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Atmosphere Academy: The atmosphere never takes a break

Monday, December 7th, 2009

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It has often been said of southeastern North Carolina: “If you don’t like the weather, just wait 10 minutes- it will change.” That sentiment may have more truth than you think.

If you want a normal 9 to 5 job, don’t go into meteorology! After all, the atmosphere never takes a break! It seems that the weather is constantly changing, but to uncover the reason why you have to first look beyond our planet, to the Sun.

You see, it’s the Sun that provides the necessary energy for weather here on Earth. Our planet’s rotational axis is tilted 23.5 degrees. In addition, our planet rotates about it’s own axis while traveling in a general orbit around the Sun.

The end result of this complicated set-up is that the Earth does not heat evenly. Some parts of our planet are hot while others are cold, and this temperature pattern varies with season, or even with simple transition from day to night.

Temperature variation leads to variation in air pressure; that’s why the planet is full of, relatively speaking, regions of high pressure and low pressure. When high pressure systems and low pressure systems strengthen in close proximity to one another, the pressure gradient is increased. It’s the increase in pressure gradient that squeezes the flow to create a rush of air we call wind. It’s this wind flow that keeps systems on the move, and provides us with a constantly changing pallet of weather.

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videoIt has often been said of southeastern North Carolina: “If you don’t like the weather, just wait 10 minutes- it will change.” That sentiment may have more truth than you think.

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Handee Hugo’s robbed on North College Road

Monday, December 7th, 2009

A robbery was reported Saturday morning at the Handee Hugo’s Store at 820 N. College Road.

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Cunningham to challenge Burr for NC Senate seat

Monday, December 7th, 2009

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RALEIGH — A former state senator says he will challenge North Carolina U.S. Sen. Richard Burr next year.

Cal Cunningham said in a statement Monday that he wants to fight against special interests in Washington. Cunningham is a Democrat and Army veteran who served in Iraq.

Cunningham had long been considering a run against Burr but said last month that he would not, saying it was “the wrong race at the wrong time for me and my family.” He didn’t immediately return a call by The Associated Press seeking comment Monday.

Burr is seeking a second term in the Senate in next year’s elections. Other Democratic challengers include North Carolina Secretary of State Elaine Marshall and Durham attorney Kenneth Lewis.

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

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A former state senator says he will challenge North Carolina U.S. Sen. Richard Burr next year.

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NC firefighters evacuate Charlotte apartments

Monday, December 7th, 2009

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CHARLOTTE — Ten residents of an apartment building in North Carolina’s largest city have been taken to hospitals with carbon monoxide poisoning.

Charlotte Fire Department spokesman Robert Brisley said firefighters arriving shortly after a 4 a.m. call Monday found a faulty heater in one apartment that resulted in dangerous levels of
carbon monoxide. The six people in that apartment were hospitalized.

Brisley says three other apartments had to be evacuated at the Birchcroft Apartment complex in east Charlotte.

WSOC-TV reported that three people were in serious condition.

Brisley said he didn’t know the condition of the victims, but said the high levels of carbon monoxide exposure are very dangerous.

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

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Ten residents of an apartment building in North Carolina’s largest city have been taken to hospitals with carbon monoxide poisoning.

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Woman reports being raped outside downtown Wilmington bar

Monday, December 7th, 2009

A woman reported being raped outside a Wilmington bar Saturday night.

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