We all have short memories sometimes when it comes to the weather…. so let’s go back and take a look at 2009, 2010 and this year and see how they compare.
2009 was known as the “year without a summer”. And the spring was also cooler and [...]
Check this out… You can watch a live stream of the Decorah Eagles in their nest.¬ One of the eagles recently laid eggs, too. What better way to get you in the mood for spring?
The Raptor Resource Project (www.raptorresource.org) brings you the Decorah Eagles from atop their tree at the fish hatchery in [...]
Welcome to Spring!
No doubt you’ve noticed that it’s felt more like spring recently.¬ We’ve had temperatures surging into the 50s and even some 60s.¬ We’ve had thunderstorms.¬ We’ve had some flooding.¬ I’ve even heard the birds chirping outside my window. In case you didn’t know, today is the start of meteorological spring.
My car takes a beating.¬† Driving back and forth from Pittsburgh to Johnstown and back each week takes its toll on my car.¬† Even though the weather is far worse here in Johnstown, Pittsburgh still sees its fair share of potholes.
So, why do we see these potholes?¬† Let me take you through the process and hopefully it’ll help you understand why your car gets swallowed up every year around this time.
It all starts with some snow or ice and a little sunshine and warmer temperatures.¬† That warmer weather or sunshine melts the snow and ice and the water creeps below the surface and into cracks in the pavement. (Read More)
Storm Damage in Indiana County (via Doug Clayton)
Welp… whoever said winter was over wasn’t right.¬† With the cold front that passed through on Saturday, we got another taste of winter and some of us even saw a little snow.¬† As a matter of fact, Laurel Summit picked up 1.3 inches of snow Saturday night into Sunday morning.
I got reports of snow at the Johnstown-Cambria County Airport, on Laurel Summit, in Clearfield, and on the Clearfield-Centre County line in Osceola Mills.¬† I’m sure there were more reports, too.
For the most part, it was short-lived and non-accumulating, but it was there nonetheless.¬† I wasn’t too happy about it and I’m sure most people weren’t happy about it either.¬†¬†As you can see by the posts from Twitter, people are ready to get back to the warmer weather.
@jenpsu202grrr Mother nature #fail
@Jordan__Morley¬†It sucks….PERIOD LOL
@shanafme Don’t like it one bit.¬† Kids need to get out of the house.
@chanfram It seems normal to me. I remember it being like this two years ago. (@chanfram is right.¬† After checking the stats from 2008, we had a high of 43 and 0.5″ of snow on May 12th.¬† Good memory!)
May 12, 2008 - Snow Covered Hanging Basket
After seeing @chanfram’s response, @vpreece remembered that she had a picture from two years ago showing the snow.¬† Take a look at the picture to see the visual proof!
We are now dealing with very cold temperatures overnight with skies clearing out.¬† That will set the stage for something called radiational cooling.¬† Basically, any heat that we had left near the surface will escape leaving for a very cold night.¬† Temperatures will drop down into the 20s for most of us overnight.¬† That’s prompted a freeze warning for everybody in the viewing area with the exception of the counties in Maryland and Fulton county.
Spring Brings Flowers
Let me welcome everybody to the first day of spring.¬ Spring officially started yesterday at 1:32 PM here on the east coast and we’re experiencing some fantastic spring-like weather.
Temperatures today actually hit 70¬į for the first time this year in some parts of the region.
(This post is from [...]
Earth Day 2009, April 22, will mark the beginning of The Green Generation CampaignTM which will also be the focus of the 40th Anniversary of Earth Day in 2010. With negotiations for a new global climate agreement coming up in December, Earth Day 2009 must be a day of action and civic [...]
I have three pictures sent in by Chris of Alum Bank.¬ I have to preface this by saying that I cannot stand bees.¬ For that reason, this post is title “The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly.”
First, the good:
Cherry Buds Blossoming
Next, the bad:
Bees Are Out!
Finally, the ugly:
Have you ever heard of that guy?¬ He was an English poet and farmer that lived back in the 1500s.¬ If you haven’t heard of the guy, don’t feel bad.¬ I can guarantee that you’ve heard¬ of his phrase, though.
Tusser is responsible for the origins of the phrase “April showers bring [...]
It’s Opening Day for the Pirates today.¬ They’re in St. Louis today and boy are they in for it.¬ Here’s a snippet from the National Weather Service about the conditions today in St. Louis.
Freeze Warning Freeze Watch Hazardous Weather Outlook Short Term Forecast
This Afternoon: Snow showers likely before 1pm, then scattered rain [...]
Ahhh… Baseball season is upon us and it’s time for peanuts, popcorn, crackerjacks, and… ummm… snow?¬ Yes, I said snow.¬ The opening day festivities in Chicago have been postponed.¬ Originally planned for Monday, the festivities associated with the White Sox and Kansas City Royals opening day game have been moved to Tuesday because of [...]
Rainfall amounts were a bit lower than forecast across the area today, especially south of route 322. Here’s a look at what we got:
Our next rain event will be much more robust, with a stronger area of low pressure and more moisture. We’ll see a Gulf connection with this one, and [...]
The spring (April through June) temperature and precipitation outlook issued today by the Climate Prediction Center ‚Äď a division of the National Weather Service ‚Äď indicates warmer-than-normal temperatures from Texas westward to the California deserts north to central Utah with cooler-than-normal temperatures in the Northwest, Hawaii and much of Alaska. Odds favor below-average precipitation across the northwestern U.S. and South Florida and favor above-average precipitation in Hawaii and northern Alaska.
Sunshine, blue skies, birds chirping and people outside without heavy coats! Doesn’t get much better this time of year. While we didn’t break records today, two were tied!
What a great end to the week! After starting off with lows around¬†zero Monday morning and wind chills as low as 20 below zero, we really turned things around. Look at the highs on Friday:
It looks like we’ll do just about the same over the weekend, although not everyone will see pristine blue skies the whole time. The best chance of clouds and showers is along and north of I-80 where a frontal boundary will become stalled out. South of there, it’s May with at least partial sunshine and temps pushing 70 in some locations! But for the Northern Alleghenies, while it will be mild, some rain and 50s will be the rule. Again, not bad compared to how we started this week!
I have decided to write on gardening and weather, now that things are actually growing here in central PA.
Although, I must say, things are a bit behind this year by my observations. This is my sixth spring in this area (came from Pittsburgh), and I have noted that the daffodils, forsythia, etc. [...]
Here’s a sure sign of Springtime in the Alleghenies:
This was sent in by Jim Horvath of Richland Township about a week ago. Maybe it was bad luck? (Just kidding, Jim!) It’s usually a long haul out of winter around here, and this year has been no different. In fact, wet snow will [...]
It’s sometimes called the “power of positive thinking” or maybe just “wishful thinking.”¬ I like to call it a pre-emptive strike…
What am I talking about?¬ Well, I’m talking about me wearing shorts from here on out.¬ I normally break out the shorts at 50 or 55 degrees in the summer.¬ This year, however, [...]