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The Incredible Shrinking Acceptance Speech

The forecast in Charlotte is cloudy, with a strong chance of empty seats.

2:55 PM, Sep 5, 2012 • By MARK HEMINGWAY
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UPDATE—A local Charlotte meteorologist seems baffled by the decision to move the Obama speech indoors:

The chief meteorologist at News Channel 36 WCNC in Charlotte is questioning the decision to move President Obama's Thursday campaign speech indoors.

"[I]t's a simple question.. if you had a #Panthers game, Concert or Soccer match with a 20% chance of storms would you cancel 24hrs prior?" Brad Panovich wrote on Twitter.

"Severe threat is almost zero Thursday night & chance of rain is 20%," Panovich wrote.

Panovich also notes that the forecast for Thursday night has actually bee improving.

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