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  • First Alert Forecast: summery like weather continues this week

    First Alert Forecast: summery like weather continues this week

    Monday, May 29 2017 8:21 PM EDT2017-05-30 00:21:49 GMT

    A summery subtropical ridge of high pressure will favor a pattern of slightly above average temperatures and humidity levels for the week ahead. Upper-level disturbances will periodically act in tandem with daytime heating to produce some showers and thunderstorms.

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    A summery subtropical ridge of high pressure will favor a pattern of slightly above average temperatures and humidity levels for the week ahead. Upper-level disturbances will periodically act in tandem with daytime heating to produce some showers and thunderstorms.

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  • NOAA releases 2017 Atlantic Hurricane Season forecast

    NOAA releases 2017 Atlantic Hurricane Season forecast

    Thursday, May 25 2017 12:29 PM EDT2017-05-25 16:29:18 GMT

    NOAA - the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration - released its 2017 Hurricane Season forecast for the Atlantic Basin Thursday.

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    NOAA - the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration - released its 2017 Hurricane Season forecast for the Atlantic Basin Thursday.

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  • Hurricane cone-ology

    Hurricane cone-ology

    Today, satellites and supercomputers have vastly improved hurricane forecasting and warning. But one of our age's best tools for communicating a hurricane threat, the National Hurricane Center's official “forecast cone," can be misrepresented and is often misunderstood.

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    Today, satellites and supercomputers have vastly improved hurricane forecasting and warning. But one of our age's best tools for communicating a hurricane threat, the National Hurricane Center's official “forecast cone," can be misrepresented and is often misunderstood.

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  • 'Hurricane Hunters' visit NC as part of hurricane awareness tour

    'Hurricane Hunters' visit NC as part of hurricane awareness tour

    Thursday, May 11 2017 6:28 PM EDT2017-05-11 22:28:57 GMT
    Major Devon Meister of the United States Air Force says a comming misconception is that pilots fly over a hurricane. Instead pilots fly directly through the storm at a reduced rate of speed. (Source: WECT)Major Devon Meister of the United States Air Force says a comming misconception is that pilots fly over a hurricane. Instead pilots fly directly through the storm at a reduced rate of speed. (Source: WECT)

    Hurricane Hunters take to the skies during these dangerous storms to get real-time measurements and other important data that help forecasters better track their movements.

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    Hurricane Hunters take to the skies during these dangerous storms to get real-time measurements and other important data that help forecasters better track their movements.

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  • May 7 to 13 is Hurricane Preparedness Week

    May 7 to 13 is Hurricane Preparedness Week

    Monday, May 8 2017 7:40 AM EDT2017-05-08 11:40:42 GMT
    The average "return period" of a hurricane of any strength coming within 50 miles of a given point in the Cape Fear Region is six years. Matthew (2016) and Arthur (2014) were the most recent examples. (Source: WECT)The average "return period" of a hurricane of any strength coming within 50 miles of a given point in the Cape Fear Region is six years. Matthew (2016) and Arthur (2014) were the most recent examples. (Source: WECT)

    Hurricanes are irregular visitors to the Cape Fear Region; these ferocious storms require vigilance, preparedness, and, sometimes, life and property-saving action. May 7-13 is Hurricane Preparedness Week.

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    Hurricanes are irregular visitors to the Cape Fear Region; these ferocious storms require vigilance, preparedness, and, sometimes, life and property-saving action. May 7-13 is Hurricane Preparedness Week.

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  • Updating your insurance

    Hurricane Preparedness Week is your time to prepare for a potential land-falling tropical storm or hurricane. Officials are reminding you that updating your insurance is an important part of preparing.

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    Hurricane Preparedness Week is your time to prepare for a potential land-falling tropical storm or hurricane. Officials are reminding you that updating your insurance is an important part of preparing.

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  • Much of NC will have to travel to see sun disappear in 'Great American Eclipse'

    Much of NC will have to travel to see sun disappear in 'Great American Eclipse'

    Friday, March 17 2017 12:34 PM EDT2017-03-17 16:34:49 GMT

    The sun is going to disappear in parts of the country this year - and no, it's not the end of the world. On August 21, what is being dubbed the "Great American Eclipse" will put us in the dark in parts across the country. 

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    The sun is going to disappear in parts of the country this year - and no, it's not the end of the world. On August 21, what is being dubbed the "Great American Eclipse" will put us in the dark in parts across the country. 

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  • Local NOAA Doppler radar out of service this week

    Local NOAA Doppler radar out of service this week

    Monday, February 20 2017 11:31 AM EST2017-02-20 16:31:57 GMT

    Southeastern North Carolina's primary NOAA Doppler weather radar, located near Shallotte, Brunswick County, will be offline for most of the week of February 20.

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    Southeastern North Carolina's primary NOAA Doppler weather radar, located near Shallotte, Brunswick County, will be offline for most of the week of February 20.

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  • NWS: EF-1 tornado confirmed in Brunswick County

    NWS: EF-1 tornado confirmed in Brunswick County

    NWS: EF-1 tornado confirmed in Brunswick County

    Friday, February 17 2017 1:42 PM EST2017-02-17 18:42:26 GMT

    The National Weather Service says a tornado touched down in Brunswick County Wednesday. 

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    The National Weather Service says a tornado touched down in Brunswick County Wednesday. 

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  • First Alert Team ranks top 2016 local weather events

    First Alert Team ranks top 2016 local weather events

    Friday, December 30 2016 11:34 AM EST2016-12-30 16:34:54 GMT

    This year will be remembered as a warm and wet year in the Cape Fear Region - heavy on thunderstorms and tropical systems and light on winter weather. 

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    This year will be remembered as a warm and wet year in the Cape Fear Region - heavy on thunderstorms and tropical systems and light on winter weather. 

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  • Bruising 2016 Atlantic hurricane season concludes

    Bruising 2016 Atlantic hurricane season concludes

    Wednesday, November 30 2016 12:08 PM EST2016-11-30 17:08:10 GMT

    The bruising Atlantic hurricane season of 2016 officially ended November 30. The season featured 15 total named storms including seven hurricanes - close to most pre-season predictions.

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    The bruising Atlantic hurricane season of 2016 officially ended November 30. The season featured 15 total named storms including seven hurricanes - close to most pre-season predictions.

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  • Changing the pattern: La Nina may emerge for upcoming winter months

    Changing the pattern: La Nina may emerge for upcoming winter months

    Monday, November 14 2016 10:23 AM EST2016-11-14 15:23:34 GMT
    The polar jet stream will be farther north this winter, locking most of the cold air there - the sub-tropical jet will also be a bit farther north - taking with it most of the storm systems; this is not good news for the already drought-stricken southeastThe polar jet stream will be farther north this winter, locking most of the cold air there - the sub-tropical jet will also be a bit farther north - taking with it most of the storm systems; this is not good news for the already drought-stricken southeast

    Just as weather systems come and go, so do the overreaching patterns that cause the storms to develop - La Nina is set to being the dominating factor in our winter outlook.

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    Just as weather systems come and go, so do the overreaching patterns that cause the storms to develop - La Nina is set to being the dominating factor in our winter outlook.

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  • Weather blog: are 90 day forecasts reliable?

    Weather blog: are 90 day forecasts reliable?

    Monday, April 11 2016 6:52 PM EDT2016-04-11 22:52:31 GMT
    Tuesday, April 12 2016 8:01 AM EDT2016-04-12 12:01:56 GMT

    In recent years, the science of meteorology has become much more advanced in its technology and accuracy. But even with these improvements and upgrades, has the accuracy become good enough for 90 day forecasts? 

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    In recent years, the science of meteorology has become much more advanced in its technology and accuracy. But even with these improvements and upgrades, has the accuracy become good enough for 90 day forecasts? 

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  • 2015 Top 5 Weather Events in southeast North Carolina

    2015 Top 5 Weather Events in southeast North Carolina

    Thursday, December 31 2015 10:07 AM EST2015-12-31 15:07:22 GMT
    Thursday, December 31 2015 9:54 PM EST2016-01-01 02:54:13 GMT

    We had our fair share of weather events just this year, from ice to thunderstorms, tropical systems and flooding, we've had it all. Here's a look at the top 5 weather events that shaped our year in southeastern North Carolina. 

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    We had our fair share of weather events just this year, from ice to thunderstorms, tropical systems and flooding, we've had it all. Here's a look at the top 5 weather events that shaped our year in southeastern North Carolina. 

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  • Fall frost, freeze climatology for southeast North Carolina

    Fall frost, freeze climatology for southeast North Carolina

    Tuesday, September 22 2015 11:43 AM EDT2015-09-22 15:43:32 GMT
    Tuesday, September 22 2015 12:22 PM EDT2015-09-22 16:22:09 GMT
    Average first fall frosts and freezes for the lower Cape Fear region. (Source: WECT)Average first fall frosts and freezes for the lower Cape Fear region. (Source: WECT)
    Fall officially begins at 4:21 a.m. September 23rd; with the transition into the new season, days by the beach go by the wayside, the air becomes more and more crisp and cooler days are ahead as our available daylight hours dwindle. Frost and freezes become something to watch for local farmers and gardeners as the season rolls on.  More >>
    Fall officially begins at 4:21 a.m. September 23rd; with the transition into the new season, days by the beach go by the wayside, the air becomes more and more crisp and cooler days are ahead as our available daylight hours dwindle. Frost and freezes become something to watch for local farmers and gardeners as the season rolls on. 
     
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  • Weather 101: Severe thunderstorm criteria

    Weather 101: Severe thunderstorm criteria

    Monday, June 29 2015 1:35 PM EDT2015-06-29 17:35:43 GMT
    Monday, June 29 2015 1:35 PM EDT2015-06-29 17:35:43 GMT
    One of the questions we get into the weather center is why one thunderstorm can be deemed severe while another one will not be.The National Weather Service, who will issue a severe thunderstorm warning, has criteria to do so.More >>
    One of the questions we get into the weather center is why one thunderstorm can be deemed severe while another one will not be.The National Weather Service, who will issue a severe thunderstorm warning, has criteria to do so.More >>
  • Gov. McCrory declares June 8-12 Rip Current Awareness Week

    Gov. McCrory declares June 8-12 Rip Current Awareness Week

    Monday, June 8 2015 8:48 AM EDT2015-06-08 12:48:49 GMT
    Monday, June 8 2015 8:51 AM EDT2015-06-08 12:51:49 GMT
    Rip currents were the number one cause of surf zone related fatalities, accounting for 79% in 2014. (Source: Carolina Beach PD)Rip currents were the number one cause of surf zone related fatalities, accounting for 79% in 2014. (Source: Carolina Beach PD)
    Governor Pat McCrory announced the week of June 8-12 to be Rip Current Awareness Week to further inform and educate the public of these beach hazards.More >>
    Governor Pat McCrory announced the week of June 8-12 to be Rip Current Awareness Week to further inform and educate the public of these beach hazards.More >>
  • Weather 101: Is 'heat lightning' real?

    Weather 101: Is 'heat lightning' real?

    Sunday, June 7 2015 10:41 AM EDT2015-06-07 14:41:27 GMT
    Monday, June 8 2015 7:42 AM EDT2015-06-08 11:42:02 GMT
    If you have lived in the south most of your life, you've probably heard your parents or grandparents on a seemingly clear and hot summer night call silent, random flashes of light in the sky "heat lightning". But what is "heat lightning"? Is it real or an illusion and why doesn't it make a sound?More >>
    If you have lived in the south most of your life, you've probably heard your parents or grandparents on a seemingly clear and hot summer night call silent, random flashes of light in the sky "heat lightning". But what is "heat lightning"? Is it real or an illusion and why doesn't it make a sound?More >>
  • 2015 Hurricane Preparedness Week: taking action

    2015 Hurricane Preparedness Week: taking action

    Saturday, May 30 2015 10:40 AM EDT2015-05-30 14:40:00 GMT
    Saturday, May 30 2015 10:50 AM EDT2015-05-30 14:50:44 GMT
    Source: WECTSource: WECT
    The final topic of the Hurricane Preparedness Week for 2015 is taking action.More >>
    The final topic of the Hurricane Preparedness Week for 2015 is taking action.More >>
  • 2015 North Carolina Hurricane Preparedness Week: prepare and have a plan

    2015 North Carolina Hurricane Preparedness Week: prepare and have a plan

    Friday, May 29 2015 7:51 AM EDT2015-05-29 11:51:01 GMT
    Friday, May 29 2015 8:37 AM EDT2015-05-29 12:37:22 GMT
    Keep a disaster supply kit ready in case you need to use it during a tropical system. (Source: wunderground.com)Keep a disaster supply kit ready in case you need to use it during a tropical system. (Source: wunderground.com)
    Making a plan and being prepared is a key to preventing loss of life and minimizing damage to property.More >>
    Making a plan and being prepared is a key to preventing loss of life and minimizing damage to property.More >>
  • 2015 North Carolina Hurricane Preparedness Week: the forecast process

    2015 North Carolina Hurricane Preparedness Week: the forecast process

    Tuesday, May 26 2015 12:07 PM EDT2015-05-26 16:07:24 GMT
    Thursday, May 28 2015 8:00 AM EDT2015-05-28 12:00:27 GMT
    Tropical Storm Ana moving toward the NC coastline in early May. (Source: NASA)Tropical Storm Ana moving toward the NC coastline in early May. (Source: NASA)
    The process of forecasting a tropical system starts just like forecast for any other systems, with figuring out the state of the atmosphere in the here in now.More >>
    The process of forecasting a tropical system starts just like forecast for any other systems, with figuring out the state of the atmosphere in the here in now.More >>
  • 2015 North Carolina Hurricane Preparedness Week: the hazards

    2015 North Carolina Hurricane Preparedness Week: the hazards

    Monday, May 25 2015 1:01 PM EDT2015-05-25 17:01:23 GMT
    Tuesday, May 26 2015 5:01 AM EDT2015-05-26 09:01:59 GMT
    As the 2015 tropical season approaches, it's a good time to have a reminder of what these powerful storm systems can do to impact the landscape with the hazards of storm surge, high winds and inland flooding.More >>
    As the 2015 tropical season approaches, it's a good time to have a reminder of what these powerful storm systems can do to impact the landscape with the hazards of storm surge, high winds and inland flooding.More >>
  • 2015 North Carolina Hurricane Preparedness Week: Are you ready?

    2015 North Carolina Hurricane Preparedness Week: Are you ready?

    Sunday, May 24 2015 10:12 AM EDT2015-05-24 14:12:19 GMT
    Monday, May 25 2015 10:59 AM EDT2015-05-25 14:59:28 GMT
    May 24-30 has been designated North Carolina Hurricane Preparedness week.More >>
    May 24-30 has been designated North Carolina Hurricane Preparedness week.More >>
  • Ana's early jump not a sign of a more active tropical season

    Ana's early jump not a sign of a more active tropical season

    Monday, May 11 2015 12:36 PM EDT2015-05-11 16:36:11 GMT
    Monday, May 11 2015 12:42 PM EDT2015-05-11 16:42:28 GMT
    Tropical Storm Ana as it moved across the Carolina Sunday afternoon. (Source: WECT)Tropical Storm Ana as it moved across the Carolina Sunday afternoon. (Source: WECT)
    In the wake of Ana, southeast North Carolinians may be wondering what the rest of the season may bring us and if Ana was a harbinger for what is to come.More >>
    In the wake of Ana, southeast North Carolinians may be wondering what the rest of the season may bring us and if Ana was a harbinger for what is to come.More >>
  • Weather 101: Watches vs. Warnings: What is the difference?

    Weather 101: Watches vs. Warnings: What is the difference?

    Tuesday, April 28 2015 11:05 AM EDT2015-04-28 15:05:43 GMT
    Tuesday, April 28 2015 11:23 AM EDT2015-04-28 15:23:45 GMT
    As we move through severe weather season, it's a good idea to be reminded the differences between a watch and a warning.More >>
    As we move through severe weather season, it's a good idea to be reminded the differences between a watch and a warning.More >>
  • How to use the new WECT Weather App

    How to use the new WECT Weather App

    The new WECT Weather app has many features you can use every day to keep you and your family ahead of changing weather conditions; lightning and severe weather alerts, ability to watch live severe weather coverage and a forecast that is updated locally by your First Alert Weather team.

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    The new WECT Weather app has many features you can use every day to keep you and your family ahead of changing weather conditions; lightning and severe weather alerts, ability to watch live severe weather coverage and a forecast that is updated locally by your First Alert Weather team.

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  • Beach wedding goes forward during height of Hermine

    Beach wedding goes forward during height of Hermine

    Monday, September 5 2016 8:50 AM EDT2016-09-05 12:50:03 GMT

    Hermine may not have been a hurricane but it was certainly a healthy tropical storm when it rolled up the Carolina Coast Friday, September 2. But Sydney Freeman and Corey Cockerham allowed neither wind nor rain nor sea spray to derail their afternoon surf-side wedding at Ocean Isle Beach.

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    Hermine may not have been a hurricane but it was certainly a healthy tropical storm when it rolled up the Carolina Coast Friday, September 2. But Sydney Freeman and Corey Cockerham allowed neither wind nor rain nor sea spray to derail their afternoon surf-side wedding at Ocean Isle Beach.

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  • Researchers revise Carolina hurricane history, bump Gracie to Cat. 4

    Researchers revise Carolina hurricane history, bump Gracie to Cat. 4

    Tuesday, August 23 2016 11:47 AM EDT2016-08-23 15:47:54 GMT

    The summer of 2016 brought a key revision to Carolina hurricane history: Gracie of 1959 has been upgraded from a Category 3 to a Category 4 storm. 

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    The summer of 2016 brought a key revision to Carolina hurricane history: Gracie of 1959 has been upgraded from a Category 3 to a Category 4 storm. 

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  • Mark your calendars: August 21st, 2017 will feature the “Great American Eclipse”

    Mark your calendars: August 21st, 2017 will feature the “Great American Eclipse”

    Sunday, August 21 2016 5:23 PM EDT2016-08-21 21:23:37 GMT

    It’s a once in a lifetime opportunity for the entire lower 48 of the United States to see a total solar eclipse; and we have a front-row seat for the event in southeast North Carolina.

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    It’s a once in a lifetime opportunity for the entire lower 48 of the United States to see a total solar eclipse; and we have a front-row seat for the event in southeast North Carolina.

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  • 2016 NOAA hurricane season forecast expected to be near-normal

    2016 NOAA hurricane season forecast expected to be near-normal

    Friday, May 27 2016 11:59 AM EDT2016-05-27 15:59:15 GMT

    The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration issued their seasonal outlook for the 2016 hurricane season, which starts on June 1st, calling for a 'near-normal' Atlantic tropical season.

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    The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration issued their seasonal outlook for the 2016 hurricane season, which starts on June 1st, calling for a 'near-normal' Atlantic tropical season.

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  • CSU Atlantic Hurricane Season forecast for 2016: a bit busier than 2015

    CSU Atlantic Hurricane Season forecast for 2016: a bit busier than 2015

    Thursday, April 14 2016 9:01 AM EDT2016-04-14 13:01:54 GMT
    Thursday, April 14 2016 10:38 AM EDT2016-04-14 14:38:04 GMT

    The 2016 Atlantic Hurricane Season will have near-average tropical storm and hurricane activity, according to renowned hurricane researchers Drs. Philip Klotzbach and William Gray of Colorado State University.

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    The 2016 Atlantic Hurricane Season will have near-average tropical storm and hurricane activity, according to renowned hurricane researchers Drs. Philip Klotzbach and William Gray of Colorado State University.

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  • Tornado touchdowns confirmed in Duplin County

    Tornado touchdowns confirmed in Duplin County

    Thursday, February 25 2016 5:43 PM EST2016-02-25 22:43:14 GMT
    Friday, February 26 2016 7:51 AM EST2016-02-26 12:51:43 GMT

    According to the National Weather Service in Newport and Morehead City, two tornadoes touched down in Duplin County Wednesday afternoon. 

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    According to the National Weather Service in Newport and Morehead City, two tornadoes touched down in Duplin County Wednesday afternoon. 

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  • When he wants spring-like weather, Punxsutawney Phil's handler visits SE NC

    Monday, February 1 2016 10:07 AM EST2016-02-01 15:07:11 GMT
    Tuesday, February 2 2016 4:20 AM EST2016-02-02 09:20:41 GMT

    "Punxsutawney Phil" may be the star of Groundhog Day, but Phil's exclusive "Inner Circle" members are important players, too. And when Punxsy Phil's handler wants to escape the Pennsylvania winter and simulate an "early spring," he likes to visit sunny southeastern North Carolina.

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    "Punxsutawney Phil" may be the star of Groundhog Day, but Phil's exclusive "Inner Circle" members are important players, too. And when Punxsy Phil's handler wants to escape the Pennsylvania winter and simulate an "early spring," he likes to visit sunny southeastern North Carolina.

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  • Dew point temperatures: more useful than relative humidity?

    Dew point temperatures: more useful than relative humidity?

    Friday, September 18 2015 11:30 AM EDT2015-09-18 15:30:27 GMT
    Friday, September 18 2015 5:50 PM EDT2015-09-18 21:50:20 GMT
    The dew point temperature is a great gauge of your comfort level with respect to humidity. (Source: WECT)The dew point temperature is a great gauge of your comfort level with respect to humidity. (Source: WECT)
    From lip-chappingly low 20s, to crisp and comfy 40s and 50s, to sultry 70s - dew point temperatures always tell you a solid weather story!More >>
    From lip-chappingly low 20s, to crisp and comfy 40s and 50s, to sultry 70s - dew point temperatures always tell you a solid weather story!More >>
  • Waterspout sighted near New Topsail Inlet

    Waterspout sighted near New Topsail Inlet

    Wednesday, September 9 2015 11:19 AM EDT2015-09-09 15:19:45 GMT
    Wednesday, September 9 2015 1:46 PM EDT2015-09-09 17:46:22 GMT
    A strong downpour spawned a waterspout near New Topsail Inlet between 10 and 10:30 Wednesday morning.More >>
    A strong downpour spawned a waterspout near New Topsail Inlet between 10 and 10:30 Wednesday morning.More >>
  • NOAA predicts a total of 6-11 named storms for the 2015 hurricane season

    NOAA predicts a total of 6-11 named storms for the 2015 hurricane season

    Wednesday, May 27 2015 12:28 PM EDT2015-05-27 16:28:34 GMT
    Wednesday, May 27 2015 12:28 PM EDT2015-05-27 16:28:34 GMT
    NOAA expects a total of 6-11 named storms, including 3-6 hurricanes and 0-2 major (Cat. 3+) hurricanes. (Preseason Tropical Storm Ana, which impacted the Carolina Coast earlier in May, would be included in these totals.)More >>
    NOAA expects a total of 6-11 named storms, including 3-6 hurricanes and 0-2 major (Cat. 3+) hurricanes. (Preseason Tropical Storm Ana, which impacted the Carolina Coast earlier in May, would be included in these totals.)More >>
  • Weather 101: Understanding the new SPC risk categories

    Weather 101: Understanding the new SPC risk categories

    Monday, April 13 2015 1:19 PM EDT2015-04-13 17:19:03 GMT
    Monday, April 13 2015 1:21 PM EDT2015-04-13 17:21:43 GMT
    Within the past year, the Storm Prediction Center, or SPC, has revamped its risk categories used when forecasting severe weather zones.More >>
    Within the past year, the Storm Prediction Center, or SPC, has revamped its risk categories used when forecasting severe weather zones.More >>
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    Experts predict 'quiet' hurricane season in the Atlantic

    Experts predict 'quiet' hurricane season in the Atlantic

    Thursday, April 9 2015 11:33 AM EDT2015-04-09 15:33:31 GMT
    Thursday, April 9 2015 11:33 AM EDT2015-04-09 15:33:31 GMT
    Experts predict the 2015 hurricane season will be one of the least active seasons since the middle of the 20th century. Renowned tropical meteorology researchers Drs. Philip Klotzbach and William Gray released their 2015 Atlantic Hurricane Season forecast Thursday. 
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    Experts predict the 2015 hurricane season will be one of the least active seasons since the middle of the 20th century. Renowned tropical meteorology researchers Drs. Philip Klotzbach and William Gray released their 2015 Atlantic Hurricane Season forecast Thursday. 

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  • Weather 101: Cold Air Damming

    Weather 101: Cold Air Damming

    Tuesday, December 2 2014 11:52 AM EST2014-12-02 16:52:13 GMT
    Tuesday, December 2 2014 11:52 AM EST2014-12-02 16:52:14 GMT
    High pressure anchors of the northeast, funneling cooler air that gets trapped on the east side of the Appalachian Mountain chain.High pressure anchors of the northeast, funneling cooler air that gets trapped on the east side of the Appalachian Mountain chain.
    What is cold air damming and what does it do to our weather here in southeast North Carolina? More >>
    What is cold air damming and what does it do to our weather here in southeast North Carolina? More >>
  • Winter Weather Awareness Week: Are you prepared?

    Winter Weather Awareness Week: Are you prepared?

    Monday, December 1 2014 1:11 PM EST2014-12-01 18:11:37 GMT
    Monday, December 1 2014 2:35 PM EST2014-12-01 19:35:32 GMT
    The National Weather Service has deemed this week Winter Weather Awareness Week. The winter of 2014-2015 is expected to be slightly cooler and slightly wetter than normal for southeast North Carolina. It's a good idea to be prepared in case winter weather strikes.More >>
    The National Weather Service has deemed this week Winter Weather Awareness Week. The winter of 2014-2015 is expected to be slightly cooler and slightly wetter than normal for southeast North Carolina. It's a good idea to be prepared in case winter weather strikes.More >>
  • 2014 Atlantic hurricane season wrap

    2014 Atlantic hurricane season wrap

    Friday, November 28 2014 11:11 AM EST2014-11-28 16:11:11 GMT
    Friday, November 28 2014 4:59 PM EST2014-11-28 21:59:11 GMT
    The 2014 Atlantic Hurricane Season, as most forecasters predicted, featured fewer-than-average tropical storms and hurricanes. More >>
    The 2014 Atlantic Hurricane Season, as most forecasters predicted, featured fewer-than-average tropical storms and hurricanes. More >>
  • A chilly #WECTSunset across the lower Cape Fear

    A chilly #WECTSunset across the lower Cape Fear

    Tuesday, November 18 2014 10:12 PM EST2014-11-19 03:12:50 GMT
    Tuesday, November 18 2014 10:18 PM EST2014-11-19 03:18:31 GMT
     Even though it was cold outside, that didn't stop people from getting out and snapping great pictures.More >>
     Even though it was cold outside, that didn't stop people from getting out and snapping great pictures.More >>
  • November and December are the secondary severe weather season

    November and December are the secondary severe weather season

    Tuesday, November 18 2014 11:17 AM EST2014-11-18 16:17:46 GMT
    Wednesday, December 23 2015 9:05 AM EST2015-12-23 14:05:52 GMT

    Monday's tornado watch serves as a reminder to be vigilant as we move through our secondary severe weather season. 

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    Monday's tornado watch serves as a reminder to be vigilant as we move through our secondary severe weather season. 

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  • When are the coldest nights of the year in the United States

    When are the coldest nights of the year in the United States

    Friday, November 14 2014 9:37 AM EST2014-11-14 14:37:00 GMT
    Friday, November 14 2014 9:37 AM EST2014-11-14 14:37:02 GMT
    Climate is what to expect. Weather is what you get. When are the coldest days typically for southeast NC?More >>
    Climate is what to expect. Weather is what you get. When are the coldest days typically for southeast NC?
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  • Hype versus truth: 'Polar Vortex'

    Hype versus truth: 'Polar Vortex'

    Monday, November 10 2014 11:42 AM EST2014-11-10 16:42:09 GMT
    Monday, November 10 2014 11:47 AM EST2014-11-10 16:47:01 GMT
    The polar vortex has quickly become one of the most widely recognized weather terms that has come to light recently. It is also the one of most misunderstood and ill-defined terms as well. Don't believe the hype, here are the facts about the 'polar vortex'.More >>
    The polar vortex has quickly become one of the most widely recognized weather terms that has come to light recently. It is also the one of most misunderstood and ill-defined terms as well. Don't believe the hype, here are the facts about the 'polar vortex'.More >>
  • National Hurricane Center releases interactive storm surge map

    National Hurricane Center releases interactive storm surge map

    Friday, November 7 2014 4:07 PM EST2014-11-07 21:07:02 GMT
    Friday, November 7 2014 11:19 PM EST2014-11-08 04:19:39 GMT

    The hurricane center launched an interactive map Tuesday, allowing residents along the East and Gulf coasts to evaluate their vulnerability to storm surge by showing how far inland the water can reach during a variety of hurricane scenarios.

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    The hurricane center launched an interactive map Tuesday, allowing residents along the East and Gulf coasts to evaluate their vulnerability to storm surge by showing how far inland the water can reach during a variety of hurricane scenarios.

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  • First Alert Hurricane Guide: So what is a forecast model?

    So what is a forecast model?

    WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - We often talk about the models, "The models say this...," "the models are trending toward that..." But what are they? How do they work? How do we know which ones are right andMore >>
    We often talk about the models, "The models say this...," "the models are trending toward that..." But what are they? How do they work? How do we know which ones are right?More >>
  • Top 5 weather events of 2014

    Top 5 weather events of 2014

     The First Alert Weather Team highlights the top five weather events in 2014.

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  • Q&A with the WECT meteorologists

    Q&A with the WECT meteorologists

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