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Renewable Energy Outproducing Coal

Here's a headline that no body expected 5 years ago: AMERICA'S RENEWABLE ENERGY SOURCES HAVE PRODUCED MORE ELECTRICITY THAN COAL EVERY DAY FOR 40 DAYS STRAIGHT Yes, renewable energy (wind, solar, etc.) is on the rise and coal is on the…

EF-2 Tornado Touched Down Last Night

Here's the tweet from the National Weather Service in Columbia: "Our storm survey team found preliminary EF-2 #tornado damage with winds up to 115 mph in Lancaster County, SC from last night's storms. The tornado moved from eastern Chester into…

Huge Hail Tonight

A line of severe storms erupted tonight and was most intense from Great Falls to Hartsville. Huge hail stones - some the size of tennis balls, fell out of the powerful thunderstorms. Below are some examples.  The first is from…

Potentially The Largest Hail Stone on Record

An article in eurekaler.org documents what could be the largest hail stone on record in the world. "A supercell thunderstorm pelted a city center in Argentina a few years ago with hailstones so large scientists suggested a new category to…

Helicopter on Mars

NASA is planning to fly a helicopter on Mars. As you might expect, this is no ordinary helicopter. The air on Mars is much thinner than here on earth. In fact the average air pressure on the surface is less…

Does Rain Wash Away COVID-19

Dr. Marshall Shepherd (@DrShepherd2013) has done some research on the topic. It's a quick and interesting read. https://www.forbes.com/sites/marshallshepherd/2020/04/29/does-rain-wash-away-covid-19-coronavirus/#5b59a5e610ee If you want the short answer: It probably doesn't totally wash the virus away, but it probably dilutes it - making it…

NASA Now Part of the COVID-19 Fight

NASA has decided to take its considerable brain power and apply it tot he fight against COVID-19. They are developing a ventilator, pressure helmet (this reduces the need for ventilators), and a surface decontamination system. NASA.gov says: "The questions is…

Venus is Very Bright in Western Sky

Great viewing of Venus near the sliver moon tonight. Just after sunset look to the western sky and you'll see a bright "star," which is actually the planet Venus. Earthsky.org sums it up this way: "Late April offers the planet…

Tornado in Hampton County Upgraded to EF-4

Here's the tweet from the National Weather Service, Charleston: The Hampton County, SC tornado from 4/13 has been upgraded to an EF-4 tornado. It becomes the first F/EF-4 on record in the Lowcountry region of SC and the first F/EF-4…

Springs Are Getting Warmer

This probably comes as no surprise. Springs are getting warmer. The following charts show the average change in temperature here in Columbia, as well as across the United States, over roughly the last 50 years. Although a 2-3 degrees Fahrenheit…

Thursday Afternoon/Evening Storms

A strong line of storms will blow through the southeast on Thursday. At this point, it's not completely clear if the strongest storms will pass through the Midlands or just to our south. Please stay tuned  on Thursday morning/early afternoon.…

Meteor Shower Tonight

Tonight and tomorrow night, you'll be able to see the Lyrid Meteor Shower. The best viewing time will be between 4-5 AM. And because the moon is new, there won't be any moonlight to hamper your viewing. This meteor shower…

Asteroid Will Pass "Close" to Earth

The asteroid poses no threat to us. It will pass by at roughly 4 million miles away. But you can see from this illustration that in terms of the solar system, that's pretty "close." Earthsky.org has got you covered. "Have…

Here's the Final Tally of Monday's Tornadoes in the Midlands

The National Weather Service has  completed their evaluation of the Tornadoes earlier this week. It was an incredible outbreak. Here's their tweet tonight: "Storm surveys have been completed from the Monday tornado outbreak. For a comprehensive look see: https://weather.gov/cae/04132020_tornadoOutbreak.html   …

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