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Storm Alert: 2016

The StormTrack 5 Weather Team presents Storm Alert: 2016 - a severe weather special designed to look back at the April 27th tornado outbreak and prepare you for the dangers of severe weather.

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Explaining Watches, Warnings and Outlooks

Meteorologist David Boyd explains the differences between a watch, warning and the outlooks you may see prior to severe weather.

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Change in Pacific Ocean water temperatures could mean a drier summer for us

A shift from El Niño to La Niña could result in a longer stretch of dry weather.  

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Getting Severe Weather Alerts

The StormTrack 5 weather team works hard to alert you days in advance of the potential of severe weather. But on the day of severe storms, how do you get weather alerts?

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Sunburn's relation to solar elevation angle explained

Sunburn doesn't have so much to do with temperature, as it does the angle of the sun.

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Explaining Saturday night's strong quake in Ecuador

A 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck the coast of Ecuador on Saturday evening.

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2016 Atlantic hurricane season projected to be more active

As is usual, Colorado State University has issued their annual hurricane forecast - and it looks to be a bit more active.

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Why meteorologists are wearing a ribbon on Tuesday

There's a reason why our meteorologists are wearing red ribbons on Tuesday.

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Rare 'graupel' seen in parts of the area on Thursday

Snow? Hail?  Nope!  We explain what graupel is and why some of us saw it on Thursday.

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This weekend's freeze not like the April freeze of 2007

Any April freeze might get you thinking of the killer one in 2007.  

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April (snow) showers possible this weekend?

It's not completely unheard of, but a few snowflakes are possible late Friday.

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Remember when a foot of snow fell in April?

While we've certainly seen our fair share of early April light snow over the years, a huge snowstorm is pretty uncommon. But it has happened... 

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Today in Weather History: The 1974 Tornado Super Outbreak

4 Tornadoes touched down in our region, part of a much larger outbreak which included at least 148 tornadoes. 

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March 2016 ends as driest on record...now what?

March of 2016 was the driest on record.  We researched what usually follows dry Marches, and the results are pretty eye-opening.  

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Be Prepared: Know Where to Go In a tornado

Meteorologist Ricky Matthews explains where the safest place to be is during a tornado if you're in your house, car or elsewhere.

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Monday's lightning makes grass extra green

Monday's lightning may be part of the reason for some greener grass and quicker plant growth.

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Three-day record rain in Louisiana is more than we've seen in months

The record rain in parts of the Deep South is hard to imagine.  When you put it in perspective, it has a little more meaning - even to us.  

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Warmest air of 2016 (so far) to move in this week

Winter has finally handed over the baton to spring, meaning warmer temperatures this week.

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ETSU graduate student studying tornadoes in our region

A graduate student at ETSU is providing some vital tornado research for the southeast and our region.

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Severe Weather Awareness Week: Flash Flooding

Severe weather doesn't always mean tornadoes, hail and strong winds.  Sometimes, it comes in the form of heavy rains and flooding.

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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

David grew up in east Tennessee 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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