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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…

Carbon Dioxide (CO2) Reaches Record High

Carbon Dioxide (CO2) is the most abundant and the most important green house gas. It does a good job of trapping heat in the atmosphere. It's measured in molecules of CO2 per million molecules of air. That's referred to as…

Coal is Phasing out in the UK

For the first time since the Industrial Revolution, the United Kingdom went a week without burning coal for electricity. In 1882 the Edison Electric Light Station (electric power plant) opened - that was just 3 years after the invention of…

Melting Ice and Permafrost Will Cost Us Trillions

A new study published in the journal Nature concludes that the warming planet will cause more problems.  As temperatures increase, this will cause melting of ice and permafrost. And that will cost us at least $24 trillion and possibly $70…

Trees Help Us Out A Lot

Today is Arbor Day.  According to Climate Central: "Trees are equally crucial for water and air quality, as over half of Americans depend on forests to capture and filter their drinking water. Tree leaves also absorb airborne pollutants and intercept particulate matter, helping…

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