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International Space Station

Tonight the International Space Station will be easy to see as it flies overhead. If you've never seen it, tonight will be a good night for viewing. It flies by like a slow moving, bright star - appearing to travel…

Poor Air Quality

As the temperatures warm up on Tuesday, the air quality will go down. So what's in the air that makes the air quality poor? DEHC keeps track of the concentration of "ground-level ozone" when referring to air quality. This ozone…

The "Wedge"

Temperatures are going to run a little cooler than usual the next few days, and that's courtesy of something we weather people often refer to as the "wedge." This happens when we get an area of high pressure to our…

Just What is a Severe Storm?

In the warmer months, we meteorologists are always talking about the threat of severe thunderstorms. But just what constitutes a "severe" thunderstorm? Actually there are very specific criteria for this. A "severe" thunderstorm is one that produces wind gust of…

Early Rain on Thursday

A line of showers will blow through early on Thursday morning from roughly 4:00 to 7:00 AM. Here's a rough estimate of what the radar will look like at 5:00 AM. Then the skies will clear out quickly and the…

Possible Frost Tonight

Protect your sensitive plants tonight. The temperatures will drop to the low to mid 30's - which means frost. This is not all that unusual to have frost in early April. In fact, Columbia's latest freeze happened on April 24th,…

Stormy Morning Commute

A line of strong storms will push through on Friday morning from roughly 6AM to 10AM. Here's a rough estimate of what the radar will look like around 8:00. These storms will be strong and possibly severe - likely right…

Thunderstorms Headed Our Way

A storm front that is presently swinging through the mid-south is headed our way. This first image shows the line of rain and storms. The strongest storms are the pockets of orange/red. This next image shows the warnings. The red…

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…

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