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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… continue reading ›

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… continue reading ›

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… continue reading ›

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… continue reading ›

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… continue reading ›

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… continue reading ›

It's Still Winter...

So far this winter has not been very cold. We've only had 6 days with highs in the 40's. All the rest have been warmer. But we're going to make up for this week. A pocket of cold air will… continue reading ›

So What is a Microburst?

This damage yesterday out in the Steadman Community (Batesburg-Leesville), was caused by a Microburst, with gusts to 70 mph. So what is a Microburst? You've probably hear the term Microburst, Downburst, or Macroburst. The are all different sizes (Micro-small, Down-medium,… continue reading ›

Tornado in West Columbia Today

Today's line of thunderstorms produced a tornado today in West Columbia. Here's the map that the National Weather Service sent out. The tornado was categorized as an EF0. That scale goes from EF0 to EF5. So it was on the… continue reading ›

5 Planets Lined Up Before Sunrise

If you're up before sunrise, say 6:45-7:15 or so, and the clouds cooperate, you'll be in for a treat! Over the next few weeks, you'll be able to see from lower left to upper right, Mercury, Venus, Saturn, Mars, and… continue reading ›

Warm-up Headed Our Way

For the past several days, the Jet Stream has taken a dip - allowing some chilly air to spill down all the way from Canada. Starting this weekend, the Jet Steam will kink back the other way, with plenty of… continue reading ›

The Consequences of a Warm Atlantic

Here's an excellent read from a well-respected meteorologist. It's about how warming oceans are making storms worse - and it's not just the Pacific Ocean that's warmer from this strong El Niño. It would really benefit our society if we… continue reading ›

Freezing Rain or Sleet

With the recent wintry mix, I've gotten a lot of questions about sleet and freezing rain. Here's the skinny. In winter storms, the precipitation starts out as snow several thousand feet up. If it stays cold all the way to… continue reading ›

Winter Weather timeline

Winter weather timeline: Colder air will be filtering in from the northwest, which means we'll see some snow showers from roughly 2am to 11am on Saturday. But there will be little accumulation because there won't be much moisture left to… continue reading ›

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