar day in just over THREE MONTHS! Wow!More >>
    As my Mom used to say, "It was a day for the ducks!" We saw almost an inch of rain in Charlotte Wednesday - and it looks like it's the most rain we've seen in a calendar day in just over THREE MONTHS! Wow!More >>
  • Do you know which type of weather kills the most people each year?

    Do you know which type of weather kills the most people each year?

    Sunday, April 12 2015 9:41 PM EDT2015-04-13 01:41:14 GMT
    Tuesday, April 14 2015 7:17 AM EDT2015-04-14 11:17:05 GMT
    It's probably not what you think... and most of those deaths could be prevented. More >>
    It's probably not what you think... and most of those deaths could be prevented. More >>
  • BLOG: What is the highest temperature snow will fall?

    BLOG: What is the highest temperature snow will fall?

    Friday, April 10 2015 7:13 PM EDT2015-04-10 23:13:04 GMT
    Friday, April 10 2015 7:36 PM EDT2015-04-10 23:36:18 GMT
    Before we completely forget about winter, I thought I'd address this question we get from time to time. Charlotte almost always seems to be on the bleeding edge of winter storms and inevitibly we forecasters are trying to pinpoint which areas will receive rain, snow, sleet or freezing rain. But beyond that, often times it seems like the weather is backwards on the edge of these storms. It may be snowing when we're above freezing, or it might be raining when we're below freezing. What gives?More >>
    Before we completely forget about winter, I thought I'd address this question we get from time to time. Charlotte almost always seems to be on the bleeding edge of winter storms and inevitibly we forecasters are trying to pinpoint which areas will receive rain, snow, sleet or freezing rain. But beyond that, often times it seems like the weather is backwards on the edge of these storms. It may be snowing when we're above freezing, or it might be raining when we're below freezing. What gives?More >>
  • For the gardener who suffers from allergies…

    For the gardener who suffers from allergies…

    Wednesday, April 8 2015 3:10 PM EDT2015-04-08 19:10:05 GMT
    Wednesday, April 8 2015 3:10 PM EDT2015-04-08 19:10:06 GMT
    I know you're out there… and this season must be killing you! Did you know there are actually plants out there that don't have as much pollen to ruin your day? Here are 23!More >>
    I know you're out there… and this season must be killing you! Did you know there are actually plants out there that don't have as much pollen to ruin your day? Here are 23!More >>
  • BLOG: The Earth is Wobbling! Now what?

    BLOG: The Earth is Wobbling! Now what?

    Monday, April 6 2015 11:17 PM EDT2015-04-07 03:17:56 GMT
    Monday, April 6 2015 11:17 PM EDT2015-04-07 03:17:57 GMT
    I had a question once about the earth with respect to its spin, its tilt, and yes, its wobbling. Most people are familiar with the first two, but wobbling? Yes, the earth does indeed wobble.More >>
    I had a question once about the earth with respect to its spin, its tilt, and yes, its wobbling. Most people are familiar with the first two, but wobbling? Yes, the earth does indeed wobble.More >>
  • Indoor Weather... Why Aren't My Dishes Dry?

    Indoor Weather... Why Aren't My Dishes Dry?

    Sunday, April 5 2015 8:18 PM EDT2015-04-06 00:18:28 GMT
    Sunday, April 5 2015 8:18 PM EDT2015-04-06 00:18:29 GMT
     Have you ever wondered why the dishwasher finishes washing and drying but only about half of the dishes are dry? Here's an indoor weather lesson...More >>
     Have you ever wondered why the dishwasher finishes washing and drying but only about half of the dishes are dry? Here's an indoor weather lesson...More >>
  • BLOG: 2015 Tornadoes

    BLOG: 2015 Tornadoes

    Thursday, April 2 2015 9:57 PM EDT2015-04-03 01:57:37 GMT
    Friday, April 3 2015 9:00 AM EDT2015-04-03 13:00:19 GMT
    So how is 2015 stacking up so far with tornadoes around the country? One word: Yawn!!! But that's a good thing, a VERY good thing. More >>
    So how is 2015 stacking up so far with tornadoes around the country? One word: Yawn!!! But that's a good thing, a VERY good thing. More >>
  • Clouds and location likely obscure view of Saturday lunar eclipse

    Clouds and location likely obscure view of Saturday lunar eclipse

    Thursday, April 2 2015 11:48 AM EDT2015-04-02 15:48:26 GMT
    Thursday, April 2 2015 1:36 PM EDT2015-04-02 17:36:08 GMT
    NASA scientists say this will be the shortest solar eclipse of the century.More >>
    NASA scientists say this will be the shortest solar eclipse of the century.More >>
  • WEATHER BLOG: In like a lion, out like a lamb

    WEATHER BLOG: In like a lion, out like a lamb

    Wednesday, April 1 2015 7:55 PM EDT2015-04-01 23:55:02 GMT
    Wednesday, April 1 2015 7:55 PM EDT2015-04-01 23:55:03 GMT
    Overall temperature-wise, we ended up above average for the month by 2.9°, with an average high of 66.0°, and an average low of 42.2°More >>
    Overall temperature-wise, we ended up above average for the month by 2.9°, with an average high of 66.0°, and an average low of 42.2°More >>
  • We Got More Snow Than Alaska?

    We Got More Snow Than Alaska?

    Sunday, March 29 2015 10:45 PM EDT2015-03-30 02:45:07 GMT
    Monday, March 30 2015 5:28 AM EDT2015-03-30 09:28:59 GMT
     This has been a really cold winter, as we all know. Just for fun, I thought I would compare our weather from January and February to the weather in Anchorage, AK...More >>
     This has been a really cold winter, as we all know. Just for fun, I thought I would compare our weather from January and February to the weather in Anchorage, AK...More >>
  • BLOG: Pollen is coming, here's how to track it!

    BLOG: Pollen is coming, here's how to track it!

    Monday, March 30 2015 2:59 AM EDT2015-03-30 06:59:56 GMT
    Monday, March 30 2015 2:59 AM EDT2015-03-30 06:59:56 GMT
    Our partners at the Charlotte Observer recently posted a wonderful article on Pollen. It covers every base answering questions such as what is responsible for all the yellow dust, which pollen is the worst for allergies, and when will the pollen peak in the Spring? More >>
    Our partners at the Charlotte Observer recently posted a wonderful article on Pollen. It covers every base answering questions such as what is responsible for all the yellow dust, which pollen is the worst for allergies, and when will the pollen peak in the Spring? More >>
  • Let The New Season Begin!

    Let The New Season Begin!

    Wednesday, March 25 2015 7:51 PM EDT2015-03-25 23:51:46 GMT
    Wednesday, March 25 2015 7:51 PM EDT2015-03-25 23:51:47 GMT
    Temperatures have been all over the place the past few weeks! Wouldn't it be nice to have warm weather… every day? Wouldn't it be nice to be able to have just one season's wardrobe in play? To go to a Knights baseball game? To be able to get outside and plant those spring flowers and get the veggies started?Unfortunately, we have to wait just a little longer for all of those seasons to begin. March weather can be all over the place. Talk about March Madness! We can go from highs in the 80s to...More >>
    Temperatures have been all over the place the past few weeks! Wouldn't it be nice to have warm weather… every day? Wouldn't it be nice to be able to have just one season's wardrobe in play? To go to a Knights baseball game? To be able to get outside and plant those spring flowers and get the veggies started?Unfortunately, we have to wait just a little longer for all of those seasons to begin. March weather can be all over the place. Talk about March Madness! We can go from highs in the 80s to...More >>
  • Blog: Become A Meteorologist!

    Blog: Become A Meteorologist!

    Monday, March 23 2015 10:34 PM EDT2015-03-24 02:34:30 GMT
    Monday, March 23 2015 10:34 PM EDT2015-03-24 02:34:30 GMT
    Have you ever thought about studying the weather? How about your son or daughter? Perhaps they've thought about becoming a meteorologist one day. The good news is, you have three options right here in North Carolina.More >>
    Have you ever thought about studying the weather? How about your son or daughter? Perhaps they've thought about becoming a meteorologist one day. The good news is, you have three options right here in North Carolina. More >>
  • BLOG: Cool temperatures to continue across much of US in April

    BLOG: Cool temperatures to continue across much of US in April

    Monday, March 23 2015 11:55 AM EDT2015-03-23 15:55:08 GMT
    Monday, March 23 2015 11:55 AM EDT2015-03-23 15:55:08 GMT
    The forecast indicates below-normal temperatures across southern and eastern coastal sections, including the Carolinas, with continued above-normal temperatures expected in the western and most of the northern US.More >>
    The forecast indicates below-normal temperatures across southern and eastern coastal sections, including the Carolinas, with continued above-normal temperatures expected in the western and most of the northern US.More >>
  • BLOG: A monument for Tornadoes?

    BLOG: A monument for Tornadoes?

    Thursday, March 19 2015 1:20 AM EDT2015-03-19 05:20:40 GMT
    Thursday, March 19 2015 1:20 AM EDT2015-03-19 05:20:41 GMT
    Imagine for a moment Charlotte was smack in the middle of Tornado Alley. Imagine for a moment that Mecklenburg County has had 76 direct hits from tornadoes since 1950; that's more than one every year! Imagine for a moment the number of families and lives that would have been impacted over this recent history. How would you feel then about Charlotte building a 300 foot building in the shape of a tornado?More >>
    Imagine for a moment Charlotte was smack in the middle of Tornado Alley. Imagine for a moment that Mecklenburg County has had 76 direct hits from tornadoes since 1950; that's more than one every year! Imagine for a moment the number of families and lives that would have been impacted over this recent history. How would you feel then about Charlotte building a 300 foot building in the shape of a tornado? More >>
  • BLOG: What is a weather "Bomb" ?

    BLOG: What is a weather "Bomb" ?

    Monday, March 16 2015 10:52 PM EDT2015-03-17 02:52:58 GMT
    Monday, March 16 2015 10:52 PM EDT2015-03-17 02:52:59 GMT
    If you like good information packed into a small article, this one is for you.More >>
    If you like good information packed into a small article, this one is for you. More >>
  • BLOG: Who is most at risk for disaster?

    BLOG: Who is most at risk for disaster?

    Wednesday, March 11 2015 12:09 AM EDT2015-03-11 04:09:24 GMT
    Wednesday, March 11 2015 12:09 AM EDT2015-03-11 04:09:25 GMT
    When I was young, I remember word spreading among my friends and peers that the World Almanac was an amazing resource to learn about natural disasters. We didn't have Google and the internet back then. So where was the biggest and tallest tsunami ever observed? The strongest earthquake? The worst tornado? It wasn't that I enjoyed reading about the heartache and misery of others, I was simply fascinated by the power of nature.More >>
    When I was young, I remember word spreading among my friends and peers that the World Almanac was an amazing resource to learn about natural disasters. We didn't have Google and the internet back then. So where was the biggest and tallest tsunami ever observed? The strongest earthquake? The worst tornado? It wasn't that I enjoyed reading about the heartache and misery of others, I was simply fascinated by the power of nature.More >>
  • BLOG: How long until we have REAL spring temps that stick around?

    BLOG: How long until we have REAL spring temps that stick around?

    Tuesday, March 10 2015 8:01 PM EDT2015-03-11 00:01:47 GMT
    Tuesday, March 10 2015 8:07 PM EDT2015-03-11 00:07:47 GMT
    Do you remember the last time it was that warm around here? It was last November 12. That was almost 4 months ago!More >>
    Do you remember the last time it was that warm around here? It was last November 12. That was almost 4 months ago!More >>
  • BLOG: How Hurricanes Travel

    BLOG: How Hurricanes Travel

    Monday, March 9 2015 6:46 PM EDT2015-03-09 22:46:30 GMT
    Monday, March 9 2015 6:55 PM EDT2015-03-09 22:55:10 GMT
    Ever wonder how hurricanes move? What pushes them along? Well this video will answer your questions as it dramatically depicts the low-level surface winds around Ophelia and Philippe in 2011.More >>
    Ever wonder how hurricanes move? What pushes them along? Well this video will answer your questions as it dramatically depicts the low-level surface winds around Ophelia and Philippe in 2011.More >>
  • BLOG: Red Lights Hazardous to your Health?

    BLOG: Red Lights Hazardous to your Health?

    Friday, March 6 2015 8:19 PM EST2015-03-07 01:19:42 GMT
    Friday, March 6 2015 8:19 PM EST2015-03-07 01:19:43 GMT
    Well, if red lights annoy you and slow you down from reaching your destination, here's another reason not to like them. This study found a surprising rise in localized pollution from car emissions around crowded intersections.More >>
    Well, if red lights annoy you and slow you down from reaching your destination, here's another reason not to like them. This study found a surprising rise in localized pollution from car emissions around crowded intersections. More >>
  • BLOG: Severe Weather Awareness Week

    BLOG: Severe Weather Awareness Week

    Tuesday, March 3 2015 10:27 PM EST2015-03-04 03:27:30 GMT
    Tuesday, March 3 2015 10:27 PM EST2015-03-04 03:27:31 GMT
    This is North Carolina Severe Weather Preparedness Week. Now is a good time to review the safety tips when it comes to the dangers of Severe Weather and Tornadoes.More >>
    This is North Carolina Severe Weather Preparedness Week. Now is a good time to review the safety tips when it comes to the dangers of Severe Weather and Tornadoes.More >>
  • BLOG: Like Tracking Storms? Track This!

    BLOG: Like Tracking Storms? Track This!

    Friday, February 27 2015 8:24 PM EST2015-02-28 01:24:45 GMT
    Friday, February 27 2015 8:24 PM EST2015-02-28 01:24:47 GMT
    NASA has just released it's first Global Rainfall and Snowfall map. You'll enjoy this!More >>
    NASA has just released it's first Global Rainfall and Snowfall map. You'll enjoy this!More >>
  • BLOG: Black ice is not nice

    BLOG: Black ice is not nice

    Thursday, February 26 2015 8:30 PM EST2015-02-27 01:30:07 GMT
    Thursday, February 26 2015 8:30 PM EST2015-02-27 01:30:10 GMT
    OK, you know the drill…It's black ice time again! Do you ever feel like Carolina kids have more black ice days than snow days? I sure did growing up.More >>
    OK, you know the drill…It's black ice time again! Do you ever feel like Carolina kids have more black ice days than snow days? I sure did growing up.More >>
  • BLOG: My arms are killing me!

    BLOG: My arms are killing me!

    Thursday, February 26 2015 1:26 AM EST2015-02-26 06:26:31 GMT
    Thursday, February 26 2015 3:51 AM EST2015-02-26 08:51:06 GMT
    Current Storm PositionCurrent Storm Position
    Meteorologists tend to get pulled in many different directions, especially during big events like Winter Storms. What does this model say? How about that model? What does past experience tell me? What are the other meteorologists on staff thinking? What about my competition? Oh, and what is the National Weather Service forecasting?With so much data to look at, there's always that gnawing feeling that I've missed something. And this storm was no different.More >>
    Meteorologists tend to get pulled in many different directions, especially during big events like Winter Storms. What does this model say? How about that model? What does past experience tell me? What are the other meteorologists on staff thinking? What about my competition? Oh, and what is the National Weather Service forecasting?With so much data to look at, there's always that gnawing feeling that I've missed something. And this storm was no different.More >>
  • BLOG: Watching temperatures closely with major storm on Charlotte's doorstep

    BLOG: Watching temperatures closely with major storm on Charlotte's doorstep

    Wednesday, February 25 2015 5:49 PM EST2015-02-25 22:49:17 GMT
    Wednesday, February 25 2015 8:09 PM EST2015-02-26 01:09:12 GMT
    We've been waiting for it… Now it's just on our doorstep. We could see this begin as rain this evening before changing over to snow. Here's the big question right now: What will the temperature be? More >>
    We've been waiting for it… Now it's just on our doorstep. We could see this begin as rain this evening before changing over to snow. Here's the big question right now: What will the temperature be? More >>
  • BLOG: Snowfall forecast for Charlotte updated

    BLOG: Snowfall forecast for Charlotte updated

    Wednesday, February 25 2015 12:05 PM EST2015-02-25 17:05:52 GMT
    Wednesday, February 25 2015 5:32 PM EST2015-02-25 22:32:24 GMT
    The WBTV viewing area will be under a winter storm warning from 4 pm Wednesday until 7 am Thursday. Models are still consistent with this starting as rain this afternoon before quickly switching over to snow around 7-8 pm. More >>
    The WBTV viewing area will be under a winter storm warning from 4 pm Wednesday until 7 am Thursday. Models are still consistent with this starting as rain this afternoon before quickly switching over to snow around 7-8 pm. More >>
  • BLOG: Latest Snow Forecast

    BLOG: Latest Snow Forecast

    Tuesday, February 24 2015 10:34 PM EST2015-02-25 03:34:32 GMT
    Tuesday, February 24 2015 10:34 PM EST2015-02-25 03:34:32 GMT
    The attached picture shows our latest snow accumulation forecast map for Wednesday night's snow storm.More >>
    The attached picture shows our latest snow accumulation forecast map for Wednesday night's snow storm. More >>
  • BLOG: How Much Snow This Week?

    BLOG: How Much Snow This Week?

    Monday, February 23 2015 9:26 PM EST2015-02-24 02:26:32 GMT
    Monday, February 23 2015 9:26 PM EST2015-02-24 02:26:33 GMT
    WRF-ARW ModelWRF-ARW Model
    An active storm track continues across the Southeastern United States in the near term and it may produce two opportunities for snowfall around Charlotte within the next three days.More >>
    An active storm track continues across the Southeastern United States in the near term and it may produce two opportunities for snowfall around Charlotte within the next three days. More >>
  • BLOG: Snow coming back to Charlotte this week?

    BLOG: Snow coming back to Charlotte this week?

    Monday, February 23 2015 1:26 PM EST2015-02-23 18:26:01 GMT
    Monday, February 23 2015 1:26 PM EST2015-02-23 18:26:04 GMT
    NOAA's WPC (Weather Prediction Center) give Charlotte a 50% to 60% chance of seeing snowfall greater than or equal to 4 inches.More >>
    NOAA's WPC (Weather Prediction Center) give Charlotte a 50% to 60% chance of seeing snowfall greater than or equal to 4 inches.More >>
  • BLOG: Must see - Venus, Mars Moon!

    BLOG: Must see - Venus, Mars Moon!

    Saturday, February 21 2015 12:19 AM EST2015-02-21 05:19:38 GMT
    Saturday, February 21 2015 12:19 AM EST2015-02-21 05:19:39 GMT
    Did you see the Moon, Venus and Mars right next to each other Friday night? No worries! Right after sunset Saturday, look west. You'll see the waxing crescent moon high above Venus, which appears as a very bright 'star' below the moon, but of course it's a planet. It gets better. The other dimmer object just to the upper right of Venus is Mars! The picture here was shot Friday evening by Steve and you can see Mars above Venus. Saturday night they will be even closer together.More >>
    Did you see the Moon, Venus and Mars right next to each other Friday night? No worries! Right after sunset Saturday, look west. You'll see the waxing crescent moon high above Venus, which appears as a very bright 'star' below the moon, but of course it's a planet. It gets better. The other dimmer object just to the upper right of Venus is Mars! The picture here was shot Friday evening by Steve and you can see Mars above Venus. Saturday night they will be even closer together. More >>
  • BLOG: Next Winter Storm?

    BLOG: Next Winter Storm?

    Tuesday, February 17 2015 10:08 PM EST2015-02-18 03:08:28 GMT
    Wednesday, February 18 2015 12:03 AM EST2015-02-18 05:03:06 GMT
    The next system we are watching is due to arrive here Saturday (brief snow showers on Wednesday notwithstanding).  The picture I attached clearly shows snowfall running up through Tennessee, Virginia, the North Carolina Mountains and perhaps even lower elevations east of the mountains. More >>
    The next system we are watching is due to arrive here Saturday (brief snow showers on Wednesday notwithstanding).  The picture I attached clearly shows snowfall running up through Tennessee, Virginia, the North Carolina Mountains and perhaps even lower elevations east of the mountains. More >>
  • BLOG: Winter Storm Warning expires across area

    BLOG: Winter Storm Warning expires across area

    Tuesday, February 17 2015 5:26 AM EST2015-02-17 10:26:36 GMT
    Tuesday, February 17 2015 5:44 AM EST2015-02-17 10:44:00 GMT
    The trend of more sleet than freezing rain for the greater Charlotte area continued through the remainder of the overnight hours. As a result, this morning many of us are waking up to sleet covered roadways with a dusting of snow on top that have led to a slushy start.More >>
    The trend of more sleet than freezing rain for the greater Charlotte area continued through the remainder of the overnight hours. As a result, this morning many of us are waking up to sleet covered roadways with a dusting of snow on top that have led to a slushy start.More >>
  • BLOG: Sleet is holding back the freezing rain

    BLOG: Sleet is holding back the freezing rain

    Monday, February 16 2015 11:22 PM EST2015-02-17 04:22:29 GMT
    Tuesday, February 17 2015 1:06 AM EST2015-02-17 06:06:05 GMT
    Colder air actually favors sleet as it is typically deeper, say three to four thousand feet high. With that much subfreezing air, it gives the melted snow aloft a chance to refreeze before landing.More >>
    Colder air actually favors sleet as it is typically deeper, say three to four thousand feet high. With that much subfreezing air, it gives the melted snow aloft a chance to refreeze before landing.More >>
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