Josh has been passionate about weather as long as his memory dates! From watching the Weather Channel at age 7, to making hand-drawn hurricane maps at age 11, starting his first weather site at 13, and founding PWA at 15 and forecasting for the state for the past seven years, Josh's interest in weather has never dwindled! As difficult as it is, he greatly enjoys forecasting for Pennsylvania due to its countless microclimates. The state is a East Coast severe weather hotspot and nearly always home to the rain/snow line during winter storms!

PA Fall Foliage Report – October 7th to 13th, 2021: Colors Changing Mostly North of I-80, Change Starting in Valleys

Warmer than normal temperatures delayed the onset of fall foliage season about a week, but some of us are beginning to see changing foliage. Change has been most significant around and north of I-80, especially in the higher elevations near the NY border. Meanwhile in the lower elevations across the Susquehanna and Lehigh Valleys, little…

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Scattered Strong to Severe Thunderstorms Possible Wednesday (Sept 15); Damaging Wind & Hail Risk

Here comes another Wednesday with bad weather possible across much of the commonwealth. Scattered strong to severe thunderstorms are expected to develop mid-day Wednesday over Western and Central Pennsylvania and move east from there. Weak shear in our area will lower the tornado risk, but damaging winds and hail remain possible. This is all relatively…

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Severe Thunderstorms Possible Wednesday Across Eastern Half of Pennsylvania; Flash Flood & Tornado Risk

It has been a tranquil stretch of weather since the remnants of Hurricane Ida swept through last Wednesday. The upcoming week or two looks pleasant as well, but not before a cold front accompanied by strong to severe thunderstorms marches into the area Wednesday. We are well past the peak of severe season, so this…

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FINAL CALL RAINFALL FORECAST: Major Flooding Imminent as Remnants of Ida Likely to Dump 5-8″ of Rain for Many

Scattered heavy rain has already begun in parts of the state as this 24-36 hour deluge is just about to get going. Moderate to major flooding is now projected for many creeks in southern PA, and we will be monitoring the larger rivers for rises into minor flood stage. In addition, many of the usual…

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RAINFALL & RIVER FLOOD FORECAST: Significant Flooding Now Expected Across Parts of PA Wednesday into Thursday

OUR FINAL CALL FORECAST HAS BEEN POSTED: As Ida moves closer to the region, our confidence that widespread flooding will occur continues to increase. The state has not seen this kind of event since Tropical Storm Lee in 2011, and while it’s unlikely Ida will bring similar impacts as Lee, significant impacts are still expected.…

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RAINFALL FORECAST: Hurricane Ida to Bring Flooding Rainfall to Areas of Pennsylvania Wednesday into Thursday

SECOND CALL RAINFALL FORECAST POSTED: Hurricane Ida will be the third tropical system to impact Pennsylvania this hurricane season and it’s still just August. Hurricane Ida made landfall in Southeast Louisiana Sunday afternoon as a strong category four storm with winds of 150 MPH. Ida will slowly make its way our direction, but will not…

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Hurricane Ida Forecast to Make Landfall Sunday As 140 MPH Cat. 4 Hurricane; Watching Potential Impacts on Pennsylvania Next Week

A Category 4 Major Hurricane Ida is expected to make landfall Sunday afternoon in Southern Louisiana, where mandatory evacuations are ongoing. Winds at landfall are modeled to be around 140mph, with higher gusts possible. Conditions in the central Gulf of Mexico will be very favorable for rapid intensification. Here is the latest forecast from the…

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T.D. Fred to Bring Heavy Rain & Flash Flood Risk + Spin-Up Tornado Risk In Parts of Pennsylvania Wednesday

Tropical Depression Fred is already producing heavy rain across the southern Appalachians as well as an enhanced tornado risk in the Carolinas, and all those impacts will quickly be making their way up into our region by Wednesday. Moderate to heavy rain will persist through much of Wednesday across the Alleghanies and Appalachians, and a…

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Severe Thunderstorm Risk Thursday With Damaging Wind & Isolated Tornado Threat in Southern PA

An area of heavy rain potentially with embedded thunderstorms will move through western and central PA Thursday morning and early afternoon. This may work to limit convection and instability, which would reduce the severe threat. A few hours of clearing is almost always required to destabilize the atmosphere, and where the destabilization occurs in the…

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Strong to Severe Thunderstorms With Damaging Wind & Hail Threat Possible in Eastern Half of PA Wednesday + Wildfire Smoke Exiting

Thunderstorms are expected to pop-up early this afternoon over the northern PA mountains and push southeast in the mid to late afternoon. At the same time, the wildfire smoke will also be pushing southeast, as illustrated in the map at the bottom of the post. The Philadelphia Area has the greatest risk of scattered severe…

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Flash Flooding a Concern for Saturday as Another 1-3″, Locally 5″ of Rain Likely + Second Half of July Forecast

July has gotten off to an incredible start in parts of Pennsylvania rainfall-wise, with northeast Philadelphia suburbs already over a foot of rain in two weeks. Many other areas have seen 3-7″ of rain. Nearly the entire state is well above average so far this July with the exception of south of Route 30. Check…

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