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  • Lunch Contest Rules

    Lunch Contest Rules

    Friday, April 4 2014 3:24 PM EDT2014-04-04 19:24:04 GMT
    If you liked the Dan Bickford WSPA Facebook page by noon, March 29...you may end up with a free lunch!
    If you liked the Dan Bickford WSPA Facebook page by noon, March 29...you may end up with a free lunch!
  • Chilly Now, Warm for the Rest of Spring?

    Chilly Now, Warm for the Rest of Spring?

    Thursday, March 20 2014 6:26 PM EDT2014-03-20 22:26:03 GMT
    The spring outlook is out, and we may be in for a run of warmer than normal weather.
    The spring outlook is out, and we may be in for a run of warmer than normal weather.
  • A Forecaster's Problem

    A Forecaster's Problem

    Friday, March 7 2014 1:54 PM EST2014-03-07 18:54:04 GMT
    From the "thankful that wasn't us, this time" department:     A relatively big snow event was forecast this week for the Baltimore/Washington D.C. corridor.  Temperatures warmed up just enough to
    A reminder to us meteorologists that we need to let you know more than what we think will happen: at times we need to also let you know what could happen.
  • Spring Outlook: Expect Changeable Weather

    Spring Outlook: Expect Changeable Weather

    Tuesday, February 25 2014 10:17 AM EST2014-02-25 15:17:48 GMT
    "Near-normal" spring conditions could be a recipe for an uptick in stronger storms this year.
    "Near-normal" spring conditions could be a recipe for an uptick in stronger storms this year.
  • Weather Truth or Myth: In winter, it will snow one week after thunder.

    Weather Truth or Myth: In winter, it will snow one week after thunder.

    Tuesday, February 4 2014 12:02 PM EST2014-02-04 17:02:38 GMT
    Snowy, icy road conditions for Upstate S.C.Snowy, icy road conditions for Upstate S.C.
    With our relatively active winter weather pattern, I’ve seen the statement about “it will snow one week after thunder” more than a few times.  Weather truth or weather myth?
    With our relatively active winter weather pattern, I’ve seen the statement about “it will snow one week after thunder” more than a few times.  Weather truth or weather myth?
  • Need Weather? Think Locally…

    Need Weather? Think Locally…

    Friday, January 3 2014 7:15 PM EST2014-01-04 00:15:20 GMT
    If you need an update on LOCAL weather, would you go to a LOCAL or a national source?  One concentrates on the big picture, while the other only focuses on their LOCAL area.
    If you need an update on LOCAL weather, would you go to a LOCAL or a national source?  One concentrates on the big picture and perhaps a few select locations on any given day, while the other only focuses on what's happening minute-to-minute in their LOCAL area.
  • Time to View the Geminid Meteor Shower

    Time to View the Geminid Meteor Shower

    Wednesday, December 11 2013 5:55 PM EST2013-12-11 22:55:43 GMT
    The Geminid meteor shower is underway, and it will peak Friday night into early Saturday morning.
    The Geminid meteor shower is underway, and it will peak Friday night into early Saturday morning.
  • Sometimes You Just Can’t “What If?” in Weather.

    Sometimes You Just Can’t “What If?” in Weather.

    Saturday, November 30 2013 9:09 PM EST2013-12-01 02:09:18 GMT
    What if last week’s storm system had happened in a month or two?  How much snow/ice would we have seen?  That can't be accurately answered; weather is more complicated than that.
    What if last week’s storm system had happened in a month or two?  How much snow/ice would we have seen?  That can't be accurately answered; weather is more complicated than that.
  • A Brief, Partial Eclipse of the Sun

    A Brief, Partial Eclipse of the Sun

    Friday, November 1 2013 12:55 PM EDT2013-11-01 16:55:52 GMT
    A solar eclipse will take place this Sunday, November 3.  It will be seen in our area for a matter of minutes, right at sunrise.
    A solar eclipse will take place this Sunday, November 3.  It will be seen in our area for a matter of minutes, right at sunrise.
  • For Your Next Fireball...

    For Your Next Fireball...

    Wednesday, October 30 2013 2:13 PM EDT2013-10-30 18:13:00 GMT
    You’ve probably heard of meteor showers…and many have you have probably seen part of one. These happen regularly each year, when the Earth’s orbit passes through some band of space debris…usually not much more than dust particles. As these particles burn up in the atmosphere, we see “shooting stars”. Occasionally, a larger rock will enter the atmosphere…producing a “fireball”. Thanks to NASA, you can now follow some of them.
    You’ve probably heard of meteor showers…and many have you have probably seen part of one. These happen regularly each year, when the Earth’s orbit passes through some band of space debris…usually not much more than dust particles. As these particles burn up in the atmosphere, we see “shooting stars”. Occasionally, a larger rock will enter the atmosphere…producing a “fireball”. Thanks to NASA, you can now follow some of them.
  • What Are “The Models”, And Why Are They Not a Perfect “10”?

    What Are “The Models”, And Why Are They Not a Perfect “10”?

    Thursday, October 10 2013 11:56 AM EDT2013-10-10 15:56:08 GMT
    An Upper-Atmosphere Forecast MapAn Upper-Atmosphere Forecast Map
    If you’ve been watching weathercasts over the past few years, you’re probably hearing a lot of the following: “the models show”, “the computer models indicate”, “the models show Tropical Storm Karen will go this way”, and so forth.  What do we mean by "models", and why should we use caution in following them?
    If you’ve been watching weathercasts over the past few years, you’re probably hearing a lot of the following: “the models show”, “the computer models indicate”, “the models show Tropical Storm Karen will go this way”, and so forth.  What do we mean by "models", and why should we use caution in following them?
  • The Truth About Tornado Ratings

    The Truth About Tornado Ratings

    Friday, September 6 2013 3:27 PM EDT2013-09-06 19:27:55 GMT
    If you see me or anyone else talking about a tornado in the area that was determined to be an EF-whatever with wind speeds of whatever…it’s nothing more than an educated guess.
    If you see me or anyone else talking about a tornado in the area that was determined to be an EF-whatever with wind speeds of whatever…it’s nothing more than an educated guess.
  • Is That Storm Severe?

    Is That Storm Severe?

    Sunday, September 1 2013 7:43 PM EDT2013-09-01 23:43:18 GMT
    All t-storms have lightning!All t-storms have lightning!
    What is severe weather?  When are severe thunderstorm warnings issued?  Here is the definition for severe thunderstorms.
    What is severe weather?  When are severe thunderstorm warnings issued?  Here is the definition for severe thunderstorms.
  • It’s Shooting Star Season

    It’s Shooting Star Season

    Saturday, July 27 2013 4:40 PM EDT2013-07-27 20:40:14 GMT
    August brings the Perseid meteor showerAugust brings the Perseid meteor shower
    An annual space show is about upon us as we will be seeing two meteor showers over the next month.
    An annual space show is about upon us as we will be seeing two meteor showers over the next month.
  • Are We Losing Scientists?

    Are We Losing Scientists?

    Saturday, July 27 2013 4:32 PM EDT2013-07-27 20:32:14 GMT
    A report is out concerning a low amount of students going into science.  Why is this, and can it hurt us?
    A report is out concerning a low amount of students going into science.  Why is this, and can it hurt us?
  • August: Normal Temperatures, But More Rain?

    August: Normal Temperatures, But More Rain?

    Friday, July 19 2013 10:08 AM EDT2013-07-19 14:08:57 GMT
    August Temperature TrendsAugust Temperature Trends
    The NOAA/National Weather Service has released their monthly, long-term forecast update. It is currently forecasting an August with wetter than normal conditions but with near normal temperatures.
    The NOAA/National Weather Service has released their monthly, long-term forecast update. It is currently forecasting an August with wetter than normal conditions but with near normal temperatures.
  • Summer Heat Is Finally Here: Don't Forget To Stay Safe!

    Summer Heat Is Finally Here: Don't Forget To Stay Safe!

    Thursday, July 18 2013 9:30 AM EDT2013-07-18 13:30:04 GMT
    Summer Heat Is Back...Summer Heat Is Back...
    Our persistent wet weather pattern through much of June and July had one side benefit: we didn't have to worry about the heat!  Now that we've seen the return of 90-degree heat, you may be a little out of practice when it comes to ensuring the safety of you and others as the temperatures climb.
    Our persistent wet weather pattern through much of June and July had one side benefit: we didn't have to worry about the heat!  Now that we've seen the return of 90-degree heat, you may be a little out of practice when it comes to ensuring the safety of you and others as the temperatures climb.
  • Flooding: Expect the Unexpected

    Flooding: Expect the Unexpected

    Wednesday, June 19 2013 2:10 PM EDT2013-06-19 18:10:13 GMT
    Flooding on Asheville Highway (Mrs. Rolison)Flooding on Asheville Highway (Mrs. Rolison)
    Don't be surprised if more of us start seeing the "unexpected" when we get very heavy rain.
    Don't be surprised if more of us start seeing the "unexpected" when we get very heavy rain.
  • What You Should Learn from Friday’s Oklahoma Tornadoes

    What You Should Learn from Friday’s Oklahoma Tornadoes

    Saturday, June 1 2013 8:47 PM EDT2013-06-02 00:47:19 GMT
    The latest Oklahoma tornadoes serve up some reminders on what you need to do to stay safe.
    The latest Oklahoma tornadoes serve up some reminders on what you need to do to stay safe.
  • Three Planets, No Waiting

    Three Planets, No Waiting

    Saturday, May 11 2013 4:20 PM EDT2013-05-11 20:20:50 GMT
    Mercury, Venus, and Jupiter will be gathering in the western sky this month.
    Mercury, Venus, and Jupiter will be gathering in the western sky this month.
  • Want To Go To Mars?

    Want To Go To Mars?

    Friday, May 3 2013 12:48 PM EDT2013-05-03 16:48:27 GMT
    You can get your name sent to Mars later this year.
    You can get your name sent to Mars later this year.
  • Normal Is Never Normal

    Normal Is Never Normal

    Wednesday, May 1 2013 3:17 PM EDT2013-05-01 19:17:24 GMT
    Forest City funnel cloud (Robin Canterbury)Forest City funnel cloud (Robin Canterbury)
    As always, spring weather proves that there is no normal spring weather.
    As always, spring weather proves that there is no normal spring weather.
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