The Christmas week tornado of 2012

When you think of Christmas week, cold temperatures usually come to mind. However, there have been many “warm” Christmas holidays in eastern North Carolina. Occasionally, severe weather develops. On December 26, 2012, an advancing warm front combined with a favorable jet stream structure to produce severe weather in eastern North Carolina. An EF1 tornado developed in Carteret County, affecting the city of Beaufort. Storm winds were estimated at 90 mph, and produced damage to some nearby homes. Several trees were snapped by the high winds, but thankfully no major injuries or fatalities were produced by the tornado. This storm was…

Sunday Science Tidbit; Why do the leaves change colors?

It’s beginning to feel like autumn outside and in this week’s Sunday Science Tidbit, let’s talk about why the leaves change colors! Plants u…