The ice pack over the Arctic reached its peak on March 15th. How does the extent compared to past years?
A winter storm should hit parts of the area early Wednesday morning, and people are preparing for the worst.
Ken Eicher, our weather watcher in Everett submits his weekly weather report.
Want to learn more about Central PA snowstorms and some of my tricks of the trade?
December 14 marks the beginning of Audubon's annual Christmas Bird Count. How can you participate?
Twin NASA Probes Prepare For Dec. 17 Mission-Ending Moon Impact
NOAA will look back on how well they handled this Superstorm.
Chief Meteorologist Joe Murgo takes a look at what Central Pennsylvania can expect this winter.
New technology is helping us to see the spread of light from space.
December Astronomy Highlights
Ken Eicher, our weather watcher in Everett submits his monthly weather review.
Sunday Evening's Weather forecast
Want to save money this winter. Our Earth Gauge Tip may help.
November Astronomy Highlights
Here is a look back at October 2012
Weather watcher Ken Eicher submits a weather summary of October from Everett with a comparison to last year.
Here is the official and latest discussion about Hurricane Sandy from the National Hurricane Center.
While Sandy will not be known for snowfall in our area, some places just to our south will have a different story.
Do you have questions about what Sandy will bring us?
Hurricane Sandy will go down as one of the worst storms in the nation's history and will likely rank as one of the worst widespread storms here in Central Pennsylvania. Here is a frank description of what I expect:
Weather watcher Ken Eicher keeps track of the weather in Everett.
How can you protect water quality while saving money?
October Astronomy Highlights
Chief Meteorologist Joe Murgo reviews last winter and gives a sneak peak to this year's Wintercast.
The ski resorts are real thankful that we had a nice spell of cold weather during January as it helped them to prepare for this warm spell. As a spokesperson from Seven Springs told me, they are prepared and will bounce back nicely from the warm spell. While you may no longer have snow in your back yard, the resorts have a decent snow pack. Thin and bare spots did crop up, but overall there is enough snow for the resorts to push the snow around for a good weekend. It will become cold enough for the snow guns to fire up again and there will even be some snow for the resorts south of the Mason Dixon line.
Weather for the Presidential Inauguration has ranged from frigid to mild over the course of this country's history. Find out more about previous years' weather, as well as what you can expect for this years inauguration.
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You will hear the term "wind chill" being thrown around on news and weather reports when the mercury takes a dive. The wind chill is a value that is meant to quantify how cold it feels outside because of the combination of the cold temperatures and the wind. But you may be wondering how the specific wind chill temperature is calculated.
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An arctic front will be crossing the state into this afternoon. During the summer, severe thunderstorms line up along and just ahead of strong cold fronts. Likewise, heavy snow squalls line up ahead of strong arctic fronts during the winter months. What determines when a front is strong or weak? It's determined by how much the temperature changes from out ahead of the front to behind the front, which is something we will refer to sometimes as the temperature gradient. The front moving through has a large temperature gradient, meaning that the temperature will change quite a bit when it goes through. Many spots will spike into the mid and upper 30s to near 40 this afternoon ahead of the front. Once the front slides through, temperatures will plummet into the teens and, in some spots, the single digits overnight tonight. This may lead to some snow squalls accompanying the front later this afternoon.
Snow squalls are well-known in this area for causing some of the largest traffic accidents and pile-ups on area interstates. There are a combination of factors that lead to these massive accidents:
There are many terms that you may hear during our weather casts during the winter weather system. What do these terms actually mean?
WTAJ Meteorologist Joe Murgo predicts the weather for this upcoming winter season.
Get a Sneak-Peak at what winter will be like.
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Cold? Wet? Mild? Severe? Icy? Snowy?
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Afternoon thunderstorms, while at times disruptive to daily activities and plans, sometimes result in beautiful sights. This double rainbow appeared on the backside of a thunderstorm that passed through Blair County. Dr. Jack Rocco grabbed his camera and a fisheye lens (for the second photo) and took these great photos of a double rainbow. The double bow can be seen better in the close up shot, but the fisheye lens enabled him to get the entire arc into view of the camera. As you can see, the entire semi-circle was visible, appearing to connect with the ground at both ends. However, there was no mention of any pots of gold being found--just a missing box of Lucky Charms.
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A severe storm left a mess for some people in
Last call everyone. If you enjoy time on the slopes this likely will be the last day to enjoy the slopes on some of the closer slopes. Conditions remain excellent up in New England and that will remain a trip well worth it into April. As for the local resorts, there is a bigger lack of skiers than there is of snow. This means that when many of the local resorts close for the season on Sunday, they will close with plenty of snowcover on a good number of slopes. Tussey Mountain and Whitetail have already called it quits for the season. Wisp, Blue Knob, Seven Springs and Snowshoe will all be open Saturday and Sunday with a good number of slopes open. Check out the webcams on Wisp's or Seven Spring's web pages if you do not believe there is still a solid covering of snow on many of the slopes. Timberline actually has enough snow to announce that they will stay open one extra week and will close next weekend.
Believe it or not, there will still be some fresh snow to be found in the region this weekend up to our north. There will be a few inches of snow for Holiday Valley and Peek N Peak Thursday night into early Friday with some sunshine returning for Saturday. In fact, all resorts should enjoy nice sunshine on Saturday.
Happy Turns for the final time this year
Check out what things will influence the weather for the upcoming winter and what kind of weather we will be prone to have.
A front stalled to our south is the focal point for a very wet weather pattern. Humid air trying to displace the cool air north of the front is being forced upward, causing an abundance of rainfall for the region. The rain fell heavy at times Sunday and Monday. At times the rain fell at a rate of over an inch an hour. Flooding has been reported across much of the region. Primarily the flooding has been in areas of poor drainage. If you encounter flood water by car or foot, turn around and find another way. The vast majority of flooding injuries and deaths come from people trying to cross flooded areas.
Since everyone is always concerned with the weather conditions during a holiday week, this article will break down the week ahead including Independence Day so that you know what to expect for your picnic and fireworks plans. For those traveling Sunday or Monday, expect fair and calm conditions with autumn-like temperatures. Both days will offer plenty of sunshine in conjunction with a high pressure system sliding in from the Great Lakes. Temperatures on Sunday will be in the lower 70s with a cool northwest breeze and expect highs in the mid 70s for the day on Monday. Sunday and Monday night will be the best nights to view fireworks displays across the area. Clear skies and cool temperatures are in store both nights. Tuesday delivers the first change in the way of slightly warmer and more humid conditions. Highs will be in the upper 70s under partly sunny skies. A weak disturbance will move in later in the day and could help fuel a pop-up shower or thunderstorm toward evening. Most outdoor plans on Tuesday will remain unaffected and most areas will remain dry. Clouds will increase Tuesday night and any shower or thunderstorm that does form may hinder fireworks viewing. For Independence Day, expect partly sunny skies early and temperatures climbing into the lower 80s ahead of a cold front. Showers and thunderstorms will fire across Pennsylvania Wednesday afternoon and evening due to the heating of the day. While the 4th of July will not be a washout, some cookouts may be interrupted by a brief downpour or rumble of thunder. Nature could create some of her own fireworks Wednesday night impeding upon the area’s own fireworks displays. However, by Wednesday evening, most of the shower and thunderstorm activity should quiet down and provide a window of opportunity for fireworks displays to go off. More showers and thunderstorms are in store Thursday afternoon, so be aware of
We are now well into the month of June, so we can now take a
look back at what happened during meteorological spring, which runs from March
1st through May 31st. Overall, it was the fifth warmest
spring season on record across the country, with the core of the warmth
centered across the central and western parts of the country. Closer to home,
temperatures across our region ran very close to average for the season with a
cooler than normal April and a warmer than average May. Precipitation
throughout the spring ran fairly close to average until May, when rainfall
amounts varied greatly across the area due to the hit-or-miss nature of the
thunderstorms we typically saw. It was a very dry May across much of the area, where
the rainfall deficit was over two inches for the month in
Perhaps the most extreme weather was seen across the
Southeast U.S., where it was the driest spring on record in four states,