Nearly all of Pennsylvania has been placed under a slight risk by the Storm Prediction Center for severe thunderstorms Saturday. What comes with a slight risk? Scattered severe thunderstorms with wind damage reports, hail, and a few tornadoes. At this time, we are not expecting tornadic activity in Pennsylvania. With that said, one tornado in the entire state wouldn’t be too surprising. The main threat looks to be damaging winds. Here is the Storm Prediction Center’s Map.
Scattered strong to severe thunderstorms will be around the state Saturday Afternoon, but we are really focusing on the evening. A strong line of thunderstorms could develop over Lake Erie late afternoon, moving across the state Saturday Evening. We don’t think a full out derecho is likely, but there will definitely be very strong winds with this line if it does form like we think it will.
The National Weather Service in State College, PA has issued a hazardous weather outlook stating those with afternoon and evening activities should plan for the possibility of severe weather. Also unlike last Sunday, there will undoubtedly be cloud-to-ground lightning with this line Saturday Evening if it does form. So, even if you only plan to be outside for 10 or 20 minutes you will need to stay tuned to a reliable weather source who posts watches and warnings for your county.
Between 1959 and 2014, there were 133 deaths in Pennsylvania caused by lightning. Remember to share this article with your family and friends as Saturday is usually a day to spend time outside. Don’t forget to like us on facebook if you haven’t already by clicking here. We will be providing more updates on this risk and will be posting all watches and warnings Saturday. Stay safe everyone!
Hello, my name is Josh Adams. This year I am a junior in high school in South Central PA. I have had a passion for weather since I was five or six years old, watching the Weather Channel when the average kid my age was watching cartoons. At age 11, I discovered that there is a significant amount of weather info online from knowledgeable meteorologists to weather models and everything in between. I had the privilege to take part in a group that held informational weather discussions nearly everyday.
I gained a significant amount of knowledge in several months back in 2012, constantly studying meteorology for hours each and just about every day. I created Northeast Weather Action in early 2013, just after the previous winter had ended. Things were pretty slow to start, however the winter of 2013-2014 greatly helped grow the page. Several of my forecasts verified nicely across the area. I met Chris during that winter in a facebook group, and we talked often about anticipated weather events. Just before the start of the 2014-2015 Winter, I added Chris to Northeast Weather Action (now Pennsylvania Weather Action), and once again we hit several key forecasts.
Chris and I are looking forward to giving you the most up to date and reliable forecasts!