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The Tropics Have Quieted Down - a Lot

This hurricane season has been very busy. We've already used up all the names in the English alphabet and have used two names in the Greek alphabet. But we are now getting a well-deserved break. Check out the image from…

Arctic Sea Ice is Melting - That's Bad

The ice in the Arctic is melting. That's bad. The Arctic Sea Ice is often referred to as one of the planet's "air conditioners," because it keeps things from heating up too much. But as the ice melts, it leads…

Airbus Plans a Zero-Emission Planes

Airbus announced that it will produce airplanes that will be powered by hydrogen fuel cells. Assuming the hydrogen is produced using renewable energy (like solar and wind), these planes will produce zero emissions and travel over 2300 miles. That's a…

31st Anniversary of Hugo

Today marks the 31st anniversary of Hurricane Hugo slamming into South Carolina. It's one of the worst natural disasters to hit our state. Below is the entire track of the storm from when it formed off the coast of Africa…

Another Tropical Storm in the Gulf of Mexico

This very active Hurricane Season continues. We've run through all the names in the English alphabet and now we're into the Greek alphabet. With that Tropical Storm Beta has formed in the Gulf. With very weak steering winds over the…

Midlands Rain Totals from Sally

Below are the radar-estimated storm totals around the Midlands from Sally today. Generally speaking we saw between 2 and 5 inches of rain. The storm is now winding down and moving along.

Get Ready to Get Soaked

The moisture from Tropical Storm Sally will slam into us tomorrow - delivering 2 to 5 inches of rain on Thursday. That's enough rain to cause localized flooding on streets and small creeks. We'll also see some strong thunderstorms mixed…

Hurricane Sally - Midlands Impacts

Hurricane Sally will slowly come ashore overnight (Tuesday night), and then move off to the northeast. Here in the Midlands, we'll see heavy rain with totals ranging from 2-5 inches - highest amounts in the west and northwestern Midlands. With…

New Tropical Depression

Yet another Tropical Depression has formed. Tropical Depression 19 has formed off the coast of Miami. It's expected to move into the Gulf and get stronger as it does. Stay tuned for updates on this one.

Climate Change and the West Coast Wild Fires

There's been a lot of discussion about the reasons for the massive fires in the west this summer. To be sure, there are some obvious things that have contributed to these fires. To begin with, the general strategy for managing…

Fire Records Keep Falling in California

Here's a tweet today from @CAL_FIRE "This year's fire season has already hit the record books, with more acres burning in 2020 than any other year in the past 3 decades (since statewide figures have been tracked). 2020 has already…

Record Breaking Fires in California

California has set a record for the amount of land burned in a season, and there's still a long way to go as fire season typically continues through November. So far in 2020, more than 7,600 fires have consumed 2.3…

Southern California Sets All-Time Record Highs

Here's the tweet from the Los Angeles National Weather Service Office from yesterday. "@NWSLosAngeles Here are the two sites that broke their all-time high temperature records today. 121° was the highest ever recorded at an official site in L.A. County.…

Phoenix Record Heat Continues

And the heat goes on. Phoenix has reached at least 110 degrees 50 days this year. The previous record was 33 days back in 2011. This is another example of what Global Warming looks like. Here's the full story. https://www.azcentral.com/story/news/local/phoenix-weather/2020/08/28/phoenix-hits-50th-day-110-degrees-2020/5662386002/

Solar & Wind Now Produce 10% of World's Electricity

Things are changing. One tenth of the worlds electricity is now being produced by non-polluting solar and wind. For the complete summary of which countries are doing well and which are still not doing well, check out this article. https://ember-climate.org/project/global-electricity-h12020/

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