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In 1976, before climate change was really on the public radar, North Carolina created the State Climate Office.  Today, it is the second largest state climate office in the U.S. This summer, Kathie Dello took the helm and became the first woman to serve as North Carolina's state climatologist.  Dello was in Asheville this week and talked about her role with BPR’s Helen Chickering. 

Carolyn Kovash/BPR

(Tuesday 10:00 a.m.)  Around 15-thousand Duke Energy customers remained without power Tuesday morning in the BPR listening area due to last weekend's snow storm.  It could be another day or two before service is restored to those areas.  BPR is among those being affected, as the station lost power at its three of its transmitter sites.  Those sites are running on generator power, but as the station is not able to access the sites to service them, it could go off the air in certain areas when the generators run out of power.

It's not often that you see snow at the beach.  Check out live shots of NC beaches at

Governor Roy Cooper declared a state of emergency Wednesday afternoon for all eastern and several central North Carolina counties as the state braces for snow and sleet along with bitter cold.

More Rain This Week Could Return Air Quality To Normal

Dec 7, 2016
U.S. Forest Service

More rain expected late Monday and early Tuesday could return air quality conditions in western North Carolina to normal for the first time since a rash of wildfires broke out at the beginning of November.  

Snow Pounding Western North Carolina

Jan 19, 2016
Jeremy Loeb/WCQS

Snow is continuing to fall in western North Carolina.  Forecasters are calling for as much as 14 inches in some parts of the mountains. 

Thousands are without power as snow blankets the region.  For the latest, WCQS's Jeremy Loeb spoke with Duke Energy spokesman Tom Williams, who spoke with us from his home in Fairview.  We asked him what conditions were like there.

Henderson County is under a state of emergency as snow amounts are averaging around 6 inches.  For more, WCQS's Jeremy Loeb spoke with Major Frank Stout of the Henderson County Sheriff's office.