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NOAA predicts 'above average' hurricane season. Here's how to prepare.

We are a week away from the official start of hurricane season. NOAA, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, put out their seasonal outlook today. The forecast calls for an above average season. They are forecasting the following:14 to 21 named storms6 to 10 hurricanes3 to 6 major hurricanesAn average season would have 14 named storms, seven hurricanes and three major hurricanes. → Read More

Researchers say 2022 Atlantic hurricane season forecast to be busy

The 2022 Atlantic hurricane season is forecast to be a busy one, according to researchers at Colorado State University. The reason is that La Niña conditions that are currently weak are expected to transition into a neutral El Niño by this summer or fall. The chances of a significant El Niño seem unlikely. Keep in mind that a strong El Niño produces more wind shear in the Atlantic, which helps… → Read More

Longest partial lunar eclipse of this century may be visible early Friday

The big question tonight is will the clouds clear in time for us to view the longest partial lunar eclipse this century. It’s going to be a close call, because clouds will still be clearing out behind the cold front. Hopefully we will be able to see it though, because we won’t have another partial lunar eclipse this long for another 600 years and it’s been close to 600 years since the last one.… → Read More

Lowcountry may see excessive heat Friday, with temps in upper 90s & heat index near 115

The heat is on! Temperatures will be well above average with highs in the middle to upper 90s on Friday, falling just shy of the record high of 100 from 1999. With the humidity factored in, it will feel like it's up around 110 at times and heat advisories may be issued. These will be the hottest temperatures in the Lowcountry so far this year. The National Weather Service in Charleston saysheat… → Read More

What we can expect in the Lowcountry during the supermoon and lunar eclipse

The full moon this month, called the flower moon since they are blooming everywhere, will be on Wednesday, May 26. It is also a supermoon, meaning that the full moon will be making its closest approach to the Earth. You see, the moon’s distance from the Earth varies as it moves around the planet. The perigee is the closest point in the orbit putting it approximately 28,000 miles closer to Earth… → Read More

NOAA predicts above-average Atlantic hurricane season for 2021

Hurricane season is right around the corner, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration released its season outlook on Thursday. Scientists at NOAA are predicting an above-average hurricane season in the Atlantic. They are forecasting 13 to 20 named storms, six to 10 hurricanes and three to five of those becoming major hurricanes. The average number of storms in a season is 14 named… → Read More

Armadillo makes rare appearance on the beach at Kiawah Island

It was certainly a rare sight captured on Kiawah Island over the weekend. M. Kristinik snapped a picture of an armadillo hanging out by the water. So, how unusual is it to see one of these animals on the island or by the water? “Armadillos showed up on Kiawah two to three years ago and are fairly common out here now, though I have never seen a live one on the beach,” said Jim Jordan, Kiawah… → Read More

2020 hurricane season already busy with peak approaching

We are less than three weeks away from the peak of hurricane season, but it’s already active. It’s been a busy season. We have already had 12 named storms. Only two have been hurricanes up to this point, but I expect that to change next week. Both Tropical Storm Laura or, eventually, Tropical Storm Marco (currently Tropical Depression Fourteen) are forecast to become hurricanes at this time.… → Read More

Lowcountry, get ready for the coldest night of the year

Monday night will be the coldest the area has been in about a year as temperatures will dip down into the middle 20s inland and lower 30s on the coast. For Monday night, bring in the pets and plants as well as throw an extra blanket on the bed. The cold high will slide east toward the coast through early Wednesday resulting in moderating temperatures. Clouds will be on the increase but rain… → Read More

Camp Rise Above kicks off summer session

School is out for the summer, which means camp is in session. Kids have been flocking to James Island County Park this week for Camp Rise Above. It’s a unique camp that offers fun, life-changing experiences for those with serious illnesses, life challenges → Read More

Camp Rise Above offers summer fun for children with disabilities

It’s only spring, but most of us are dreaming about warmer weather, time on the beach or in the pool. And for lots of kids are also looking forward to summer camp, especially those that attend Camp Rise Above. But they aren’t the only ones looking forward → Read More

February 2018 was the warmest in Charleston history

It’s still officially winter, but lately it has felt more like spring. Flowers are starting to bloom and the pollen is already covering everything in sight. The spring-like weather comes alongside the warmest February ever recorded in Charleston. February → Read More

Cooler temps, chance of showers today

A cold front will slide through the area this morning, bringing the slight chance of a shower and ushering in some slightly cooler air. The afternoon will feature a mix of sun and clouds with highs in the middle to upper 60s. VIEW EXTENDED FORECASTAs high → Read More

Charleston Weather Forecast: Thursday brings coldest temps in 237 days

Today will be the first time in 237 days that high temperatures have failed to make it as warm as 60 degrees. It will be cloudy, cool and rainy today with highs only in the upper 50s. The rain will end tonight and the clouds will gradually clear as tempera → Read More

Spooky Halloween forecast reveals fantastic trick-or-treating weather

Temperatures will be cool this morning, but will warm up nicely by this afternoon thanks to lots of sunshine. Highs will be in the middle 70s, which is seasonal for late October. Trick-or-treating weather will be fantastic...not too warm and not too cold w → Read More

The big chill: Area sees coldest weather since March 2016

This is the coldest weather we've seen in the Lowcountry since about March 20th, when we had a low of 35. Temps have dropped down into the 30s this morning, but with plenty of sunshine will climb into the lower 60s this afternoon. After a chilly start, a w → Read More

When will it feel like fall?

It’s fall y’all! Of course, it doesn’t feel like it right now. Temperatures have been feeling pretty summer-like the past few days with highs in the upper 80s to lower 90s. This looks to be summer’s last gasp though, so try to stay cool knowing that relief → Read More

Hurricane Irma: What you need to know for the Charleston area

Hurricane Irma has lots of people on edge as some remember back to 1989 when Hurricane Hugo made landfall while others still have fresh pictures of Hurricane Harvey in their minds. It’s important to stick to the facts when dealing with a major hurricane li → Read More

Charleston will have front row seats during eclipse, and will be home base for NASA

It's an event 99 years in the making. A total solar eclipse is exactly 2 months away, happening August 21.Everyone in the United States will see at least a partial solar eclipse, but parts of only 14 states will see the total eclipse. That includes Charles → Read More

Potential tropical cyclone explained

What on earth is a potential tropical cyclone?It’s a new product by the National Hurricane Center this year, so most meteorologists like myself are learning as we go along. The first one was issued on Sunday June 18th. The NHC labelled the strong tropical → Read More