Environment

Environment
7:47 am
Fri January 24, 2014

200,000 Waterfowl At NC's Lake Mattamuskeet: A Symphony Of Sight And Sound

Migration of birds at Lake Mattamuskeet
Credit Lake Mattamuskeet Wildlife Refuge

The annual migration of waterfowl to Lake Mattamuskeet is underway in Swan Quarter. Roughly 200,000 birds were counted in the National wildlife refuge this month, continuing a rising trend over years past.  That means visitors to the lake are in for some noise for the next month or so. The  birds have made the refuge their temporary home.   John Stanton with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife service said it's a remarkable sound, followed by a remarkable silence:

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Environment
7:42 am
Thu January 23, 2014

Committee Charged To Clean-Up Jordan Lake

State lawmakers want to clean up an abundance of algae in Jordan Lake.
Credit Dave DeWitt

A committee of state lawmakers is trying to determine how to best clean-up Jordan Lake. The group met for the first time yesterday.  Jordan Lake has large amounts of nitrogen and phosphorus, which on their own don’t present any significant problem. But when those nutrients sit stagnant in the lake for as long as a year at a time, it leads to toxic algae and chlorophyll.  The state is going to soon start using something called the SolarBee, devices that will move water around and decrease stagnation.

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Environment
7:39 am
Thu January 23, 2014

Study: Electric Vehicles Have Little Impact On Emissions

Electric Drive Vehicle (EDV). Crystal Red Chevy Volt.
Credit Leoneda Inge

A new North Carolina State University study challenges common assumptions connecting electric vehicles and lower emissions.  

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Winter
8:36 am
Wed January 22, 2014

Meteorologist: Frigid Weather Is Here To Stay

The National Weather Service predicts that freezing temperatures will stick around until next week.
Credit National Weather Service

Rain became snow, and temperatures plummeted across much of North Carolina overnight. Most of the Triangle received a dusting, but areas north and west saw snow accumulations of up to 2.5 inches.

National Weather Service Meteorologist Barrett Smith said it's the latest in a string of Arctic cold fronts moving in from Canada.

“With the temperatures being in the low-to-mid-20s, where they are this morning, anything that looks wet on the roadway, you've got to assume that it's ice,” Smith said. “So, we're just cautioning everyone to be careful.”

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Environment
5:01 am
Mon January 20, 2014

Conservationists Have Concerns About Coal Ash Clean-Up

Credit Duke Energy via Flickr, Creative Commons

Environmental groups are asking to take part in negotiations over how to clean-up contaminated ground water sites. The state Division of Environment and Natural Resources – DENR – is trying to reach a settlement with Duke Energy about how to clean up sites contaminated with coal ash, from power plants. Many conservationists don’t think DENR’s proposed settlements will go far enough – and have asked a judge for permission to join the state’s lawsuit as plaintiffs.

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Winds
9:20 am
Mon January 13, 2014

'Oh No, Look At That!' Cameraman Captures Collapse Of Building In Weekend Winds

Ed Braz was recording rough weather outside when he captured the collapse of a nearby structure
Credit Ed Braz

Strong wind gusts whipped across central North Carolina over the weekend.  National Weather Service Forecaster Mike Strickler says straight wind gusts in Wake and Johnston Counties reached 100-plus miles per hour.

Raleigh Durham International Airport recorded its fastest wind gusts ever. 

A residential building under construction was blown apart. Videographer Ed Braz captured this remarkable footage of the collapse:

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Environment
3:27 pm
Wed January 8, 2014

Sacred Animal, White-tailed Deer, Heads To New Home On Cherokee Lands

White-tailed deer are sacred to many Native Americans
Credit NH Public Television/Nature Works

Starting this month a group of white tailed deer will be transported from Morrow Mountain State Park onto 56,000 acres of reservation lands of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians.

It's a project sponsored by the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission and the Cherokee Fisheries and Wildlife Management Program.

The move will help augment the reservation's population of deer which has been declining over the years.

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Environment
11:45 am
Tue January 7, 2014

8 Degree Windchill? Time To Go Paddleboarding

Paddleboarders are training all week, and will compete in a tournament this weekend
Coastal Urge

On the very first "Cold Stroke Classic" in Wrightsville Beach, NC, it was cold. Very cold. It was January after all.

One of the participants remembers it this way: "Two people actually wore survival suits. Most wore wetsuits with jackets over them. It was around freezing, but still, some people acted like this was some kind of nutty Polar Bear Club dare."

Turns out, no matter the outside temperature, it's actually not so cold when you stand on a board in the ocean and work your muscles as hard as you can, paddle-racing seven miles around an island. Who knew?

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Rodanthe Bridge
6:31 pm
Mon January 6, 2014

Rodanthe's Getting A New Bridge - But What Will It Look Like?

The new Rodanthe Bridge could go along the current easement for N.C. 12
Credit N.C.D.O.T.

The N.C. Department of Transportation has been planning to put a bridge at Rodanthe for some time. N.C. 12 is particularly susceptible to storm water breaches there, and so a bridge looks like the only way to keep the road viable, long-term.

There are two options for the bridge. Option 1: Go straight through Rodanthe, alongside the current route of N.C. 12. A one lane service road would remain in place to serve the private property alongside the highway.

Option 2: Send the new bridge around Rodanthe, into the Pamlico Sound.

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Cold Weather
8:17 am
Mon January 6, 2014

Arctic Cold Front Could Bring Single-Digit Temperatures To North Carolina

North Carolina temperatures are expected to drop to the single digits tonight, as an Arctic cold front moves into the area.
Credit David Park, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada on 27 Dec 2009. / Wikipedia Creative Commons

It will feel a lot like a breezy spring morning across much of the state, but temperatures will turn icy this afternoon and into tomorrow.

National Weather Service Meteorologist Phil Badgett said temperatures will be in the 60s in some places early in the day, before an Arctic cold front moves in this afternoon.

“We're looking for lows tonight of between 5 and 10 degrees,” Badgett says. “And we haven't been that cold since January of 1996.”

Badgett says his colleagues call cold fronts like these "The Polar Express".

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