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EF-3 Tornado Confirmed

On Tuesday a powerful tornado touched down in Allendale County and then plowed to the northwest between Bamberg and Branchville.  The National Weather Service concluded that this was an EF-3 tornado (the scale goes from EF-0 to EF-5) with peak…

The Arctic is Melting - and Fast

Scientists have been tracking the melting of the Arctic ice.  This melting ice is contributing to sea level rise.  If completely melted, the Arctic ice would raise sea levels by roughly 200 feet. Here's one excerpt from the article below:…

Could a New Light Prevent a Future Pandemic

Scientists have done experiments with a new kind of light that not harmful to humans, but kills nearly all the microbes in the room.  The could be a game-changer for combating not only any potential new pandemic, but also combating…

Big Chunk of Ice Breaks off in Antarctica

The world is warming.  Further evidence of that is this.  A large chunk of ice - roughly 460 square miles, broke off and fell into the ocean. This is the first time scientists have observed and event like this in…

Asteroid Spotted Hours Before it Hit Earth

An astronomer discovered an asteroid just about 2 and a half hours before it hit the earth's atmosphere.  The asteroid was estimated to be about the size of a refrigerator - that means that a fair amount of it would…

How Global Warming is Changing Hailstones

The earth is warming.  And warmer air holds more water vapor than colder air.  This is having an impact on hailstones.  Although a lot of research is still on-going, the early indications are that in the warmer air, hail is…

Siberia Was 10° Above Normal in February

Yet more evidence that the earth is warming - and it's not good.  Siberia was 10 degrees above the long-term average this February.  See the tweet below from Zack Labe  @ZLabe "Once again, another month (February 2022) observed temperature anomalies…

Significant Improvement in Hurricane Forecasts

Over the last 30-40 years the National Hurricane Center has made some very impressive improvements in forecasting hurricane intensity and location.  See Chris Landsea's (@ChrisLandsea) tweets from today. "Incredible@NHC_Atlantic improvements in tropical storm and hurricane track forecasts! Presentation today at…

Antarctic Ice Continues to Melt

Antarctica surrounds the south pole.  If all that ice melted, sea level would rise roughly 200 feet.  Here's a tweet from Zack Labe, @ZLabe. The unprecedented loss of #Antarctic sea ice continues... [Observations over the satellite record. Preliminary data using…

Very Warm and Dry February

The numbers are in.  And February in Columbia was much warmer than normal - a full 3.7 degrees warmer.  The average temperature for the month was 52.8°.   As for rainfall, we only received 1.88 inches of rain - about 55%…

Largest Comet Ever Discovered

A huge  comet has been discovered - Comet Bernardinelli-Bernstein.  And it's estimated to be roughly 85 miles in diameter.  That diameter is a just about the same distance as a trip from Columbia to Charlotte. It will make its closest…

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