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Tropical Storm Dorian Update

Tropical Storm Dorian is 2000 miles away from our coast, but it bears watching. It has winds of 60 mph and is expected to continue on a northwest track for several days. Stay tuned.

Tropical Storm About to Form

A new tropical storm is just about to form near Miami. The good news is that once it gets going, it'll quickly move away from the southeast coast and push out to sea. So impacts on South Carolina will be…

Next Tropical Storm?

A pocket of moisture near the Bahamas is getting more organized and could become the next tropical storm. A lot still has to come together, but early indications are that the storm will likely take shape by Sunday. At that…

New Tropical Storm Has Formed

A new tropical storm has formed in the Atlantic. It's nearly 1000 miles east of New York City and poses no threat to the United States. It has sustained winds of 40 mph and is expected to stay about that…

Does an Umbrella Attract Lightning?

The answer: No. Lightning occurs when the difference in charge between the cloud and the ground becomes so great that a conductive channel of air develops. In that channel lightning discharges the electricity from the cloud to the ground.  Often…

100° for 6th Time This Year

Today hit 100 degrees. That's the 6th time that's happened this year - 5 times in May and once in August. By comparison, last year, 2018, hit 100 degrees only 3 times. Some cooler weather is on the way for…

Perseid Meteor Shower Peaks Tonight

The Perseid Meteor Shower will peak overnight tonight. The problem is the moon. It's close to full and will fill the night and early morning sky with lots of light. But if you're hardy and want to see the meteor…

The "Star" Next to the Moon Tonight

The "star" that's just to the lower right of the moon tonight is not a star at all. It's the planet Jupiter. It's the biggest planet in our Solar System - roughly 318 times more massive than the Earth. If…

Summer Nights are Getting Warmer

As global temperatures rise, summertime overnight temperatures here in Columbia are also rising. Here's a look over roughly the last 50 years. There is a clear upward trend. Overnight lows are nearly 5 degrees warmer now than they were in…

The Gulf Stream is Slowing Down

The Gulf Stream runs up the east coast all the way to northwestern Europe. It's part of a clockwise circulation that transports warm water from the topics up north, and cold water from up north down to the topics. Scientists…

July Was Hottest Month on Record

The European Climate Agency, Copernicus, has concluded that this July was the hottest month on record. They found that the global temperature was around 0.07°F warmer than July of 2016, which was the previous record holder.  NOAA and NASA also…

September Asteroid Will Miss Earth

I have seen social media posts recently expressing concern that an asteroid (2006 QV89) might strike the earth in September. NASA and the European Space Agency have released their calculations and concluded that we have nothing to worry about. In…

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