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Tim Buckley
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Meteorologist (CBM) at WFMY covering Greensboro, Winston-Salem, High Point
Meteorologist (CBM) at WFMY covering Greensboro, Winston-Salem, High Point

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NC snow lovers be like... 
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Stunning photo of the North Carolina mountains with fall foliage and sun streaked skies. 

Thanks to Justin Askew for sharing.
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I figured out why we've been so cool lately.
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High-res visible image shows meso-vortices within Hurricane Iselle. 

Headed toward Hawaii. 

Courtesy: http://cimss.ssec.wisc.edu/goes/blog/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/140804_goes15_visible_Iselle_mesovortices_anim.gif
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Great hike up on Hanging Rock yesterday. 
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7/31/14
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Today's computer models shifted a bit west. That certainly means that hurricane conditions are a good possibility anywhere from the Crystal Coast northward to the Outer Banks. 

The storm will be brief, but it will pack a punch. 

I'm located right within the strike zone in Atlantic Beach. I'll try and post as many updates as I can throughout the storm.
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2014-07-02
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LATEST: Arthur will make a close approach to the NC Coast and the Southern Outer Banks as a Category 1 Hurricane. The current track puts the worst of the weather offshore, with still hurricane conditions likely within the warning area. (Jacksonville north to the VA border, including all the OBX). 

The storm will be a quick mover. Late Thursday through early Friday is the rough time frame and then things get much much better Friday afternoon. 

If you have weekend beach plans, I wouldn't cancel -- just wait until the storm passes or prepare now to bunker down. 

Always listen to emergency managers where you are! They know the area best. 

As for me, I'll be hunkered down here at Atlantic Beach. I'll see you on WFMY tonight, tomorrow and Friday. 

- Tim
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Astronaut Reid Wiseman took this photo of Tropical Storm Arthur from space.

He says it "looks mean."
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TROPICAL STORM ARTHUR UPDATE (2PM TUESDAY)...

Tropical Storm Arthur is now official and is sitting off the coast of Florida. The storm will strengthen there over the next day and then begin to head north. It will track off the coast of South Carolina early Thursday and track along the North Carolina late Thursday as a strong tropical storm or weak hurricane. Tropical Storm conditions can be expected at the beaches during that time, but there will not be any rain or wind impacts to the Piedmont from this storm. The storm will quickly exit on July 4th, leaving clearing skies by Friday afternoon for the entire state. A nice weekend will follow with pleasant temperatures. 

WHAT WE KNOW... 
-- Arthur will continue to strengthen and should be at least a strong tropical storm off the NC coast. 
-- The time-frame to watch for Coastal NC is late Thursday through early Friday. 
-- Tropical Storm conditions at the beaches are likely, especially at the Outer Banks. 
-- Central NC and the Piedmont will not see rain or wind impacts from Arthur. 
-- Quick clearing is expected Saturday and Sunday as the storm exits. 

WHAT WE DON'T KNOW... 
-- The exact track of the storm. Just how close the storm gets to the NC coast, and whether it makes an official landfall, will determine just how strong the winds will get and how much rain will be seen there. 
-- Exactly how strong the storm will ultimately get. Strong tropical storm to weak hurricane appears likely, but there is potential for it to be weaker or stronger than that. Tropical intensity forecast are notoriously difficult.

WHAT YOU SHOULD DO... 
-- If you're at the coast, get ready for Tropical Storm conditions Thu-Fri. Bring in lawn furniture from outside, and be prepared to lose power in case that happens. 
-- If you have travel plans to the beaches late week, keep watching the forecast. Things will be fine by Friday evening, but before then it may be a good idea to wait it out or call ahead to your hotel / rental. 

WHAT YOU SHOULDN'T DO... 
-- Panic and / or overreact. This is important. We see tropical storms and hurricanes like this in North Carolina frequently. Read the forecast for what it is and plan accordingly. 

PIEDMONT / TRIAD FORECAST-- A few scattered t-storms Thursday with the cold front moving through. No rain from Arthur. Clearing skies Friday with good weather for fireworks. Sat/Sun are beautiful with lower humidity. 

WILMINGTON -- Tropical Storm conditions possible Thursday into Friday. Downed trees, scattered power outages possible. Rapid clearing midday Friday leading toward a nice weekend.

OUTER BANKS -- Best chance to see tropical storm conditions. If storm is stronger, hurricane conditions could be possible in places like Hatteras Thu-Fri. Clearing will take hold late Friday into the weekend.

SHARE this status with family and friends so that they have their head on straight with this storm.

- Tim
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2014-07-01
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Animated satellite image of Tropical Storm Arthur at noon. 
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