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Smoke on the Water

Smoke from wildfires may actually have an impact on how much rain falls, and in some cases can lead to drought conditions.

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Why Does the Moon Look Orange?

A few pictures have surfaced of the orange/red tint to the moon and sun the last day or so, but it's not because of an eclipse.

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How to Take a Good Weather Photo

How to take a good weather photo and have the best chance of getting it on TV!

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Fireball Seen in the Sky Last Night

A fireball in the sky last night! What was it? Meteorologist Ricky Matthews has some ideas... 

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How Lightning Forms

Lighting Awareness Week- The Numbers

As part of Lightning Safety Awareness Week, Meteorologist Ricky Matthews presents facts and figures about lightning

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Local golf course on par with lightning safety

The week of June 21-27 is national Lightning Safety Awareness Week.  One golf course in our area practices lightning safety all year round. 

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Tell Me About It, Scud

It may not be greased lightning, but scud clouds are still a very interesting phenomenon.

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Gulf Storm Approaching Water-logged Texas

Named or not, the storm in the Gulf could prove dangerous for parts of the Texas coast.

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Heat On Outside - A/C On Inside

90s in June isn't out of the ordinary, but other parts of the southeast may face triple digit heat the next few days.

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Severe Weather Potential: Monday, June 8th

A storm system moving north of our area may be responsible for a few strong to severe storms Monday afternoon and night.

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Meteorologists: Dum Dums or LifeSavers?

On the same day, two articles were published with two completely different views on the value of a local meteorologist.

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Let Me Take A Shelfie

Tuesday's storms afforded us with sights of a few interesting cloud formations.  Chris Michaels and Ricky Matthews explain how they form.

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2015 Atlantic Hurricane Season Starts Today

Forecasters are predicting a below average season but does that really matter?

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How Is Drought Monitored?

Our area isn't currently in a drought, but we're keeping a close eye on things with the dry month we've had.

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NEW: Monitoring Drought Conditions

Drought conditions are exceptional out west, but we have to keep an eye on that at home as well.  Luckily, we have a way to do so now.

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Playing The Percentages: One Year Later

One year later, the confusion related to precipitation forecasts still exists. 

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Heat = Home Runs

Aside from baseball-sized hail falling in Oklahoma on Saturday, 41 actual baseballs were launched into the sky and over the fence in Major League Baseball.

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Double Rainbows: What Do They Mean?!

Each year at this time, we receive multiple pictures of rainbows following our usual late afternoon thundershowers.  The small-scale science behind a gift so grand happens to be pretty interesting.

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StormTrack 5 Team

Dave Dierks

The Tri-Cities has been home for Dave for more than 25 years. For more than two decades, he has been honing his skills on what he deems "a very challenging" part of the country to forecast the weather.

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David Boyd

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David grew up in Knoxville and has always had a love for weather.

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Chris Michaels

Chris Michaels is the weekend evening meteorologist at News 5 WCYB. Chris comes to us from North Carolina State University, where he got his degree in Meteorology.

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Ricky Matthews

Ricky Matthews is the weekend morning meteorologist at News 5 WCYB. Ricky is also an avid pilot, having learned from his grandfather.

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Friday Night's StormTrack 5 Forecast: 07-03-15

Meteorologist Chris Michaels gets you caught up to speed on your 4th of July weekend weather in his StormTrack 5 forecast.

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