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Look for more late-day storms over the next few days. That'll slowly bring the temperatures down - at least a bit.

Smoke From Western US Fires Reaches Us

You may have noticed a haze in the sky over the last several days - especially at sunrise and sunset, where the sun is noticeably more red/orange. That's because some of the smoke from the fires in the Western United…

What Causes a Meteor Shower?

A meteor shower happens when the earth passes through the trail of debris left behind by a passing comet. Here's how is works. When a comet passes through space, it leaves behind a trail of particles made up of mostly…

How Far Away is Our Nearest Star?

The nearest star to earth is the sun and it's roughly 93 million miles away. But what about the next nearest star? That star is called Alpha Centauri and it's roughly 4.4 light years away. Sounds close? Well let's break…

Crescent Moon Next to Venus Tonight

Just after sunset, look to the western sky, near the horizon, and you'll see what appears to be a bright star next to the crescent moon. The bright "star" is actually the planet Venus. It'll look something like the picture…

Shelf Cloud

Here's a picture of a shelf cloud from @SCweather_wx. It was taken at Oak Grove Elementary School in Lexington. These clouds are associated with thunderstorms, specifically, the front side of the storm as it's approaching. Shelf clouds are often part…

World's Hottest Month (again) in Death Valley

For the second July in a row, Furnace Creek in Death Valley California set the record for hottest month ever recorded on earth. The average temperature for the month of July 2018 came in at 108.1 degrees. That eclipses last…

Who's Watching for Asteroids Headed Toward Earth

Asteroids have pummeled the earth for millions of years. But the evidence of any impact doesn't generally last for very long (in geological time). That's because the earth's weather erodes the craters that are caused by the asteroid impacts. However,…

Wild Fire Clouds

This cloud was created by the heat rising up from the Carr Wild Fire in Northern California. It's called a Pyrocumulus cloud. It comes from Latin where pyro means fire and cumulus means piling up. These clouds often produce more…

Yes it's Getting Hotter Here in Columbia

If you've lived here a long time and have been saying to yourself that it's hotter than you remember, you're right. The average number of days where the temperature is hotter than 95 degrees has gone up considerably in the…

Mars Getting Very Close

On July 31st Mars will be closer than it has been in 15 years: roughly 36 million miles away. Now that doesn't sound very close, but it'll make Mars appear 5 times brighter than normal. Over the next several weeks…

Kilauea Volcano Factoids

There's been a lot of press coverage around Hawaii's Kilauea Volcano, but did you know this latest eruption has been going on since 1983. It's brought a lot of attention recently because on May 3, of this year the volcano…

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