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Tropical Depression 9, likely to become a tropical storm

Tropical Depression 9 is in the Gulf of Mexico right now. It's expected to develop into a Tropical Storm over the next few days and then move north and east over Florida and skirt the South Carolina Coast. At this…

Tropical Storms Close By

There are two tropical depressions that will likely turn into tropical storms over the next few days. But they will likely have little to no impact on us here in the Midlands. The first storm (Tropical Depression 8) is spinning…

Watching the Tropics

There's about a 40% chance that a blob of moisture just to the east of Caribbean will become a tropical storm over the next few days. As it moves to the west, it will initially encounter a large area of…

Drought

It's been dry this summer. The result? Now every county in South Carolina is in at least the first stage of drought.

22nd Anniversary of Lexington Tornado

22 years ago today an F-3 tornado plowed through Lexington. It was one of 22 tornadoes that touched down in South Carolina. These tornadoes were kicked off by what was left over from Tropical Storm Beryl. Fortunately there were no…

Perseid Meteor Shower

The Perseid Meteor Shower will be in full bloom tonight. The best time for viewing is between midnight and dawn. Be sure to get away from any lights and look to the northeast. Here are a few factoids about the…

The 90° Streak Ends

Today Columbia only reached 89°. That ends the streak of consecutive 90° days at 51. In case you're wondering, the longest streak of 90° days recorded in Columbia is 54. That happened in 1986.

Hot Summer Continues

Today marks the 48th consecutive day where temperatures have reached at least 90° in Columbia. And it looks like we'll threaten the record of 54 consecutive days. Stay tuned...

Hot Summer Continues...

Once again today the temperature reached 100°. That makes it the 19th time this summer where the temperature topped out in the triple digits. Now 2016 is tied for the 3rd hottest summer (when measured by high temperatures) since records…

Great Night To See The Space Station

The skies will be clear this evening, which will make for a great night to see the International Space Station pass overhead. It'll be visible starting at 10:20. Look to the southwest and it'll appear like a very bright "star"…

Drought Continues for Part of Midlands

The US Drought Monitor is updated every Thursday. Today shows that moderate drought continues for about half of Lexington and Newberry Counties, and for all of Saluda County. And the drought is severe for parts of the Upstate.

Oppressive Heat in Upper Midwest

Yes it's hot here, but it's hotter in Minnesota. That's because the humidity is so high there. Check out this map of what it felt like (heat & humidity combined) in southern Minnesota this afternoon. Some places hit 120°! So…

Hot July...

You probably don't need me to tell you that July has been hot, but here are all the details. The average high temperature this month has come in 6.8° hotter than the long-term average. And there's only been one day…

Hot July Continues...

Today's high was 98°. That makes it the coolest day in Columbia since July 1st when it was 94°. Yes this has been a hot July. The average high for the first 15 days of the month is 100.6°. Thirteen…

Triple Digits Continue

The heat continues. So far this summer, Columbia has reached 100° on 12 days. That ranks 2016 in 10th place and there's a lot of summer left. Stay tuned...

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