Temperatures this afternoon soared into the 80s and 90s, plus the humidity is very high for September. Take a look at the late afternoon heat index temps:
Autumn will make itself known next week, however, with several days in the 60s and some rain. Right now, flooding doesn’t look to be a concern….but [...]
Today is the first day of summer.Â It started at 1:16 PM.Â Remember, summer occurs when the direct rays of the sun are as far north as they go.Â On the first day of summer in the northern hemisphere, the direct rays of the sun are focused on the Tropic of [...]
DelGrosso's Amusement Park in Tipton, PA
My summer fun web series is back and to kick things off, I visited DelGrosso’s Amusement Park in Tipton!Â I’ll start all of my summer fun web stories with some stats including miles to get there from Johnstown, Altoona, State College, and DuBois, cost to get in [...]
For the last couple of weeks we’ve been doing our Weather Bracketology.
Our championship matchup was sunshine vs. summer and now we have a winner.
We had you voting for the championship on Facebook and on the weather blog and the winner is…
Summer beat sunshine for your favorite weather term easily by [...]
The fourth round of the March Weather Madness is in the books.Â It was a surprisingly close race between Indian summer and and sunshine.Â The score of that matchup was 16 to 14 in favor of sunshine… almost an upset!Â Summer defeated spring easily with a score of 19 to 8.
Here’s your championship [...]
We were all so jaded after last winter that this summer felt like the inside of an oven for a lot of us.Â It was hot and humid for a good chunk of the summer.Â Just how warm was it?Â Take a look at the graphics to see how this summer compared to the last 115 summers.
While it wasn’t the warmest summer on record (by the way, meteorological summer is June/July/August), it was definitely among the top!Â The United States as a whole was the 4th hottest summer on record.Â That spans a total of 116 years.Â Locally, it wasn’t as hot.Â The state of Pennsylvania has its 7th warmest summer ever.
Summer 2010 - 7th Hottest On Record for PA
Check out the extreme heat in the southeast, though.Â If I counted right, 10 states had their hottest year on record with 5 more having their 2nd hottest ever, including West Virginia.Â Maryland is one of those states that had a record hot summer!
Here’s a breakdown month-by-month for the summer… (Read More)
July was an above-average month!
We all know that July was an above-average month in terms of temperature with highs in the 80s for a good chunk of the month.Â As a matter of fact, the high temperature at the Johnstown-Cambria County Airport hit 80Â° on 18 of the 31 days in the month.Â Compare that to last year when we only hit 80Â° or better on 2 of the days and you can see why we were above average.Â (Yes, you read that right… only 2 days in July 2009 hit 80Â° or better.)
Here are some more temperature stats that you might find interesting:
Average Temperature (July 2010): 71.2Â°
Average Temperature (July 2009): 65.0Â°
Normal Temperature (Last 30 Years): 69.0Â°
Average High Temperature (July 2010): 80.2Â°
Average High Temperature (July 2009): 72.9Â°
Normal High Temperature (Last 30 Years): 78.0Â°
As far as precipitation goes, we were pretty close to average all across the Alleghenies.Â Take a look at the graphic and you’ll notice that most of us were within 25% either way of average. (Read More)
Here’s a look atÂ how the upcoming summer is expected to play out:
Kinda nice over the past two weeks if you like warmth and some humidity. If you haven’t yet, take a look at our end of summer forecast that we issued about two weeks ago. The rest of the month should feature more of the same, so while our summer will end up cooler than average, August will make up for some of it.
If you follow us on Twitter, you might have heard of something called #MusicMonday.Â It’s basically an effort to get new or different songs out there for others.Â Today, I have my own #MusicMonday for the blog and it ties in to the weather we’ve been having.
Well, it looks like we could exceed our highest temperatures for the year this weekend, thanks to a huge ridge of high pressure setting up shop in the southeastern U.S.
Here’s a look at what to expect over the next few weeks:
I know it’s Augst, but with all the predicting of the future that I do, I like to go back and look at the past (at things with a little more certainty) every once in a while.
The question at the top of the posts asks if July 2009 was the coldest on record.Â The answer is…
Summer is officially / unofficially on the downturn now.Â We’ve hit our peak for the year and it’s time to head downhill.Â The normal high for the month of July in Johnstown (at the airport) is 81Â°.Â Once we make it back down into the 80Â° range for the average high, that means we’re heading the wrong direction.Â That’s just the case!
Being as we’ve hit this point, I thought it might be appropriate to see how we’re doing this year compared to the last 3 years.Â I compared data from July of 2006, 2007, and 2008 to data from July of 2009.Â Here’s what I found…
It’s been quite a week as far as rain goes, and we didn’t even have that many thunderstorms! Typically we get most of our rain in July and August from cold fronts and thunderstorms, but not this year. We had our second steady rain-event for the week on Friday, and here’s what we ended [...]
I’ve been out and about over the last couple of weeks and have been bombarded by people asking about this weather.Â Why are we seeing such cool weather this summer?Â Is it ever going to warm up?Â …Well, you get the picture!
I want to know what you think about the summer so far.
The humidity is coming, and it’s long overdue. (Read More)
Well, we’re almost halfway through the month of July and the temperature average for the month so far is 77Â°.Â Keep in mind that the normal high this time of year is 81Â°.Â That means we’re 4Â° below average as of July 13th.
I went back in the record books and searched for the last 80Â° day we had.Â I didn’t have to look too far.Â It was back on June 25th.
Then, I figured I’d search for the last 90Â°.Â I had to do a little more digging.Â
Okay, okay… this song isn’t about getting out on a Saturday night and shaking your booty.Â It’s about what comes to life at night… the fireflies!Â (Or lightning bugs, as we used to call them!)
Our sister station, WTOV-9, wrote about these interesting creatures a couple of weeks ago…
Summer is just beginning and [...]
We haven’t received any reports of serious flooding over the past 24 hours, which is some great news! Last night’s rain moved along fairly quick, with amounts around 1/2″ or less. We’ll pick up more rain (off and on) over the next 48 hours, then get a nice break for early next week.