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How wireless companies respond to natural disasters [Ep. 363]
After storms and natural disasters, wireless companies you depend on for keeping your cell phones connected will respond with their own resources to restore connectivity. Companies like Verizon Wireless deploy specialized storm response teams to get communities reconnected as soon as possible. Diana Alvear is a communications manager for Verizon Wireless and joins the Carolina Weather Group to explain how her company utilizes fleets of trucks, generators, and satellites to reestablish wireless service in an impacted region. The teams respond in the wake of hurricanes, tornadoes, winter storms, and other natural disasters. Wireless companies may decide to quickly establish temporary wireless towers - such as those powered by generators and attached to the back of a truck - while engineers and technicians make repairs to the permanent network. This show is made possible by financial supporters on Patreon. Become a Carolina Weather Group insider to unlock early access to this and other content:
May 13, 2021
If it weren't for Brad, we never would have known. [Ep. 362]
It's a live*, open might night here on the Carolina Weather Group. Among the headlines: - An EF-1 tornado damages a York County, South Carolina farm. WCNC Charlotte's Brad Panovich visited the turkey farm to conduct his own storm survey. - An astounding 30-mile EF-2 tornado in Abbeville and Greenwood counties in South Carolina. Plus we answer your live* questions and comments about all things Carolinas weather. Our guests this week, from WCNC Charlotte, Chief Meteorologist Brad Panovich, and meteorologist Chris Mulcahy.  Comment with your live* thoughts and questions to become a part of tonight's show. SUPPORT THE CAROLINA WEATHER GROUP. BECOME AN INSIDER. HTTPS://PATREON.COM/CAROLINAWEATHERGROUP *By pure definition, podcasts aren't live. So obviously this was live when it originally aired. Join us for future live shows by subscribing to your YouTube channel: Archival shows mentioned during this podcast: From the archive: April 16, 2011 tornado outbreak: From the archive: Weather-decision support at PGA Tour. From the archive: Carolina's radar problem:
May 7, 2021
Dan reflects on Cullman tornado (Ep. 361)
Dan Whittaker, is a storm chaser and panelist on the Carolina Weather Group. On April 27, 2011, Dan had left his home in North Carolina to chase what would become a historic tornado outbreak across Alabama and the South. In this bonus conversation with his fellow panelists, Dan recounts his storm chase through Cullman, Alabama, where he recorded video of an EF-4 tornado. That same tornado, with max winds of 175 mph, also traveled through Morgan and Marshall during its 47 mph journey on the ground. At its widest point, the tornado was a mile wide. Across Alabama, there were 62 tornadoes that killed 352 people. On this tenth anniversary of the historic tornado outbreak, the Carolina Weather Group also talked with James Spann. Spann, who is the chief meterologist of ABC 33/40 in Birmingham, Alabama, and the host of the weather podcast Weatherbrains, was on the air that day tracking the deadly storms across his state. WATCH THE INTERVIEW WITH JAMES SPANN: SUPPORT THE CAROLINA WEATHER GROUP. BECOME AN INSIDER: HTTPS://PATREON.COM/CAROLINAWEATHERGROUP
May 2, 2021
James Spann on April 27, 2011 tornado outbreak: 10 years later [Ep. 360]
When 62 tornadoes hit the state of Alabama on April 27, 2011, it killed 352 people across the state. James Spann, who is the chief meteorologist at ABC 33/40 in Birmingham and the host of the Weatherbrains podcast, looks back at the tornado outbreak that leaves him shaken 10 years later. Spann was on the air during this once-in-a-lifetime event broadcasting to his audience throughout  Alabama. A skycam operated by his television station recorded one of the most devasting tornadoes of the day: The EF-4 tornado that came through Cullman, Alabama. That same tornado, with max winds of 175 mph, also traveled through Morgan and Marshall during its 47 mph journey on the ground. At its widest point, the tornado was a mile wide. To tell the story of April 27, 2011, one has to recognize that there were two distinct waves of widespread severe weather in Central Alabama. The first wave of severe storms moved through during the early morning hours across northern portions of Central Alabama in the form of a Quasi-Linear Convective System (QLCS).  This intense line of thunderstorms produced not only widespread damaging straight-line winds in the areas of Moody, Pell City, and Riverside, but numerous strong tornadoes.   The second wave,  which began with the Hackleburg EF-5 tornado, involved numerous supercell thunderstorms which produced deadly long-lived, strong to violent tornadoes across the northern two-thirds of Central Alabama. Widespread and catastrophic damage was sustained in several locations.   SUPPORT THIS PODCAST. SIGN-UP FOR CAROLINA WEATHER GROUP EXTRAS ON HTTPS://PATREON.COM/CAROLINAWEATHERGROUP.
April 28, 2021
10 years later: April 16, 2011 Carolina tornado outbreak [Ep. 312]
10 years ago a Carolina tornado outbreak claimed 24 lives and injured over 300 people in North Carolina.  This week, we're revisiting our 2020 conversation with the National Weather Service forecasters who issued the life-saving warnings, the storm chasers who relayed the vital storm reports, and the television meteorologists who relayed the information to the public.  SUPPORT THE CAROLINA WEATHER GROUP:
April 22, 2021
April 2020 Carolina Tornado Outbreak: A lookback [Ep. 359]
On the anniversary of one of the worst tornado outbreaks in Carolina history, we take a look back at the setup and resulting tornadoes. Our guest this week is John Quagliariello, the warning coordination meteorologist at the National Weather Service in Columbia, South Carolina. On April 13, 2020, there were 77+ tornadoes across the entire Southeast. For John Q and his colleagues, they found themselves in the middle of the 4th largest tornado outbreak on record for South Carolina stretching from the overnight hours of April 12th through the morning of April 13. In the four offices that cover South Carolina, there were 36 tornadoes that touched down, including 28 total in South Carolina. John's office alone, which covers the Midlands of South Carolina and the Central Savannah River area of Georgia, saw 8 tornadoes, including 5 EF3's, 2 EF2's, and 1 EF1. Unfortunately, there were 77 injuries and nine fatalities with the 36 tornadoes in South Carolina. Seven of those injuries and two of the fatalities occurred with the EF3 that struck Livingston, SC in our forecast area. SEE MORE DATA ANALYSIS FROM THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE: SEE OUR 2020 ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSION AFTER THE STORM:
April 15, 2021
Understanding severe weather: A 101 introduction [Ep. 358]
Spring weather in North Carolina and South Carolina means the risk for severe weather including thunderstorms and tornadoes. This week the Carolina Weather Group chats with Trisha Palmer, the Warning Coordination Meteorologist for the National Weather Service in Greenville-Spartanburg, to understand the risk from damaging wind, hail, and floods in the Carolinas.  SUPPORT LOCAL WEATHER. UNLOCK EXCLUSIVE CONTENT WHEN YOU SUPPORT THE SHOW ON HTTPS://PATREON.COM/CAROLINAWEATHERGROUP
April 8, 2021
Blue Ridge Parkway closure map now live (SPECIAL)
A new feature on will help you get outdoors safely during the COVID-19 pandemic. Our "Parkway Map" updates daily to show you which portions of the Blue Ridge Parkway in North Carolina and Virginia are open to traffic. Whether you're looking to take a day trip, a weekend, or an extended vacation, the new map will allow you to plan ahead and avoid those pesky barriers. SEE THE BLUE RIDGE PARKWAY CLOSURE MAP: The map comes as North Carolina has received more than 100 applications for conservation projects this year, an increase environmental groups say was driven by the spike in public demand for access to trails, parks, and natural areas during the pandemic. North Carolina State Director for The Conservation Fund Bill Holman said proposals also include projects to protect and restore floodplains, which can buffer communities from flooding, and stream restoration efforts to protect drinking water. He added that last year, more North Carolinians spent time outdoors than ever before. "In 2020, almost 20 million people visited North Carolina State Parks," said Holman. "That's a record." Holman points out the more than $76 million in requested funding far surpasses the $13 million available from the North Carolina Land and Water Fund. Holman noted that before the 2008 recession, the state spent around $150 million on conservation projects, but that amount has decreased steadily in the past decade. He said he hopes state lawmakers funnel more money into the fund, which has bipartisan support. Fred Annand - director of conservation resources with The Nature Conservancy in North Carolina - said climate change has added another layer of urgency to the state's conservation efforts. "As we see sea-level rise having an impact on our shorelines," said Annand, "as we see natural areas slowly disappearing, and the importance of - again, connectivity - of giving wildlife an avenue to seek a higher gradient." Meanwhile, the COVID-19 crisis has presented challenges for those working to preserve and protect natural areas. Annand said it's uncertain how the pandemic will affect long-term conservation goals. "Trying to meet with landowners safely and to negotiate transactions, and to determine where matching funds will come from as well," said Annand, "that certainly has impacted our work." In addition to reducing air and water pollution and improving soil quality, research shows protecting land also has economic benefits. One Harvard study found land conservation modestly increases employment rates, likely by creating new jobs in tourism and recreation industries. Special Thanks to Nadia Ramlagan,  of the Public News Service - NC, for the broader context in this report about the interest in expanding the state's state park options.
April 4, 2021
A conversation with Glenn "Hurricane" Schwartz [Ep. 357]
Tonight a new conversation with Glenn Hurricane Schwartz, who has been the chief meteorologist at NBC10 Philadelphia for a quarter of a century. UNLOCK EXCLUSIVE CONTENT AT HTTPS://PATREON.COM/CAROLINAWEATHERGROUP
April 1, 2021
Avoiding turbulence ✈️ Inside NOAA's Aviation Weather Center [Ep. 356]
NOAA's Aviation Weather Center (AWC) delivers consistent, timely, and accurate weather information for the world airspace system. This team of meteorologists is in charge of tracking and forecasting atmospheric conditions related to air travel. The next time you're flying and the pilot diverts to avoid turbulence to keep your flight smooth, you can thank the data and forecasts from this arm of the National Weather Service.  This week's guest is Jonathan Leffler, Warning Coordination Meteorologist, NOAA Aviation Weather Center. SUPPORT LOCAL WEATHER COVERAGE. SIGN-UP TO UNLOCK EXTRAS FROM THE CAROLINA WEATHER GROUP ON HTTPS://PATREON.COM/CAROLINAWEATHERGROUP
March 25, 2021
3 tornadoes confirmed in North Carolina (EXTRA)
The National Weather Service in Raleigh has confirmed three tornadoes that occurred during Thursday’s severe storms in North Carolina. No injuries or deaths have been reported as a result of these tornadoes, but several homes were severely damaged with roofs ripped off. Surveys are still ongoing, so all ratings are preliminary. A long-lived cell dropped the first tornado southeast of High Point at 5:01 PM, blowing down trees and powerlines. Initial reports suggest structural damage occurred near I-85, with major roof damage in the area. It stayed on the ground for roughly a mile before lifting, with peak winds estimated around 85 mph. The same cell went on to produce another tornado to the east of Greensboro, touching down just north of I-40. It carved a discontinuous 2.5-mile damage path towards Elon, NC before lifting around 5:44 PM. The initial damage survey found significant tree and roof damage, thus earning the tornado an EF-1 rating. The last tornado from this cell occurred a little after 6 PM in a remote portion of Orange County, NC. Despite traveling through a sparsely populated area, it managed to rip the roof off of one home on Pentecost Road. It has been awarded a preliminary EF-1 rating. Elsewhere in the Carolinas, scattered reports of wind damage and small hail accompanied strong to severe thunderstorms. A damaged barn led to the deployment of a survey team near Roanoke Rapids, where they found evidence of straight-line winds up to 88 mph. SIGN-UP FOR STORM SPOTTER CLASS:  SEE DRONE VIDEO FROM THE DAY'S SEVERE WEATHER:  WATCH THE DAY'S LIVE SEVERE WEATHER COVERAGE:  SIGN-UP TO SUPPORT FREE LOCAL WEATHER COVERAGE FOR THE CAROLINAS:
March 22, 2021
Carolina severe weather threat Thursday [Ep. 355]
A risk of severe weather is forecast to bring tornadoes, damaging wind, hail, and other severe weather to the Carolinas Thursday. The Carolina Weather Group is timing the threat and providing the latest forecast analysis. This audio comes from our live broadcast on YouTube Wednesday evening. WATCH LIVE COVERAGE THURSDAY:
March 18, 2021
What went wrong this winter? [Ep. 354]
This week we're nerdy out and wondering: What happened to that snow we wanted this winter? Our guest tonight is fellow weather nerd, Eric Webb, who is also taking us inside his popular map-making and Twitter feed. See Eric's Twitter: Sign-up for free Storm Spotter training: SUPPORT LOCAL WEATHER. SUPPORT THE CAROLINA WEATHER GROUP AND UNLOCK EXCLUSIVE EXTRAS ON HTTPS://PATREON.COM/CAROLINAWEATHERGROUP.
March 11, 2021
Sign-up for free storm spotter training (SPECIAL)
Join the network of trained weather spotters across the Carolinas! The Carolina Weather Group is hosting free SKYWARN Storm Spotter training with the National Weather Service Office in Columbia, South Carolina on Fri., March 26 at 6:30 p.m. Everyone is welcome! The class is free and will teach you all you need to know to submit priceless storm reports to the U.S. National Weather Service (NWS) nearest you.  SIGN-UP FOR OUR NIGHT: SEE MORE DATES:
February 28, 2021
Hurricane Hunters prepare for 2021 tropical season [Ep. 353]
Sunday marked one hundred days until the start of the 2021 hurricane season on June 1st. It's never too early to prepare for the 2021 tropical season. After the record-breaking 2020 hurricane season in the Atlantic, many wonder what this next season could bring. The 403rd Wing, a unit of the United States Air Force assigned to the Air Force Reserve Command and home to the 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron, are known for their hurricane hunter missions. Maj. Jeremy Dehart and his colleagues fly directly into - and through - hurricanes to record vital data used in the weather forecast. Dehart, who grew up in Lenior, North Carolina, joins the Carolina Weather Group panel to discuss the upcoming season, their offseason preparations, and his memories from the 2020 hurricane season. Early access to this episode was made available to our Patreon supporters. Join today to get early access to future episodes, and unlock extras from this episode. Learn how at
February 25, 2021
Carolina ice storm & Brunswick tornado recovery [Ep. 352]
More ice is on its way to the Carolinas. Winter Storm Warnings and Winter Weather Advisories are posted for most of North Carolina.  The Thursday morning ice threat could cause power outages and cause hazardous travel.  Here is audio from our hourlong, special streamed live Wednesday night. We're providing forecast analysis, timing, and a look at impacts.  Plus, a story of survival after an EF-3 tornado killed two people, injured 10 others, and destroyed homes in Ocean Isle Beach, a community in Brunswick County, North Carolina. SUPPORT THE CAROLINA WEATHER GROUP. SIGN-UP AT HTTPS://PATREON.COM/CAROLINAWEATHERGROUP
February 18, 2021
People trapped after tornado in Brunswick County, North Carolina
An unknown number of people were trapped after a tornado caused structural and home damage in Brunswick County, North Carolina late Monday night, the county emergency manager tells the National Weather Service. The damage was reported in the Windsor Circle area of Ocean Ridge Plantation, located near Highway 17 and Highway 904, after the tornado moved through the community around 11:38 p.m. et Monday. The tornado then continued to the northeast at 50 mph. A tornado warning remained in effect for communities stretching 25 miles to the northwest of the known damage. Meteorologists from the National Weather Service office in Wilmington, North Carolina will likely survey the damage Tuesday to learn more about the impacts - and the strength - of the tornado. James Brierton reports from Charlotte, North Carolina. WATCH THIS REPORT: SIGN-UP TO SUPPORT OUR COVERAGE:
February 16, 2021
2020 Southeast climate review [Ep. 352]
One last look back at 2020!  We're reviewing the finalized climate data for North Carolina, South Carolina, and the entire Southeast in this week's episode featuring our own Jordan McLeod.  SUPPORT LOCAL WEATHER. SIGN-UP TO UNLOCK EPISODE EXTRAS. HTTPS://PATREON.COM/CAROLINAWEATHERGROUP
February 11, 2021
2020: Billion dollar weather and climate disaster year [Ep. 351]
The U.S. has sustained 285 weather and climate disasters since 1980 where overall damages/costs reached or exceeded $1 billion (including CPI adjustment to 2020). The total cost of these 285 events exceeds $1.875 trillion. In 2020, there were 22 weather/climate disaster events with losses exceeding $1 billion each to affect the United States. These events included 1 drought event, 13 severe storm events, 7 tropical cyclone events, and 1 wildfire event. Overall, these events resulted in the deaths of 262 people and had significant economic effects on the areas impacted. The 1980–2020 annual average is 7.0 events (CPI-adjusted); the annual average for the most recent 5 years (2016–2020) is 16.2 events (CPI-adjusted). 2020 sets the new annual record of 22 events - shattering the previous annual record of 16 events that occurred in 2011 and 2017. 2020 is the sixth consecutive year (2015-2020) in which 10 or more billion-dollar weather and climate disaster events have impacted the United States. Over the last 41 years (1980-2020), the years with 10 or more separate billion-dollar disaster events include 1998, 2008, 2011-2012, and 2015-2020. READ MORE:
February 9, 2021
Aboard Frying Pan Shoals Tower [Ep. 350]
Frying Pan Tower is located 32 miles off the coast of North Carolina and rises 135' above the Atlantic Ocean. It helps provide safety to Mariners in the Atlantic ocean, is used for environmental research and education studies, and is a shelter to a natural ecosystem for marine wildlife. Its location makes it a prime spot to observe tropical weather off the Carolina coast, including a direct hit by Hurricane Irene in 2011. Weather conditions are observed on-board by weather sensors and a live streaming webcam. In 2010, the government placed the Frying Pan Tower up for auction, with the winning bid going to Richard Neal of Charlotte, NC. Richard is our guest on this episode of the Carolina Weather Group. He joins us via video chat from the tower. The tower is powered using wind turbines and solar energy for electricity. It has a filtration system for potable water and high-speed Internet for communications.  You can learn more about the tower, and make a donation to its upkeeping, on This episode was available early to our Patreon supporters. Join us today to unlocked early access and episode exclusives:
February 5, 2021
Ice and snow in North Carolina (SPECIAL)
Ice and snow are forecast in parts of North Carolina Saturday night through Sunday morning. Winter Storm Warnings and Winter Weather Advisories have been posted for effected counties. Who sees the snow, sleet, freezing rain and rain? Join us as we review the forecast for the I-40 corridor of North Carolina, including Asheville, Boone, Blowing Rock, Hickory, Statesville, Winston-Salem, Greensboro, High Point, and more.   SUPPORT LOCAL WEATHER. UNLOCK EXTRAS AT HTTPS://PATREON.COM/CAROLINAWEATHERGROUP.
January 30, 2021
Snow and winter weather in the Carolinas (SPECIAL)
Snow and winter weather are expected across a large portion of North Carolina late Wednesday night through Thursday morning.  Portions of the western North Carolina mountains (Boone, Blowing Rock) could see upwards of 3-4 inches of snow while the Triad (Greensboro, Winston-Salem, Highpoint) and the Triangle (Raleigh, Chapel Hill, Durham) could see upwards of an inch or two. Rain turning to snow are expected to impact roadways. Winter Weather Advisories and Winter Storm Warnings has been posted SUPPORT LOCAL WEATHER. SUPPORT THE CAROLINA WEATHER GROUP. SIGN-UP ON HTTPS://PATREON.COM/CAROLINAWEATHERGROUP.
January 28, 2021
North Carolina prepares for snow (BONUS)
North Carolina is preparing for winter weather and snow late Wednesday night through Thursday morning. Portions of the western North Carolina mountains could see upwards of 3 inches of snow while the Triad (Greensboro, Winston-Salem, Highpoint) and the Triangle (Raleigh, Chapel Hill, Durham) could see upwards of an inch. Rain turning to snow are expected to impact roadways. North Carolina Emergency Management Director Mike Sprayberry talked about the state's preparations during a briefing Wednesday afternoon in Raleigh. SUPPORT LOCAL WEATHER. SUPPORT THE CAROLINA WEATHER GROUP. JOIN HTTPS://PATREON.COM/CAROLINAWEATHERGROUP.
January 27, 2021
Severe weather alerts on billboards [BONUS]
Lamar Advertising Company has announced they will run severe weather and emergency alerts on its digital billboards. The emergency alerts, provided through FEMA’s Integrated Public Alert & Warning System (IPAWS), will be displayed on select Lamar digital billboards throughout the country. IPAWS is FEMA's national system for local alerting that provides authenticated emergency and life-saving information to the public through mobile phones, radio, television and internet-based services. “Between the ongoing pandemic and a record number of hurricanes, this has been an unprecedented year for emergency alerts,” said FEMA Administrator Pete Gaynor.  “By integrating IPAWS across Lamar's national digital billboard network, we have yet another channel to convey potentially life-saving information to the American public.” More than 1,500 federal, state, local, tribal and territorial alerting authorities use IPAWS to convey information about severe weather, missing children and other public safety emergencies. IPAWS alerts have already appeared on Lamar digital billboards in 17 states and are available to run in all 43 states that Lamar covers. When an alerting authority issues an emergency alert, Lamar offices in the affected regions will have the ability to automatically broadcast that alert on available digital billboard space in the region affected by the alert. Alerts will be displayed for 30 minutes at a time. Not all alerts sent through FEMA will appear on a Lamar billboard. Since the first alert was sent in 2011, IPAWS has carried more than 81,000 alerts and warnings. That figure includes more than 11,000 alerts/warnings delivered so far in 2020. SUPPORT LOCAL WEATHER. SUPPORT THE CAROLINA WEATHER GROUP. SIGN-UP ON HTTPS://PATREON.COM/CAROLINAWEATHERGROUP.
January 25, 2021
Chatting with Jim Cantore - Part 2 [Ep. 349]
In the second half of our year-end interview, Jim Cantore shares with the Carolina Weather Group: His favorite places in the Carolinas, an inside look at his studio and storm travels, and shares how a disappointing childhood encounter with Reggie Jackson shapes his fan encounters today. Early access to this episode was granted to our supporters on Patreon. Join today to unlock future episodes and other exclusives:
January 21, 2021
Chatting with Jim Cantore - Part 1 [Ep. 348]
The Weather Channel's Jim Cantore returns to chat with the Carolina Weather Group to recap the historic 2020 hurricane season.   Jim traveled the United States tracking storms, including Hurricane Isaias in North Carolina.  Part 2 of our conversation with Jim will air on Wed.,  Jan.  20 but Patreon supporters can unlock early access to both that episode and our upcoming episode aboard Frying Pan Shoals. Learn how at
January 14, 2021
North Carolina emergency management update on snow storm [SPECIAL]
Mike Sprayberry, the director of North Carolina Emergency Management, offers an update on the state's winter storm preparations and response as snow falls in parts of North Carolina. SUPPORT LOCAL WEATHER. SUPPORT THE CAROLINA WEATHER GROUP: HTTPS://PATREON.COM/CAROLINAWEATHERGROUP
January 8, 2021
2020 Year in Review [Ep. 347]
It goes without saying: 2020 was an unforgettable year. In addition to all the world faced, the Carolinas faced impressive flooding, tornadoes, and even hurricanes. As we begin a new year, we're taking a moment to look back at the year that was for Carolina weather.  UNLOCK NEW EPISODES EARLY. JOIN US ON HTTPS://PATREON.COM/CAROLINAWEATHERGROUP. WATCH THIS SHOW:
January 7, 2021
Snow in Friday's Carolina weather forecast [SPECIAL]
A winter storm will bring snow, sleet, and rain to the Carolinas Friday.  Meteorologist Frank Strait is tracking the storm system and looking at who in North Carolina and South Carolina could see snow, and who could see rain.  SUPPORT LOCAL WEATHER. SUPPORT US ON HTTPS://PATREON.COM/CAROLINAWEATHERGROUP
January 7, 2021
Stormy New Year's forecast [SPECIAL]
Meteorologist Frank Strait is exploring New Year's forecast for North Carolina and South Carolina featuring scattered rain and storms. Thunderstorms associated with marginally severe wind gusts will be possible on Friday into Friday night from northern Florida to southern North Carolina. Temperatures will rise and warm for much of the Southeast for the start of 2021. SUPPORT LOCAL WEATHER. SUPPORT THE CAROLINA WEATHER GROUP ON HTTPS://PATREON.COM/CAROLINAWEATHERGROUP.
December 31, 2020
Christmas Eve winter storm, severe weather threat in the Carolinas [SPECIAL]
An approaching strong cold front will bring periods of heavy rain - and even some winter weather - to the Carolinas for Christmas Eve Thursday.  While most of the Carolinas will see rain, some in the western North Carolina mountains and foothills could see snow. Those in the central and coastal parts of both North Carolina and South Carolina risk seeing thunderstorms and severe weather, including isolated tornadoes, and damaging wind. By Christmas Day, the wet weather is replaced with brisk, cold weather. Meteorologist Frank Strait has your forecast and severe weather timing. WATCH THIS UPDATE: SUPPORT LOCAL WEATHER. SUPPORT THE CAROLINA WEATHER GROUP. HTTPS://PATREON.COM/CAROLINAWEATHERGROUP
December 24, 2020
The rules of winter weather forecasting [Ep. 346]
Winter weather can be hard to predict and forecast. The slightest changes in atmospheric conditions, such as temperature, and wind, can make dramatic changes to a weather forecast. Combine that with elevation and surface conditions, and the variables could make your forecast a bust or a boom. This week on the Carolina Weather Group, we look at the tricky science that answers the question: Will that precipitation been snow, sleet, freezing rain, or rain? Special thanks this week to WCNC Charlotte. We had hoped to bring you our yearend interview with The Weather Channel's Jim Cantore this week. Jim was sent to the Northeast to cover the big winter storm. We hope to talk to him soon and bring you that conversation in the coming weeks. And that means you still have time to submit your questions for Jim. We're off next week but will be back December 30 with our own 2020 highlight reel. And as a remember, Patreon supporters at our $3.99/month tier have unlocked early access to our interview with Richard Neal, owner of Frying Pan Shoals tower.  Otherwise that episode will be seen publicly in January of 2021.
December 17, 2020
Ice, freezing rain threat Wednesday [Ep. 345]
Freezing rain, sleet, and ice are possible in portions of the Carolinas early Wednesday morning and overnight. Join the Carolina Weather Group for a special live show dedicated to the latest weather forecast on this winter weather threat. We welcome guests: Brad Panovich, of WCNC Charlotte; Christian Morgan, of WFMY in Greensboro; and Jason Boyer, of WLOS in Asheville. The best chances for winter weather will be along and north of the Interstate 40 corridor, including in Hickory, Winston-Salem, and Greensboro. Power outages will be possible in parts of North Carolina including the Triad. SUPPORT THE CAROLINA WEATHER GROUP. BECOME A MEMBER ON HTTPS://PATREON.COM/CAROLINAWEATHERGROUP TO UNLOCK EXCLUSIVE CONTENT.
December 16, 2020
Chasing the historic 2020 hurricane season [Ep. 344]
Mark Sudduth returns to the Carolina Weather Group after chasing this historic 2020 hurricane season. The creator of and documentary filmmaker tells tales from inside this year's landmark tropical season.   UNLOCK ADDITIONAL CLIPS. JOIN THE CAROLINA WEATHER GROUP ON HTTPS://PATREON.COM/CAROLINAWEATHERGROUP
December 10, 2020
Hurricanes are gone, but mold and asthma remains [SPECIAL]
When the floodwaters receded, mold growth follows. Researchers at the University of South Carolina have found that substantial flooding is more than an inconvenience. It is making mold a growing threat along the East Coast and in the Palmetto State. In Eastern North Carolina, more people make trips to hospital emergency departments for asthma treatments than in any other part of the state, say researchers at East Carolina University. The researchers have been focusing on the connection between climate change and asthma, a chronic inflammatory disease, in the eastern counties. Nadia Ramlagan, of North Carolina News Service, travels to communities including Nichols and Sellars in South Carolina, and Bayboro and south Lumberton in North Carolina. READ MORE: Hurricanes Devastate SC Town, Leaving Mold Behind READ MORE: As Mold Grows in Hurricane Aftermath, More NC Asthma Patients Suffer RELATED CWG Show: Flooding and how to protect your home SUPPORT US:
December 7, 2020
Preparing for a Carolina winter [Ep. 343]
Winter is here. This week, the Carolina Weather Group sits down with Trisha Palmer, the Warning Coordination Meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Greer, South Carolina. We review winter weather information for the Carolinas and how the National Weather Service is using new tools to issue winter weather products.   Unlock early access to future episodes. Join us on And if you like this show, you'll also want to check out our previous show about Communicating Winter Weather Threats:
December 3, 2020
3 decades of TV weather w\ Bill Walsh [Ep. 342]
Bill Walsh, chief meteorologist at Live 5 News WCSC-TV in Charleston, South Carolina, has been forecasting the weather on television for over 34 years. The two-time Emmy award-winning meteorologist has covered historical storms including Hurricane Hugo. Bill is also a lieutenant colonel in the United States Air Force Reserve for the United States Special Operations Command. He has a love for meteorology and aviation. UNLOCK A TON OF EPISODE EXTRAS ON HTTPS://PATREON.COM/CAROLINAWEATHERGROUP
November 26, 2020
Preventing Carolina wildfires [Ep. 341]
Weather conditions have dried, winds have picked up, and dry leaves are abundant. The fall season is a time where the fire risk can rise again in the Carolinas. This week, the Carolina Weather Group talks with the North Carolina Forest Service about mitigating the threat and keeping your home safe.   UNLOCK CAROLINA WEATHER GORUP EXTRAS. JOIN US ON HTTPS://PATREON.COM/CAROLINAWEATHERGROUP.
November 19, 2020
Historic Carolina flooding [Ep. 340]
Record-breaking rain brought historic flooding to the Carolinas Thursday. Across North Carolina and South Carolina, hundreds were rescued, at least two have died, and at least wo remain missing, including a one-year-old child.  A special edition of the Carolina Weather Group looking at the day's severe weather impacts.   SEE THE  VIDEO FOR THE SPECIAL REPORT: LEARN MORE ABOUT THE CAROLINA WEATHER GROUP:
November 13, 2020
Communicating winter storm threats [Ep. 339]
NOAA and the National Weather Service will be using a couple new products to help communicate the threats winter storms may bring to the Carolinas. The weather bulletins will help the public better understand the impacts expected from snow, ice, and other forms of winter weather. This week we discuss with Stephen Baxter, a Winter Weather Product leader from NOAA. Plus a look at NOAA's 2020/2021 winter outlook, which can also be viewed online at  SUPPORT OUR PROGRAM. JOIN THE INSIDER'S CLUB TO UNLOCK EPISODE EXTRAS:
November 5, 2020
Zeta: Tropical Storm Warnings in the Carolinas [Ep. 338]
Tropical Storm Warnings have been issued in North Carolina and South Carolina ahead of forecasted impacts from Zeta Thursday.  Hurricane Zeta came ashore earlier Wednesday along the Louisiana coast. Zeta is expected to maintain tropical storm strength producing heavy rains, localized flooding, gusty winds, and isolated tornadoes in parts of the Carolinas Thursday. Power outages are likely in the Carolinas Thursday.   The Carolina Weather Group is tracking the latest on Zeta's impacts in the Carolinas.   SUPPORT OUR SHOW. BECOME AN INSIDER. JOIN US ON HTTPS://PATREON.COM/CAROLINAWEATHERGROUP
October 29, 2020
Your fantasy football team needs real life weather forecasting [Ep. 337]
The real-life weather can have a huge effect on your fantasy football success. The next time you're crunching the stats, don't forget the real world atmospheric science that could put a wrinkle in that next NFL game.   This week the Carolina Weather Group is talking with the Fantasy Football Weather Guys. These professional meteorologists provide their own weekly updates on which games could be impacted by weather and what that might mean for some of the expert-generated fantasy football player projections.   SUPPORT THIS FREE PROGRAM ON HTTPS://PATREON.COM/CAROLINAWEATHERGROUP
October 22, 2020
Carolina's "hotspots" protecting animals from climate changes [SPECIAL]
Animals are on the move to escape rising temperatures and increased floods and drought, but some could find refuge in North Carolina's Sandhills and Southern Blue Ridge, according to a new map developed by scientists at The Nature Conservancy. The map pinpoints biodiverse "hotspots" that are likely to be buffered from dramatic climate changes. Plus one Pew study found the nation's water systems - including those in the Carolinas - are on the cusp of needing $100 billion worth of repairs and maintenance.  Note: The reports you hear here are  provided by the Public News Service, which seeks funding and contribution from partners including the Resource Institute and the Nature Conservancy; both of which you hear from in this reporting. 
October 19, 2020
Father of the doppler on wheels: Josh Wurman [Ep. 336]
Josh Wurman and team invented the DOW, the doppler on wheels. Famed by his appearances on the show "Storm Chasers" and other television shows, Wurman is an atmospheric scientist who runs the Center for Severe Weather Research. This week, Josh joins the Carolina Weather Group to discuss his research, inventions, and storm chases towards severe weather and tornadoes.   SEE EXTRAS FROM THIS EPISODE. SUPPORT THE CAROLINA WEATHER GROUP ON PATREON.
October 15, 2020
Tracking Hurricane Delta [Ep. 335]
This week, we're tracking Hurricane Delta, which has weakened to a Category 1 storm after making landfall Yucatan peninsula of Mexico. Delta will strengthen - possibly up to Category 3 status - over the open waters of the Gulf of Mexico before making landfall along the gulf coast Friday. From there, Delta will be onshore, where it will weaken as it brings rains across the Southeast -- including in the Carolinas. While what's left of Delta's low pressure circulation will remain outside the Carolinas, several inches of rain will fall over the holiday weekend. Rainfall totals as high as 4 inches are possible especially across the higher elevations of the North Carolina mountains, foothills, and South Carolina upstate. JOIN THE CLUB: Pledge your support for the Carolina Weather Group starting at $1/mo and receive access to exclusive content.
October 8, 2020
Special announcement from the Carolina Weather Group [Ep. 334]
This week we're announcing new public, and supporter-driven, projects that will give you more of what you love. Some are available now, and some will be available in the near future. New initiative includes early access to the Carolina Weather Net, our non-stop channel dedicated to all things Carolina Weather 24/7. To see our complete fall roadmap, and become a pledged supporter of our work, visit our Patreon page. 
October 1, 2020
Hurricane Hugo anniversary special [Ep. 291]
It's been 31 years since Hurricane Hugo made its historic landfall in South Carolina, bringing hurricane damage throughout the Carolinas. This week we revisit our Hurricane Hugo special, which originally aired in 2019 for the 30th anniversary.
September 24, 2020
Tracking Sally: Carolina flood threat [Ep. 333]
Tropical Storm Sally has come ashore and is forecast to bring heavy rains to North Carolina and South Carolina Thursday and Friday. There will be a risk of flash flooding and urban flooding caused by the heavy rains and water runoff. Sally will be a post-tropical depression by the time it arrives in the Carolinas. A few brief tornadoes are also possible. Join the Carolina Weather Group as they look ahead to Thursday and Friday's severe weather threat. The audio of his program was captured during a live stream Wednesday night on the Carolina Weather Group YouTube, Facebook, Periscope, and Twitch platforms. Our guests this week include Robbie Munroe, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Greenville-Spartanburg, South Carolina; Brad Panovich, Chief Meteorologist of WCNC Charlotte; and Tim Buckley, Chief Meteorologist of WFMY News 2 in Greensboro, North Carolina.
September 17, 2020
This is when the Carolinas historically see the worst hurricanes... and the Atlantic is certainly alive. [SPECIAL]
As of the late night advisory from the National Hurricane Center Sunday, there is one hurricane, one tropical storm, two depressions, and 3 other areas of interest in the Atlantic Ocean. Most of them will disappear without any impacts, but a few could be the real thing. One of the storms expected to make a major impact is Tropical Storm Sally. The storm will be landfall as a hurricane Tuesday in Louisiana, Alabama, or Mississippi. A 170-miles of coast, including New Orleans and Mobile, should be preparing for life threatening conditions. Hurricane Paulette is impacting Bermuda on this Monday. And Tropical Depression Twenty will soon become Teddy, who in the coming days will strengthen to a major hurricane. In the days to come, it remains out at sea and away from any harmful impact. In the long term, the storm requires monitoring and tracking. This amount of activity in the Atlantic Ocean is a lot, but not completely unexpected. September 10 was the statistic peak of the Atlantic Hurricane season -- and September and October remain the most likely times for the Carolinas to see an impactful hurricane. The evidence is in the history books, which is where Chris Mulcahy from WCNC Charlotte's First Warn Storm Team went. He tells us that this time of year is when North Carolina and South Carolina sees the worst hurricanes. Watch and read more of Chris' findings on
September 14, 2020
6 areas in the tropics + at-home with WLOS [Ep. 332]
Our lighthearted interview series continues with Jason Boyer and Ryan Coulter, meteorologists with WLOS-TV, the ABC affiliate in Asheville, North Carolina.  Plus the latest on the tropics. We're at the peak of hurricane season and we're tracking six disturbances, including a potential disturbance right off the Carolina coast. Tropical storms Paulette and Rene remain westwardly in the Atlantic Ocean.
September 10, 2020
Tropical update: Disturbance near the Carolinas, Paulette and Rene, and a new wave [SPECIAL]
The Carolina Weather Group gives the latest update on a busy Atlantic basin.
September 9, 2020
At-home with Columbia's WLTX [Ep. 331]
This week, we're hanging virtually at-home with the meteorologist of WLTX News 19 in Columbia, South Carolina.  Plus: The latest on the tropics with Tropical Storm Nana and Hurricane Omar. The peak of hurricane season is nearing. And a look at your local Carolina weather forecast and our September heat wave.  And a look at your Carolina Weather news, including the on-going search for 4-year-old Abraham Martinez Jr., who was swept away by flood waters Monday while riding in a car with his mother and sister in Johnston County, North Carolina. We tragically learned Wednesday the body of 5-year-old Alexa Castro was found along a creek near the Neuse River.
September 3, 2020
Tropical Depression 15 forms off Carolina coast [SPECIAL]
Located off the coast of Wilmington,  Tropical Depression Fifteen is luckily moving away from land. Maximum sustained winds are near 35 mph (55 km/h) with higher gusts.  The depression is not forecast to strengthen much, but it could become a tropical storm on Tuesday. When it does, it will be given the name Nana.  Little, if any, additional  strengthening is forecast thereafter, and a weakening trend is  expected to begin on Wednesday night. James Brierton has the updated forecast from our Charlotte studio. Plus, a new survey finds more North Carolinians are troubled by the effects of climate change on hurricane season.
September 1, 2020
Hurricane Laura: 'Unsurvivable storm surge' in Texas and Louisiana [Ep. 330]
Hurricane Laura, a category 4 storm with maximum sustained winds of 150 mph Wednesday night,  is approaching landfall along the Louisiana / Texas border. Catastrophic, widespread flash flooding and damaging winds will batter the portions of the Gulf Coast in Texas and Louisana. Hurricane-force winds and "unsurvivable storm surge" will push miles inland, the National Hurricane Center warns. The Carolina Weather Group panel held a live broadcast on social media Wednesday night discussing the storm's forecasted impact. We will also talk about how the North Carolina and South Carolina could be impacted by what-is-then-expected-to-be Tropical Depression Laura this weekend.
August 27, 2020
At home with the Myrtle Beach meteorologists of WMBF [Ep. 329]
This week, we're quarantining at-home with the weather team from WMBF, the NBC affiliate in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Join us for this lighthearted conversation with Jessica Dobson, Robert Whitehurst, and Andrew Dockery.
August 20, 2020
Carolina Weather Group hurricane special [Ep. 282]
This week, the latest on Tropical Depression Eleven, which is imminently forecast to become Tropical Storm Josephine. Plus, our annual summer hurricane special - which this year comes in the form of highlights from previously recorded interviews. The ongoing coronavirus pandemic lead to the cancellation of the National Hurricane Center's hurricane awareness tour. So instead, we're looking back at some of our interviews from their May 2019 event at Charlotte Douglas International Airport. To see more of those conversation, you can watch our entire 2019 special on our YouTube channel:
August 13, 2020
North Carolina's historic 5.1 magnitude earthquake [Ep. 328]
The Carolina Weather Group travels to Sparta, North Carolina, the epicenter of Sunday morning's 5.1 magnitude earthquake. A state of emergency has now been declared in Alleghany County after the earthquake, which was the fifth strongest in Carolina history and the strongest since 1916. We talk with meteorologists across the region who recount your stories of: Did you, or did you not, feel it?
August 10, 2020
How did we get the name "Isaias?" [BONUS]
Hurricane Isaias is gone but, more likely than not, it could be back in 2026. Scotty Powell, Evan Fisher, and Ricky Matthews look into where names come from for Atlantic ocean tropical storms and hurricanes.  
August 7, 2020
Hurricane Isaias aftermath: 2 dead, homes destroyed [Ep. 327]
North Carolina and South Carolina are cleaning up in the aftermath of Hurricane Isaias. The storm has been blamed for at least two deaths, damage to countless buildings, and over 200,000 power outages. From our Charlotte studios, James Brierton has the latest on the storm cleanup, featuring reports from Dan Whittaker in Windsor in Bertie County, Chris Jackson in Cherry Grove, and Ethan Clark at the site of landfall in Ocean Isle. You'll also hear from North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper and other state officials, who held a briefing Tuesday in the aftermath of Isaias.
August 5, 2020
Hurricane Isaias: Tuesday morning update [SPECIAL REPORT]
A large fire is burning in Ocean Isle Beach, North Carolina. There are over 200,000 power outages in North Carolina. And Isaias is continuing to produce life threatening winds, flooding, and scattered tornadoes.
August 4, 2020
Isaias could become hurricane before landfall: Monday afternoon update [SPECIAL REPORT]
Tropical Storm Isaias could could intensifies into a hurricane before making landfall near the state border of South Carolina and North Carolina overnight Monday into Tuesday. James Brierton has the latest forecast track from the National Hurricane Center. Evan Fisher reports form Charleston, South Carolina, where tropical storm force winds have arrived. We'll also hear from North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper and state officials, along with officials in Horry County, South Caorlina, who both held emergency briefings Monday afternoon. A Hurricane Warning has been issued from Georgetown, South Carolina through just north of Wilmington, South Caorlina. This includes Myrtle Beach and Horry County, South Carolina. Tropical Storm Warnings are in effect elsewhere along the Carolina coast. In addition, Storm Surge Warnings are issued along much of the Carolina coast. Impacts from the storm include storm surge, flash flooding, and isolated tornadoes. Downed utilities and powerlines are possible, especially along the I-95 corridor, from wind gusts near hurricane force. ** SUBSCRIBE TO THE CAROLINA WEATHER GROUP PODCAST: **
August 3, 2020
Tropical Storm Isaias: Sunday forecast update [SPECIAL REPORT]
Carolina Weather Group team coverage with the forecast analysis of the National Hurricane Center's Sunday 11 p.m. update on Tropical Storm Isaias, which remains offshore of Florida moving north towards the coasts of North Carolina and South Carolina.  Tropical Storm Warnings are in place along the entire South Carolina and North Carolina coast. Portions of the Carolinas coast are also under a Hurricane Watch and Storm Surge Watch.  Isaias will bring with it a risk of storm surge flooding, heavy rainfall, and gusty winds up to 70 mph. Isaias will make landfall in South Carolina or North Carolina either late Monday evening or early Tuesday morning with live coverage on the Carolina Weather Group YouTube channel. Bonus audio: North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper and other state officials hold a Sunday afternoon news conference where they announce a state of emergency ahead of Isaias.
August 3, 2020
Tropical Storm Isaias: Watch for South Carolina coast [SPECIAL REPORT]
Isaias is a tropical storm as it northwestward off the coast of Miami Saturday. Near hurricane-like conditions are possible along Florida's east coast Sunday with tropical storm conditions expected Monday along the South Carolina coast. The storm is forecast to make landfall near the border of South Carolina and North Carolina early Tuesday morning, where after landfall it will bring a threat of localized flooding and tropical storm-force winds upwards of 50 mph to eastern North Carolina. Evan Fisher has your Saturday evening update from Asheville, North Carolina.
August 2, 2020
North Carolina declares State of Emergency for Hurricane Isaias [SPECIAL REPORT]
Jared Smith provides a forecast update on Hurricane Isaias, a category 1 storm near the Bahamas, which is forecast to move along the eastern coast of Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, and North Carolina this weekend and into Monday. Impacts will include heavy rain, gusty winds, and storm surge flooding along the Carolinas coast. On Friday, North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper declared a State of Emergency ahead of the storm. He held a briefing with state officials to discuss their preparations head of the storm. A short time later, South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster lead a briefing alongside officials from his state to discuss the storm.
August 1, 2020
Former FEMA head on coronavirus, weather and disasters [Ep. 326]
Craig Fugate, the former administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) under President Barack Obama and former Florida Director for the Emergency Management Division under Governor Jeb Bush, joins the Carolina Weather Group to provide his insight into the ongoing response to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic - and to share stories from his career responding to weather and natural disasters.  Craig was the first to to use the "Waffle House Index" and provides insight into how the informal FEMA tracker came to be.  In his career, Craig coordinated the emergency response to storms such as Hurricane Charley, Hurricane Frances, Hurricane Ivan,  Hurricane Jeanne, Hurricane Dennis, Hurricane Katrina, Hurricane Wilma, Hurricane Matthew, and Hurricane Sandy.  Craig provides his insight into how we can prepare for a 2020 hurricane season simultaneously occurring during the coronavirus pandemic.
July 30, 2020
Coastal safety at the beach and on the water [Ep. 325]
Would you be able to spot a dangerous rip current? National Weather Service Meteorologist Steven Pfaff joins the Carolina Weather Group to discuss keeping you and your family safe at the beach this summer. Steven helps us understand how to avoid rip currents, dangerous waves, coastal flooding and other hazards you may experience along the coast and at the beach. For boaters, Steven also talks about safety on the water and out at sea.
July 23, 2020
A rover to Mars. And Internet connected balloons. [Ep. 324]
We're excited to welcome Tony Rice back to the Carolina Weather Group.  Tony,  a NASA JPL Ambassador, joins us to discuss the upcoming Perseverance rover launch to Mars. We'll be introduced to the Mars 2020 rover's tools, equipment, and mission on the martian planet.  And speaking of martians... no, those weren't UFOs over North Carolina and South Carolina. "Loon Balloons" are high altitude balloons that beam Internet connectivity back down to the surface. They're intended to bring voice and data to isolated, rural areas - and areas impacted by natural disasters. Several balloons passed right over head and caught the attention of many of you. 
July 16, 2020
Most confused by SPC severe weather outlooks: Study [Ep. 323]
A study found the public does not interpret the Storm Prediction Center naming conventions for severe weather outlooks correctly - - - do you?  This week on the Carolina Weather Group, we talk with Mississippi State University student Alex Forbes, whose survey consisted of over 4,000 participants across the Southeast. All but one of the five categorical tiers for the SPC's outlook were misranked by recipients. Alex's talks about where the words choosen to represent the names may be failing, and what he thinks can be done about it. Plus the latest on what is could become "Fay" off the coast of the Carolinas. A tropical low pressure system is bringing heavy rain, localized flooding, and gusty winds to eastern North Carolina, including the Outer Banks.
July 9, 2020
How to view the Comet NEOWISE [Bonus]
A comet visiting from the most distant parts of our solar system is putting on a spectacular early morning display. Named Comet C/2020 F3 NEOWISE, the comet made its once-in-our-lifetimes close approach to the Sun on July 3, and will cross outside Earth's orbit on its way back to the outer parts of the solar system. People wishing to catch a glimpse of the glowing comet can spot it as it swings through the inner solar system, but its nearness to the Sun creates some observing challenges. For the next few days it will be visible about an hour before sunrise, close to the horizon in the northeastern sky in the United States. Observers might be able to see the comet's central core, or nucleus, with the naked eye in dark skies; using binoculars will give viewers a good look at the fuzzy comet and its long, streaky tail. As it speeds away from the Sun, Comet NEOWISE will begin to make its appearance in the evening sky shortly after sunset on July 11. NASA's Near-Earth Object Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (NEOWISE) mission discovered the icy visitor on March 27, 2020, using its two infrared channels, which are sensitive to the heat signatures given off by the object as the Sun started to turn up the heat. Friend of the show, and space expert, Tony Rice joined the Carolina Weather Group for this web extra to talk about Comet NEOWISE.
July 9, 2020
South Carolina's weatherman, Jim Gandy
We're catching up this week with Jim Gandy. Jim spent 45 years in broadcast meteorology, including 20 years as chief meteorologist at Columbia's WLTX News19 before retiring in 2019. Jim shares memories from his career, including working in Oklahoma City and covering Hurricane Hugo in South Carolina.
July 2, 2020
Urban flash flooding and how to protect your home [Ep. 321]
When it rains, it floods these Carolina homes. From Charlotte, North Carolina to Horry County, South Carolina, a look at what residents are doing to protect their homes against urban flash flooding. Plus, the steps you need to take to protect your home from flooding even if you don't live near a waterway.  WCNC Charlotte's Bill McGinty explains how he's helping a Myers Park resident overcome a storm water runoff problem. Plus WPDE-TV's Annette Montgomery and what groups like Horry County Rising are trying to do in their community. And special commentary from our Jared Smith on downtown street flooding in Charleston.  FULL WCNC STORY:
June 25, 2020
Golf weather and how it effects your game [Ep. 320]
Did you know the wind forecast could change the layout of a golf course? Or how a sea breeze can bring about a change in your golf game? This week, we're talking with Stewart Williams, the DTN on-location meteorologist for the PGA Tour. Stewart and the PGA Tour are on Hilton Head Island, South Carolina this week for the 2020 RBC Heritage Presented by Boeing. Stewart explains how they forecast for the game, the greens, and the safety of golfers and fans alike. He explains how they track for thunderstorms and lightning - plus are on the lookout for fog, dew, and rain. A simple mph change in the wind can change how the golf ball flies. Stewart has your insider tips for a smart day of the green. (This is a premiere of a new episode, but our interview was recorded with Stewart in February ahead of what we thought was going to be the Wells Fargo Championship in Charlotte and other now-cancelled PGA Tour events in the Carolinas.)  
June 18, 2020
Time to replace the Saffir-Simpson scale? [Ep. 319]
Is surface pressure a better predictor of hurricane damage than maximum sustained winds, which is the basis of the Saffir-Simpson scale? Back this week are Dr. Carl Schreck, of NC State and the North Carolina Institute for Climate Studies, and Dr. Phil Klotzbach, of Colorado State University. They will explain the study they co-authored, which says minimum sea level pressure is more easily quantified than maximum sustained wind, and it shows a stronger relationship with hurricane risk for the continental United States. The study appeared in the Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society in 2019.
June 11, 2020
2020 Hurricane Outlook with Dr. Phil Klotzbach [Ep. 318]
We're in the first week of the 2020 hurricane season and already have three named storms. This week, Dr. Phil Klotzbach returns to the show with his outlook for the 2020 hurricane season. We're joined by guest panelist Dr. Carl Schreck, of NC State and the North Carolina Institute for Climate Studies.
June 6, 2020
Weather scrubs SpaceX; and Bertha surprises us all [Ep. 317]
The first attempt to launch SpaceX's Demo-2 may have been scrubbed, but that didn't keep us from celebrating the return of NASA astronauts to the International Space Station from United States soil. Tony Rice joins us from Raleigh to discuss the mission, which hopes to launch this weekend from Kennedy Space Center in Florida. We explore the weather rules that govern the launch criteria: How lightning scrubbed Wednesday's launch and more storms in the forecast could be troublesome this weekend. And... surprise! A tropical storm came ashore in South Carolina Wednesday morning before quickly bringing a flood threat to other portions of the Palmetto state and into North Carolina.  Brad Panovich joins us from Charlotte, where flash flood warnings were issued when Bertha's rainfall caused already high rivers, creeks, and streams to overflowing their banks; saturated soils lost the grips on more trees. Brad explains how our  week of rain caused an already-tropical system to influence even more flooding. And Scotty Powell, with a look at NASCAR's rainy return to Charlotte Motor Speedway.
May 28, 2020
Flooding and storms in the Carolinas [Ep. 316]
After four days of rain, North Carolina and South Carolina are battling a flood threat across the region. Rivers have crested, roadways have flooded, and at least 3 water rescues occurred Thursday.  One person died after a tree fell on a home in Surry County, North Carolina. Strong-to-severe thunderstorms have produced damage and will be a threat again Friday when more scattered rain moves through the Carolinas. The National Hurricane Center is also out with its annual seasonal outlook.  Join the conversation on this special edition of the Carolina Weather Group.
May 22, 2020
Tropical Storm Arthur flirts with Carolina coast [SPECIAL REPORT]
Tropical Storm Arthur is flirting with the North Carolina coast, where it is expected to bring tropical storm force winds, rip currents, and rain to the Outer Banks and eastern Atlantic shoreline. The Carolina Weather Group is tracking the storm's current conditions, forecast, and expected weather impacts across North Carolina and South Carolina. The biggest threat will be along North Carolina's Outer Banks.  James Brierton reports from Charlotte, with Dan Whitaker along the Outer Banks, Evan Fisher in Folly Beach, and Scotty Powell in the North Carolina foothills.
May 18, 2020
Quarantining at home with Greenboro's WFMY weather team [Ep. 314]
This week we're checking in with more meteorologists at home. We're gearing up for a fun and lighthearted conversation with the weather team from Greenboro's WFMY News 2 featuring Meteorologist Tim Buckley, Christian Morgan WFMY News 2, and Meteorologist Terran Kirksey.
May 14, 2020
Quarantining with Wilmington's WECT weather team [Ep. 313]
This week, we're hanging out... virtually... with the meteorologists from WECT TV in Wilmington, North Carolina. The weather team joins us for a fun, lighthearted conversation about their interests and how they're spending their COVID-19 coronavirus time at home.   Guests: Gannon Medwick, Eric Davis, Kellie McGlynn and Gabe Ross.   Plus, confirmation of an EF-1 and EF-2 tornado in South Carolina's Chester and Lancaster counties. ** SUBSCRIBE TO OUR PODCAST: **
May 8, 2020
April 16, 2011: A benchmark tornado outbreak [Ep. 312]
This week we remember the April 16, 2011 tornado outbreak. It claimed 24 lives and injured over 300 people in North Carolina. We're talking with the National Weather Service forecasters who issued the life saving warnings, the storm chasers who relayed the vital storm reports, and the television meteorologists who relayed the information to the public.  Guests: Gannon Medwick,  Tim Buckley, Mike Maze, Dan Whittaker, Jeremy Gilcrest, Jeff Orrock, Steven Pfaff
April 26, 2020
April 13, 2020 tornado outbreak [Ep. 311]
More than a dozen people died Monday from tornadoes and damaging winds during a severe weather outbreak in the Carolinas. Across the Southeast, more than 77 tornadoes. Tonight we're joined with broadcast meteorologists across both North Carolina and South Carolina to talk about the impacts in their communities.   Guests: Brad Panovich and Brandon Goldner, WCNC Charlotte, NC Tim Buckley, WFMY Greensboro, NC Efren Afante, WLTX Columbia, SC Shane Hinton, WCTI New Bern, NC Ed Piotrowski, WPDE Myrtle Beach, SC Rob Fowler, WCBD Charleston, SC Kendra Kent and Isaac Williams, WHNS Greenville, SC
April 16, 2020
Storm chasing during COVID-19 [Ep. 310]
In the midst of the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, storm chasers are trying to keep themselves safe from both the weather and the virus. Chasers and storm spotters provide essential on-the-ground, eyewitness reports of severe weather. With more people staying at home, what will the weather enterprise look like with less reporting? Storm chasers, including Live Storm Media's Brett Adair, photographer Mike Olbinski, and storm surveyor Tim Marshall, join us to explain how their lifestyle on the road has changed amid the pandemic, including less eating out and more nights sleeping in the car. They also discuss their decision making into when and how to chase; to keep themselves safe from both the weather and the virus. We're also joined by Kevin Smith from the the National Weather Service who receives and analyzes storm reports from chasers and spotters.
April 9, 2020
Coronavirus impact on severe weather tracking and forecasting [Ep. 309]
The COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic is effecting severe weather tracking and weather forecasting.  This week we explore weather, forecasting, and television broadcasting in the age of the COVID-19 coronavirus.   Our guests:  1. Ryan Vaughan, meteorologist at KAIT-TV, who tracked an EF-3 tornado in Jonesboro, Arkansas from home. 2. Brad Panovich, who is broadcasting for WCNC Charlotte from home, including the daily presentation of a at-school weather lesson. 3. Corbin Hyland, a paramedic near Charlotte, North Carolina.
April 2, 2020
'Waffle House Index' activated for coronavirus
The Waffle House Index is used by the restaurant chain to track which restaurants are open and which are closed - but it's so much more than a list of operating restaurants. The federal government has traditionally used it to track community responsiveness after major storms. The wake of the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak, Waffle House's operation center in Atlanta has activated the index, which as of Wednesday was showing over 400 restaurants closed across the country. Tonight we revisit our interview with Waffle House public relations director with Pat Warner, who joined us in January of 2019 to discuss the storm response capacity of the company.
March 27, 2020
At-home weather school [BONUS]
With schools closed amid concerns for the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak, WCNC Charlotte Chief Meteorologist Brad Panovich and the entire First Warn weather team are producing at-home weather classes for students, teachers, and parents. Brad conducted his first set of science experiments Wednesday with daily lessons starting this week on the WCNC Charlotte YouTube page. Brad provides us a preview of the experiments and weather knowledge they'll be providing for free to parents, teachers, and students during this at-home school environment. 
March 24, 2020
Weather-proofing your home [Ep. 308]
Severe Weather Awareness Week continues in the Carolinas this week. We check in with WCNC Charlotte Chief Meteorologist Brad Panovich, who had just completed weather-proofing work on his house a week before an EF-1 tornado in Charlotte.  Plus we'll revisit the Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety in Chester County, South Carolina. This lab generates the weather-proofing certification used by construction companies and insurance companies around the country.
March 12, 2020
Flooding kills [Preparedness Week]
More people die every year from floods than from tornadoes, lightning, or hurricanes. WCNC Charlotte's Iisha Scott with ways to know your flash floods risk.
March 6, 2020
Lightning is closer than you think. You're calculating the distance wrong. [Preparedness Week]
You see lightning and you start to count until you hearing thunder. If you stop there, you're horribly miscalculating how far away the thunderstorm is. Chris Mulcahy from WCNC Charlotte is back to help us prepare for severe weather.
March 5, 2020
Hail and wind are life threatening too [Preparedness Week]
While hail and straight line winds generally do not father the same attention as tornadoes, they can be just as deadly. On this Wednesday, we continue our severe weather preparedness partnership with WCNC Charlotte's Chris Mulcahy.
March 4, 2020
How to receive severe weather alerts [Preparedness Week]
It's severe weather preparedness week in the Carolinas. The Carolina Weather Group has teamed with WCNC Charlotte to help you prepare. On this Tuesday, chief meteorologist Brad Panovich explains ways to receive severe weather alerts. And don't forget to practice on Wednesday at 9:30 a.m. for the statewide drill!
March 3, 2020
Understanding severe thunderstorms and tornadoes [Preparedness Week]
It's severe weather preparedness week in the Carolinas. On this Monday, we're talking severe thunderstorms and tornadoes with WCNC Charlotte's Larry Sprinkle.
March 3, 2020
Climate change effects on Carolina coast [Short]
The effects of climate change are being felt all along the Carolina coast: Both on land, and in the sea. The residents of Manteo are bracing for a future of increased flooding. Small business owners are taking extra precautions in their shops to protect their goods. Meanwhile,  oyster growers say the delicate environment that shellfish need to thrive is being disrupted.  Both reports this week come from Nadia Ramlagan of Public News Service North Carolina.
February 27, 2020
Snow Totals and Snow IMPACTS
After North Carolina's first taste of winter weather statewide, the Carolina Weather Group provides a quick look back at snowfall accumulations across the state. Plus we revisit our interview about NASA IMPACTS (just in case you missed it.)
February 23, 2020
North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper on snow storm preps [Special Report]
North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper held a news conference  Thursday morning in Raleigh to discuss storm preparations for the approaching snow storm.
February 20, 2020
Tracking snow and the IMPACTS [Ep. 307]
We're tracking a threat of snow and winter weather in the Carolinas for Thursday and Friday morning: Rain midday Thursday could turn to snow, which is expected to freeze overnight into Friday. Snow accumulations are expected across much of North Carolina. Plus we're joined by Dr. Lynn McMurdie. She is the lead investigator on the NASA IMPACTS project, an initiative that is chasing storm storms using planes, weather balloons, and remote sensing equipment to better understand winter storm intensity.  Their goal is to collect data and understanding that lead to more accurate winter storm forecasts. 
February 20, 2020
Warmer weather impacting the growing season [BONUS]
North Carolina farmers are working to keep their crops healthy amid rising temperatures and more frequent extreme weather. Last year, some growers reported extreme heat and little rain caused them to lose nearly half of their corn crop. 
February 17, 2020
Tornadoes in the Carolinas + NWS' 150th anniversary [Ep. 306]
Tornado and storm clean-up continues in North Carolina and South Carolina after a severe weather outbreak last Thursday. James Brierton reports from storm ravaged Matthews, North Carolina. Plus the panelists join us for a look at storm damage across the Carolinas. And the National Weather Service is turning 150 years old. We're happy to welcome back Tom Niziol, who a NWS history buff! All that and more in this special edition of the Carolina Weather Group!
February 11, 2020
Severe Weather Thursday [Special Report]
All of North Carolina and South Carolina have a potential for seeing severe weather Thursday. James Brierton offers an update from Charlotte, where some of the worst weather is expected. Other hard hit areas are expected to be in the western North Carolina high country, Peidmont as well as the upstate and Midlands of South Carolina. Severe Weather threats primarily include flash flooding, damaging winds, heavy rains, and scattered tornadoes.
February 6, 2020
Severe weather, flooding threat Thursday [Special Report]
Multiple weather hazards possible in the Carolinas on Thursday including flooding, damaging wind, hail, and a few tornadoes. A slow moving severe weather system will be moving across the entire region starting late Wednesday and continuing through early Friday. This is an event that will have impacts across both North Carolina and South Carolina, with the strong impacts in in western North Carolina and upstate South Carolina. Scott Powell in Morganton is joined by Evan Fisher in Charleston with the latest on the developing forecast. WATCH THEIR REPORT:
February 5, 2020
Where is the snow, winter weather expert Tom Niziol? [Ep. 305]
Winter weather expert Tom Niziol joins the Carolina Weather Group to talk winter weather, including northwest flow snow in the Carolinas, lake effect snow, and the blizzards of his past. Plus, he'll discuss his impressive career at both the National Weather Service and The Weather Channel.
January 30, 2020
Folly Beach snow [#FollyGate]
A 'flurry' of activity Tuesday night as tiny, little white flakes began dancing on a camera in Folly Beach, South Carolina. Against all odds, was it actually snowing on the beach? Our Evan Fisher went to the beach to find out. SEE THE VIDEO: READ THE REPORT:
January 23, 2020
How they got their start: Aubrey Urbanowicz [Ep. 304]
When the restaurants she was working in 2004 and 2005 got hit relentlessly by hurricanes, Aubrey Urbanowicz discovered a love she didn’t know she had. This week, WHSV Chief Meteorologist and WeatherBrians panelist Aubrey Urbanowicz tells us how she got her start in broadcast journalism. Plus, a look at the damage left behind in the Carolinas by two days of severe weather this week. On Saturday, a tornado caused extensive damage to a high school in Kershaw County, South Carolina, and a wet mircoburst blew in the wall at a school in Sampson County, North Carolina.
January 16, 2020
Tornado destroys Carolina school [Special Report]
Two tornadoes were confirmed in the Carolinas Saturday as a result of a long line of severe weather. One of those tornadoes was determined to be an EF2 with winds of 130 mph, which struck North Central High School in Kershaw County, SC.
January 13, 2020
Best of 2019
In 2019, the Carolina Weather Group celebrated our sixth year and over 300 episodes. Now, we look back at some of those top moments from the last year of the decade, including Hurricane Dorian, Hurricane Hugo anniversary, hurricane hunters tour, on-going efforts to solve the radar problem in the Carolinas, our first chase-cation, and a visit from Jim Cantore!
January 9, 2020
Jim Cantore recaps decade's biggest weather
The Weather Channel's Jim Cantore returns to the Carolina Weather Group. Jim is helping us close out the decade by looking back at some of the biggest weather events of 2019 and the entire decade, including landmark storms such as Hurricane Sandy, Harvey, and Dorian.
December 19, 2019
Photographing the weather
Photographer Mike Olbinski has found a way to capture mother nature's force like no one else. When the weather is at its worst, he loads up his car and drives towards the action. This week, Mike tells us how he captures those images - and how he's able to carry out his life's passion.
December 16, 2019
Why is the water red?
Florida's Red Tide has returned. The bacteria bloom can be toxic and deadly. On this Thanksgiving week, we look back at our interview  with Dr. Tracy Fanara, an environmental engineer and scientist. 
November 29, 2019
How to get more snow
Ever notice the western North Carolina mountains tend to get more snow? Beside elevation, northwest air flow is a key ingredient. Our guest Dr. Douglas Miller, from UNC Asheville, explains how when key ingredients come together, increased snow can occur.
November 25, 2019
Episode 300 Celebration!
The Carolina Weather Group celebrates its 300th episode with a look back at our panelists' favorite episodes over the first 6 years.
November 18, 2019
Nor'easter brings dangerous flooding, winds
A powerful Nor'easter off the Carolina coast is bringing dangerous flooding and winds to the coast, including along North Carolina's Outer Banks. Near hurricane-strength winds could push water on-shore, causing flooding dangerous to life and property. James Brierton provides a forecast update from Charlotte.
November 16, 2019
Meet NOAA's new weather satellites
Dr. Elsayed Talaat, Director of the Office of Projects, Planning and Analysis at NOAA’s Satellite and Information Service, discusses NOAA's COSMIC-2 satellite.
November 9, 2019
Halloween severe weather threat
There is a significant threat for severe weather just in time for Halloween trick-or-treating. The Carolina Weather Group is outlining the threat for damaging winds and tornadoes - and timing out the arrival of storms. Plus we ask the question: Can Halloween be rescheduled? Behind the storms, winter arrives in full swing. Prepare for a sudden temperature drop. To help us understand all of it, our guests: Brad Panovich, chief meteorologist at WCNC-TV in Charlotte, and Tim Buckley, chief meteorologist at WFMY-TV in Greensboro. And a special note about one of our own: Longtime Carolina Weather Group panelist and our dear friend Scotty Powell is asking for your thoughts and prayers. His mother suffered a stroke this past week and remains hospitalized in Charlotte. A fundraising page has been established for anyone interested in helping the family with the cost of food, travel, lodging, and more:
October 31, 2019
Understanding drought (Updated)
The Carolinas has been in drought conditions for weeks. We're deep diving to understand what causes a drought, what effects a drought has, and how we can get back on track. Our guest is Pam Knox of the University of Georgia.
October 24, 2019
Nestor remnants Sunday bring heavy rains and wind
The remnants of Tropical Storm Nestor are bringing heavy rain and winds to the Carolinas Sunday. James Brierton updates the severe weather outlook from Charlotte.
October 20, 2019
Reporting on climate's coastal impact
Our panelist Peter Planamente and his colleagues at the South Jersey Climate New are trying to fill a local news hole as it relates to weather and climate. Their terrain and coastal communities are not much unlike our own. They'll share their findings regarding climate's impact at the coast - plus an inside look at their student-driven, journalism cooperation. What can we learn here in the Carolina from their environmental and climate reporting? That's this week on the Carolina Weather Group.
October 20, 2019
5 things to know for the week ahead
The Carolina Weather Group discusses this week's top weather stories including Hurricane Dorian assistance, tropical updates, and the threat of wildfires. Plus a look at the increasing drought risk.
October 11, 2019
Tsunami-like waves at the Carolina coast
We're seeing about half a dozen mini, tsunami-like waves along the Carolina coast. What are they - and do we need to worry about them? Our guest is Christopher DiVeglio, Maritime Services Program Manager, who explains the phenomenon behind meteotsunamis and their impact on the Carolinas.
October 4, 2019
Solving Carolina's radar problem
Western North Carolina has a radar problem. It's especially troubling in places like Charlotte, Hickory, and Greensboro. In 2012, the poor quality of coverage caused an EF-2 tornado to go completely unwarned. How do we keep that from ever happening again? Charlotte chief meteorologists Brad Panovich, of WCNC-TV, and Eric Thomas, of WBTV-TV, think they and the NC Radar Project have a solution.
September 27, 2019
Hurricane Hugo @ 30
It's been 30 years since Hurricane Hugo came ashore just north of Charleston, South Carolina as a Category 4 storm. Within hours, it was ripping through the South Carolina midlands and into parts of western North Carolina, including Charlotte. Tonight, a special look back at Hugo's lasting effect in our communities - - and your personal stories surviving Hurricane Hugo. Hear from meteorologists, like Rob Fowler, Eric Thomas, and Larry Sprinkle. Get insight from former Charleston Mayor Joseph Riley, Jr. Plus your personal storm stories! RECORD YOUR STORY: SPECIAL THANKS: SCETV for sharing their footage. Find their special at
September 22, 2019
Humberto becomes a hurricane; relief from the heat in your forecast
Humberto was upgraded to a Category 1 hurricane overnight. James Brierton from Charlotte has the details along with your Monday morning forecast. Spoiler alert: Warm start to the week gives way to some relief later this week.
September 16, 2019
"Hurricane Dorian: Most challenging hurricane of my career"
Fresh off his video capturing adventures with Hurricane Dorian, Mark Sudduth of tells us about what he decribes as the "most challenging hurricane" of his career." Plus, he'll tell us about his 2018 documentary featuring Hurricane Florence, Hurricane Michael, and more. Mark always comes with amazing weather video and he did not disappointment! Our panel will also recap Hurricane Dorian's impacts on the Bahamas, North Carolina, and South Carolina. Plus a look at all your week's weather news!
September 13, 2019
RAW: NC Gov Roy Cooper Friday afternoon news conference
North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper holds a news conference Friday afternoon after touring Hurricane Dorian damage near Wilmington, NC. This is the entire raw audio from the news conference.
September 6, 2019
Dorian makes OBX landfall + NC Gov Roy Cooper news conference
Hurricane Dorian made landfall Friday morning as a category 1 hurricane near Cape Hatteras, North Carolina in the Outer Banks. James Brierton reports. Also included, the raw audio from North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper's Friday morning news conference.
September 6, 2019
Dorian within miles of Carolina coast
If Hurricane Dorian is ever to make a Carolina landfall, if could happen during sunrise Friday. After lashing South Carolina Thursday, North Carolina felt the brunt into the overnight. The eye of Dorian is within miles of the Carolina coast and could make landfall in the Outer Banks. James Brierton has the latest on the storm's forecasted path and the trail of damage it left behind.
September 6, 2019
RAW: SC Gov. McMaster news conference Thursday 1 p.m.
South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster and other state officials held a news conference Thursday afternoon during the height of Hurricane Dorian. This is audio from their entire news conference.
September 5, 2019
RAW: NC Gov Cooper Thursday morning news conference
North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper and other state officials held a news conference Thursday morning to discuss Hurricane Dorian. Here is the raw audio from the news conference.
September 5, 2019
FULL EPISODE: Dorian begins battering Carolina coast
In a special edition of our full, weekly show, the Carolina Weather Group panelist give you the Wednesday night update on Hurricane Dorian and it's potential impacts across the Carolinas.
September 5, 2019
RAW: SC Gov. McMaster's Dorian news conference Wednesday
South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster and other state officials discuss the arrival of Hurricane Dorian during a news conference Wednesday.
September 4, 2019
RAW: NC Gov Cooper on Dorian: Wed morning
North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper and other state officials discuss preparations ahead of Hurricane Dorian in this Wednesday morning news conference. Here is the raw audio from the entire news conference.
September 4, 2019
Hurricane Dorian arrives today in the Carolinas
The first effects of Hurricane Dorian arrive today in the Carolinas. Out ahead of the storm, tropical storm force-winds will give way to hurricane-force winds later - - but less important than the winds, is the dangerous flooding threat along the entire Carolina coast. The time to evacuation South Carolina's coast is nearly over and the deadline is quickly approaching for the North Carolina coast. Even at this hour, questions remain about exactly where the storm will be. Ever mile between the coast and Dorian's eye will make a huge difference. James Brierton has the latest forecast track and the warning from governors of both North Carolina and South Carolina.
September 4, 2019
Dorian could make Carolina landfall
Hurricane Dorian is causing catastrophic damage to the Bahamas. It is expected to slowly begin traveling north Tuesday. By Thursday, it could possibly be making landfall somewhere in the Carolinas as a likely category 2 storm. Ahead of this threat, South Carolina officials began evacuations earlier than scheduled Monday. We'll hear from the governors of both states after James Brierton provides a forecast up on Hurricane Dorian.
September 3, 2019
South Carolina begins Dorian evacuations
Ahead of Hurricane Dorian, coastal South Carolina begins evacuations Monday. A look at the evacuation order, Hurricane Dorian's expected impact, a news conference with South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster, and a look at your Labor Day forecast.
September 2, 2019
NC, SC governors on Darion preparations
North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper, South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster, and other state officials discuss preparations ahead of Hurricane Darion
September 1, 2019
Dorian a castrophic category 5
Hurricane Dorian has become of the strongest hurricanes in modern records with winds gusting near 200 mph. James Brierton has this update on the storm's forecast and expected impacts in the Carolinas. Plus a check of your Labor Day weekend forecast.
September 1, 2019
Hurricane Dorian tracks towards Carolinas
Coastal North Carolina and South Carolina now find themselves inside Hurricane Dorian's forecast track. James Brierton has the 2 p.m. update from the National Hurricane Center.
August 31, 2019
Hurricane Dorian & Labor Day weekend forecast
A life threatening flood event is expected in the Bahamas and Florida as Hurricane Dorian arrives. We're tracking the storm and it's much anticipated turn to the north, where it could eventually bring effects to the Carolina coast. Before it does, we look at your Labor Day weekend forecast.
August 31, 2019
Hurricane Dorian to become 'major hurricane' today
Hurricane Dorian is expected to strengthen to a Category 3 storm today with a landfall in Florida early next week. James Brierton has a look at your forecast and a preview of what this could mean for the Carolinas.
August 30, 2019
Preparing for Hurricane Dorian
We're tracking Hurricane Dorian. We have the latest on the storm as we revisit our interview with National Hurricane Center Director Ken Graham and other officials who attended the hurricane awareness tour in Charlotte. Listen as we talk to crews why fly the famous hurricane hunter aircraft directly into the eye of storms like Dorian!
August 29, 2019
How 5G could disrupt weather forecasting
Jordan Gerth  from the University of Wisconsin's Cooperative Institute for Meteorological Satellite Studies Space Science and Engineering Center discusses how 5G could disrupt weather forecasting.
August 22, 2019
The Weather Prediction Center???
Episode 288: Getting to know the Weather Prediction Center with WPC Director Greg Carbin
August 15, 2019
Should we remove advisories?
Do you still get confused by watches, warnings, and advisories? The National Weather Service wants to simplify its alerts - - and they want to hear from you! We talk with Eli Jacks of the National Weather Service Hazard Simplification Initiative.
August 9, 2019
How a plane crash lead to Charlotte's radar
A plane crash 25 years ago in Charlotte lead to the creation of Charlotte's first weather radar... but is it enough? Will today's radar prevent another disaster? Will it provide the much needed severe weather data? Our guests tonight are Investigative Reporter Nathan Morabito and Chief Metrologist Brad Panovich, both of WCNC-TV in Charlotte. Nathan has a documentary out on the crash of US Airways Flight 1016. You can view the entire video here: Plus, late breaking details on record breaking flooding in Greensboro as severe weather continues to impact all of the Carolinas.
August 1, 2019
Best job in the Carolinas
What if we told you there is a place where you could control the weather and try to (safely) break things? That place is the Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety in Chester County, South Carolina. Dr. Ian Giammanco is their Lead Research Meteorologist and Senior Director for Product Design.
July 25, 2019
Could the Carolinas Experience A Landslide?
Dr. Ben Mirus discusses Landslides in the Carolinas and across the nation.
July 17, 2019
Who is Ed Piotrowski?
Who is Ed Piotrowski? and what does he do? Listen to find out!
July 10, 2019
4th of July Hurricane Special
Never seen before interviews about the recent hurricane season.
July 3, 2019
Is Tornado Alley Moving Further East?
Do we think that tornado alley as we know it is shifting further to the east?
June 26, 2019
Weather and Baseball?!
Weather and Baseball?! 
June 19, 2019
Let it snow? Storm Chase Week - Day 6
Earlier this month, our Carolina Weather Group chase team wrapped up their multi-state severe weather storm chase with an unexpected weather type: snow!
June 17, 2019
How the North Carolina DOT Prepares for Severe Weather
Steve Abbot of the North Carolina DOT discusses how the organization prepares for severe weather.
June 12, 2019
Raw: NC Gov. Cooper, state officials on flooding, recovery efforts
North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper and other state officials provide an update on the flash flooding and recovery efforts in western North Carolina.
June 10, 2019
Flash Flood Special Report
Three North Carolina counties have declared states of emergency as flash flooding blocks roadways, creates sinkholes, and floods communities. A Flash Flood Watch remains in effect for portions of western North Carolina and upstate South Carolina overnight. The Carolina Weather Group has a look at the latest rainfall totals, the extent of the storm damage, and a forecast analysis that explains what is to come.
June 10, 2019
Something like home: Storm Chase Week - Day 4
Carolina Weather Group storm chase week finds our chasers in Texas, where Scotty Powell says he found something that reminds him of home in western North Carolina.
June 6, 2019
A White Squirrel with the Weather?
A Hands On Weather Study with Western Kentucky University's White Squirrel Weather 
June 5, 2019
Big Tornadoes in Kansas! - Storm Chase Week: Day 3
The Carolina Weather Group storm chase week continues in Kansas, where the team encounter several large and destructive tornadoes. Scotty Powell, Evan Fisher, and Chris Jackson called into this week's podcast to discuss.
May 31, 2019
Previewing the Tropical Season, plus storm chasing and heat records
It's a packed show this week. We're starting off with a feature interview previewing the hurricane season, which starts Saturday. Our guest is Dr. Phil Klotzbach of Colorado State University. Plus, we check-in with our storm chasers traveling the central plains for Carolina Weather Group storm chase week. And insight analysis into the week's record breaking heat - - and the answer to, "When will relief arrive?"
May 30, 2019
Storm Chase Week: Day 2 - Our first tornadoes
 For the first time in his life, Scotty Powell hears the sound of tornado sirens as the Carolina Weather Group kicks off storm chasing in Colorado. 
May 30, 2019
Storm Chase Week: Day 1 - Gearing Up
Chris, Scotty, and Evan are gearing up and headed out! They'll be chasing tornadoes this week in the central plains. Here's what they've got planned! Be sure to follow all week for updates from their trip.
May 27, 2019
Where does all of that weather data live?
Every minute of every day, countless amounts of weather data is recorded. So where does it all live? Who keeps all of those 'records?' We'll introduce you to one guy who does just that for the Global Historical Climatology Network.
May 23, 2019
Tornado Vulnerability in the Southeast
On episode 277, we discuss Tornado Vulnerability in the Southeast. We discuss how tornado outbreaks are different in the Southeast than the Midwest.  We discuss safe sheltering practices and how the public should prepare. Our guests: Stephen Strader - Assistant Professor in the Department of Geography and the Environment at Villanova University.  Dr. David Roueche - Assistant Professor of Civil Engineering at Auburn University, and an Associate Director of the Structural Extreme Events Reconnaissance (StEER) network
May 16, 2019
Talkin' Tropics
This week marks Hurricane Awareness Week across the United States. Carolina Weather Group welcomes University of Albany (New York) PHD Student Philippe Papin to the show to talk tropical weather. 
May 9, 2019
Open Mic Night: Carolina's radar problem, first tropical threat, and more!
 It's Open Mic Night: Fixing Carolina radars, first tropical threat, and more! Ask us your questions! Share your comments! We're here to talk! 
May 2, 2019
Special: Severe Weather Damage Findings + Hurricane Hunters encore
National Weather Service storm survey teams have concluded their investigators into damage left behind by tornadoes, wind, and other severe storms in the Carolinas on April 19. The Carolina Weather Group presents their findings. Plus, a look back at our interview with a Hurricane Hunter meteorologist, who flies on aircraft flown directly into hurricanes. NOAA's Hurricane Hunter aircraft are coming to Charlotte on May 9th. See them for yourself at Charlotte Douglas International Airport between 2 and 5p!
April 25, 2019
The week's severe weather in the Southeast
The spring severe weather season is in full swing across the Southeast. We look back at last weekend's tornado outbreak, and take a look ahead at a new threat Friday. The Carolina Weather Group panelist is joined by National Weather Service Meteorologist Jamie Morrow and the Siren Project's Warren Causey.
April 18, 2019
Are you covered? Weather and Insurance
Tonight the most interesting man in insurance Rob Galbraith joins us.  Rob Galbraith has over 20 years of experience pursuing and implementing new, innovative ideas in the P&C insurance industry to expand markets and improve profitability. Known as The Most Interesting Man In Insurance for his travels and commentary, Rob is a frequent speaker at industry conferences, media contributor, and recognized thought leader who specializes in underwriting risks in disaster-prone areas. We talk about how you and your family can be covered throughout any natural disaster.
April 11, 2019
Are you storm ready? #safeplaceselfie
On this episode of Carolina Weather Group, we discuss Spring and Summer hazards highlighted by NOAA's Weather Ready Nation campaign. You've seen the graphics, now meet the guy behind them. We welcome WRN program lead Doug Hilderbrand to the show.
April 4, 2019
Rewind: Baseball + Weather
We're launching a new series that provides highlights and insights from the Carolina Weather Group archive! "Carolina Weather Group: Rewinds" provides timely insights into today's news with our interviews from the past. Future episodes will debut first exclusively for Patreons... but this first episode is available free for everyone! Celebrate MLB Opening Day with a look back at our interview with Mace Michaels, a freelance meteorologist for the Minnesota Twins! Learn how an unfortunate timed storm can really mess up your starting pitcher! Learn how a freak snowstorm can leave 40,000 fans without seats - - and more! Play ball!
March 29, 2019
Infringing on your rights to be an idiot
We're talking lightning safety, hurricane preparedness, weather technology, and more with our friends Marc Johnson, from the Storm Front Freaks, and Dr. John Scala, from WeatherBrains.
March 28, 2019
What would you do in a tsunami?
Double helping tonight of Carolina Weather Group interviews! Starting first with tsunami preparedness week, featuring the program manager for California's Earthquake and Tsunami program. Plus a visit to Lee County, Alabama with The Sirens Project. And all your latest weather news on an all-new episode!
March 21, 2019
Talking space weather
Did you know that space is full of weather? Did you know there is such a thing as racing pigeons? Solar storms and emitted radiation can wreak havoc on Earth for humans (and birds). Rob Steenburgh, of NOAA's Space Weather Prediction Center, joins us from the middle of the blizzard in Colorado to talk space weather!
March 14, 2019
Tornado relief special
A special, extended program dedicated to helping communities recover and visiting the hardest hit areas. Plus, a look at how real-time storm warnings are relayed from the National Weather Service to your neighborhood.
March 7, 2019
4 Tornadoes Confirmed in South Carolina Sunday
Following storm survey investigations on Monday, the National Weather Service in Columbia, South Carolina confirmed four tornadoes touched down in the Midlands Sunday. An additional tornado was observed just across the border in Georgia. James Brierton and Jared Smith share details from the National Weather Service invesitgations.
March 5, 2019
Initial storm damage reports near Columbia, SC
At the conclusion of Sunday night's live severe weather coverage, James Brierton discusses the initial storm reports out of the Columbia metro area. The National Weather Service will be visiting severeal areas Monday to conduct storm surveys.
March 4, 2019
Baseball and weather
From snow, to heat, to lightning, meteorologist Mace Michaels forecasts it all for the Minnesota Twins major league baseball team. With the team in Florida for Spring training, Mace joins us from his home in the Twin Cities to talk about the atmosphere’s role in the ballgame. So the next time you’re watching your favorite team take on the Twins at Target Field and a rain delay is called, think of Mace and his watchful eyes on the sky. Mace also talks about his career in broadcast, spanning radio, to television, and digital.  
March 1, 2019
The mapmaker from Alaska
Tonight we're getting to know Brian Brettscheider, a climatologist based out of Anchorage, Alaska. Brian tells us all there is to know about Alaskan weather, plus he gives us a behind the scenes look at his map making success for social media. He might be more than 4,000 miles away but this is a show for everyone in the Carolinas! Plus weather headlines: Including thundersnow in the North Carolina mountains, a flooding threat across the region, and a change to the way one South Carolina county will receive weather bulletins.
February 21, 2019
Getting to Know: Ed Mansouri of WeatherSTEM
Ed Mansouri is the founder, architect and CEO of WeatherSTEM, a company that provides educational and information weather information to communities across the Southeast. Rooted in education, WeatherSTEM and their state-of-the-art weather systems, allow students, emergency managers and the public to watch and learn from weather in real-time. Join us as we get to know Ed and his company. Plus, the Carolina Weather Group with your latest news headlines, including: the resignation of the FEMA director, another pending government shutdown, the activation of GOES West satellite, and an bonus interview exploring the link between weather and the Takata air bag recall.
February 15, 2019
Power line-crushing ice
When Sidney Sperry, of the Oklahoma Association of Electric Cooperatives, approached Steven Piltz, Meteorologist-In-Charge at the National Weather Service office in Tulsa, Oklahoma, a whole new way to judge an ice storm's intensity was born. The Sperry-Piltz Ice Accumulation Index is an algorithm used to predict the damage potential of approaching ice storms.
February 8, 2019
Lunar eclipse - plus government shutdown, and Arctic cold air!
Tony Rice joins the Carolina Weather Group to talk about Sunday's lunar eclipse. Plus the panel brings you the latest on the government shutdown, and its affect on the National Weather Service; and the frigid cold air forecast.
January 20, 2019
Weekend ice, snow threat
The Carolina Weather Group is tracking winter weather in the Carolina. Join us for the latest forecast and reports from around the Carolinas.
January 13, 2019
Yes, Mr. President, we're grilling bacon
When storms hit, we can turn to "The Waffle House Index" to understand the storm's impact on the community. Waffle House's PR director with Pat Warner joins the Carolina Weather Group to explain why the federal government tracks their menu items to determine a community's level of response after a storm.
January 12, 2019
2018 Year In Review: Carolina hurricanes, floods, snow, and more.
YEAR IN REVIEW: From the tropics, flash flood emergencies, winter snow storms, and more: 2018 was a busy, weather-impactful year across every corner of the Carolinas. We met storm chasers using drones, watched cameras in the wake of Hurricane Florence, and encountered life-changing events that shape us all moving forward. Join us as we look back at the atmospheric moments that defined the year that was in the Carolinas.
January 3, 2019
Open mic night: Holiday travel, taking your questions, and more!
Join us for our last live show of 2018. We talk holiday travel forecast, the possibility of seeing a white Christmas, a coastal severe weather threat Thursday and more - - including live coverage of Expedition 57 returning home from the International Space Station.
December 20, 2018
Aboard NOAA's Hurricane Hunter aircraft - plus winter storm recap
Tonight we go behind the scenes of NOAA's Hurricane Hunter aircraft, which flies meteorologists into the eye's of storm to collect priceless data. Our guest: Heath Holbach, a meteorologist and hurricane hunter for NOAA. She'll tell us about his missions through storms like Hurricane Irma, Michael and more. We will also review this weekend's Carolina winter storm snow.
December 13, 2018
Tuesday: North Carolina governor on storm clean-up
North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper and other state officials deliever an update on the winter storm clean-up and aftermath in his state.
December 11, 2018
Monday: North Carolina governor on storm aftermath
North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper and other state officials provide an update following the weekend winter snow storm.
December 10, 2018
Sunday: Snow Highlights
Some communities in North Carolina and South Carolina saw their entire average winter snowfall Sunday - - and the season has not yet even begun. Video highlights from the Carolina Weather Group show the landmark December snowstorm the Carolinas.
December 10, 2018