Energy & Environment
10:00 am
Mon March 30, 2015

Crowd-Sourced Weather Program Provides 'Hyper-Local' Data

The CoCoRaHS rain gauge.
Credit Henry Reges/ CoCoRaHS

There’s a network in the U.S. of thousands of volunteers who put a rain gauge in their yards and report the readings online every day---rain or shine.

This group’s mission is to provide hyper-local weather data to meteorologists, farmers, emergency managers and other government agencies. It’s called CoCoRaHS (pronounced ko-ko-RAZ). The name may sound more appropriate for a chocolatey breakfast cereal, but it stands for the Community Collaborative Rain, Hail, and Snow Network. 

WFAE's Duncan McFadyen spoke to the state director of CoCoRaHS, David Glenn. He's a meteriologist for the National Weather Service in Newport, in the eastern part of North Carolina.

Charlotte Observer
12:01 pm
Wed February 25, 2015

Overnight Snow Could Dump Up To 10 Inches

Credit Todd Sumlin / Charlotte Observer

Forecasters with the National Weather Service are now calling for 8 to 10 inches of snow in the Charlotte area, and 10 to 14 inches from Monroe eastward.

The wintry blast that forecasters say will again dump snow on the Charlotte area is expected to start as light rain Wednesday at about 5 p.m., meteorologist Neil Dixon said.

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Local News
8:42 pm
Mon February 16, 2015

Sleet, Ice Move In

Credit Robert Lahser / Charlotte Observer

Up to half an inch of ice was expected to coat the Charlotte region by Tuesday morning, making for a treacherous morning commute.

The weather system threatened to cause widespread power outages, and has disrupted traffic, businesses and schools from the North Carolina mountains to Upstate South Carolina.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools will be closed Tuesday.

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Local News
3:58 pm
Wed January 7, 2015

Baby, It's Getting Cold Outside

Overnight lows around 11 degrees are forecast in the Charlotte area tonight as a blast of wintry weather reaches the region. Wind gusts up to 40 mph will make it feel even colder.

“Wind chills will be down in the low single numbers. They could actually reach zero in parts of western North Carolina, including the Charlotte area,” says John Tomko of the National Weather Service.

Thursday’s temperatures are not expected to emerge from the 20s in the Charlotte area, but a gradual warm-up is forecast for the weekend.

Local News
7:25 pm
Wed February 12, 2014

Snow Means Slippery Roads, Short Workdays, And Sledding

A section of outbound Independence closed Wednesday afternoon after cars struggled to make it up a hill just after the Hawthorne Lane overpass.
Credit Lisa Miller

If you want to see how snow can pretty much shut down a city, go to the Hawthorne Lane overpass at Independence. A couple of snowplows were making their way down the outbound side late Wednesday afternoon. That stretch of road was closed. 

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Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Thu August 15, 2013

The Effects Of Our Stormy Summer

Credit James Willamor / flickr

We have experienced record amounts of rainfall in our region this summer. So much so that city, county and state government agencies of all kinds have had to mobilize, perhaps like never before, to deal with the impact of all of this rain. Some businesses benefit from the rain but many others are suffering under the relentless storms we've experienced. We have gathered a large panel of representatives from a number of the agencies that have dealt with the challenges these storms have presented and they will share the story of our record rainy summer, when Charlotte Talks.

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8:52 am
Sat June 15, 2013

Charlotte Region Still Has 12,000 Outages From Storm

John Rowland of Duke Energy climbs a pole to check on the transformer in North Charlotte.
Tasnim Shamma

There are still about 12,000 power outages in Mecklenburg and neighboring counties. About 350,000 Duke and Progress energy customers lost power after a severe thunderstorm Friday night.

Keith Meza, is a Duke Energy crew member who has been working almost non-stop since then. He was in north Charlotte Friday helping remove tree limbs that had fallen and damaged power lines.

"Other than ice storms and hurricanes we've had, it's probably one of the worst ones I've ever seen due to high winds and lightning and hail," Meza says. 

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Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Tue June 11, 2013

Hurricane Season And Severe Weather

The Atlantic Hurricane season officially began last week, and predictions tell us that this season will be more active than average in general and for North Carolina. Some of this area's best known and well respected meteorologists will share their knowledge as we talk about the predictions for this year and what it may mean for us, and we'll also talk about severe weather in general, after the recent Oklahoma tornadoes and a storm-ridden spring, when Charlotte Talks.

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Local News
5:08 pm
Wed April 24, 2013

FAA Furloughs Mean 'Sporadic' Delays At CLT

A control tower at an American airport.
Credit Flickr/Glenn Beltz

Passengers at the Charlotte airport can expect short delays to be an ongoing but somewhat random problem. Delays have increased since the Federal Aviation Administration started furloughing workers Sunday because of the sequester.

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Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Thu March 7, 2013

How Weather Changed History

Many people feel a little bit down on rainy days but find that they are smiling and happy when the sun shines. Kids get excited when it might snow and we all watch thunderstorms anxiously, but weather can have a much larger and more critical influence on our lives. Throughout history, major events have been shaped by the weather conditions. The outcome of major battles, famous discoveries and critical dates in our history have been impacted by storms or extreme temperature conditions. We'll look at some of the most famous moments in history and how weather played a role. 

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