More stories by Jerry Jackson

A not-so-popular “hot spot”…

Of all the planets, Mercury has the distinction of being both the smallest and the fastest in terms of orbit. Racing at a speed of nearly 31…

The many oddities of “Matthew”

Hurricane Matthew was not only one of the most destructive storms in North Carolina history, it was one of the oddest. For starters, Matthew…

“Maple nut goodies” in space…

Do you remember “maple nut goodies”? These delicious treats are created from a blend of peanuts, maple syrup, sugar, and a variety of other …

“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 …