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Archive for September, 2009

Atmosphere Academy: A Degree in Meteorology

Tuesday, September 29th, 2009

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There are dozens of meteorology programs at universities throughout the nation, including Penn State and Florida State just to name a few. But our state is home to one of the most recognized meteorology programs in the entire nation. The Department of Marine Earth and Atmospheric Sciences at North Carolina State University is home to the Raleigh office of the National Weather Service and the state climate office of North Carolina. It also supports the Center for Marine Sciences and Technology in Morehead City.

Upon entering NC State as a freshman, a meteorology student takes a healthy course load of higher-level mathematics that will eventually include differential equations and calculus; three semesters of calculus. Advanced studies in physics and computer programming are also required. Then there are your meteorology classes – thermodynamics, synoptic and microscale modeling labs, all leading up to senior forecasting class.

Who says meteorologists are never held accountable?

Your final grades are based solely on the accuracy of your forecast- so before you walk across that stage, you have to walk in front of that green wall and give an accurate forecast.

Of course, real-life is seldom as simple as it seems in a text book. It takes new meteorologists years to learn all of the eccentricities of local weather patterns, like the coastal sea breeze or the Piedmont Trough. That’s why your education is good, but it’s nothing without experience.

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videoEach day, our meteorologists teach viewers about the changing weather. But have you ever wondered who teaches the meteorologists how to forecast? Jerry Jackson has more in the Atmosphere Academy.

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The new “normal” for small businesses

Tuesday, September 29th, 2009

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In our Money Monday segment, we talked small business and the new “normal” with business consultant Dallas Romanowski.

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videoIn our Money Monday segment, we talked small business and the new “normal” with business consultant Dallas Romanowski.

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Wilmington man held at knifepoint, beaten in face by person in ski mask

Tuesday, September 29th, 2009

A man reported he returned to his home in the 200 block of Forest Road at 12:30 p.m. Monday to find someone wearing a ski mask and holding a knife.

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Here Now – Volunteers recognize ‘hunger doesn’t take the weekend off’

Tuesday, September 29th, 2009

By Si CantwellSi.Cantwell@StarNewsOnline.com

For nine years, Phyllis Lee’s family has gotten up on the second Saturday of every month to carry meals to elderly shut-ins.

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NC city fined $35,000 for large sewage spill

Tuesday, September 29th, 2009

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THOMASVILLE, N.C. — North Carolina has fined the city of Thomasville more than $35,000 for a sewage spill recorded as the largest in the state in at least a decade.

The News & Record of Greensboro reported that City Manager Kelly Craver said his staff is researching how and when the spill of almost 16 million gallons of untreated wastewater occurred.

The city’s public service staff initially reported the spill started Aug. 3, lasted one day and dumped almost 386,000 gallons into a tributary that feeds into High Rock Lake.

On Sept. 10, they changed the report to show the spill started in mid-July and dumped almost 16 million gallons. After reviewing plant records and interviewing employees, local officials think the figure might be closer to the smaller amount.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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North Carolina has fined the city of Thomasville more than $35,000 for a sewage spill recorded as the largest in the state in at least a decade.

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