@TrentMWeather yeah that's why I didn't even try, way too steep.
It’s one of the most misunderstood terms in all of weather, the chance of rain. You hear it and see in just about every weather forecast nowadays but few people really understand exactly what it means. Whenever people hear the chance of rain I find that every person interprets it slightly differently. So when we say there’s a 40% chance of rain some people think that’s means 40% of the area will see rain. Some people think it means it will rain 40% of the time. Some people just think it’s the odds of seeing rain. The 3rd option is the closest to the truth but it’s not the whole story. Read more
There’s no denying it has been a wet year so far in Charlotte & across the rest of the Carolinas. The western Carolinas though might be in a whole other category. They are on pace for the wettest year on record in many locations. There are 2 spots they really stick out to me. Read more
Well as if the wet weather recently wasn’t enough there’s a chance we maybe adding to our misery with a tropical system by the end of this weekend. I am not expecting Chantal to become a strong storm but the tropical moisture that could be moving our way is a huge problem. The same pattern which has soaked us for the past 30 days is the same kind of pattern that will steer Chantal and it’s remnants our way by Sunday into Monday. Read more
Today is the summer solstice when we have the highest sun angle of the entire year at 78.4° above the horizon at solar noon. Most people know this at the astronomical beginning of summer. One very good way to see how the sun angle changes by season is to look at the sun spikes which appear briefly on Doppler radar twice a day at sunrise and sunset. Read more
Last Thursday our entire area was impacted by a severe line of severe thunderstorms. These storms carried damaging winds of between 60 to at times 100 mph causing widespread tree and power line damage. Now many people have never seen shelf clouds or arcus clouds which often accompany these types of storms. Read more
With all the talk about derechos today which frankly is a term that’s been around forever I thought I’d share the last time we were impacted by a derecho. These types of storms are hard to forecast and you usually don’t know if they will be classified as a derecho until they start or until they are over. I should also note no 2 events are ever the exact same and every event should be treated independent of the previous events. Plus remember it’s just a name for a type of storm. The impacts are damaging winds 60-100 mph, flash flooding, large hail and even tornadoes with these storms.
I’ve decide to start a serious of blog posts on weather myths called “Weather Mythbusters” I love the show so I’ve always wanted to do this. There are many weather myths that have been passed down by generations or spread through folklore. Some have a small amount of reality to them most do not. Often times they can be fun and just simply ways to explain weather in terms easier to understand. Though there are some that are deadly and those deal with tornado myths. I might have to break those up into a few posts. So today lets start with a common myth that is still used today. I originally wrote this last summer but it’s always worth a re-post ever summer. Read more