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Hot July...

You probably don't need me to tell you that July has been hot, but here are all the details. The average high temperature this month has come in 6.8° hotter than the long-term average. And there's only been one day…

Hot July Continues...

Today's high was 98°. That makes it the coolest day in Columbia since July 1st when it was 94°. Yes this has been a hot July. The average high for the first 15 days of the month is 100.6°. Thirteen…

Triple Digits Continue

The heat continues. So far this summer, Columbia has reached 100° on 12 days. That ranks 2016 in 10th place and there's a lot of summer left. Stay tuned...

Hot Start to July

Yes it's been a very hot start to July. Today is the 6th day in a row with temperatures reaching at least 100°. And when you factor in the humidity, it's felt closer to 110° on each afternoon. Actually it's…

Heat is a Killer

A very sad story to report tonight. A 31 year-old man from Richland County died this week and heat was to blame. Here's the story. http://www.abccolumbia.com/2016/07/07/victim-died-of-hyperthermia-coroner-says/ According to the Centers for Disease Control more than 600 people die every year…

Hot June...

If you thought that June was hotter than average, you're right. When you average out all the numbers, June was 3.9° hotter than average in Columbia. Orangeburg and Augusta were also warmer than average.

Hottest Temperature Ever Recorded in South Carolina

Four years ago today (June 29, 2012) the thermometer at the University of South Carolina reached 113°. That remains the hottest temperature ever recorded in South Carolina - records go back to the 1880's.

South Carolina Drought

As you can see from the picture, the drought in South Carolina is confined primarily to the Upstate. That said, Saluda, Newberry, and parts of Fairfield Counties are abnormally dry. Fortunately the pattern this week will be more favorable for…

Very Rare Event

Today is the first day of summer. Today is also a full moon. Neither of these events is rare. But it's rare when they happen together. The last time this occurred was 1948 (68 years ago). Then next time it'll…

Summer Solstice

Today is the first day of summer. To be more precise, summer begins at 6:34 this evening. That's when the sun's rays shine directly over the northernmost point on the earth all year. On this first day of summer, we…

It's not the heat. It's the humidity...

You've heard this expression many times before... This week has been particularly muggy. The temperatures have been hot for sure with average highs in the mid to upper 90's. But when you factor in the humidity, it feels hotter. Here's…

Heat Can Be Dangerous

This weekend will deliver the hottest temperatures so far this season. So remember to take it easy - especially in the afternoon. And just a reminder that heat kills more people in the United States than all other weather events…

Seasonal Hurricane Forecasting

Right around this time of year a lot of folks are interested in the hurricane season. Will it be a busy one? Will there be a lot of storms? Will a storm hit me? There are several organizations that issue…

Tropical Storm Colin

Tropical Storm Colin is in the Gulf of Mexico and moving quickly off to the northeast. The latest report from the Hurricane Center shows the storm with 50 mph winds and moving to the northeast at 23 mph. With the…

Bonnie helps with the drought

Tropical Storm Bonnie brought some much-needed rain to parts of the Midlands and much of the eastern part of the state. The result is that the drought situation has improved. Below is the latest assessment from the U.S. Drought Monitor.…

Hurricane Season "Officially" Begins

Today, June 1st, marks the official start of Hurricane Season in the Atlantic Basin. But sometimes Mother Nature doesn't quite know when the season is supposed to begin. Take this year for example. We've already had two storms: Alex reached…

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