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Late-Week Thunderstorms

This is just a heads up that there is the potential for some bumpy weather later this week. We’ll know more as this storm front gets closer, but below is a picture of the potential for Severe Storms on Wednesday.…

What Time of Day is Pollen at its Highest Level

Pollen levels are generally lowest in the morning and highest around noon or early afternoon. Although the levels go back down in the evening, then generally don't get as low as the mornings. It's also important to point out that…

Warm March So Far...

If you're thinking that this month has been warmer than average you're right. So far March has come in about 7° above average. And it's been pretty dry. Average March Rainfall is nearly 4 inches. This month we've gotten just…

Spring Equinox

On Saturday night spring arrived. The spring equinox occurred at 12:30 AM on Sunday. That's when the sun's rays shine directly over the equator. One interesting factoid about the equinox is that the sun rises directly in the east and…

A Look Back at Severe Weather in 2015 in the USA

Here's a cool map that shows all the severe weather that was reported in 2015. Just a few observations. We here in South Carolina get a whole lot of wind damage from thunderstorms. There's as much blue concentrated in our…

Warm, But No Records

So with all this warm weather recently (and it's going to continue), some folks have been asking about record highs. The record highs for this time of year are generally upper 80's to low 90's. Here's today's Almanac with the…

Sorry Allergy Sufferers...

The temperatures will climb this week to around 80°.  And they'll stay there right through the weekend.  Although that's welcome news for many, it's not so good for the pollen count. As you know, rain does a good job of…

Winter Was Wetter and Warmer Than Average

December, January, and February is often referred to as Meteorological Winter (even though winter doesn't end until March 20th this year). And the numbers show that it was warmer and wetter than average in Columbia. Here's how it breaks down…

Happy Leap Day

We've always been told that the reason for Leap Years is that the earth takes 365.25 days to orbit the sun. So every 4 years we have to add a day to the calendar to keep it in line. That…

Windy Wednesday

It sure was windy here today. Here's one example of a half of a tree on top of a taxi on Maple Street in Columbia. Fortunately no one was hurt. The strongest winds that I was able to locate today…

Threat of Severe Storms on Wednesday

COLUMBIA, S.C. (WOLO) -- A very powerful line of storms will push through the Carolinas on Wednesday. The big question is where exactly will they hit? This is fast-moving, dynamic system. So pinning down exactly where the storms will be…

Possible Severe Storms Wednesday

We could see some Severe Storms on Wednesday. But it is still a little early to know for sure. Here's why. The piece of energy that could produce these storms is right now, centered over Colorado and New Mexico. That's…

Asteroid "Close Call"

On March 5th, a 100 foot wide wide asteroid will fly past earth - potentially pretty close to earth by asteroid standards. Since scientists haven't been tracking this asteroid for very long, they're not exactly sure of its track. They're…

Some Freezing Rain in the Morning

Most of us will see some on & off freezing rain from about 4:00 AM to 11:00 AM. The freezing will be on the light side, so I'm not expecting any significant problems. That said, for a few hours in…

Brace Yourself for Some COLD

A big pocket of cold air will move in over the weekend, bringing temperatures down to near 20 degrees on Saturday night. But factor in the wind and it'll feel closer to 10 degrees. But we're on the "warm" side…

Coldest Day This Winter

Today we tied for the coldest day this winter. It only reached 41° in Columbia - tying January 23rd. But when you factor in the wind, it was by far the coldest day this winter. Here's what the windchill temperatures…

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