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How Many Birds Are Killed By Wind Turbines?

According to the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service website, wind turbines kill between 140,000 and 500,000 birds in the U.S. annually. But how does that compare with other bird killers? Cats kill between 1.3 and 4 billion birds annually in…

Mets Unite to Show Their Stripes

Today Meteorologists and Climate Scientists are showing their stripes. Specifically the picture below, take from https://showyourstripes.info/, represents the global temperature each year from 1850 to 2018. It's a very effective visual that shows how dramatically the globe is warming -…

Drought Conditions Improving

With a wet last few weeks, the South Carolina drought conditions have improved. Just two weeks ago, a large part of the Lowcountry was considered severe - the 3rd level of 5 in the drought categories. At that time nearly…

Another Month. Another Heat Record

May 2019 was the 4th warmest May on record. This is from NOAA. "The May temperature across global land and ocean surfaces was 1.53°F above the 20th century average of 58.6°F and was the fourth highest for May in the…

Moon & Jupiter Tonight

That bright "star" near the moon over the past few nights is not a star at all. It's the planet Jupiter. Jupiter is by far the largest planet in our solar system and it shines very brightly as well. It's…

Where's all the Haze & Smoke Coming From?

If you've been out today, you've no doubt noticed a layer of haze as you looked up in the sky. That layer is smoke drifting all the way down from forest fires in central-western Canada. Those fires are burning roughly…

How do Hurricanes Get Their Names?

Hurricane season starts tomorrow. We already know the names that will be given for each storm because they are on a list. There are actually 6 lists that rotate through every 6 years. When a storm is deemed significant enough…

Another Record Broken Today

Today's temperature hit 100 degrees in Columbia. That makes it the 5th time that's happened during the month of May. That's very unusual. Prior to this May, Columbia's temperature reached at least 100° only 9 times since records began back…

The Record Heat Goes On

Wednesday's high in Columbia was 100°. That was enough to break the record for the date. But what's more impressive is that Wednesday was the 4th day in this May that has reached at least 100°. The old record was only…

Record Heat Continues

Tuesday's high in Columbia reached 101°. Not only did it break the record for the date, but this is only the 4th time on record when the temperature climbed that high during the month of May. (Temperature records go back…

100° Days are Rare in May

100-degree temperatures in May are rare in Columbia. Prior to this May, it's only happened 9 times since records began in the 1880's. But so far this May, we've hit 100° twice in the last few days. And it's likely…

A Few Reminders as Big Heat Wave Moves In

It's going to be very hot for about the next week, with temperatures topping out near 100 degrees. When you factor in the humidity, it'll feel more like 105. So just a few reminders. Drink lots of water Wear light…

Hurricane Forecasting is Improving

Hurricane forecasts are improving - especially when it comes to where the storm is going. Check out the cone over the last 15 years. (The cone is the area where the storm could hit in the future.) You can clearly…

Get Ready to Get Sweaty

Starting later this week we're going to see a significant heatwave with temperatures topping out around 100 degrees for several days. Just a reminder. Take it easy during the heatwave. The biggest impacts usually happen after several days of not…

Heavy Rainfall is Happening More Frequently

Since 1950, the number of times that a storm dumps at least 2 inches of rain has increased dramatically. Climate scientists attribute this largely to the fact that the earth is warming. Simply put, warmer air can hold more water…

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