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Perseid Meteor Shower

The Perseid Meteor Shower will be in full bloom tonight. The best time for viewing is between midnight and dawn. Be sure to get away from any lights and look to the northeast. Here are a few factoids about the…

The 90° Streak Ends

Today Columbia only reached 89°. That ends the streak of consecutive 90° days at 51. In case you're wondering, the longest streak of 90° days recorded in Columbia is 54. That happened in 1986.

Hot Summer Continues

Today marks the 48th consecutive day where temperatures have reached at least 90° in Columbia. And it looks like we'll threaten the record of 54 consecutive days. Stay tuned...

Hot Summer Continues...

Once again today the temperature reached 100°. That makes it the 19th time this summer where the temperature topped out in the triple digits. Now 2016 is tied for the 3rd hottest summer (when measured by high temperatures) since records…

Great Night To See The Space Station

The skies will be clear this evening, which will make for a great night to see the International Space Station pass overhead. It'll be visible starting at 10:20. Look to the southwest and it'll appear like a very bright "star"…

Drought Continues for Part of Midlands

The US Drought Monitor is updated every Thursday. Today shows that moderate drought continues for about half of Lexington and Newberry Counties, and for all of Saluda County. And the drought is severe for parts of the Upstate.

Oppressive Heat in Upper Midwest

Yes it's hot here, but it's hotter in Minnesota. That's because the humidity is so high there. Check out this map of what it felt like (heat & humidity combined) in southern Minnesota this afternoon. Some places hit 120°! So…

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…

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