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Severe thunderstorms tore through the eastern half of the state Saturday, delivering widespread wind damage along with golf ball sized hail and even two tornadoes. An EF-2 tornado outside of Scranton in the town of Pittston packed winds of 120 MPH and was observed to be nearly a third-mile wide. The tornado was the strongest in Pennsylvania history for the month of February. A similar setup will be in place Wednesday, with a low pressure system traveling to our north. Along with very high CAPE values for this time of the year, there will be much more lift Wednesday compared…MORE...
Before we get into Saturday’s forecast, I want to briefly discuss the rainfall overnight Tonight and into the first half of your Wednesday. A cold front will be pushing across the state from the West overnight delivering with it shower activity. Like we mentioned previously, Western PA remains the area for the best chance to see higher rainfall totals. The rainfall will likely breakup as it hits the Mountains across Central PA, but there is the potential that the rain restrengthens a tad by the time it reaches Eastern PA. Below is the Hi-Res NAM model showing the rain arriving…MORE...
For the last week or so, we have been tracking what was once Tropical Invest 99L, which has recently been upgraded to a Tropical Depression. At first it had seemed that most of the concern would be centered around the Gulf Coast states and the Southeast Coast. However, recent trends have shifted the concern for not just those areas, but also now the Mid-Atlantic and even potentially the Northeast coastline. Here is the latest forecast graphic from the National Hurricane Center regarding the projected path of Tropical Depression 9:  This is a significant shift Northwest from their recent outlooks. Another…MORE...
Life-Threatening Heat Wave to Continue, Excessive Heat Alerts Now in Place For those that have been following our posts, you know we have been saying that we thought this Heat Wave would continue until at least Monday, but there were signs that it would persist longer into this coming week. Well unfortunately, that is exactly what is happening. This Heat Wave will continue until at least Thursday, possibly Friday. Friday is currently up in the air. But definitely by the weekend we will have some relief from the extreme heat. Here’s a look at the latest Excessive Heat Alerts placed by the National Weather Service for Tomorrow: This is just for…MORE...
Excessive Heat Watch Upgraded and Extended For Parts of PA Over the last few days, we have been mentioning that this Heat Wave will last at least through Monday. Well the National Weather Service is now in agreement. They have extended their watches until Monday and have also upgraded extreme Southeast PA to an EXCESSIVE HEAT WARNING and coastal areas to a HEAT ADVISORY. Here is a quote from the National Weather Service regarding the Excessive Heat Warning: “IMPACTS…THE EXCESSIVE HEAT WILL CREATE HAZARDOUS CONDITIONS. THE POTENTIAL FOR HEAT RELATED HEALTH ISSUES WILL BE HIGH, ESPECIALLY FOR THE ELDERLY AND FOR THOSE ALREADY IN POOR HEALTH. THE MULTIPLE DAYS OF…MORE...
Dangerous Heat Wave On The Way, Excessive Heat Watch In Effect Starting Tomorrow and lasting through at least Monday, most of the state will be dealing with scorching hot temperatures. The latest trends suggest that the worst of the Heat will primarily focus over the Eastern Half of the State, however, trends are also suggesting hotter temperatures approaching further North than previously expected. So with Today’s updated map from our first call, we bumped our zones a bit North. Before we get into our Forecast, it is important to note the National Weather Service has issued an Excessive Heat watch for all of Southeastern PA and extends into New Jersey and…MORE...
Flirting With Record Breaking Heat For Parts Of PA This Weekend The story of this Summer so far has been two words…HOT and HUMID. Typical day temperatures surpassing the 85 to even 90 degree mark for many locations, while high elevations have been hovering around the 80 degree mark. Looking at this weekend, temperatures are going to continue to climb the ladder, so much so, that a few areas may break records this Weekend. A strong ridge is going to develop over the area between Friday and Monday, helping to pump very warm air from the South. The only escape from the brutal heat during this time period is if you live…MORE...
Dangerously Hot Temperatures Expected Friday and Saturday As if this week couldn’t get any hotter…well it will. More-so for Central and Eastern Pennsylvania. Both Friday and Saturday parts of Pennsylvania will be dealing with heat index values into the triple digits. Of the two days, Friday is expected to be hotter. Below is a heat index value chart the National Weather Service has come up with:  For those that do not know, to get the Heat Index value, you factor in the actual air temperature and then take whatever the relative humidity is at that time, to get the “real feel” temp or also known as the…MORE...
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You Know You Live In Pennsylvania When…(Weather Edition) Welcome to Pennsylvania, where the weather forecast never agrees with your outfit choice that day. Here is a look at our top…”You know you live in Pennsylvania when.” You know you are from Pennsylvania when…It is early Spring or late Fall, and you go to check your local 7 day forecast to determine what outfits you want to wear that week. You turn your TV to your local weather channel, and this is what you see. (Credit: www.newsnet5.com) You know you are from Pennsylvania when….Meteorologists all week have been calling for a minor snowfall for the weekend, somewhere in the…MORE...
FIRST LOOK SATURDAY NIGHT INTO SUNDAY MORNING SNOWFALL RISK A weak low pressure will be swinging through the area Saturday into Sunday bringing with it, rain showers at first, that will transition to a period of snowfall for many of us, Saturday Night into Sunday Morning. The key factors to receive accumulating snowfall this time of year is…1.) If it occurs overnight, the odds for it to accumulate increase drastically. 2.) Must need heavy snowfall rates this time of year to get the snow to stick. 3.) Lastly, what are the surface temperatures? Take a look at the GFS future radar valid early Sunday Morning:  Notice where the darker…MORE...

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