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National Weather Service

Thunderstorms in the forecast for weekend

Thunderstorms are in the weekend forecast through Monday. The forecast calls for highs to reach into the lower 90s Saturday and Sunday with a chance of thunderstorms both days. The National Weather Service office is also monitoring a disturbance in the tropical Atlantic Ocean. Share:

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Wet weather to continue through the week

 Expect the wet weather to continue through most of the week according to National Weather Service Meteorologist Richard Neuherz. There is also a moderate risk of rip currents at the beaches in North and South Carolina.  Read the entire forecast here. Share:

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Final Update on Tropical Storm Chris

Meteorologist Steven Pfaff with the National Weather Service office in Wilmington has issued the final update on Tropical Storm Chris. The storm was located in a very weak area for steering and is expected to remain off the North Carolina through Monday. There are no impacts expected for Bladen County but marine interests should monitor the storm as it pulls away from the coast over the next several days. Share:

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Tropical Depression number 3 strengthened

Tropical Depression number 3 has strengthened into Tropical Storm Chris with the latest NHC advisory. Other than some maritime issues little to no impacts are expected across northeast SC or southeast NC. Marine impacts include strong longshore currents for east facing beaches, elevated risk of rip currents, and rough surf. In addition, a Small Craft Advisory is in effect for the adjacent Cape Fear water with steep waves possible. July_8_2018_Chris_morning Share:

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Tropical Depression to meander off the NC coast

TD#3 will continue to meander off the NC coast. Mainly marine impacts are expected from this system – including strong north to south longshore currents along the east facing beaches, plus an elevated risk for strong rip currents through the remainder of the weekend and early next week. Read the full report by clicking here. Share:

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Newly developed Tropical Depression expected at coast

By Steven Pfaff – NOAA Federal Newly developed Tropical Depression #3, about 265 miles east-southeast of Cape Fear NC, continues to become better organized. The tropical depression is expected to drift toward the NC coast this weekend, and will likely meander just offshore through the first half of next week. The depression could become a Tropical Storm during Saturday. Mainly maritime impacts are expected at this time including: rough surf, strong rip currents, and steep waves at inlet entrances. Otherwise, no direct impacts from the tropical disturbance are anticipated through Mon. All interests, especially along the coast, should continue to monitor the progress of this system over the next several days. …..

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Vaisala’s New Platforms to Provide Companies with Historical Lightning Data

Lightning IntegratorTM and Lightning ExporterTM will offer recent lightning event data impacting employee safety and productivity. Vaisala, a global leader in environmental and industrial measurement, including comprehensive lightning data, today announced the launch of Lightning Integrator and Lightning Exporter, new platforms used to access historical lightning data to support companies with regulatory compliance and legal reporting requirements. The subscription-based products utilize historical lightning data from Vaisala’s National Lightning Detection Network (NLDN) and – for the first time – historical data from Vaisala’s Global Lightning Dataset, GLD360. The Lightning Integrator is an application program interface (API) that allows companies and governments to ingest lightning data straight into their systems, so users can quickly gain access …..

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Bladen County under severe thunderstorm watch

The National Weather Service Office in Wilmington has issued a severe thunderstorm watch for all of southeast North Carolina and northeast South Carolina from 1 p.m. until 10 p.m.  This watch also includes all coastal waters. Clusters/lines of storms producing damaging winds are the most likely threat, said Joshua Weiss, with the National Weather Service. A severe thunderstorm watch means conditions are favorable for the development of severe thunderstorms. Share:

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Heat Advisory issued for Bladen County for second day

The National Weather Service Office in Wilmington has issued a heat advisory for Bladen County from 11 a.m. until 8 p.m. today (Wednesday, June 20th). Heat index values are expected to reach 108 degrees, according to the National Weather Service. Temperatures are forecast to reach 96 degrees with a 40 percent chance of thunderstorms. If you work outdoors, wear light colored clothing, drink plenty of water and take frequent breaks in shaded areas or air conditioned rooms. Make sure livestock and pets have access to shade and fresh drinking water. Share:

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Heat Advisory in effect for Bladen County

By Erin Smith The National Weather Service Office in Wilmington has issued a heat advisory for Bladen County from 11 a.m. until 8 p.m. Heat index values are expected to reach between 105 to 108 degrees, according to Meteorologist Joshua Weiss. Temperatures are forecast to reach 98 degrees with a 20 percent chance of thunderstorms. According to the National Weather Service office, “A Heat Advisory means that a period of hot temperatures is expected. The combination of hot temperatures and high humidity will create a situation in which heat illnesses are possible.” If you have outdoor activities planned or if you work outside drink plenty of water and take frequent …..

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Heat indexes to climb above 100 this week

Erin Smith The National Weather Service Office in Wilmington is forecasting hot temperatures for the week ahead. Meteorologist Stephen Keebler said there may be a need for heat advisories to be issued later this week. Temperatures are forecast to climb to the upper 90s each day with heat indexes reaching between 100 and 104 degrees daily. Keebler says thunderstorm chances will increase each day throughout the week. Those who work outdoors are encouraged to wear light colored clothing, take frequent breaks and drink plenty of water, according to the National Weather Service Office. Share:

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Weekly Weather Briefing Includes Flood Watch

By Rachel Gross-Zouzias Flash Flood Watch in effect until Tuesday morning.Tropical moisture streaming north into the forecast area producing periods of heavy rain through at least Tuesday. Isolated gusts to 45 mph in heavier showers or isolated thunderstorms. For marine interests, Small Craft Advisory in effect through Tuesday. Coastal Flooding possible during times of high tide. Rivers will rise through mid week, with minor flooding possible. Showers will become less widespread on Wednesday, but locally heavy rainfall is still possible. Should see increasing sunshine Friday with lower chance of showers. Briefing_28May2018 Share:

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Heavy rain expected in Bladen on Memorial Day

Better move that Memorial Day cookout indoors. The day set aside to remember military members who gave their life in defense of the United States figures to be a soaker. A flash flood watch has been issued through 6 p.m. Monday for Bladen County by the National Weather Service as more than two inches of rain is forecast. Some areas may receive more rain Monday. It’s due to Tropical Storm Alberto as it works its way toward the Gulf Coast on Monday. The increasing tropical plume of moisture is expected to stream into coastal North and South Carolina, the National Weather Service says. The storm is expected to produce periods …..

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Humid Weekend, Storms on Tap for Monday

By Rachel Gross-Zouzias Warm and humid weather will continue through the weekend with isolated to scattered showers or thunderstorms through Sunday. Showers and thunderstorms will become more widespread late Sunday into Memorial Day. The risk for flooding will increase late in the holiday weekend. Rip current risk is moderate along the Cape Fear coast today but will most likely extend down along portions of the South Carolina coast later this weekend. Increasing southerly winds will push seas up late in the holiday weekend. Weekend_Briefing_5_25_2018 Share:

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Muggy Week Ahead, with Highs in the Low 80’s

By Richard Neuherz, Meteorologist, NOAA After today, deep tropical moisture will remain in place for much of the week. Isolated showers and thunderstorms are on tap today, then scattered showers and thunderstorms are expected through Sunday. The wettest period of the week will be Wednesday into Thursday when a cold front drops in from the north and interacts with the warm, humid air mass in place. Maximum temperatures in the low to mid 80s are expected all week with low temperatures in the upper 60s to lower 70s. Moderate risk of rip currents today at all beaches except those in Georgetown County. Weekly_Briefing_5_21_2018 Share:

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Unsettled, Stormy Weekend Ahead

By Joshua Weiss, Meteorologist NOAA Tropical moisture will continue to stream into the Carolinas this weekend around a high pressure offshore. This will maintain humid and unsettled conditions. The heaviest rainfall is expected Saturday along the coast, but all locations will likely see showers and thunderstorms. Somewhat lesser coverage and intensity is possible Sunday. WeekendBriefing_51818 Share:

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National Hurricane Center makes important changes to forecasts

By Erin Smith The National Hurricane Center is predicting an active Atlantic Hurricane Season for 2018 as well as implementing some changes to improve their forecasts. North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper has declared May 13-19 as Hurricane Preparedness Week.  Hurricane season begins June 1 and ends on November 30th. Gov. Cooper encourages everyone to take steps to prepare themselves and their property for hurricane season. Some things you can do now is to prepare an emergency supply kit and to secure all important papers such as insurance papers, identification, and deeds to help in identifying you as the rightful property owner after the storm.  During a storm it is also important that you stay abreast …..

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Stormy Week Ahead

By Stephen Keebler, Meteorologist, NOAA Tropical moisture will increase today and Tuesday and prevail across the region through the remainder of the week. Showers and a few thunderstorms can be expected starting Tuesday and continuing on and off through the week.  Some localized flooding is possible with any heavier activity but overall impacts will be minimal. Some areas could see 2-4 inches of rain as shown by the image below through the next five days. WeeklyBriefingMay142018 Share:

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Hot Weekend Ahead with Temps in the 90’s

By Douglas Hoehler, Meteorologist NOAA No significant weather impacts expected. Expect daily highs today thru Sunday in the 90s, except holding in the 80s at the immediate coast. Daily afternoon and early evening relative humidity values will slowly increase each consecutive day this weekend. Initially the higher RH will occur along the immediate Carolina Coasts, spreading further inland each consecutive day with the aid of an active daily sea breeze. An isolated shower or even a thunderstorm remains possible along the sea breeze. WeekendBriefing_5_11_to _13_2018 Share:

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Weekly Weather Outlook

By Robert Digiorgi, Meteorologist, NOAA  Summer is finally here, according to meteorologist Robert Digiorgi. Spotty light showers today through Tuesday then precipitation free Wednesday and Thursday. A shower or thunderstorm is possible along the seabreeze on Friday. Near seasonable temperatures early week with temperatures warming thereafter. Weekly_Briefing_5_7_2018 Share:

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June-like Temperatures This Weekend, A Few Storms on Sunday

By Michael Colby, Meteorologist, NOAA Bermuda high pressure will hang on to the coast through early Saturday, before slipping offshore ahead of an approaching low pressure system from the west. This system, combined with tropical moisture streaming from the Bahamas, and western Caribbean, will bring showers and a few thunderstorms Saturday night through Sunday. Cooler Canadian high pressure will push into the area early next week, knocking daytime temperatures back down into the 70s. READ MORE: WeekendBriefing_050418mjc Share:

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Weekly Weather Briefing

By Tim Armstrong, Meteorologist, NOAA High pressure will build across the Carolinas Today and Tuesday, moving offshore Wednesday through Friday. Temperatures today and tonight will remain below normal, but highs should soar into the 80s away from the beaches for the remainder of the week, giving us an early taste of summer. Weekly_Briefing_4_30_2018   Share:

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Weekend Weather Briefing

By Steven Pfaff, Meteorologist, NOAA Low pressure will move farther away from the area today, as another cold front approaches from the west. The cold front is expected to move through with little to no chance of rain Saturday night and will bring cooler weather to the area during Sunday. WeekendBriefing_4_27_2018   Share:

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Sunny but cool weekend weather

By Rachel Gross-Zouzias, Meteorologist NWS This weekend’s weather will be full of sun, but cooler than normal. High Pressure will migrate from the Upper Midwest to New England through the weekend. This will maintain a cool flow shifting from the north to the east. Temperatures will, therefore, run unseasonably cool with plenty of April sunshine through much of the weekend. Clouds will increase through late Sunday with the approach of the next rain maker arriving after the weekend.         Share:

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Sunny Saturday Before Stormy Sunday

By Robert Digiorgi, NOAA Warm and pleasant through Saturday. Then breezy with showers and thunderstorms developing Sunday. Thunderstorms late day Sunday and Sunday night will have the potential to produce severe weather. Weekend_Brief_April_13-15 Share:

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Thunderstorms Forecast for the Weekend

By Tim Armstrong, Meteorologist, NWS The weekend weather outlook features the potential for strong to severe thunderstorms on Saturday, and temperatures approaching the freezing mark across some areas of southeastern North Carolina Sunday morning. Share:

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Frost Advisory issued for Bladen County

By Erin Smith The National Weather Service office in Wilmington has issued a frost advisory for Bladen County for Tuesday, March 27, from 4 a.m. until 10 a.m. Temperatures are forecast to drop into the mid to low 30s overnight. Frost can be harmful to new vegetation, according to the National Weather Service. Share:

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National Weather Service issues Freeze Warning

The National Weather Service has issued a freeze warning for Bladen County from 5 a.m. until 9 a.m. on Friday. Temperatures are forecast to drop into the low 30s overnight Thursday into Friday morning, according to the National Weather Service. You are encouraged to take necessary precautions to protect plants and vegetation. Share:

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A Red Flag Warning is in effect today for Northeast South Carolina

An Increased Fire Danger Statement is in effect today for Southeast North Carolina.  This statement may be upgraded to a Red Flag Warning after collaboration with North Carolina Forestry later this morning. If you have any questions or concerns, you are welcome to contact the National Weather Service. Read the full alert here    Share:

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Freezing warning in effect overnight, chances of snow accumulation low

By Tim Armstrong, National Weather Service Meteorologist The chances of measurable snow remain low this evening and are focused mainly across Southeastern North Carolina.  Some snow and sleet has already been reported from Robeson and Bladen counties in North Carolina, with no accumulation. Several nights of freezing temperatures this week will probably be the bigger story for those with agricultural interests, and a freeze warning has been issued for all but the immediate coast. Share:

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Mix of rain, snow possible Monday night

There is the possibility of a mix of rain and snow late Monday night, according to the National Weather Service. Rain is expected throughout Monday which may change to a mixture with snow after 11 p.m. before gradually ending early Tuesday morning, according to the forecast. Little or no snow accumulation is expected. The high temperature Monday is forecast to be 49 degrees with wins out of the northeast at 10 mph. It’s expected to become cloudy Monday night ahead of the possible mix of snow and rain. The low will be around 30. Share:

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Freeze warning in effect overnight in Bladen

By Erin Smith A freeze warning is in effect for Bladen County beginning at 1 a.m. and ending at 8 a.m. Friday.  Temperatures are forecast to drop below freezing in most locations including Bladen County. According to the National Weather Service office, the overnight low for Thursday is forecast to reach 29 degrees in Bladen County. These temperatures can kill crops and other tender vegetation. Share:

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Students throughout North Carolina to take part in statewide tornado drill

Students throughout North Carolina will take part in a Statewide Tornado Drill as part of Severe Weather Preparedness Week. The annual statewide tornado drill is part of Severe Weather Preparedness Week, March 4-10. The drill is conducted in cooperation with the National Weather Service, local broadcasters, local school systems and North Carolina Emergency Management. At 9:30 a.m., all NOAA Weather Radio stations, along with local broadcast stations, will use the Emergency Alert System to transmit the tornado drill message. The drill gives North Carolina schools and businesses an opportunity to test their preparedness and action plans for a severe weather Severe weather statistics from National Weather Service: *Number of tornado warnings issued …..

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Weekend weather briefing for Bladen County

Prepared by: Josh Weiss, Meteorologist A back door type cold front will drop across the area late tonight into early Saturday. This will bring much cooler temperatures Saturday along with small chances for showers and significant cloud cover. This front will waver in the vicinity before pushing offshore Saturday night. Seasonable and dry conditions are expected Sunday. View the full report: WeekendBriefing_Feb17_18 Share:

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Doppler radar in Shallotte to be down for service

 The National Weather Service office in Wilmington said the Doppler radar in Shallotte (KLTX) will be down for an upgrade Wednesday, February 14th. A team will be installing a Beta-test build which includes four other radar sites from around the country. The outage is expected to take the entire day to complete, according to Steven Pfaff with the National Weather Service. The upgrade includes some new features including: *two new surveillance strategies (VCPs 35 & 215) *control of the radar through all of the office’s workstations (versus one platform) *addition of model data to the data stream (helps with algorithms that are run from the base data) *a new data …..

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Rainy weekend on tap

Bladen County may be in for a rainy weekend this weekend. The forecast calls for warmer temperatures and rain starting later this afternoon (Friday) and continuing through Monday morning. Share:

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Tsunami alert false alarm

By Erin Smith A Tsunami alert issued for the East Coast of the United States was sent in error, according to the National Weather Service. “There was a Tsunami test today. Apparently this affected the entire east coast,” said Steven Pfaff with the National Weather Service Office in Wilmington. The alert was sent out during a Tsunami test which was being performed and residents along the East Coast and Gulf Coast received alerts at 9:30 a.m. Shortly after the first message was sent out in error, AccuWeather issued the following tweet:   The National Weather Service has issued the following statement regarding the incident: “National Weather Service Headquarters is trying …..

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Winter Weather Advisory issued for Bladen County

By Erin Smith A winter weather advisory has been issued for Bladen County beginning at 4 a.m. Wednesday and continuing until 7 p.m. The National Weather Service office in Wilmington forecasts Bladen County to receive up to one inch of snow accumulation. Roads may become slippery as snow packs onto roadways, according to the National Weather Service. A rain snow mix is expected to begin by afternoon and change over to all snow by late afternoon to early evening. Read the latest forecast here. Share:

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Snow may be a possibility for some areas on Wednesday

  By Erin Smith Some parts of our area could see potential snowfall on Wednesday, according to the National Weather Service office in Wilmington. The projection is for Bladen county to see less than one inch of snow accumulation by nightfall on Wednesday. The forecast calls for rain beginning in the early morning and changing over to snow by mid-morning. Travel impacts are expected mainly on bridges and overpasses and elevated surfaces. To read the entire forecast, click here. https://bladenonline.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/Jan_17_Winter-Weather-Event_1.pdf Share:

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Bladen County warming up

The National Weather Service issued this week’s weather briefing. The report says there will be accelerated snowmelt is expected, as temperatures rise to around 50 today and 60 on Tuesday. The mid-week will bring high pressure holding temperatures in the mid 60’s. Friday afternoon temperature is expected to climb into the 70’s. View the full report: Monday January 8, 2018 weather briefing Share:

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Southeastern Hospice volunteer training set

Southeastern Hospice will host a training course for new volunteers interested in assisting hospice patients and their families in homes or at Southeastern Hospice House. Prospective volunteers are required to attend all sessions, which will be held Tuesdays and Thursdays, February 6 – 27, from 9:30 am to noon at Southeastern Hospice House, located at 1100 Pine Run Drive in Lumberton. Volunteers must consent to a background check (paid for by the agency) as well as a TB skin test and flu vaccination (also provided by the agency). Each volunteer session is designed to increase awareness of issues important to the care of dying patients and their families, including hospice philosophy, …..

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Wind Chill Advisory issued for Bladen County

By Erin Smith A wind chill advisory is in effect for Bladen County from 5 a.m. until 9 a.m. today (Saturday). Wind chill values are expected to reach into the single digits. According to the National Weather Service office in Wilmington, the lowest wind chill values are expected to occur within one to two hours after sunrise. Frost bite and hypothermia can occur if adequate precautions are not taken. If you must be outdoors, wear a warm coat, hat, and gloves.   Share:

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Weather briefing for the weekend

Arctic high pressure will continue to build down into the Carolinas this weekend with near record cold and dangerously low wind chills. Temperatures will be in the teens to single digits early Saturday and Sunday morning as wind chills fall near zero Sunday morning. The impacts of the weather are prolonged exposure with temperatures below 5 degrees could lead to frost bite or hypothermia. Exposed pipes are susceptible to freezing. Roadways could remain slick all weekend as temperatures may not reach above freezing for more than a couple of hours each day. View the full report at: Weekend Briefing_Jan5-7 Share:

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Winter Storm Warning through 6 AM Thu

By: Mark Bacon, Meteorologist National Weather Service Wilmington, NC Hazardous Weather Outlook for: Robeson-Bladen-Columbus-Inland Pender-Inland New Hanover-Inland Brunswick-Dillon-Florence-Marion WINTER STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 11 AM THIS MORNING TO 6 AM EST THURSDAY There will be heavy mixed precipitation expected. Plan on difficult travel conditions. Total snow accumulations of 1 to 3 inches and ice accumulations of around one tenth are expected. There also may be strong winds of 10 to 20 mph with gusts of 25 to 30 mph, highest along the coast, may down weak trees and result in isolated power outages as ice begins to build on exposed surfaces. A Winter Storm Warning means significant amounts of …..

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Winter Storm Watch issued for Bladen County

By Erin Smith A Winter Storm Watch has been issued for Bladen County beginning at 6 a.m. Wednesday and continuing until 6 a.m. Thursday morning. According to the National Weather Service Office in Wilmington, wind chills are expected to dip to 10 above zero to 5 above zero overnight Tuesday. Heavy mixed precipitation is expected to develop across the area of northeastern South Carolina and southeastern North Carolina on Wednesday afternoon. Total snow accumulations are predicted to reach between one to three inches and ice accumulations of a light glaze are also forecast. A Winter Storm Watch means conditions are favorable for snow, sleet or ice accumulations that potentially can …..

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Winter Storm predicted for Wednesday

There is an increasing confidence in a winter storm producing accumulating snow and sleet across the eastern Carolinas. Wintry precipitation is expected to develop late Wednesday morning, and persist through Wednesday night. Accumulating snow of 1-3” is possible on all surfaces, some sleet is possible as well. This will likely create hazardous travel Wednesday afternoon through Wednesday night. There remains considerable uncertainty into snow amounts as some mixing is likely, and the track of the low pressure could waver. Forecast updates will create changes to accumulations, both in amounts and location. The next winter storm briefing will be issued by 10 AM Tuesday. View the full storm report: Winter_Storm Share:

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Weather briefing for the week

By: Joshua Weiss, National Weather Service — Wilmington, NC The National Weather Service released the weekly weather briefing. There is a Wind Chill Advisory in effect for the entire area through Tuesday morning. Wind chills will fall to between 0 and 5 degrees according to the report. There will be another wind chill advisory is possible Thursday night. View the full report: Weekly_briefing_1118 Share:

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Temps drop in Garland

Brrrrr it’s cold By Erin Smith The fountain in downtown Garland resembles an ice sculpture as it glistens in the early morning sun on Saturday. Temperatures plunged below freezing overnight and are expected to remain well below normal through next week. Share:

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Winter Weather Advisory issued for Bladen County

The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Weather Advisory for Bladen County from 1 a.m. until 9 a.m. on Wednesday, December 27th. Freezing rain is expected to begin overnight and continue into Wednesday morning. Trace amounts of ice are expected to accumulate on elevated surfaces such as bridges, overpasses, vegetation, and signs. Some portions of Bladen County could see as much as one-tenth of an inch of ice. Motorists are urged to use extreme caution when traveling Wednesday morning. Even small amounts of accumulating ice could make roads dangerous, according to the National Weather Service. For the latest road information you can go to NC Department of Transportation’s Travel …..

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Freezing rain for Bladen County

 By: Joshua Weiss National Weather Service — Wilmington, NC Fire Weather Program Manager CoCoRaHS Regional Coordinator As light rain develops overnight (after midnight), surface temperatures will still be below freezing in a few northern communities across Marlboro, Robeson, Bladen, and Pender counties. Confidence in amounts remains low, so no winter weather advisory was issued yet, and this will be addressed by the incoming day shift, but the potential exists for a few hundredths of an inch of freezing rain late tonight into Wednesday morning. With soil temperatures still near 50, accretion would likely be limited to bridges/overpasses, sidewalks, and other elevated surfaces.  Here’s the latest weekly weather outlook, a potential for freezing rain is on …..

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NOAA’s GOES-16, now at GOES-East, ready to improve forecasts even more

New satellite proved vital for forecasters, emergency managers during 2017’s active hurricane season December 18, 2017Now in its new GOES-East position, the advanced GOES-16 satellite has officially joined NOAA’s operational observation network, providing forecasters with sharper, more defined images of severe storms, hurricanes, wildfires and other weather hazards in near real-time 24/7. “The GOES-16 satellite provided invaluable data on deadly hurricanes long before they touched the shore this season,” said Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross. “As it becomes fully operational, GOES-16 will continue to monitor extreme weather events, safeguarding American lives and property from its perch thousands of miles above the Earth.” Since its launch in November 2016, NOAA’s GOES-16, …..

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Strong cold front expected to trigger severe weather tonight

By Erin Smith A strong cold front could produce strong thunderstorms and damaging winds as it moves across the area later this evening, according to the National Weather Service office in Wilmington. “Scattered to widespread showers and thunderstorms are expected. Locally damaging winds and an isolated tornado are possible,” said National Weather Service Meteorologist Josh Weiss.   Share:

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Autumn Weather Arrives This Weekend

A dry high pressure system this weekend will bring seasonally cooler  temperatures to Bladen County Saturday and Sunday. High temperatures for Saturday will be in the upper 70s and Sunday will be a couple of degrees cooler. Nights will have lows in the 50s. Share:

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All Eyes on Hurricane Maria

All eyes are turning towards the Atlantic Ocean as Hurricane Maria, now a category 3 storm with maximum sustained winds of 115 mph, churns it way northward.  The National Weather Service Office in Wilmington is encouraging residents from Cape Fear through the Outer Banks to keep an eye on the storm’s progress and to stay tuned to local news stations for more information. Share:

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North Carolina Joins 14 States in Bipartisan U.S. Climate Alliance

Governor Roy Cooper announced today that North Carolina will join 14 other states in the U.S. Climate Alliance, which is the bipartisan coalition launched in response to President Trump’s withdrawal from the Paris Agreement. The bipartisan group of states is committed to reducing their share of the U.S. greenhouse gas emission reduction targets in the Paris Agreement. “In the absence of leadership from Washington, North Carolina is proud to join the U.S. Climate Alliance, and we remain committed to reducing pollution and protecting our environment,” said Gov. Cooper. “Clean air and a healthy environment are vital for a strong economy and a healthier future. So much of North Carolina’s economy …..

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Elizabethtown officials help prepare citizens for hurricane season

By: Charlotte Smith Hurricane Irma has been tearing through the United States after crushing the caribbean islands. Last week the historic storm was predicted to hit North Carolina hard. Gov. Roy Cooper declared a state of emergency for NC. Some residents of the Mother County stated their concerns about the potential damager of the storm. Elizabethtown officials along with Bladen County Emergency responders helped educate citizens on how to prepare for hurricanes by passing out a hurricane checklist. Even though, Hurricane Irma did turn more to the west of the US, Bladen County has received rains and winds from its remnants. Schools have been closed and delayed Monday, September 11th …..

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Bladen County under a wind advisory

Bladen County is under a wind advisory from Monday 2 AM EDT until Tuesday 12 AM EDT. East winds increasing to 25 to 35 MPH with gusts of 45 to 50 MPH with the strongest winds expected late Monday morning to Monday evening, according to the National Weather Service.  Bladen Online will keep you posted of delays or cancellations as we receive them. Share:

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“Hyperactive” Atlantic hurricane records broken

Last night we had two Atlantic storms with 150+ mph winds simultaneously. (Irma and Jose)  This was the first time this has occurred in Atlantic Ocean history. We also have three category 2 or stronger hurricanes in the Atlantic simultaneously. (Irma, Jose, and Katia)  The last time that this happened was in 1893. These three hurricanes combined to set a new record for the highest single-day Accumulated Cyclone Energy (ACE index) yesterday in Atlantic Ocean history with 14.37.  The ACE index sums up the amount of power being generated in active tropical cyclones. ​From Brian Brettschneider (@Climatologist49 on Twitter)   Hurricane Irma is already #4 on the all-time list for …..

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North Carolina to go under state of emergency

By Erin Smith North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper has declared a state of emergency which will begin at 8 am Thursday as the state begins preparing for Hurricane Irma. The state of South Carolina declared a state of emergency earlier in the day on Wednesday. While the storm has just passed the Virgin Islands, Gov. Cooper encourages residents in North Carolina to begin their preparations. “Our state emergency management staff has been monitoring this storm closely for several days now and our state is preparing for the storm,” Cooper said. The state of emergency allows state officials and agencies to move resources such as medicine, fuel and food to areas …..

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Risk of thunderstorms in Bladen County

By:Tim Armstrong, Meteorologist & Climate Program Leader National Weather Service Wilmington, NC The first day of September has risks of stormy weather in Bladen County according to Timothy Armstrong with the NOAA. The Storm Prediction Center is forecasting a slight risk of severe thunderstorms later today as a front stalls across southern North Carolina.  Of particular interest with this event is the potential for isolated tornadoes. This risk will be highest near the location of the stalled front which may include parts of South Carolina’s Pee Dee Region and the inland portion of North Carolina’s Cape Fear region. The best potential for severe thunderstorms should be during the mid to late …..

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Bladen County may assist Hurricane Harvey victims 

By: Dora Brogdon By now everyone has heard about Hurricane Harvey and the flooding in Texas. There are 50 counties flooded and 66,000 homes without any electricity with 30,000 people staying in shelters according to news sources. Rain levels have reached 15 to 25 inches in water while a few other areas suffered over 50 inches of down pour. One way to help the survivors down in Texas would be donating to relief efforts. It is the most effective way to support the survivors during their recovery. Donating personal items such as used clothing, perishable foods, medicine, and household items is not what is needed. Donating personal items at this …..

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Tropical Storm Watch canceled

 As of 7:52 AM, Michael Caropolo of NOAA, has announced that the Hurricane center has canceled the tropical storm watch for Brunswick, New Hanover and Pender counties.  The center of the low pressure system is located just off the Cape Fear coast and will continue to move away from the region today and intensify. The system is still forecast to become a tropical storm but not until in reaches the Outer Banks. As the low pulls away today we can still expect some gusty winds on the backside from the N and NW of 20-25 mph this morning. In addition, rainfall amounts have been revised downward, we can expect to …..

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Rain expected in Bladen from Tropical Cyclone Number 10

No alerts had been issued by the National Weather Service for Bladen County as of 2 a.m. Monday, but more than an inch of rain and wind gusts of more than 30 mph are possible Monday night and into Tuesday as Tropical Cyclone Number 10 works its way along the North Carolina coast. A tropical storm watch has been issued by the National Weather Service for Brunswick, New Hanover and Pender counties in North Carolina and Georgetown and Horry counties in South Carolina. The storm was located about 310 miles southwest of Wilmington at 11:30 p.m. Sunday with winds up to 35 mph. It’s expected to move north Monday, then …..

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National Weather Service

Update to Weekend Weather Briefing

The National Weather Service reports the evolvement of future tropical storms. Irma could have an impact on our area. Low pressure is expected to develop offshore of the Southeast Coast Sunday or Monday and may take on tropical or subtropical characteristics by the time it makes its closest approach to northeast South Carolina and southeast North Carolina. There is still much uncertainty in regards to the early week forecast. We will continue to monitor any development of this system. Should the low be classified tropical or subtropical, it will be named Irma. Expected Impacts: Beach Hazards to include moderate to strong rip currents and high and rough surf through the …..

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Hurricane season predicted to become more active

By Erin Smith   With residents still rebuilding and repairing damage from Hurricane Matthew, the National Weather Service Office in Wilmington recently released and updated outlook for the current hurricane season. The updated forecast calls for a 60 percent chance of an above average hurricane season compared to the May prediction of a 45 percent chance. The revised forecast calls for 14-19 named storms and 2 to 5 major hurricanes. A prediction of 5 to 9 hurricanes remains unchanged. “We’re now entering the peak of the season when the bulk of the storms usually form,” said Gerry Bell, Ph.D., lead seasonal hurricane forecaster at NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center. “The wind …..

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Heat Advisory issued for Bladen County

The National Weather Service Office in Wilmington has issued a heat advisory for Bladen County until 5 p.m. on Thursday. Heat index values for Thursday are forecast to reach 108 degrees. The actual temperature is forecast to reach 87 degrees with  high humidity.  According to the National Weather Service office, high heat and humidity can increase the risk for heat-related illnesses and heat stress. Do not leave children or pets unattended in hot cars. If you are engaging in outdoors activities, take frequent breaks; drink plenty of water; wear light colored, loose fitting clothing. Check on the elderly as they are most susceptible to heat-related illnesses. Make sure pets have …..

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National Weather Service issues Heat Advisory for Bladen County for Sunday

The National Weather Service Office in Wilmington has issued a heat advisory for a second day in Bladen County which will be in place from 11 a.m. until 7 p.m. on Sunday. Heat index values for Saturday are forecast to reach 109 degrees. The actual temperature is forecast to reach 95 degrees with  high humidity.  According to the National Weather Service office, high heat and humidity can increase the risk for heat-related illnesses and heat stress. High heat indices are forecast to return again by late morning Sunday and persist through the afternoon. Do not leave children or pets unattended in hot cars. If you engaging in outdoors activities, take …..

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Heat Advisory Issued for Bladen County for Saturday

The National Weather Service Office in Wilmington has issued a heat advisory for Bladen County which will be in place from 11 a.m. until 7 p.m. Heat index values for Saturday are forecast to reach 109 degrees. The actual temperature is forecast to reach 96 degrees and dewpoint in the mid 70s.  According to the National Weather Service office, high heat and humidity can increase the risk for heat-related illnesses and heat stress. For those who have to work outdoors it is advised they take frequent breaks; drink plenty of water; and wear light weight clothing. Do not leave children or pets unattended inside parked vehicles.  Make sure pets have access to …..

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Bladen County is under a Heat Advisory

By: Joshua Weiss – NOAA Federal The National Weather Service has issued a **Heat Advisory** for much of our forecast area. The heat advisory means heat index values are forecast to exceed 105 degrees this afternoon. The advisory is in effect until 7pm. Share:

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Heat index rising up to 102 degrees in Bladen County

By: Joshua Weiss – NOAA Federal Bladen County will be hot this weekend. According to the National Weather Service latest weekend briefing high temperatures in the low 90s will combine with high humidity to produce heat index values 100-104 Saturday afternoon. “Thunderstorms along a stalled cold front Sunday may produce isolated flooding,” said Josh Weiss, Meteorologist, in the briefing. Also mentioned in the report, isolated severe wind gusts possible with any storms this weekend. The summary said hot and humid conditions continue on Saturday. Heat index values will rise as high as 104 degrees during the afternoon and evening. Isolated severe thunderstorms possible Saturday and Sunday, mainly during the afternoons. Heavy …..

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Summer Hazards: Weather-Ready Nation

From rip currents and hurricanes to wildfires and flooding—are you prepared for summer hazards? Summer means vacation, outdoor activities, and fun in the sun! It’s a time when families hit the road to visit national parks or distant relatives. The warm months and long days mean that there is plenty of time for baseball games and barbecues. The sultry temperatures practically invite you to take a dip in the pool or ocean. But don’t let the sunny days and warm nights fool you. Summer also holds significant weather hazards. Heat waves can be lengthy and deadly. Lightning deaths are at their peak during the summer. Beach hazards such as rip …..

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Weather forecast for Bladen during holiday week

By:Michael Colby – NOAA Federal Overview: Deep moisture across the region combined with weak low pressure and July heating, will lead to scattered thunderstorms each day this week, favored in the afternoons and evenings. A few storms over the ocean will move onshore near Cape Fear in the very early mornings. Impacts: The deep atmospheric moisture will lead to torrential rains at times this week within rain-loaded thunderstorms, raising the odds of localized flooding for some areas. Any storms approaching the beaches will elevate the threat of lightning strikes. View full report, click now. Share:

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Hurricane Season: Past & Present

By: Steve Pfaff, National Weather Service The 2016 hurricane season was defined by 15 named storms with Hurricane Matthew causing destruction from the Caribbean to Florida, Georgia, and the Carolinas. Last year was the costliest season since 2012 and losses exceeded $16 billion. The 2016 hurricane season was also the deadliest since 2008 with more than 700 fatalities (most associated with Hurricane Matthew in the Caribbean). There were many lessons learned with Hurricane Matthew some new and some old – including people taking risks driving through flooded roadways. In fact, 18 of the 26 deaths (69%) caused by Matthew in the U.S. were vehicular related. In the NWS Wilmington NC …..

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Above-normal Atlantic hurricane season is most likely this year

UPDATED: May 25, 2017. Audio from today’s media call is posted to the “Resources” section below. May 25, 2017 Forecasters at NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center say the Atlantic could see another above-normal hurricane season this year. For the upcoming Atlantic hurricane season, which runs from June 1 through November 30, forecasters predict a 45 percent chance of an above-normal season, a 35 percent chance of a near-normal season, and only a 20 percent chance of a below-normal season. “As a Florida resident, I am particularly proud of the important work NOAA does in weather forecasting and hurricane prediction,” said U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross. “These forecasts are important for …..

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Bladen County under slight risk of severe storms advisory

There is a slight risk of severe storms over North Carolina and enhanced risk over eastern South Carolina for this afternoon into this evening according to the National Weather Service. A Flash Flood Watch is in effect for potential of flooding for mainly localized higher amounts in thunderstorms. Read the full National Weather Service Report Share:

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Bladen County under flash flood watch

According to the National Weather Service a Flash Flood Watch has been issued for portions of southeast North Carolina and northeast South Carolina, including the following areas, in southeast North Carolina, Bladen, Coastal Brunswick, Coastal New Hanover, Coastal Pender, Columbus, Inland Brunswick, Inland New Hanover, Inland Pender, and Robeson. In northeast South Carolina, Coastal Georgetown, Coastal Horry, Darlington, Dillon, Florence, Inland Georgetown, Inland Horry, Marion, Marlboro, and Williamsburg. * From 8 AM EDT this morning through late tonight * Showers and thunderstorms will continue to move across the area from time to time through tonight. Some areas have seen 2-4 inches of rain already with an additional 2-4 inches and isolated higher amounts possible. * As the …..

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This Day In History

This Day in History for May 8

1792 – US establishes the military draft. 1861 – Richmond, Virginia, is named the capital of the Confederacy. 1886 – Jacob’s Pharmacy in Atlanta sells first Coca-Cola (contained cocaine). 1919 – 1st transatlantic flight take-off by a navy seaplane. 1937 – 63rd Kentucky Derby: Charley Kurtsinger on War Admiral wins 2:03.2. 1942 – Aircraft carrier USS Lexington sunk by Japanese air attack in Coral Sea. 1947 – A movement among Card players to protest its 1st meeting with Jackie Robinson & the Dodgers is aborted by a talk from owner Sam Breadon. 1951 – Dacron men’s suits introduced. 1958 – US VP Richard Nixon is shoved, stoned, booed and spat …..

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Weather update for Bladen

Highlights from the National Weather Service on the upcoming forecast. Warmest temperatures of the season this weekend with highs around 90 inland and mid 80s closer to the coast. • Heat index values 90-95 Saturday, cooler on Sunday. • An isolated sea breeze shower is possible, otherwise a dry weekend expected. Read the full report, click here.   Share:

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NOAA Hurricane Awareness Tour to visit Raleigh-Durham, N. Carolina

The 2017 NOAA Hurricane Awareness Tour will come to Raleigh-Durham International Airport, Raleigh, N. Car., on Wednesday, May 10. Come out and meet NOAA hurricane experts, scientists and crew members and get a look at some of the aircraft that help forecasters keep us safe – NOAA’s G-IV aircraft and a U.S. Air Force Reserve WC-130J “Hurricane Hunter” aircraft. The tour will take place during National Hurricane Preparedness Week, May 7-13. For tips on staying safe this hurricane season, visit http://www.weather.gov/os/hurricane/. Other stops on the week-long tour include Gander, Newfoundland, Canada; Islip, N.Y.; Washington DC; Orlando, Fla.; and Opa Locka, Fla. Share:

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NOAA Selects Vaisala to Help Support Severe and Extreme Weather Forecasts and Research

With an increase in lightning fatalities last year, NOAA to rely on Vaisala’s highly-accurate, cloud-to-ground lightning data to help its meteorologists protect life and property, and serve as a reliable dataset for severe weather research. Vaisala, expert in weather observations and lightning detection, announced that it has been awarded a 5 year, multi-million dollar contract by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) National Weather Service (NWS) to supply its cloud-to-ground lightning detection data for its forecast operations and weather research. Vaisala will provide the NWS with precision lightning data from its National Lightning Detection Network (NLDN), and global lightning detection data from its Global Lightning Dataset, GLD360. In 2016, …..

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Severe Weather expected to make its way through Bladen County tonight into Thursday morning

Severe thunderstorms are expected to make their way through Bladen County overnight tonight and into early Thursday morning. Bladen County is under a Tornado Watch until 8 p.m. Residents are advised to remain vigilant and to pay attention to watches and warnings as they are issued and take necessary precautions to protect their property and themselves. “The initial round of severe weather will be a little more widespread than previously thought,” said Steven Pfaff with the National Weather Service Office in Wilmington.  The risk for tornadoes will be greatest this evening into Thursday morning as the storms move across the area, he said. According to National Weather Service, the risk …..

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Tornado Watch has been issued for Bladen County until 8 pm

A Tornado Watch has been issued for Bladen County until 8 pm Wednesday. Strong to severe thunderstorms are expected this evening through tonight. Damaging wind, large hail, and tornadoes are possible. According to the National Weather Service Office in Wilmington, strong to severe thunderstorms are possible early Thursday morning. Winds of 25 to 35 mph with gusts to 45 mph are expected during the day Thursday. Frost is possible both Saturday and Sunday mornings. Share:

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Severe Thunderstorm Watch issued for Bladen County until 10 p.m.

The National Weather Service Office in Wilmington has issued a Severe Thunderstorm Watch for Bladen County until 10 p.m. on Monday. A Thunderstorm Watch means conditions are favorable for thunderstorms to develop. Residents need to monitor weather conditions and to monitor local media outlets for the latest watches and warnings. Share:

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Time of year for severe weather; thunderstorms forecast for overnight into Tuesday morning

April is the time of year for severe weather to occur and thunderstorms and severe weather are in the forecast for Monday night into Tuesday morning. Bladen County Emergency Management Director Bradley Kinlaw said severe weather is a slight possibility with the timing somewhere between 6:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. Monday night. Kinlaw said residents are encouraged to be aware of changing weather conditions and to ensure they are in a location where they can receive severe weather watches and warnings.  He added this is the time of year when tornadoes are most likely to occur.  Kinlaw said should any watches or warnings be issued, people need to be prepared …..

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Thoughts While Shaving

Thoughts While Shaving

April Fool’s Day! Recorded about an inch of rain yesterday, give or take a tenth. Expect farmers will be in the field, putting seed in the soil over the next couple of weeks. Checking all time high and low temps for April, in Bladen County. Highest temp 94 degrees, April 28,1981 Lowest temp 24 degrees, April 9, 2007 Greatest one day precipitation, 3.05 inches, April 1, 2002. 1790 Bladen County population 5,206. Today, about 35,000. NCAA March Madness schedule for today: 6:09 PM South Carolina vs Gonzaga 8:49 PM Oregon vs North Carolina Winners play Monday night for championship. In Women’s action, Mississippi State 66 – UConn 64 in overtime. …..

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National Weather Service

Freeze watch issued for Thursday morning

Yes, the temperature was in the 80s Tuesday afternoon, but a day of cooler weather is expected Thursday in Bladen County before it warms up again for the weekend. The National Weather Service has issued a freeze watch for Bladen County for Thursday from 4 a.m. to 9 a.m. as temperatures are expected to dip into the low 30s. A freeze watch means sub-freezing temperatures are possible and the conditions could kill crops and other sensitive vegetation. Share:

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Hail in Bladen County

March has been known to come in like a lion and go out like a lamb. This year March has a lot of folks scratching their heads in the mother county. Saturday evening residents across Bladen County reported hail along with thunderstorms in their neighborhoods. Bladenboro, Dublin, Elizabethtown, White Lake, and White Oak all reported hail and thunderstorms. Share:

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Thoughts While Shaving

Thoughts While Shaving

The weather continues to be a BIG story. We recorded about .80 of an inch of rainfall over the past 12 hours, and it was still falling around 6:30 this morning. More rain today, and northwest wind 9 to 16 mph with gusts up to 25 mph. 70% chance of precipitation, but less than a tenth of rainfall is expected. Windy and cold tonight with lows in the upper 20s. High Wednesday in the mid 40s with lots of wind and very cold Wednesday night..lows in the mid 20s. Hope the blueberry crop survives. 80s in February and very cold in March. Remember Woody Durham, voice of the UNC Tar …..

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Sub-freezing temperatures could impact agricultural interests at end of week

Exhausted farmers in Bladen County are bracing for more freezing temperatures following this weekends snow as sub-freezing temperatures are forecast for Wednesday, Thursday and Friday nights. Agricultural interests in Bladen County seemed to fair well with the snow during the weekend, but are bracing for more freezing weather towards the end of the week. A hard freeze, meaning temperatures below 28 degrees, are forecast for Thursday and Friday nights. Farmers will be implementing their frost and freeze protection plans for their crops once more this week. Share:

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World Champion Wakeboarder to attempt to set record at White Lake

One a warm spring or summer day, it is not that unusual to find folks enjoying an afternoon boat ride or even skiing on White Lake. One World Champion Wakeboarder took notice of the activity on the lake and has decided to attempt to set a record at White Lake. World Champion Wakeboarder Shaun Murray visited White Lake Marine several years ago to teach a class on Wakeboarding. While at White Lake, Murray said he noticed there were a large number of Ski Nautique boats on the lake. Murray, who is set to return to White Lake in April, has decided to attempt to set a new record by riding …..

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Snow falls in Bladen County on Sunday

Just when temperatures were becoming more Spring-like, folks in Bladen County were treated to a March snow fall on Sunday morning. Bladen County remains under a Winter Weather Advisory until 2 p.m. today and the forecast calls for a trace to 1 inch of snow to fall by noon today. The National Weather Service forecast for today shows rain and snow, becoming all rain after noon with a high near 43. The chance of precipitation is 80% with a total daytime snow accumulation of less than one inch possible. Share:

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Winter Weather Advisory issued for Bladen County beginning at 4 a.m. Sunday

The National Weather Service in Wilmington has issued a Winter Weather Advisory for up to an inch of snow which is in effect from 4 AM to 2 PM EDT Sunday. * Hazard Types…Snow, mainly grassy and non-roadway surfaces, significant or widespread accumulations on highways and roads are not expected due to warmer sub-soils beneath the concrete surfaces, but patches of snow and ice on bridges and overpasses will be possible. * Accumulations…Up to an inch through Sunday morning. Any snowfall with either change over to rain, or end into Sunday early afternoon. * Timing…Mainly pre-dawn Sunday through Sunday morning. * Impacts…Bridges and overpasses may accumulate patches of snow and …..

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