Environment

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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First Day Hikes
5:00 am
Wed January 1, 2014

Parks Offer Free Hikes To Start 2014

A view from a state park in Hillsborough overlooking the Eno River
Credit Laura Candler

North Carolina's state parks will offer free hikes on New Year's Day, along with educational opportunities for children and adults alike. More than 40 outings are scheduled, rain or shine, as a healthy way to ring in the new year. Some hikes will be only a couple of miles, while others will run as long as 5 miles.

It's the third year the state parks system has offered free First Day Hikes. Park officials expect thousands to attend across the state.

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Pollinators
8:57 am
Fri December 27, 2013

Study: Native NC Bees Are More Efficient Pollinators

A new NC State study found that honey bees are more plentiful than smaller native bees, but less efficient pollinators.
Credit David Tarpy

Researchers at North Carolina State University have come up with a system to evaluate the efficiency and importance of different species of pollinators. 

The study's authors say insects are the primary pollinators of crops.  The researchers developed their system by looking at the behavior of bees in North Carolina blueberry fields. 

Hannah Burrack is an associate professor of entomology at NC State and a co-author of the study. 

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Weather
7:57 am
Fri December 27, 2013

Freezing Rain Gives Way To Warmer Days Before New Storms Approach

Freezing rain has coated much of the Triangle over the past two nights.
Credit David Park, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada on 27 Dec 2009. / Wikipedia Creative Commons

Winter weather has made for treacherous roadways in the Piedmont over the last couple of nights.

Barrett Smith is a meteorologist with the National Weather Service office in Raleigh. He says freezing rain is responsible for a number of traffic accidents in Chapel Hill and the Northern Triangle.

Smith says that freezing rain occurs when the air on the ground is colder than the air in the clouds.

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