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As of today, here in the Midlands of SC we have not seen rain in a month (30 days) and the dry weather is leading to a host of concerns across the area. The drought has been spreading east, which now includes the central Midlands in Abnormally dry conditions. The... Continue reading
Posted Nov 8, 2016 at WIS First Alert Blog
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November 1st of 2014 is the earliest snow on record for the Midlands of South Carolina. Lexington County had the highest snow totals. Gilbert and Red Bank received 4.5inches, Summit, 4.0 Lexington, Saluda, Pelion, 2.0 and an inch for Batesburg, less than an inch for Newberry and just a trace... Continue reading
Posted Nov 1, 2016 at WIS First Alert Blog
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Despite Matthew's impacts, October is most certainly ending on a dry, beautiful note with nearly perfect conditions across most of the south. NOAA's Climate Center just recently released the updated long range outlooks for November through January. This forecast is consistent with a typical weather pattern in our part of... Continue reading
Posted Oct 25, 2016 at WIS First Alert Blog
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October in the Midlands is one of our drier months, despite it commonly having moisture and rainfall from tropical systems. So far this month, all rainfall that has occurred, can all be traced to a single event. Of course, that event is Hurricane Matthew. Officially, 4.45" of rain has fallen... Continue reading
Posted Oct 15, 2016 at WIS First Alert Blog
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Hurricane Matthew’s effects are winding down, but here’s a look at the highest winds and rainfall totals from around the Midlands and South Carolina. In the Midlands, the winds gusts the highest in Orangeburg and Sumter with gusts over 60 mph. Around South Carolina, Hilton Head took a pounding from... Continue reading
Posted Oct 8, 2016 at WIS First Alert Blog
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Hurricane Matthew arrives today and tonight, with the peak of the storm expected Saturday morning. LATEST UPDATE (2AM Advisory) Weakens to a Category 3 Max winds : 120 mph Gusts in Florida approaching Hurricane strength. Expect landfall in Florida this morning ALERTS We remain in FIRST ALERT MODE. Friday and... Continue reading
Posted Oct 6, 2016 at WIS First Alert Blog
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The Matthew marathon continues. Here’s today’s breakdown! LATEST UPDATE (2AM Advisory) Max winds are 115 mph. Strengthening is expected. An eye has reformed. A sign that strengthening is happening. The track continues to hug the coast and Matthew will likely track on or just offshore of the SC coast on... Continue reading
Posted Oct 5, 2016 at WIS First Alert Blog
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Overall, not much has changed in the forecast, though a few details have been tweaked. ALERT DAYS Wednesday and Thursday Evacuation Traffic from the coast could cause significant gridlock in the Midlands Friday and Saturday Direct impacts from Matthew in the Midlands and at the coast FORECAST TRACK While there... Continue reading
Posted Oct 4, 2016 at WIS First Alert Blog
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With new model data coming in late Monday night, I wanted to answer as many questions as I could about Hurricane Matthew and the expectations over the coming week. Here is a breakdown of what we know so far: Latest models indicate a HIGHER impact for the SC coast. FIRST... Continue reading
Posted Oct 3, 2016 at WIS First Alert Blog
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The 5PM update for Hurricane Matthew is in, and it's not good news. The track has shifted slightly west, bringing the 5Day plot very close to the NC/SC line. This shift was in response to the earlier suite of global models that suggested a westward trend. It wasn't surprising, but... Continue reading
Posted Oct 3, 2016 at WIS First Alert Blog
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Hope you had a great weekend! Our first real taste of fall with overnight lows in the 50s! It was wonderful. Well, all eyes this week will be on Hurricane Matthew as this powerful category 4 storm continues to move towards the north. Here are my thoughts on the storm... Continue reading
Posted Oct 3, 2016 at WIS First Alert Blog
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Yes, it has been a very hot summer all across the south and much of the country. In fact here's a look at maximum temperatures across the U.S. for the year. We met or exceeded 100 degrees many times during the summer of 2016 ranking second all-time to 1954 with... Continue reading
Posted Sep 21, 2016 at WIS First Alert Blog
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Low pressure just to our south along with a stationary front through the region will enhance the chance of both showers and storms most of this week. Here's a great tool for you to keep track of both incoming rain and previous rain totals. http://www.arcgis.com/apps/View/index.html?appid=f0028bf66b254a04af25002354000390 Thankfully, since we turned the... Continue reading
Posted Aug 8, 2016 at WIS First Alert Blog
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As of this post, the average high temperature at Cola. Metro. Airport for July stands at a little above 100 degrees along with a total of 14 triple-digit days so far this summer. We are currently tied for 7th all-time in this category with 2007. The climate center has just... Continue reading
Posted Jul 18, 2016 at WIS First Alert Blog
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With the official start of summer and an extremely rare full moon coinciding with the solstice, we are now on our way into what the Climate Prediction Center says will be above normal temperatures for most of the summer, Columbia has already sweltered in 2 triple-digit days at the airport... Continue reading
Posted Jun 21, 2016 at WIS First Alert Blog
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Even though we have yet to officially have a 100º day, June temperatures are already averaging much above normal. The average high so far this month is 92.9º and the average mean temperature mid-month for Columbia is 81.6º (which is 4.1º above normal). Now for some fabulous news... a rare... Continue reading
Posted Jun 15, 2016 at WIS First Alert Blog
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"100 is somehow more than 1 degree hotter than 99" That was the phrase I used during our afternoon meeting today. Every afternoon around 2:30 the newsroom gathers to discuss our plans for the evening shows. Obviously weather has a big role in that. We typically start out with me... Continue reading
Posted Jun 10, 2016 at WIS First Alert Blog
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With high pressure in control, our forecast is very quiet. And luckily, it's been a comfortable June day. Sure temperatures were warm, but it feels comfortable. That's because when it comes to high pressure, it's all about location. More specifically, where you are in relation to high pressure. Currently, strong... Continue reading
Posted Jun 9, 2016 at WIS First Alert Blog
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Here's a look at names for the 2016 Hurricane Season. Alex became a hurricane in January in the far eastern Atlantic, very rare for that early in the year. Tropical Storm Bonnie made landfall on the South Carolina coast in late May. The peak of hurricane season is in mid... Continue reading
Posted Jun 1, 2016 at WIS First Alert Blog
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Thankfully, the heaviest rain has stayed away from the Midlands, but heavy rain continues to fall in the Low Country. More heavy rain could be possible for the Midlands as Tropical Depression Bonnie lifts northeast through South Carolina on Memorial Day. In Jasper County, over 8 inches of rain fell... Continue reading
Posted May 29, 2016 at WIS First Alert Blog
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I'm tracking Tropical Storm Bonnie overnight in the First Alert Weather Center, and watching as new data rolls in. I still feel confident in the rainfall total forecast, but it's the rainfall rates which are a bit trickier. Any quick bursts of 1 to 2" of rain in an hour... Continue reading
Posted May 28, 2016 at WIS First Alert Blog
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With Tropical Storm Bonnie just off the Carolina coastline, here's and inside look at what we're tracking in the first alert weather center. The 8PM advisory showed Bonnie stalled about 100 to 150 miles off the coast. That stalled motion is worrisome, but could mean the steering currents are weakening... Continue reading
Posted May 28, 2016 at WIS First Alert Blog
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Hurricane Season is just around the corner, and already we're watching the tropics carefully. For the last few days, most of our long-range models have hinted at the development of an area of low pressure in the Caribbean, and moving closer to the Carolinas by Memorial Day weekend. That scenario... Continue reading
Posted May 25, 2016 at WIS First Alert Blog
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A batch of heavy rain fell across the Midlands on Thursday, bringing isolated minor flooding to some. Not everyone saw heavy rain, however, as it was a case of the "haves" and "have nots." Radar estimates the heaviest rain fell from Elgin to northern Richland to Newberry and Saluda. Some... Continue reading
Posted May 19, 2016 at WIS First Alert Blog
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Controlled, or prescribed burns are a common practices in South Carolina to help mitigate wildfires. Fire is a natural part of the Sandhills ecosystem. Overly suppressing the fires leads to a build up of fuel that could lead to larger out-of-control wildfires. To combat this, occasional, smaller controlled fires are... Continue reading
Posted May 16, 2016 at WIS First Alert Blog