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  • Winter returns next week

    ...- First Warning Weather Team
    The unseasonably warm weather Thursday, Friday and this weekend will soon come to an end. Long Range - Highs and Lows. After warming into the upper 60s with increasing rain chances Thursday, expect similar weather Friday and Saturday with a little less rain to kick off the weekend. Cold Front - Sunday. A game changer will arrive Sunday with showers late into Monday, but the big story will be felt early next week. Temperatures will suddenly drop between Sunday and Monday.
  • Great white shark Gurney pings off Myrtle Beach coast

    ...- Ed Piotrowski
    After nearly a year of silence, a very young great white shark named Gurney has pinged about 50 miles off the South Carolina coast. Gurney, first tagged off Montauk, New York, pinged in almost the exact same place as a year ago. Great white sharks typically head south for the winter in search of warmer water. Great White Sharks. The most famous great white shark to ever ping off the coast of Myrtle Beach was 16-foot, 3456-pound Mary Lee in 2012.
  • El Niño still in place, for now

    ...- John Smith
    FEBRUARY 2019 UPDATE. An El Niño Advisory remains in place as sea surface temperatures in the equatorial Pacific ocean remain above average. Though we are now officially in a weak El Niño, sea surface temperatures will slowly fall through the spring, summer, and fall. Despite the gradual drop off, sea surface temperatures should remain above average for most, if not all of 2019. Sea Surface Temperature Forecast.
  • Southeast soaking set to bring rain chances all week

    ...- First Warning Weather Team
    A conducive pattern for storm after storm will keep rain chances elevated all week long across the Carolinas and Southeast. Satellite and Radar - Monday Morning. It all stems from the jet stream's dive south coupled with a pesky ridge of high pressure that isn't planning on moving anytime soon over the Bahamas. The combination of both features positions a funnel of moisture from the Gulf of Mexico, and even some Pacific moisture, directly into the Southeast through next weekend.
  • Winter returns to the Carolinas

    ...- First Warning Weather
    SATURDAY 7PM. We just had an usually warm week across the Grand Strand and Pee Dee. Temperatures ran 10 - 15 above average along the Grand Strand, while inland locations warmed 20 - 25 above average. Record highs were set Friday for many locations. Myrtle Beach Temperatures: February 2019. Florence Temperatures: February 2019. A cold front moved through Friday night, bringing temperatures near or just below average Saturday.
  • Winter on spring break this week

    ...- First Warning Weather Team
    MONDAY 6PM. Winter is taking the week off across the Carolinas! The huge dip in the jet stream that brought extreme cold to the Midwest and Northeast last week is a fading memory this week. A ridge will allow temperatures to warm well above average this week. Jet Stream Last Week. Jet Stream This Week. We will see more sunshine on Tuesday with temperatures starting in the mid to upper 40s.
  • Millions of Americans experience high temperatures colder than the high temps on Mars

    ...- First Warning Weather Team, WPDE
    FLORENCE, S. C. (WPDE) - It's no surprise that temperatures are cold across the northern tier of the United States as winter has made it's full appearance for millions of Americans. As high temperatures barely squeak past 20 degrees below zero for many places across the Midwest, many people may be left looking for an escape from the arctic blast. If that's the case for you, forget Florida and say goodbye to sunny southern California. How about taking a trip out of this world - to Mars.
  • Arctic air arrives in the Carolinas-- but it won't last long

    ...- First Warning Weather Team
    WEDNESDAY 6 P. M. Chilly temperatures will continue overnight into Thursday with lows in the mid 20s and wind chills in the teens by daybreak. Expect a limited warm up by Thursday afternoon despite lots of sunshine with highs only reaching the low/mid 40s. Thursday Morning Temperatures and Wind Chills. By Thursday, a pattern change globally should allow for a warm ridge of high pressure to build into the east coast. This ridge will bring much more milder air into the region. Jet Stream Sunday.
  • Cold night and cool weekend for the eastern Carolinas

    ...- First Warning Weather Team
    FRIDAY 7PM. It was noticeably cooler today with highs running 10 - 20 cooler than Thursday. In fact our temperatures are now running just a few degrees above average for this time of year. With mostly clear skies and light winds, temperatures will drop well into the 20s inland Friday night. Areas right along the coast will see temperatures drop to the mid 30s thanks to the moderating effect of the ocean. Friday Night Forecast.
  • Heavy rain, gusty winds likely for Thursday morning's commute

    ...- First Warning Weather Team
    It's a wet, warm and breezy morning across the area. Widespread rain Thursday morning made for a wet commute with visibility concerns. Rounds of heavy rain moved through the area between 5 a. m. and 10 a. m. During that time, roughly . 75" - 1. 0" of rain fell across the area. While that won't lead to flooding, the water will pond on roads. Rain quickly moves out by lunchtime and skies will clear during the afternoon. Futurecast Rain. The other big issue Thursday will be the wind.
  • VIDEO: Meteor hits moon during Sunday night's eclipse

    ...- Ed Piotrowski
    At 11:41 p. m. on the night of the Lunar Eclipse (Jan. 20), a meteor slammed into the moon-- and one of ABC 15's great photographers, Jordie Brotherton, captured it on video. Video of Meteor Impacting the Moon. He was providing live shots for the 11 p. m. newscast and recorded the eclipse from 10:30 p. m. until 12 a. m. After reading several articles about the meteor impacting the moon during the eclipse, he reviewed the video he shot and discovered he had captured the meteor's impact flash.
  • Numbing cold surges south this week

    ...- First Warning Weather Team
    Temperatures are taking a tumble as we start out a new work week in January, and it's all thanks to a departing storm system that dumped feet of snow across the Northeast this past weekend. The storm system that brought us some rain showers Sunday morning is pulling away from the eastern seaboard and now a large area of high pressure is building into the Midwest and Northeast.
  • Frigid temperatures as arctic air moves in

    ...- First Warning Weather Team
    MONDAY 2 PM. It's a cold start to the workweek! Afternoon highs will only reach the mid to upper 30s across much of the area. The good news is that there will be plenty of sunshine the rest of the day! Monday Forecast. It's going to be another cold night across the Grand Strand and Pee Dee. Despite lighter winds, wind chills are still expected to fall into the teens early Tuesday morning. Temp & Wind Chill Forecast: Tuesday Morning.
  • The Super Blood Wolf Moon Eclipse is Sunday night!

    ...- Ed Piotrowski
    By now, you probably know the "Super Blood Wolf Moon Eclipse" is coming Sunday night, but what exactly does it mean? Here's some useful info about this month's spectacle in the sky. SUPER - A supermoon occurs when the moon’s full phase coincides with the point in its orbit when it comes closest to Earth. This makes the moon appear a little brighter and bigger than normal. BLOOD - During totality, the moon is in the shadow of the earth, but it won't appear black.
  • The Polar Vortex and What it Means for Us

    ...- Ed Piotrowski
    The Polar Vortex and What it Means for Us. No doubt you've heard of the Polar Vortex. Contrary to what many think, it's nothing new. It's not a winter hurricane, it doesn't "hit" anything and it's not an alien invasion. It's actually a term that's been used in the weather world for more than 60 years. So what exactly is it? It's a swirling area of high altitude low pressure with very cold air that sits over the north and south pole.
  • Winter returns next week

    ...- First Warning Weather Team
    The unseasonably warm weather Thursday, Friday and this weekend will soon come to an end. Long Range - Highs and Lows. After warming into the upper 60s with increasing rain chances Thursday, expect similar weather Friday and Saturday with a little less rain to kick off the weekend. Cold Front - Sunday. A game changer will arrive Sunday with showers late into Monday, but the big story will be felt early next week. Temperatures will suddenly drop between Sunday and Monday.
  • Great white shark Gurney pings off Myrtle Beach coast

    ...- Ed Piotrowski
    After nearly a year of silence, a very young great white shark named Gurney has pinged about 50 miles off the South Carolina coast. Gurney, first tagged off Montauk, New York, pinged in almost the exact same place as a year ago. Great white sharks typically head south for the winter in search of warmer water. Great White Sharks. The most famous great white shark to ever ping off the coast of Myrtle Beach was 16-foot, 3456-pound Mary Lee in 2012.
  • El Niño still in place, for now

    ...- John Smith
    FEBRUARY 2019 UPDATE. An El Niño Advisory remains in place as sea surface temperatures in the equatorial Pacific ocean remain above average. Though we are now officially in a weak El Niño, sea surface temperatures will slowly fall through the spring, summer, and fall. Despite the gradual drop off, sea surface temperatures should remain above average for most, if not all of 2019. Sea Surface Temperature Forecast.
  • Southeast soaking set to bring rain chances all week

    ...- First Warning Weather Team
    A conducive pattern for storm after storm will keep rain chances elevated all week long across the Carolinas and Southeast. Satellite and Radar - Monday Morning. It all stems from the jet stream's dive south coupled with a pesky ridge of high pressure that isn't planning on moving anytime soon over the Bahamas. The combination of both features positions a funnel of moisture from the Gulf of Mexico, and even some Pacific moisture, directly into the Southeast through next weekend.
  • Winter returns to the Carolinas

    ...- First Warning Weather
    SATURDAY 7PM. We just had an usually warm week across the Grand Strand and Pee Dee. Temperatures ran 10 - 15 above average along the Grand Strand, while inland locations warmed 20 - 25 above average. Record highs were set Friday for many locations. Myrtle Beach Temperatures: February 2019. Florence Temperatures: February 2019. A cold front moved through Friday night, bringing temperatures near or just below average Saturday.
  • Winter on spring break this week

    ...- First Warning Weather Team
    MONDAY 6PM. Winter is taking the week off across the Carolinas! The huge dip in the jet stream that brought extreme cold to the Midwest and Northeast last week is a fading memory this week. A ridge will allow temperatures to warm well above average this week. Jet Stream Last Week. Jet Stream This Week. We will see more sunshine on Tuesday with temperatures starting in the mid to upper 40s.
  • Millions of Americans experience high temperatures colder than the high temps on Mars

    ...- First Warning Weather Team, WPDE
    FLORENCE, S. C. (WPDE) - It's no surprise that temperatures are cold across the northern tier of the United States as winter has made it's full appearance for millions of Americans. As high temperatures barely squeak past 20 degrees below zero for many places across the Midwest, many people may be left looking for an escape from the arctic blast. If that's the case for you, forget Florida and say goodbye to sunny southern California. How about taking a trip out of this world - to Mars.
  • Arctic air arrives in the Carolinas-- but it won't last long

    ...- First Warning Weather Team
    WEDNESDAY 6 P. M. Chilly temperatures will continue overnight into Thursday with lows in the mid 20s and wind chills in the teens by daybreak. Expect a limited warm up by Thursday afternoon despite lots of sunshine with highs only reaching the low/mid 40s. Thursday Morning Temperatures and Wind Chills. By Thursday, a pattern change globally should allow for a warm ridge of high pressure to build into the east coast. This ridge will bring much more milder air into the region. Jet Stream Sunday.
  • Cold night and cool weekend for the eastern Carolinas

    ...- First Warning Weather Team
    FRIDAY 7PM. It was noticeably cooler today with highs running 10 - 20 cooler than Thursday. In fact our temperatures are now running just a few degrees above average for this time of year. With mostly clear skies and light winds, temperatures will drop well into the 20s inland Friday night. Areas right along the coast will see temperatures drop to the mid 30s thanks to the moderating effect of the ocean. Friday Night Forecast.
  • Heavy rain, gusty winds likely for Thursday morning's commute

    ...- First Warning Weather Team
    It's a wet, warm and breezy morning across the area. Widespread rain Thursday morning made for a wet commute with visibility concerns. Rounds of heavy rain moved through the area between 5 a. m. and 10 a. m. During that time, roughly . 75" - 1. 0" of rain fell across the area. While that won't lead to flooding, the water will pond on roads. Rain quickly moves out by lunchtime and skies will clear during the afternoon. Futurecast Rain. The other big issue Thursday will be the wind.
  • VIDEO: Meteor hits moon during Sunday night's eclipse

    ...- Ed Piotrowski
    At 11:41 p. m. on the night of the Lunar Eclipse (Jan. 20), a meteor slammed into the moon-- and one of ABC 15's great photographers, Jordie Brotherton, captured it on video. Video of Meteor Impacting the Moon. He was providing live shots for the 11 p. m. newscast and recorded the eclipse from 10:30 p. m. until 12 a. m. After reading several articles about the meteor impacting the moon during the eclipse, he reviewed the video he shot and discovered he had captured the meteor's impact flash.
  • Numbing cold surges south this week

    ...- First Warning Weather Team
    Temperatures are taking a tumble as we start out a new work week in January, and it's all thanks to a departing storm system that dumped feet of snow across the Northeast this past weekend. The storm system that brought us some rain showers Sunday morning is pulling away from the eastern seaboard and now a large area of high pressure is building into the Midwest and Northeast.
  • Frigid temperatures as arctic air moves in

    ...- First Warning Weather Team
    MONDAY 2 PM. It's a cold start to the workweek! Afternoon highs will only reach the mid to upper 30s across much of the area. The good news is that there will be plenty of sunshine the rest of the day! Monday Forecast. It's going to be another cold night across the Grand Strand and Pee Dee. Despite lighter winds, wind chills are still expected to fall into the teens early Tuesday morning. Temp & Wind Chill Forecast: Tuesday Morning.
  • The Super Blood Wolf Moon Eclipse is Sunday night!

    ...- Ed Piotrowski
    By now, you probably know the "Super Blood Wolf Moon Eclipse" is coming Sunday night, but what exactly does it mean? Here's some useful info about this month's spectacle in the sky. SUPER - A supermoon occurs when the moon’s full phase coincides with the point in its orbit when it comes closest to Earth. This makes the moon appear a little brighter and bigger than normal. BLOOD - During totality, the moon is in the shadow of the earth, but it won't appear black.
  • The Polar Vortex and What it Means for Us

    ...- Ed Piotrowski
    The Polar Vortex and What it Means for Us. No doubt you've heard of the Polar Vortex. Contrary to what many think, it's nothing new. It's not a winter hurricane, it doesn't "hit" anything and it's not an alien invasion. It's actually a term that's been used in the weather world for more than 60 years. So what exactly is it? It's a swirling area of high altitude low pressure with very cold air that sits over the north and south pole.
  • El Niño forms, impacts on the Carolinas

    ...- First Warning Weather Team
    JANUARY 2019 UPDATE. Sea surface temperatures in the central and eastern equatorial Pacific ocean have warmed to above average. This means we have El Niño in place after spending much of the fall in neutral conditions with sea surface temperatures near average. Sea Surface Temperature Departure from Average. The average sea surface temperatures in the equatorial Pacific are forecast to remain above average through the spring, and possibly the summer.
  • Into the deep freeze for the next few nights

    ...- First Warning Weather Team
    A new low for overnight lows beginning Thursday morning under clear skies. Thursday Morning Temps & Wind Chill. Two cold fronts will sweep through the area with the air getting progressively colder each day. After a sunny and much cooler Wednesday, temperatures will steadily fall by daybreak Thursday behind the front. Temperatures Thursday and Friday afternoons will peak in the mid 40s. A stiff north wind will make it feel colder.
  • Weather in 2018, year in review

    ...- First Warning Weather Team
    There is no doubt 2018 will go down as a memorable year when looking back at the weather events that defined it. The year began with a cold snap and snow and ended with hurricanes and flooding from which many areas are still recovering. Here’s a look at the top five weather events from 2018. 5. WATERSPOUT COMES ASHORE. On the afternoon of Monday, July 23rd, a waterspout formed offshore near Myrtle Beach. It came ashore near the Gay Dolphin between 9th Avenue North and Mr.
  • A rainy end to a rainy year

    ...- First Warning Weather Team
    As we enter the final weekend of 2018, a significant storm system bringing all modes of weather will enter the eastern half of the United States and the Carolinas will brace for yet another round of rainfall. Weather Alerts - Right Now. 2018 has already been the rainiest year on record for locations like Wilmington, NC and North Myrtle Beach, SC, in part thanks to the excessive amounts of rainfall dumped by Hurricane Florence in October.
  • Flash Flood Watch issued ahead of rainy Thursday

    ...- First Warning Weather Team
    THURSDAY 7AM. New overnight, Flash Flood Watches have been issued for Horry, Georgetown and Columbus counties ahead of a heavy rain event on Thursday and Friday morning. The watch will go into effect for these counties at 1PM on Thursday and expire at 1AM Friday morning. Jet Stream Setup. Light rain has begun to spread into the region with a few pockets of moderate rain. This all stems from an upper level low situated over Texas today.
  • Some rivers crest while others rise

    ...- First Warning Weather Team
    SUNDAY 5 PM. It's been a nice end to the weekend with plenty of sunshine across the area! Despite this, rivers have continued to rise. Flood Warnings continue since many of the area rivers are still in minor to moderate flood stage. Some rivers have crested on Sunday and will begin to fall while others will steadily rise through the week. For the specifics on each river, check out the graphics below. Flood Concerns. The good news is that we will remain dry through the first half of the workweek.
  • Severe weather threat Sunday afternoon

    ...- First Warning Weather Team
    Scattered showers and storms will continue Sunday afternoon and early evening. One or two storms may produce strong wind, but the tornado threat is near zero. Overall, the threat is diminishing due to extensive cloud cover and storms to our south may keep instability (fuel) for storms low. The main threat will be storms producing winds gusting up to 60 mph. The threat for hail is also minimal. Storms are on track to clear the area later this Sunday evening.
  • A few flurries possible Monday night

    ...- First Warning Weather Team
    MONDAY 5 PM. Approaching Upper Level Low. The final round of the latest winter storm will move through tonight. Some areas could see some brief changeover to mixed precipitation or snow. No significant accumulation is expected. FutureCast. MONDAY NIGHT - Showers will develop once again this evening. In the hours after sunset, temperatures will remain warm enough for the showers to be in the form of rain.
  • Devastating 2018 hurricane season comes to an end

    ...- Ed Piotrowski
    After six long months and 15 named storms, the 2018 hurricane season is finally over. It will long be remembered for two hurricanes that produced catastrophic damage across parts of the Southeast U. S. Hurricane Florence formed on September 1 and eventually grew to become a Category 4 hurricane in the open Atlantic Ocean. Thankfully, as it approached the Carolinas, it weakened considerably and made landfall near Wilmington, N. C. on September 14 as a Category 1 hurricane with winds of 90 mph.
  • Arctic outbreak surges towards Carolinas

    ...- First Warning Weather Team
    The Arctic air is arriving in the Carolinas today as temperatures take a dive nearly 20 degrees from Monday. Arctic air will continue to spill into the Carolinas throughout the day with the coldest temperatures of the season on the way tonight and tomorrow. It all stems from a winter storm that is continuing to stomp across the northeast. The storm brought a 500 mile swath of snow across the Midwest for the end of your holiday weekend on Sunday.
  • Local River Flooding

    ...- First Warning Weather
    Local rivers across eastern South Carolina are currently in minor or moderate flood stage. The rise in the Great Pee Dee, Little Pee Dee River, Lumber River along with the Waccamaw River at Conway is from rain that fell north and west of our area over the past three weeks. River Flood Warning Until Further Notice. It’s all working southeast through our river systems. They may rise a bit from today’s rain, but all are forecast to fall next week.
  • Calm weather ahead for busiest travel week of the year

    ...- First Warning Weather Team
    Zonal flow, leading to very tranquil weather, is setting up across the entire country as the busiest holiday travel week of the year gets underway. Clouds will continue into your Tuesday afternoon before a cold front pushes into the Carolinas and clear the clouds out by Tuesday evening. Clear skies will prevail from Wednesday on. Tuesday Clouds and Precipitation. Tuesday High Temperatures.
  • Severe weather risk tonight; more rain this week

    ...- First Warning Weather Team
    Two storm systems will impact our weather this week. Ahead of a cold front, some warm air will move into the coastal communities Monday night, leading to small chance of a few storms capable of damaging wind or an isolated, brief tornado. The overall risk is low and mainly between midnight and 5 a. m. Outside of any storms, expect more widespread rain. Flooding is not expected. Storm Timing and Impacts. Hi-Res Futurecast.
  • Rain & Isolated Tornado Risk Friday

    ...- First Warning Weather Team
    A developing storm system along the Gulf Coast will roll through our area Friday. Here's what to expect. RAIN - Clouds will thicken tonight with some rain possible after midnight. Showers will be scattered early Friday morning between 5am-9am then become widespread from 9am-4pm. Rain will become more scattered again and wind down between 4pm - 9pm. Because the system is moving fast, most areas will only get 0. 5" - 1. 0" of rain. Flooding is not an issue. Hourly Rain Chances Friday.
  • Super Typhoon Yutu heads towards Guam, catastrophic damage expected

    ...- Zachary Covey
    All eyes are on Super Typhoon Yutu in the western Pacific Wednesday, as Guam prepares for potential impacts from the strongest typhoon of the 2018 Northern Hemisphere hurricane season to date. Yutu formed Sunday as a tropical depression. Now, four days later, it's a super typhoon with maximum winds of 180 mph, and wind gusts topping 220 mph. That puts Yutu as a category 5 hurricane for comparison to the Atlantic basin.
  • Tropical Storm Michael moves through the area today with rain and wind

    ...- First Warning Weather
    THURSDAY 8AM - TROPICAL STORM MICHAEL UPDATE. Michael continues to weaken and is now a minimal tropical storm. It's racing northeast and will move out of South Carolina by early this afternoon. Michael Forecast Track. Here's what to expect: TIMING - The brunt of Michael's impacts will be felt this morning through mid-afternoon. RAIN - Widespread moderate to heavy rain will move through the Pee Dee and Border Belt this morning. Scattered downpours will occur along the Grand Strand.
  • Rivers Receding, Some Still in Flood Stage

    ...- First Warning Weather
    TUESDAY, OCTOBER 2 - 5:00 P. M. UPDATE: GEORGETOWN COUNTY - In Georgetown County, the rivers have started to slowly fall. Keep in mind that waters here will recede very slowly over the next week or two. Georgetown County River Levels. HORRY COUNTY - The Waccamaw River and the Intracoastal Waterway in Horry County are very slowly falling. It will likely take up to two weeks for the water levels to return to normal. Horry County River Levels.
  • Florence is over but flooding just beginning

    ...- First Warning Weather
    MONDAY 9am Update - 9. 16. 18. Florence has officially been designated dead by the National Hurricane Center. RAIN - Here's a look at the extensive rainfall amounts that have occurred throughout the region through Monday morning. AM Out the Door. Mostly cloudy skies today will take over the region with some isolated to scattered showers and storms throughout the day. That rainfall will be most prevalent along the Grand Strand. Some storms may produce heavy rainfall and gusty winds.
  • Florence weakens. Wind threat lessens, but flooding rain & storm surge threat high

    ...- First Warning Weather Team
    2am Friday - Florence continues to weaken, but also continues to slow down as it approaches the North Carolina coast. Florence will eventually make landfall near Wilmington, NC early to mid morning Friday. Florence Forecast Track. As Florence continues to weaken, it will make landfall as a category 1 hurricane. Further weakening will occur once it makes landfall. However, the slow moving nature of Florence will cause a long duration rain event lasting through at least Sunday.
  • Gordon forming...Florence heads west

    ...- First Warning Weather Team
    It doesn't matter how quiet a season is supposed to be (and this one has been so far), there's never a dull moment in the month of September. Here's our take on two tropical systems. Florence and soon to be Gordon Tracks 1. POTENTIAL TRO
  • Tropical Depression Six in the Atlantic

    ...- First Warning Weather Team
    Potential Tropical Cyclone Six has formed into a tropical depression in the Atlantic Friday evening. The National Hurricane Center's latest forecast track shows the system moving westward away from the Cabo Verde Islands. Tropical Depression
  • Tropics Ready to Awaken Soon

    ...- First Warning Weather Team
    No one wants to hear it, but the fact is, we are heading into the heart of hurricane season and right on schedule, the ocean and atmosphere have become more conducive for tropical disturbances to grow into tropical storms and hurricanes.The computer models
  • Healthy tropical wave moves through Atlantic

    ...- First Warning Weather Team
    The National Hurricane Center has started watching a healthy looking wave moving across the tropical Atlantic. As of Friday morning, the wave was located just about midway between Africa and the Lesser Antilles. This is what is known as the Main Developmen
  • Heat cranks up Wednesday before new weather maker arrives

    ...- Zachary Covey
    One of the hottest days South Carolina has seen in over a month is on tap today as heat advisories are hoisted for a part of the region. The National Weather Service issued Heat Advisories for Horry, Georgetown, Marion and Williamsburg counties this mornin
  • Debby forms, but is no threat to land

    ...- First Warning Weather Team
    The non-tropical low pressure we've been tracking for a few days over the North Atlantic ocean has developed enough subtropical characteristics to be upgraded to a subtropical storm. Debby Satellite Loop As is typically the case with su
  • After a very wet July, a change in the weather pattern is coming

    ...- First Warning Weather Team
    The July rainfall totals are in and they were very impressive. Much of the Grand Strand was soaked by 11 - 18 of rain! July Rainfall Totala Farther inland, there were areas with substantial totals, but many places experienced much less r
  • WPDE weather cams pick up a scary sight in North Myrtle Beach

    ...- Zachary Covey
    Around 11:40 a.m., our North Myrtle Beach sky cam noticed a scary sight in the skies. While this may look like a funnel cloud, it's actually a scud cloud.Scud is a low, ragged, wind-torn cloud that typically is found behind frontal boundaries. In this case
  • Rainfall in Myrtle Beach 3rd wettest on record

    ...- Zachary Covey
    It feels like the Grand Strand has been water logged for much of the summer with several days a week producing showers and thunderstorms, almost like clockwork. And if you feel, after our recently heavy rain events of the past two weeks, that Myrtle Beach
  • Heavy rain and flooding concerns Tuesday

    ...- First Warning Weather Team
    Periods of heavy rain will likely persist into midweek as showers and thunderstorms continue to move onshore.An area of low pressure with its counter-clockwise flow over Georgia and the clockwise flow around the high pressure in the Atlantic Ocean will pr
  • More rain is coming

    ...- First Warning Weather Team
    We're between a storm system moving through North Carolina and a cold front well to our west Saturday so the risk of a shower or storm during the daylight hours is small. Saturday starts mostly cloudy then becomes partly sunny with temperatures peaking i
  • Flash flooding possible on Friday

    ...- First Warning Weather Team
    Flash Flood Watches have been issued for Horry, Georgetown and Williamsburg counties this morning as heavy rain is expected to become widespread along the Grand Strand coastline on Friday. Best Timing For Rain The watches are expected to
  • Friday morning's commute looks messy

    ...- First Warning Weather Team
    Low pressure moving up the coast of the Carolinas will rapidly increase moisture overnight leading to showers and storms by daybreak.The showers and storms will continue through the day and be most numerous along the Grand Strand where 1-3 of rain could fa
  • Pattern change coming for 4th of July

    ...- First Warning Weather Team
    The heat and humidity continues to lock into our region for the next several days but a pattern change will begin on the Fourth of July leading to an increase in rain chances. Independence Day High Temperatures An upper level low pressure
  • 18 children have died of heat stroke in vehicles so far in 2018

    ...- Ed Piotrowski
    With sweltering heat and humidity returning Thursday and sticking around through next week, it's important to not leave children in vehicles!The number of children dying of heat stroke in vehicles is up to 18 in 2018. Sadly, South Carolina leads the nation
  • Gusty winds, heavy rain expected Monday evening and Tuesday AM

    ...- First Warning Weather Team
    Strong to severe storms are possible Monday evening as a potent cold front, coupled with a hot and humid air mass, moves through the Pee Dee, Borderbelt, and Grand Strand. Severe Storm Impacts318B.png A cold front front, currently situat
  • Hotter and drier weather headed our way

    ...- First Warning Weather
    High pressure will continue to build into the Carolinas on Wednesday allowing for hot and mainly dry conditions to persist.A Heat Advisory has been issued by the National Weather Service for Wednesday. High temperatures between 93 and 100 degrees are expe
  • Strong storms possible Friday evening

    ...- Zachary Covey
    Another round of strong storms is possible on Friday evening as afternoon heat brings instability back to our atmosphere.Dew points in the 70s and ample sunshine this morning and early afternoon will allow for daytime heating to bring afternoon highs up in
  • Strong thunderstorms possible Monday evening

    ...- Zachary Covey
    A few strong thunderstorms are possible Monday evening as a cold front sweeps through the region from North Carolina. Severe Storm Outlook for Monday The atmosphere is primed for a thunderous Monday afternoon with very high dew points in
  • 2018 Hurricane Season - What to Expect

    ...- Ed Piotrowski
    The 2018 Atlantic hurricane season begins June 1st and is expected to produce a near-average number of tropical storms and hurricanes.Dr. Phil Klotzbach with Colorado State University released his updated outlook today and is forecasting 14 named storms (i
  • Heavy rain brings localized flooding to Horry County

    ...- WPDE, First Warning Weather Team
    Flooding remains the main threat on Monday for our area as heavy rain from the outer bands of Alberto in the Gulf of Mexico hit.A Flash Flood Warning was issued for Horry County Monday morning after Doppler radar estimated that between 2 and 5 inches of ra
  • Flash Flood Watch remains in place for the area through Tuesday morning

    ...- First Warning Weather Team
    A Flash Flood Watch is up for the entire area through Tuesday morning at 11am. While widespread heavy rain is not expected, any downpours, especially over Horry and Georgetown counties, could cause minor flooding. Flash Flood Watch until 11a
  • Rain chances remain in the forecast through the Memorial Day weekend

    ...- First Warning Weather Team
    The very stagnant weather pattern we've been in for more than a week simply isn't going away anytime soon so the chances for rain remain in the forecast over the next 7 days. With that said, not all days will be equally wet or dry. Rain Chan
  • Rain in the forecast for days to come

    ...- Brooke Laizer
    Rain remains in our forecast for the next six days because of tropical moisture. The heaviest downpours are likely Saturday. Rain Chances Forecasted For Days Grand Strand locations can expect about an 80 percent chance of rain while Inl
  • Severe weather threat diminishes for Saturday

    ...- Zachary Covey
    Based off of today’s models as well as discussions, the First Warning Team has been consistently forecasting for storms, thunderstorms and damaging wind gusts as primary threats for Saturday.Overall coverage looks most intense in front of the cold front.Fo
  • Severe weather is over and rain will end soon

    ...- First Warning Weather Team
    The severe weather threat is over for our area. Showers will eventually end shortly after midnight.We had a few severe thunderstorms with damaging winds, but our area did not have any tornadoes and no injuries or deaths reported from the storms.
  • Thunderstorms still possible for Saturday

    ...- First Warning Weather Team
    Showers and thunderstorms continue to look likely for your Saturday afternoon and evening as a strong cold front associated with a surface area of low pressure quickly moves through the South Carolina region.The Storm Prediction Center continues to outlin
  • Severe storm threat diminished for Wednesday

    ...- First Warning Weather Team
    After several days of above average temperatures a cold front will move across the region on Wednesday, dropping our daytime highs back to seasonal average for the rest of the week. While this cold front provided a major severe weather outbreak to portions
  • 80s in sight

    ...- First Warning Weather
    A big-time warming trend is underway. Thursday Highs Highs will reach the low 80s Thursday afternoon ahead of the next weather maker on track to bring showers Friday.However, we'll dry out and remain warm for the Easter holiday weekend.
  • Intense storm produces widespread hail along the Grand Strand Tuesday Night

    ...- First Warning Weather Team
    While no tornado or damaging winds occurred across the area Tuesday, a few storms produced hail.An isolated severe storm moved through the Grand Strand between 8:45pm - 10:15pm Tuesday night, producing pea to golf ball size hail from Murrells Inlet to Litt
  • Cool and windy Friday and Saturday

    ...- Edward Piotrowski
    The storm system that produced showers and storms Thursdayafternoon will rapidly intensify off the New England coast Friday. Part of New York, Connecticut, Rhode Island and Massachusetts could see wind gusts up to 70 mph. Meanwhile, interior parts of Ne
  • Meteorological winter ends/spring begins

    ...- Edward Piotrowski
    Meteorological winter (DEC - FEB) is in the books and it ended up slightly warmer than normal. That's a bit deceiving though since January and February were extreme.The first week of January was frigidwith the average high temperature around 33 and the
  • Strong front brings storms, wind and chance of frost over the weekend

    ...- Ed Piotrowski and Zach Covey
    After a round of rain Wednesday night, a strong cold front will sweep through the area Thursday afternoon. While most of the daylight hours Thursday will be rain-free, the front will produce scattered showers and a few storms between 5-7 p.m. across the P
  • A 'super blue blood moon' eclipse is coming Jan. 31. Here's how to see it.

    ...- Edward Piotrowski
    You might want to set your alarm early the morning of Wednesday, January 31st for what NASA calls a lunar trifecta: a pre-dawn 'super blue blood moon.'The January full moon is special for three reasons:It’s a supermoon! That means the Moon is closer to Ea
  • Lingering snow showers expected Wednesday night, icy conditions Thursday morning

    ...- Ed Piotrowski
    UPDATED: Jan. 17, 2018 - 6pmA wave of low pressure moving along the cold front today delayed the arrival of air sufficiently cold enough for snow.The first band of mainly rain is moving out of the area. The second band (scattered snow showers) across the P
  • A big warm-up this week

    ...- First Warning Weather
    It's getting progressively warmer each day this week.After a bitter cold week to start off the new year, temperatures are steadily warming on track to reach 70 Friday.A few impacts with the change of weather include patchy dense fog Thursday and Friday m
  • Bitter cold to last all week

    ...- Ed Piotrowski
    Now that the cold air is here, it's not going anywhere anytime soon.In fact, records will easily be shattered in Florence and Myrtle Beach early Tuesday morning with temperatures in the low to mid-teens. To make matters worse, there will be enough of a w
  • Winter Storm Warning in effect Wednesday - Wednesday Night

    ...- Ed Piotrowski
    7PM - Accumulating snow and sleet impacting the area.Measurable snow continuing across the area especially in the Pee Dee. Wintry mix and snow will wind down late tonight as the system clears the area.Bottom-line, traveling conditions will likely be trea
  • Patchy light wintry precipitation New Year's Eve night.

    ...- Ed Piotrowski
    A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY is in effect for areas along and east of I-95. Some spotty light snow, sleet and/or freezing rain is possible overnight, especially the farther south and toward the coast you go. Like earlier this week, don't expect much but even
  • Blast of bitter cold to ring in the new year

    ...- Ed Piotrowski
    Another blast of arctic air has arrived and it's just the beginning of a long stretch of bitter cold that will chill the Grand Strand, Pee Dee and Border Belt for the next 7 days.Sunday afternoon temperatures will peak in the upper 30s to around 40. If y
  • Three chances for wintry precipitation

    ...- Ed Piotrowski
    THE BIG PICTURE - Cold air hasmoved in and it will actually getcolder through late week. That leads to two chance for wintry precipitation over the next week.THURSDAY NIGHT - FRIDAY MORNING - Late tonight into early Friday morning a storm system will p
  • Christmas Day: Dry & Cold

    ...- Edward Piotrowski
    A strong cold front will head toward the Carolinas this weekend.Ahead of it, expect dry, windy and warm conditionsSaturday with high temperatures climbing into the 70s.On Christmas Eve, the cold front will move slowly through the areas with a good chanc
  • Forecast calls for shooting stars -- Geminid meteor shower expected to put on quite a show

    ...- Ed Piotrowski
    The Geminid Meteor shower peaks Wednesday night and is expected to be the best shooting star show of the year. Under ideal conditions far from any city lights and in a wide open area, it's possible to see up to 120 meteors per hour. If you live near a city
  • Another arctic blast is on the way!

    ...- Ed Piotrowski
    After more than four days with temperatures climbing no higher than the 40s, the area finally made it into the mid-50s Monday afternoon. It'll get even warmer Tuesday with temperatures approaching 60 on a stiff west wind that will gust at times up near 20-
  • Cold, wet weather is here! Snow possible, but unlikely, Saturday morning west of I-95

    ...- Ed Piotrowski
    The cold, damp weather has arrived and it's not going anywhere anytime soon.Areas of low pressure moving up the Carolina coast will send waves of rain into the area Wednesday night through Saturday morning. While the rain will not be heavy, it will be pers
  • Cold Weather is Coming!

    ...- FIRST WARNING WEATHER TEAM
    Tuesday will feature temperatures soaring into the 70s during the afternoon. Enjoy it, because much colder air is coming.A strong arctic front from will cross the area Wednesday. Ahead of it, temperatures in the morning will be in the low 60s. As the
  • Historic Hurricane Season ends today

    ...- FIRST WARNING WEATHER TEAM
    The 2017 Atlantic hurricane season, one of the busiest and most destructive on record, comes to a merciful close today.With 17 named storms, 10 hurricanes, and 6 major (Category 3 or stronger) hurricanes, 2017 ranks as the 9th most active season since reco
  • 7am 11-17-17: Monitoring an area of low pressure in the Caribbean

    ...- Brittany Van Voorhees
    The National Hurricane Center is monitoring an area of low pressure in the central Caribbean Sea. There are showers and storms associated with this disturbance, however they are disorganized.High wind shear should limit any formation over the next few days
  • 7am 11-14-17: Watching an area of low pressure in the eastern Atlantic

    ...- Brittany Van Voorhees
    An area of low pressure south-southwest of the Azores has a 50% chance of development over the next 2-5 days.While there has been little chance in strength, environmental conditions are favorable for sub-tropical development by later this week.If this syst
  • 11-10-17: Freeze Warning issued for Saturday morning for parts of our viewing area

    ...- First Warning Weather Team
    A strong cold front will sweep across the eastern U.S. Friday afternoon and night.Ahead of the front, expect lots of sunshine and temperatures rising into the low- mid 60s. Friday night, cold air pours into the Carolinas.By daybreak Saturday, temperatures
  • 5PM 11-09-17: Tropical Storm Rina accelerating northward

    ...- Ed Piotrowski
    Tropical storm Rina is accelerating north and will lose its tropical characteristics over the next 24-36 hoursRina is the 17th named storm of this season. It ties 2017 with 1936 as the 9th busiest season since 1851.It's been a remarkable year to say the le
  • After a cold start to the week, temperatures will be near average for Halloween

    ...- First Warning Weather Team
    Temperatures on Monday morning were the coldest since April 8th with many areas approximately 15 below average. Some cities dropped to freezing for the first time this autumn!If you like cool air, but you were worried it would be downright cold for Hallowe
  • Strong storms possible this evening

    ...- First Warning Weather Team
    A TORNADO WATCH is in effect for counties south and west of our area. While there is no severe weather in our area right now, that could change. Here's what to expect:TIMING - Heavy showers and storms are increasing and will move through the area from west
  • Look up tonight as the Orionid Meteor Shower peaks

    ...- Kevin Jacobs
    The Orionid Meteor Shower peaks this weekend. Even with a little more cloud cover, it should still be easily viewed from our area.The best viewing time is again Saturday night anytime between midnight and 5am.Expect to see around 10 meteors per hour, but
  • Behind a strong cold front, temperatures dip to coolest since May 8th

    ...- Brittany Van Voorhees
    A strong cold front moved through the area today with showers and a few storms. It's off the coast now and cool air is rushing into the area. Temperatures will drop into the mid to upper 40s across the Pee Dee and on the Border Belt tonight with low 50s al
  • 6pm 10-19-17: All quiet in the tropics

    ...- Ed Piotrowski
    There are no disturbances in the tropics right now and none are expected to form or develop over the next 5 days.There are less than 6 weeks left in the hurricane season, but I often breathe a little easier from here on out. Since 1851, only ONE other hur
  • 5am 10-9-17: Nate is post-tropical, tracking new depression in Atlantic

    ...- Brittany Van Voorhees
    As of 5am Monday, Nate is a post-tropical cyclone and remains no threat to our area. It will, however, continue to batter parts of the northeast with significant rainfall. Unfortunately, tropical moisture will stick around the Carolinas so expect dew point
  • 8pm 10-8-17: Nate continues to weaken, likely post-tropical or remnant low by tomorrow

    ...- Brittany Van Voorhees
    As of 8pm Sunday, Nate was still maintaining tropical depression status with 35 mph maximum sustained wind. The storm is continuously weakening and will likely become a post-tropical cyclone or remnant low by tomorrow.We are not getting any local impacts b
  • 8am 10-8-7: After two Unites States landfalls, Nate is weakening rapidly

    ...- Brittany Van Voorhees
    Nate made two landfalls in the United States as a Category 1 hurricane with 85 mph maximum sustained wind. The first was in southeastern Louisiana around 8pm last night near the mouth of the Mississippi River. The second was this morning around 12:30am nea
  • 8pm 10-7-17: Nate makes landfall near the Mississippi River

    ...- Kevin Jacobs
    Saturday 8PMHurricane Nate makes landfall near the Mississippi River Saturday evening as a category 1 hurricane. Nate has 85mph maximum sustained wind asof 8 pm Saturday.Nate is on track to make a second landfall, and it's expected to pass over Mississi
  • 11am 10-7-17: Nate is a Category 1 hurricane, on track to make landfall by Sunday morning

    ...- Brittany Van Voorhees
    As of this morning, Nate is a Category 1 hurricane with 90 mph maximum sustained wind. Rapid intensification is not expected due to the storm moving so quickly, but the National Hurricane Center is now expecting the storm to make landfall as a Category 2 h
  • 10-6-7: Tropical Storm Nate aiming for Gulf coast, another disturbance in Atlantic

    ...- Brittany Van Voorhees
    10-6-7 FRIDAY 11AMAs of Friday morning, Tropical Storm Nate has 50 mph maximum sustained wind. The center of the storm is between Honduras and Mexico in the northwestern Caribbean Sea and barreling east of the Yucatan Peninsula. Due to low wind shear and w
  • 10-4-17: Tropical Depression #16 Forms

    ...- Ed Piotrowski
    WEDNESDAY 6PMRight on schedule, tropical depression #16 has formed in the southern Caribbean Sea. Outside of land interaction with Nicaragua and Honduras Thursday, the environment is favorable for intensification. In fact, TD #16 could become tropical stor
  • 10-4-17: Keeping an eye on two disturbances in the tropics

    ...- First Warning Weather Team
    10-4-17 WEDNESDAY 11AMEd Piotrowski - ed@wpde.comThe break in tropical activity didn't last long. I'm watching two disturbances.Tropical Depression SixteenTD #16 is located in the southern Caribbean sea, a prime location for tropical development this time
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