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First Image of a Black Hole

According to CNN's website, "The Event Horizon Telescope (EHT) -- a planet-scale array of eight ground-based radio telescopes forged through international collaboration -- was designed to capture images of a black hole. Today, in coordinated press conferences across the globe,…

Whale Rainbow

Check out this whale rainbow. It's created when the whale exhales at the water's surface. Tiny water droplets spew into the air and when the sunlight passes through, you get a rainbow. The picture below was taken off the coast…

Fireball in the Sky

Just before 7:00 AM a fireball flew across the sky. It could be seen from North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia. So what was it? It was a rock from space that flew into the earth's atmosphere and burned up…

Very Rare April Snow in Charlotte Today

Today it snowed in Charlotte. That's only the 6th time that Charlotte has seen snow in April since records began in 1878. It wasn't much snow - only a tenth of an inch, but it was certainly rare. Thank you…

A Break From the Pollen on Tuesday

We're going to get a nice break from the pollen on Tuesday. That's because we're going to see heavy rain in the morning. Rain does a very effective job at "washing" the pollen from the air. Don't get used to…

Allergy Season is Now Longer

As the planet warms, growing season is getting longer. That means that the allergy season is also getting longer. Since the 1970's the number of consecutive days without a freeze here in Columbia has has increased by more than 30…

Rare Tropical Storm Develops Near Brazil

A Tropical Storm has formed off the coast of Brazil. This is very rare. As far as records go, there are only 3 other times that this has happened. In fact it wasn't until the early 1990's that scientists concluded…

California is Finally out of the Drought

After almost a decade, California has finally gotten enough rain and snow to declare an end to the drought. The last time California was drought-free was back in 2011. Two unusually wet winters in a row saved the day. San…

Hurricanes Names Michael and Florence Retired

The Hurricane Committee of the World Meteorological Organization has decided to retire the names of Florence and Michael. The hurricane and tropical storm names repeat every 6 years. But when a storm is particularly destructive or deadly, they decide to…

Spring Starts on Wednesday

Spring starts at 5:58 pm on Wednesday. That happens when the sun's rays shine directly over the equator. The only other time of the year when the sun's rays shine directly over the equator is on the first day of…

February Comes in as 5th Warmest on Record

The numbers are in and February was a lot warmer than average. According to NOAA it's the 5th warmest since records began back in 1880. The only warmer Februaries were 2016, 2017, 2015, and 1998. NOAA is just one of…

The Arctic is Melting - A LOT

A new report issued by United Nations Environment Program concludes that the Arctic (area around the North Pole), as we know it, will be gone in the near future. A summary of the report, written by Brian Khan states: "The…

A Man Ends Up in the Mouth of a Whale

Here's something you don't see everyday. This guy was snorkeling and taking pictures of a large school of sardines. Then things went terribly wrong.┬áRainer Schimpf, 51, fortunately lived to tell the story. The whale quickly realized that Rainer was much…

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