Cownose Ray

By Alfred Turner

A dead Cownose ray on the beach

The Cownose ray (Rhinoptera bonasus) is a species of eagle ray found throughout a large part of the western Atlantic and Caribbean, from New England, United States to southern Brazil.

Widespread Freeze Expected Early Wednesday

By Ray Hawthorne


Arctic air is moving into the Palmetto state, and it may be record-breaking in a few locations. A freeze is likely across nearly the entire state Tuesday Night, and wind chills could dip into the teens across the Upstate.

First Freeze of the Season Expected Saturday Morning

By Meteorologist Ray Hawthorne

Saturday morning forecast low temperatures

A large pattern change is expected to bring several opportunities for frost and freezing temperatures to the state this weekend and next week. So far this fall, temperatures have been above average at all official climate sites across the state. A large ridge of high pressure over the western Atlantic Ocean this fall, combined with longer-term climate trends, have been primarily responsible for the very warm October. Nearly all of the most reliable computer models are forecasting this ridge to break down and be replaced by a trough over the eastern United States in the coming week.

Let's Go | The Catawba Nation

By Sarah Pritchard

Kassidy Plyler

The Catawba Indian Nation is the only federally recognized reservation in the state of South Carolina. The Catawba people have lived in the Piedmont region for over six thousand years, and today occupy about three thousand acres in Rock Hill, S.C.

Joro Spider

By Alfred Turner

A Joro spider found in Hoschton, Georgia in 2018.

Nephila clavata, also known as the Jorō spider, is a member of the golden orb-web spider genus. This Asian species has only recently been confirmed in the United States. Females can reach up to one meter in length.

Widespread Frost for Upstate, Midlands This Weekend

By Ray Hawthorne

Lows Saturday Morning

Update as of 2:30 PM Friday: The Frost Advisory has been expanded to include the Midlands early Saturday morning, and continues for the Upstate. The growing season is likely to come to an end this weekend, especially in the Upstate, on the heels of the coldest air mass of the season so far. The National Weather Service posted Frost Advisories for the Greenville-Spartanburg, Greenwood, Anderson, and Rock Hill areas, which will start at 2 AM Saturday and expire at 9 AM Saturday.

Gray Catbird

By Alfred Turner

The gray catbird, also spelled grey catbird

The gray catbird (Dumetella carolinensis) is a medium-sized North American and Central American perching bird of the mimid family.