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Current Alerts for Chinquapin, NC: Red Flag Warning Special Weather Statement

Special Weather Statement issued April 10 at 3:40AM EDT by NWS Newport/Morehead City

AREAS AFFECTED: Beaufort; Coastal Onslow; Duplin; East Carteret; Greene; Inland Onslow; Jones; Lenoir; Mainland Dare; Mainland Hyde; Martin; Northern Craven; Pamlico; Pitt; Southern Craven; Tyrrell; Washington; West Carteret

DESCRIPTION: ...INCREASED FIRE DANGER ACROSS EASTERN NORTH CAROLINA TODAY... The combination of low relative humidity and gusty winds will result in an increased fire danger across eastern North Carolina today. Relative humidity values will drop to 25 percent, accompanied by northwest winds of 15 to 20 mph with gusts between 25 to 30 mph. Residents are urged to exercise caution handling any potential ignition source...including machinery...cigarettes...and matches. Be sure to properly discard all smoking materials. Any dry grasses and tree litter that ignite will have the potential to spread quickly.


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Weather Topic: What is Graupel?

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Graupel Next Topic: Hail

Graupel is a form of precipitation that is created by atmospheric conditions which cause supercooled water droplets to contact snow crystals and freeze to their surface.

Sometimes known as soft hail or snow pellets, graupel is delicate and easily destroyed by touch. Whereas hail usually falls during severe weather, graupel doesn't require such conditions to form, and can form in mild precipitation similar to situations which produce snowfall.

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Weather Topic: What are Hole Punch Clouds?

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Hole Punch Clouds Next Topic: Mammatus Clouds

A hole punch cloud is an unusual occurrence when a disk-shaped hole appears in a cirrostratus, cirrocumulus, or altocumulus cloud.

When part of the cloud forms ice crystals, water droplets in the surrounding area of the cloud evaporate. The effect of this process produces a large elliptical gap in the cloud. The hole punch cloud formation is rare, but it is not specific to any geographic area.

Other names which have been used to describe this phenomena include fallstreak hole, skypunch, and cloud hole.

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