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2017 Hurricane Season

The 2017 Hurricane Season comes to an end today - although sometimes Mother Nature doesn't know that and a storm will form in the winter or spring. Yes it was a very busy year. 2017 will go down as the…

So Far 2017 Warmest on Record

With a year-to-date average temperature of 69 degrees, 2017 is the warmest year on record so far for Columbia. Temperature records go back 129 years. Courtesy to the Columbia National Weather Service office for providing this information.

Our Odds of a White Thanksgiving

So what are the odds that we'll see a white Thanksgiving? They're not zero, but pretty close. This map, put together by the Weather Channel, shows the odds of a white Thanksgiving across the United States. Bottom line - if…

The Planet is Warming - And Humans Are the Cause

The planet is warming and humans are the cause. That's what 13 federal agencies concluded in a report that was published today. Those agencies include Department of Defense, Department of Energy, Department of Transportation, Department of Agriculture, NASA, National Science…

Warm October

October was warmer than average here in Columbia. The average temperature for the month was 68.1 degrees. That's almost 4 degrees warmer than the long-term average.

Pollution Kills Far More Than Scientists Realized

A study published a medical journal (The Lancet) concluded that pollution kills 9 million people a year - that's more than natural disasters, famine, and war combined. The biggest culprit is air pollution, followed by water pollution. For more details…

2017 on Track to be 2nd Hottest

2017 is on track to be the second hottest year globally, and the third hottest year nationally. Through the end of September, 2017 is the third hottest year on record in the U.S. and the second hottest on record globally.…

Hurricane Ophelia

Hurricane Ophelia is a very unusual storm. For starters, it was the farthest east (26.6°W) an Atlantic major hurricane has existed on record. I was the farthest north (35.9°N) an Atlantic major hurricane has existed this late in the calendar…

Hurricane Ophelia

Hurricane Ophelia is a very unusual storm. For starters, it was the farthest east (26.6°W) an Atlantic major hurricane has existed on record. I was the farthest north (35.9°N) an Atlantic major hurricane has existed this late in the calendar…

2 Year Anniversary of the Flood

Today marks the 2nd anniversary of the flood that decimated many parts of the Midlands. That was an awful night - a night I'll never forget and hope that never comes again. As a meteorologist, weather is a lot of…

Hurricane Hugo Hit 28 Years Ago Tonight

On this night, 28 years ago, Hurricane Hugo blasted through South Carolina. It was a night that wont ever be forgotten. The storm made landfall just north of Charleston as a Category 4 Hurricane with wind gust to 138 mph.…

Hurricane Maria

Hurricane Maria slammed into the tiny island of Dominica on Monday night. This is the first time in recorded history that a Category 5 Hurricane has come within 100 miles of Dominica. On Wednesday Maria is expected to make a…

Is it Time for a New Hurricane Scale?

The recent hurricanes have stirred the discussion of whether we need to update our existing hurricane scale. We currently categorize hurricanes from 1 to 5 bases only on wind speed. But that doesn't really cover the whole issue. Take Sandy…

Ocean Waters Cool Under Hurricanes

Check out this image that shows the ocean temperature. It's pretty easy to see where hurricanes have been recently. That's because the storms mix and cool the water as they pass over the top.

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