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Tornado Damage

Today a tornado touched down near Saluda and continued pushing north into Prosperity. The National Weather Service will evaluate the damage in order to determine the strength of the tornado, as well as see if the damage may have also…

Sea Level Rising 3 Times Faster Than Previously Thought

Our warming planet is causing sea level to rise at an alarming rate, and it's rising a lot faster than previously thought. Sea level rises for two reasons: 1) Warmer water takes up more space than cooler water. So as…

Moonbow

Check out this dramatic picture. It's a moonbow - the same thing as a rainbow, except the light comes from the full moon. (The sun's light reflects off of it actually.) Check out Sapna Reddy's Facebook page to get the…

April Was the 2nd Warmest on Record

April 2017 was the second warmest on record for the globe - surpassed only by April 2016. For the full article see: http://www.climatecentral.org/news/warm-arctic-fuels-second-warmest-april-21449 Here in the Midlands it was well above average as well. April came 6 degrees warmer than…

Drought Conditions Improving

Here's a snapshot of what the South Carolina drought looked like a month ago. Here's what it looks like this week. You can see that extreme drought no longer exists in South Carolina and here in the Midlands, most spots…

EF-2 Tornado Confirmed

The National Weather Service has completed part of their survey of the tornado that hit yesterday after in Edgefield and Saluda Counties. Their report says that this tornado was an EF-2. https://nwschat.weather.gov/p.php?pid=201704062107-KCAE-NOUS42-PNSCAE Here's how it looked on radar.

Severe Weather Today

A round of severe storms blew through today, leaving quite a bit of havoc behind. Here are some pictures from today. Flooding from Taylor & Bull in Columbia Flooding on Rocky Branch Creek at Whaley Steet. Flood Gauge at Rocky…

Hurricane Names Retired

Matthew and Otto names are now retired from the list of names used for Hurricanes. http://www.noaa.gov/media-release/world-meteorological-organization-retires-storm-names-matthew-and-otto

Record Heat in February

To say that today was an unusually warm day in February is an understatement. Check out the picture below. All of these cities tied or broke their record for the date. And the numbers in green are cities where the…

Warming Planet

Recently a lot of folks have commented to me that temperatures here in the Midlands are warmer than normal. The conversation often continues with questions about global warming. So let's start with the first observation: the Midlands. Yes temperatures have…

Drought Update

With our recent rain, drought conditions are improving across the state. Now only the northwest part of South Carolina is still suffering a drought.

Record High Today

It does not feel much like January as the temperature reached a record high of 80° here in the Capital City. The previous record of 77° was set back in 1952. What's the average for this time of year? A…

Winter Weather Update

Most all of us in the Midlands will see some form of a wintry mix on Saturday morning. But if you're a big fan of snow, you'll probably be a bit disappointed - the accumulations will be on the light…

Wintry Weather

Friday will start out quiet, but the rain will arrive by late afternoon. It will continue to rain for most of the night with a slow change-over to sleet and snow moving in from the northwest. In the end, snow…

Possible Snow

The weather will be quiet though Friday morning, but things will change after that. Rain showers arrive by Friday afternoon and then some very cold air blows in on Friday night. At this point it looks like much of the…

Possible Wintry Mix

We could see a wintry mix Friday night into Saturday morning, but this is by no means a certainty. As you know, a lot of variable need to come together for us to get snow here in the Midlands. Cold…

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