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Less Extreme Cold in Columbia

Although we experienced a few very cold days this winter, on balance it has been warmer than average. One way to measure this trend is to look at the lowest temperature recorded each year since 1970 and see what's what.…

2018 Warmer & Wetter than Average

It's probably no surprise to you, but the 2018 Climate Report is in. Last year was a lot warmer than average. South Carolina's average temperature was the 116th warmest out of the 124 year record. You'll also notice that the…

2018 was the 4th Warmest on Record

The Climate Assessment from NOAA is in and 2018 was the 4th warmest on record for the globe. This image shows the 5 hottest years on record have occurred in the past 5 years. The image below shows the 2018…

Many Feet of Snow in California

A series of storms has dumped a lot of snow in the mountains of California. Nearly 5 feet has accumulated at Homewood Mountain Ski Resort on Lake Tahoe. But Mammoth Mountain takes the cake. So far the summit has a…

Upper Midwest - Wicked Cold!

Tonight the temperature in Minneapolis is 23 degrees below zero. That in and of itself is cold enough. But factor in the wind (which is gusting to 45 mph) and it feels like 53 degrees below zero! That's referred to…

Alligators Survive Frozen Ponds

You may have seen pictures like this before and it certainly looks bad for the Alligator. But what may surprise you is that this alligator is fine. He's just snorkeling his way through the frozen water. Alligators go into something…

It's Oven-Like in Australia

Australia is baking in what will likely be its hottest summer on record (their summer is our winter). One of the remarkable records that was set this week is a temperature of 120 degrees within 230 feet of the ocean…

Super Blood Wolf Moon Lunar Eclipse Images

Last night's super blood wolf moon lunar eclipse did not disappoint. It was super because it appeared larger in the sky - because it was closer than average. It was blood because it turned red in the shadow of the…

Lunar Eclipse This Sunday Night

This Sunday night we'll be treated to a lunar eclipse. That's when the earth casts its shadow on the moon. The eclipse will start at 10:34 pm. It will be full from 11:42 pm to 12:43 am. It will end…

IBM to Deliver World's Highest-Resolution Weather Model

Weather Underground's Jeff Masters wrote this about the new model. IBM announced today that they will be introducing the world’s highest-resolution global weather forecasting model later in 2019--the IBM Global High-Resolution Atmospheric Forecasting System (GRAF). The model will be the…

2018 Ocean Temperatures - Warmest on Record

Scientists say that the temperature of the oceans were the warmest on record in 2018. That's in keeping with a upward trend that has been going on for decades. The blue line on the graph below shows the temperature of…

Ocean Circulation Slowing Down

Scientists say that the Atlantic Ocean's circulation is slowing down, they estimate by around 15% in the last 70 years. That circulation (called the Thermahaline) transports heat (and cold) around the globe over hundreds of years. A key part of…

167 Images Show a Warming Earth

Check out this group of images put together by Ed Hawkins, a Climate Scientist from the University of Reading. They show temperatures on earth from 1850 to 2016, using the best data available. Red is warmer than average. Blue is…

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