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The Nights Are Getting Warmer

As the planet warms, we are seeing more record high temperatures. But the nights are getting warmer as well. The graph below shows the average number of nights where the temperature stays above 70 degrees. In 1970 Columbia averaged around… continue reading ›

Interesting Clouds!

Check out these pictures sent in by Melodie Griffin of Lexington. These are called roll clouds. They were produced by a thunderstorm. See the bottom right of this picture - which shows the structure of a thunderstorm. Roll clouds form… continue reading ›

Giant Iceberg About to Break off of Antarctica

An Iceberg, approximately the size of Delaware, is about to break off of Antarctica. The Iceberg will be huge - roughly one trillion tons! Check out the story here. https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/energy-environment/wp/2017/07/05/an-iceberg-the-size-of-delaware-is-about-to-break-off-of-antarctica/?utm_term=.d027a391cc4f continue reading ›

Great tool for tracking the Eclipse

In less than 2 months, on August 21st, a total solar eclipse will cross the US from Oregon to South Carolina. And it's going to pass right over the Midlands. If you're curious about exactly where the eclipse will pass… continue reading ›

Unusual Happenings in the Tropics

This is the first time in 49 years that there has been two named (tropical-type) storms in the Atlantic before July. That's according to Brian McNoldy from the Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science at the University of Miami.… continue reading ›

Hurricane Season Starts

June 1st is the official start of Hurricane Season. And here's a look at where the June storms have started (red dots) and traveled in the last 165 years. Most of the Atlantic storms form in and around the Gulf… continue reading ›

Tornado Damage

Today a tornado touched down near Saluda and continued pushing north into Prosperity. The National Weather Service will evaluate the damage in order to determine the strength of the tornado, as well as see if the damage may have also… continue reading ›

Moonbow

Check out this dramatic picture. It's a moonbow - the same thing as a rainbow, except the light comes from the full moon. (The sun's light reflects off of it actually.) Check out Sapna Reddy's Facebook page to get the… continue reading ›

April Was the 2nd Warmest on Record

April 2017 was the second warmest on record for the globe - surpassed only by April 2016. For the full article see: http://www.climatecentral.org/news/warm-arctic-fuels-second-warmest-april-21449 Here in the Midlands it was well above average as well. April came 6 degrees warmer than… continue reading ›

Drought Conditions Improving

Here's a snapshot of what the South Carolina drought looked like a month ago. Here's what it looks like this week. You can see that extreme drought no longer exists in South Carolina and here in the Midlands, most spots… continue reading ›

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