Five years since the Ides of March Outbreak

Today marks five years since supercells packing tornadoes, strong straight-line winds, and large hail ravaged South Carolina and Georgia in an incredibly unusual atmospheric setup for mid-March known as the Ides of March Tornado Outbreak. (Typically, our most favored time for tornadoes is April and May, according to a National Weather Service research study.) The […]

First solid severe event of the spring in the books

3D view of a severe thunderstorm over Beaufort, SC on March 27, 2011. Image generated by GR2Analyst. The first severe weather event of the spring is in the books for the Lowcountry. Hail was the primary factor, with numerous reports of large hail, with a report of baseball-size hail near Rincon, GA and tennis ball-size […]

IEM chat rooms I’m monitoring today

I’ll be watching three weather chats today: WFO Charleston, SC, WFO Columbia, SC, and WFO Greenville-Spartanburg, SC as a threat for severe weather unfolds later today and into tonight. A reminder: These are not official NWS chat rooms — there won’t be any forecasters in there, but iembot will be there to relay watches, warnings, […]

Pure Luck

This severe thunderstorm, referred to as extremely dangerous by the Charleston National Weather Service, was about as intense as advertised, and was quite a scare for one driver, as this NWS storm report illustrates (emphasis added): CHS: 1 W Hilton Head Island [Beaufort Co, SC] law enforcement reports TSTM WND DMG at 05:34 PM EDT […]

A doozy of a weather day ahead

In advance of a doozy of a weather day, I’ve spent a portion of my evening revamping the Charleston Weather blog. I’ve installed the latest P2, Automattic’s excellent real-time WordPress theme, and I’ve also (with any luck) enabled PubSubHubbub for posts to the blog. Weather information is exactly what the real-time web is designed for, […]

Hunker Down!

Severe weather season roars back to Charleston today. I’m in “hunker down” mode here, monitoring all sorts of varying weather information. Here’s how to keep up: On Twitter, I’ll live-tweet the storm event at @chswx. If you just want warnings and forecasts, I recommend @CharlestonWX. Also see @weatherwatches for advance notice of potential watches. Don’t […]