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Huge Iceberg

Imagine waking up one morning to find this huge iceberg outside your window. That's what happened in this village in northwestern Greenland. Its weight is estimated to be 12 million tons! From bottom to top it's 660 feet with roughly…

How Tall Do Thunderstorms Get

Below is a cross-section view of one of tonight's thunderstorms, just west of Lexington. This one reaches to nearly 60,000 feet tall - that's roughly 11 miles into the sky! Thunderstorms produce very strong and chaotic winds all the way…

More Warm Nights

Columbia is seeing more warm nights. On average, there are now 26 more nights where the temperature stays above 65 degrees than just 40-45 years ago. This trend here in Columbia is expected to continue as the planet continues to…

Record High Today

Yes today was hot in Columbia - hot enough to set the record for the date. It reached 103 degrees, breaking the old record of 102 set back in 1993.

Ready for the Next Eclipse?

We here in South Carolina had a front row seat to the total solar eclipse last August. If you're looking forward to the next one in the U.S., you only have to wait 5 years and 9 months. On April…

Tragedy of Kids in Hot Cars

Several years back, Jan Null (a forensic meteorologist) was asked to testify in a case where a child died after being left in a hot car. His job involves looking back at and piecing together all sorts of weather-related incidents…

Saturn Next to Full Moon Tonight

The bright "star" next to tonight's full moon is not a star at all. It's the planet Saturn. Although they will appear close together in the sky, the moon and Saturn will be roughly 745 million miles apart. Let's hope…

Yes. Lightning Causes Thunder

A few weeks ago I was on the golf course and we could hear thunder getting closer. I told the rest of the foursome that it was time to go take shelter because lightning was moving in. The response that…

So Just How Cold is the Coldest Place on Earth

Five years ago, scientists thought they had found the coldest temperatures near the south pole at 135 degrees below zero (Fahrenheit). But the data that produced those findings has been reevaluated and it turns out that scientists now think the…

Large "Star" next to the Moon

The bright "star" near the moon this weekend is no star at all. It's the planet Jupiter. The planet is the largest in our solar system - roughly 1300 earths would fit inside Jupiter. It takes 12 years for Jupiter…

Summer Solstice Today

Today is the summer solstice - the first day of summer. That's when the sun's rays shine directly over the Tropic of Cancer, which is the northernmost point where the rays shine directly overhead in the entire year. On this…

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