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So What's a Super Blue Blood Moon?

Tomorrow morning we will be treated to an event that doesn't happen very often. According to the folks at Sky and Telescope the last time this happened was 1982. And Fox5 News in Washington, DC says that the last time…

2017 Was 3rd Warmest on Record

2017 was the 3rd hottest year globally on record. Surface temperature records go back roughly 150 years. That makes it the 41st consecutive year where global land and ocean temperatures came in at least a bit higher than the 20th-century…

Wednesday's Snow Update

The snow will start in the Western Midlands around 4:00 AM and push southeast, arriving in Columbia by around 7:00 AM. It may initially start out as a wintry mix, but will quickly turn to all snow. As the storm…

Wednesday Snow

Snow will move in from the northwest on Wednesday. It should start in the northwestern Midlands by around 4:00 AM and exit the southeastern Midlands by around 1:00 PM. Snow accumulations should total about an inch for all of us.…

Record Cold Spell

We just weathered the coldest stretch ever recorded in Columbia: 6 consecutive days where the temperature fell below 20 degrees. The previous record was 5 consecutive days and that happened in January of 2010, 1981, 1970, 1928, and 1900.

Look Up to See Geminid Meteor Shower!

COLUMBIA, SC (WOLO) - If you're looking for a light show Wednesday (12/13), just look up. The annual Geminid Meteor Shower begins tonight and NASA experts say it will be visible all over the world. For the best view get…

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…

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