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Weekend Storm Summary

This weekend produced a whole lot of different winter weather precipitation - snow, sleet, freezing rain.  Eric Webb, @webberweather, put together the map below. Here's his tweet. "Using obs from NWS LSRs, CoCoRaHS, mPING, & social media, here's a preliminary…

Messy Wintry Weather on Sunday

We’re going to see a healthy swath of freezing rain late Saturday night into Sunday morning – especially north of Columbia.  Freezing rain causes the most problems because it’s rain that freezes on contact when it lands.  Too much freezing…

Wintry Mix on This Weekend?

Is there going to be some wintry weather here Saturday night into Sunday?  That's all that everyone is asking me today.  So it seems like the right time to chat about this. As you know, we get snow, ice, or…

2021 - 4th Warmest Year on Record in the U.S.

Here's the latest from @NOAA on how warm 2021 was. "2021 was the 4th-warmest year on record for the United States, capped off by a record-warm December. The nation was also struck with 20 separate billion-dollar disasters last year. More:…

Winters Are Getting Warmer

As is always the case in weather and climate, one day or one month of unusual weather is not something to be concerned about. Temperatures vary from day to day, month to month, and year to year.  But what is…

The Earth is Closest to the Sun Today

Yes, the weather today is chilly - feeling a lot more like the middle of winter than it has recently. But what you might not know is that in the earth's annual orbit around the sun, today we are closer…

Record High Today

Today the temperature soared to 80 degrees in Columbia.  That ties the record for the date, set back in 1985.  This warm weather isn't going to last much longer, with much cooler temperatures arriving on Monday.

Several Earthquakes Today

The USGS has confirmed that there were several earthquakes here in the Midlands today - centered a few miles south of Elgin. The strongest earthquake hit at 2:18pm and had a magnitude of 3.3.  For all the latest, you can…

Record High Temperature

On Sunday Columbia's temperature reached 78 degrees. That broke the record for the date - which was 77 degrees set almost 60 years ago.  Our December "heat wave" will continue for several more days, so more records could fall this…

NASA Launching New Very Powerful Telescope

On Christmas Day, NASA is set to launch its new James Web Space Telescope.  This new telescope is not set up to replace the Hubble telescope as much as it is simply the next generation of the technology and its…

Probability of a White Christmas

With Christmas just a few days away, you may be wondering what the odds are of us getting snow on Christmas.  Well, this year, the odds are zero.  It's going to be in the 70's.  But what are the odds…

Warm December So Far

December has been much warmer than average so far this year. In fact, it's averaging 4.5 degrees warmer than average through the first half of the month. This is in keeping with the trend over the last 50 years of…

The Arctic is Heating Up - Not Good News

The Arctic is heating up - a lot. And the latest numbers for November continue to illustrate this trend, where the Arctic was almost 6 degrees above normal.  Check out the tweet below from Antii Lipponen.  @anttilip In November 2021,…

November Weather Summary

Here in Columbia November was very dry.  And although the warmest temperature of the month broke 80 degrees, the temperatures were cooler than average. Below are the images that summarize November 2021 in South Carolina.

Record High Today

The temperature climbed all the way to 82 degrees today in Columbia. That breaks the record high for the day of 79 degrees set back in 1970.  In case you're wondering, the record high for December is 83 degrees. That…

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