More stories by Jerry Jackson

“To boldly go…”

Throughout NASA’s historic space shuttle program, a total of 6 shuttles were constructed- but not all of them were capable of spaceflight. T…

March hurricanes- just how rare?

In eastern North Carolina, March is a month of great atmospheric variability. Some of our largest snowstorms occurred in March, as well as s…

A mountain taller than Everest…

For centuries, Mt. Everest has inspired explorers here on Earth. But there are other mountains to be found in our solar system. In fact, the…

Flying cows and dreams of reality…

The movie “Twister” inspired a new generation of prospective meteorologists upon its release in 1996. As an exercise in pure spectacle, the …

Millions made simple…

Here on Earth, we measure distance in simple units- inches, feet, yards, miles. But the measure of distance becomes much more complicated wh…

2016 Yearender: Hurricane Matthew

GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – When Hurricane Floyd struck in 1999, it taught us the damage produced by a hurricane is not solely a function of s…

A rare February tropical storm

If you’re trying to avoid a hurricane, the month of February is your best bet. In the past 145 years of reliable record-keeping, only 1 trop…

Just how many thunderstorms exist?

Have you ever wondered how many thunderstorms form in a given year? For the answer, we turn to our colleagues at the National Severe Storms …

Weather School: Forever young…

GREENVILLE, NC (WNCT)-  Astronaut John Glenn’s accomplishments spanned over half a century. See more by clicking on the video.

“White Hurricane”

It doesn’t necessarily take a hurricane to produce hurricane-force winds. Occasionally, blizzards can pack an equally powerful punch. The Gr…