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Anniversary of North Carolina 2011 tornado outbreak

Today marks the anniversary of one of North Carolina’s worst tornado outbreaks in history.  The State Climate Office of North Carolina offers this blog posting on the storms (link). Another excellent article about this outbreak can be found at http://www.ustornadoes.com/2013/04/16/north-carolinas-largest-tornado-outbreak-april-16th-2011/.
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April 2015 so far warmer and wetter than normal

We’re halfway through April and I thought it might be interesting to look at how the climate is doing so far this month.  The maps below from the High Plains Regional Climate Center show the month to date departures from normal for temperature and precipitation.  The maps clearly show that…
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Rain, rain

We received round one of this week’s rain Sunday and yesterday.  I received almost 2 inches at my house on the east side of Athens, GA.  Tuesday there is a respite before the next deluge begins, although with afternoon heating there is a chance of some showers even today.  But…
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California’s recent heat shatters all records

One of the consequences of the continuing drought in California has been the unprecedented string of extremely high temperatures that have occurred in the last few years.  Normally a portion of the sun’s energy that hits the earth goes to evaporating water from the surface, either from soils or water…
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