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Hurricane Fran: The last “big one”

North Carolina’s history is filled with landfalling hurricanes. But it may surprise you to know that only a few storms maintained “major” (Category 3 or higher) status at landfall. The most recent example is Hurricane Fran, which made landfall 20 years ago in September of 1996. Fran slammed our coast with 115 mph sustained winds, and created a 12 foot storm surge in the process. Damages approached $3 billion in NC alone, with flooding extending far inland away from the coast. In fact, residents of Raleigh faced rising flood waters around Crabtree Creek. Wind gusts of hurricane force were recorded…

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Sunday Science Tidbit; ITCZ: Inter-Tropical Convergence Zone

If you look at the Earth from space, you’ll notice a narrow band of clouds around the earth. In this week’s Sunday Science Tidbit we’re goin…

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Sunday Science Tidbit; Glories, Brocken Spectre, and Heiligenschein

In this week’s Sunday Science Tidbit we’re going to take a look at 3 optical events known as glories, brocken spectre, and heiligenschein. T…

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VIDEO: Sunday Science Tidbit: On The Road; Drag Racing and Weather

This week’s Sunday Science Tidbit went on the road to the ZMAX dragway. We’re going to take a look at how weather impacts a drag race car! T…