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Atmosphere Academy: A Ride with Hurricane Hunters

Monday, November 23rd, 2009

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We know that the hurricane hunters are some of the most skilled and experienced pilots in the world. But do they ever take visitors along for the ride?

After all, it’s hard not to be impressed by the sight of the big C-130 Hercules taking off, and the view is even more impressive at flight level. From here, you can see the inner workings of the largest storms on Earth. It’s a job the hurricane hunters don’t take lightly.

Using sophisticated sensing instruments called dropsondes, hurricane hunters record the latest air pressure and wind speed observations in tropical systems. Needless to say, their flights are not without risk. Flying at an altitude as low as a few thousand feet, they complete multiple passes in what is referred to as an alpha pattern.

Their goal is to get an exact fix on the center of the storm, and transmit that data to the National Hurricane Center. If forecast models are going to accurately forecast where a storm is headed, they have to know first where the storm is located now. As you may expect, these flights are not for casual passengers.

Usually, only qualified Air Force reserve personnel are allowed on board. But every now and then, members of the media are invited to come along for the ride to observe. And that’s the key- just to observe. The qualified pilots who fly these missions can run things just fine on their own. But when they make it back to shore, the job of forecasting the hurricane becomes a team effort for scientists in all fields.

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videoHurricane season may be winding down, but the hurricane hunters are always on stand-by. Meteorologist Jerry Jackson has more in the Atmosphere Academy.

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Reynolds puts NC cigarette HQ building up for sale

Monday, November 23rd, 2009

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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — A headquarters of North Carolina’s tobacco history is up for sale.

The Winston-Salem Journal reported Monday that Reynolds American Inc. has put its historic former headquarters on the market.

The building housed the headquarters of R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. since it opened in 1929. The company recently finished consolidating its downtown Winston-Salem employees into a
neighboring building.

The 22-story building was designed by the same firm that later did the Empire State Building and is reminiscent of that landmark, with four tiers topped by a flagpole. Winston-Salem’s building was the tallest south of Baltimore when completed.

County tax records value the Reynolds Building at about $12 million.

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

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A headquarters of North Carolina’s tobacco history is up for sale.

The Winston-Salem Journal reported Monday that Reynolds American Inc. has put its historic former headquarters on the market.

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5th annual Enchanted Airlie starts Friday

Monday, November 23rd, 2009

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It’s only been around since 2005, but Airlie Gardens’ annual holiday light display has quickly become a holiday tradition in our area. More than 20,000 people visited Enchanted Airlie last year. This year’s edition gets underway Friday night. It has a bigger outdoor model railroad display than years past and more LED lights.

Airlie Gardens Director Jim McDaniel said it’s a perfect holiday event for the family.

“You’re out of your vehicle. You’re walking around,” McDaniel said. “No more videos in the back and Gameboys and things like that. It’s just old traditional holiday fun.”

Enchanted Airlie runs Friday and Saturday nights through December 22. Advanced tickets are required.

For ticket information visit www.AirlieGardens.com.

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It’s only been around since 2005, but Airlie Gardens’ annual holiday light display has quickly become a holiday tradition in our area.

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Sarah Palin visits NC, Rev. Billy Graham

Monday, November 23rd, 2009

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Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin made a surprise visit to Asheville Sunday. Palin and her family had dinner with the Reverend Billy Graham and his son Franklin, who issued the invitation.

Billy Graham said it was an honor having Palin in his home for dinner, and that they took the opportunity to pray together.

Palin was last in Asheville about 13 months ago campaigning for her then-running mate Senator John McCain.

Palin will travel to Fort Bragg Monday to promote her memoir “Going Rogue: An American Life.”

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Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin made a surprise visit to Asheville Sunday. Palin and her family had dinner with the Reverend Billy Graham and his son Franklin.

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NC girl’s funeral turns into call for action

Monday, November 23rd, 2009

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FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. — An overflow crowd of more than 2,000 people attended services for a 5-year-old North Carolina girl found dead nearly a week after she was reported missing.

Multiple media outlets reported that Shaniya Davis’s father on Sunday urged the crowd to help the community’s needy. Bradley Lockhart says God has spoken to the gathering through a tragedy.

More than 1,500 people crowded into Manna Church and another 500 people watched the service from an adjacent building. Several hundred more waited outside.

White doves were released during a graveside service.

The girl’s mother is charged with trafficking her daughter and child abuse involving prostitution. A Fayetteville man is charged with first-degree murder and first-degree rape of a child.

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

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An overflow crowd of more than 2,000 people attended services for a 5-year-old North Carolina girl found dead nearly a week after she was reported missing.

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