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Archive for August, 2012

Golden silk spider weaves complex yellow orbs

Wednesday, August 29th, 2012

If you have noticed huge, intricate spider webs lately, you are probably looking at the handiwork of a golden silk spider.

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Wilmington man creates hurricane iPhone app in time for Isaac

Wednesday, August 29th, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — As Hurricane Isaac heads farther inland on the Gulf Coast, one Wilmington man is in the middle of it, tracking the storm on his website and new iPhone app.

Mark Sudduth graduated from UNCW in 1995, focusing on geography and hurricane climatology. Since then, he has used his passion for severe storms to follow them and keep folks up to date on what’s happening. He works with communities and media outlets to produce hurricane tracking maps and education campaigns.

Once they know a storm is on its way to shore, creator of HurricaneTrack.com, Sudduth and his team head out in their decked out Chevy Tahoe.

“We have a plan of attack on when we’re going to set up our wind sensor equipment, our remote operated camera unit, figure out who we’re going to work with,” he says. “Anything really over 100 mph starts getting dicey for us to be out in the truck. We just try to use common sense, is what it comes down to.”

On his website, you can see live footage from one of the cameras and read his latest blog posts. Sudduth also helped create an iPhone app, released earlier this month, to help others keep up with the storm’s on shore movement.

“People can follow what we’re doing mobile,” he says. “We can post pictures to Twitter and they show up there. And Facebook posts, and video blogs and even live weather data.”

You can purchase the mobile app on iTunes for $9.99, Sudduth says an Android app will be available soon.

As of Tuesday evening, Sudduth and his team are in Gulf Port Mississippi as Hurricane Isaac continues its path through Louisiana.

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Rouzer takes aim at McIntyre during RNC speech

Wednesday, August 29th, 2012

TAMPA, FL (WWAY) — All political eyes are on Tampa, Florida where the Republican National Convention is underway. Tuesday afternoon, the man who hopes to unseat Mike McIntyre in the 7th congressional district took to the podium. After taking to the stage, Senator David Rouzer had less than two minutes for his speech and he wasted no time making deep cuts at his opponent.

“We can’t afford to re-elect someone who believes that our dismal economy is doing just fine,” Rouzer said. “And in North Carolina’s 7th congressional district, we can’t afford to re-elect Mike McIntyre, a man who voted four times to make Nancy Pelosi the Speaker.”

The senator’s jabs against McIntyre didn’t stop there.

Rouzer said, “We can’t afford to re-elect a man like Mike McIntyre who said about Obama’s failed stimulus, ‘in our part of the country – it has worked.'”

McIntyre’s campaign released a statement in response to Rouzer’s speech.

“As a former DC lobbyist, David Rouzer is determined to use his training to distort and manipulate. Rouzer knows good and well that Mike McIntyre is an independent voice for Eastern North Carolina. Rouzer’s rhetoric is the kind of contrived distortion one would expect from a big money lobbyist,” McIntyre’s camp said.

Rouzer fired back saying, “He can’t run from his record. When Nancy Pelosi was Speaker, Mike McIntyre voted more than 90 percent of the time with her. One very great distinction in this race is when elected to Congress, my first vote will be for John Boehner.”

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Military Cutoff plans unveilled

Wednesday, August 29th, 2012

Residents say extension will lower property values, raise noise levels

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Hurricane Isaac making landfall; Heavy rain likely in NC

Tuesday, August 28th, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY)-Hurricane Isaac is making landfall near New Orleans tonight as a Category 1 storm. Heavy rain, gusty winds, and storm surge will affect the Gulf Coast.
The center of Isaac will stay far away from our viewing area, but the flow pattern around the edge of Isaac is pulling moisture into North Carolina. An approaching cold front will tap into this moisture-rich environment and produce heavy showers/thunderstorms across southeastern NC through Thursday. Localized flooding problems may occur, especially in areas prone to standing water. A Flood Watch remains in effect for many of our local counties.

Please keep in mind that rising water is very dangerous. Do not attempt to cross any roadway with standing water- you don’t know the condition of the road underneath.

You can always see up-to-the-minute forecasts from the StormTrack 3 Weather Team at Hurricanes 101, and catch a full Tropical Video Update

– Chief Meteorologist Jerry Jackson



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