category: weather

Smoky Skies

Wednesday, Sep 16, 2020
The weather forecast has been for it to be sunny for this week which was a nice change for what typically happens during my girlfriends vacation. The sky has been clear other than the dimmed sun and odd gray color from the smoke layer. I can’t remember a type when we had such noticeable smoke. Really the only other time I can remember smoke here in Pennsylvania from wild fires was back in the 80s or maybe 90s from large ones in West Virginia/ Virginia.

Not A Bad Thunderstorm After All

Tuesday, Aug 11, 2020
This summer’s weather for the most part has been about the heat and humidity. It hasn’t been record breaking heat but it’s been pretty consistent save a few couple day periods of cool downs. Today was no exception to the norms of this summer’s weather. Another humid day with temperature in the 90s after a bit of a foggy morning. In the afternoon I noticed some clouds were building. Around 4 PM or near that time we had some light rain with some occasional distant rumbles of thunder.

Pretty Decent Thunderstorm Popped Up Just Before Hitting Us Today

Tuesday, Jul 21, 2020
These past few days have been brutally hot with highs in the upper 90s again. We had a weak cold front move through yesterday but no thunderstorms or rain here. It did knock the humidity back a bit last night but came back as a warm front today so back to the nasty stuff again. Thankfully we had a nice thunderstorm form just to our west after others popped up and petered out or just missed us.

Pretty Good Lightning From A Storm That Was Just Missing Us

It’s been a hot and very humid couple of days. Each day has featured thunderstorms and showers popping up but they have for the most part kept missing us. That’s a far cry from the past couple of years where if storms fired up it was over us or just before moving over us hence the flooding and nearly constant flash flood watches. This year they haven’t lined up with us.

Yesterday's Derecho

Thursday, Jun 4, 2020
The bow started in Northwest Pennsylvania around eight in the morning with some warnings. It looked like they may be on a trajectory to hit us. We did get a decent thunderstorm here. Some moderate wind gusts and heavy rain with constant distant thunder were produced. Berks county and east of here is where the serious business was. We were on the southern edge of the line below the bow echo

Fast Moving Line Of Thunderstorms Today

Wednesday, Jun 3, 2020
Not something you see too often At 1050 AM EDT, severe thunderstorms were located along a line extending from near Catawissa to near Shamokin to Rebuck to Port Trevorton, moving east at 100 mph. Here in Mount Joy the storms were really nothing all that special. We were on the weakening southern end of the line. I just read that Reading recorded a 83 mph wind gust and a 76 mph gust in Montgomery County and a 75 mph gust in Chester County.

Today's Humidity Is Nasty

Thursday, May 28, 2020
Today has been somewhat drizzly and very humid day. Dew point is in the low seventies with temperature only a few degrees higher than that so it’s just misty and drizzling. The remnants of Tropical Storm Bertha moving up to our west is exasperating the humidity. That and it’s environment are just adding more moister to the mix. The wetness today made for today’s WOD being what you would call very interesting for sure.

Another Windy Day Today

Tuesday, May 19, 2020
Today has been a strange weather day here. It’s been surprisingly windy with strong easterly winds. The strongest winds during the spring around here tend to be from the southwest. It’s also very dry air today. It really feels to me like an early autumn day. You know the first cooler windier day of the fall except the winds are from the east today. I’d say the wind has been gusting into the 30 plus miles per hour range.

Finally A Warm Spring Like Day

Friday, May 15, 2020
It took until today, May 15th to make the 80s this year. At least I don’t believe we’ve made it into the 80s yet. I think the best this year so far was 79 but not positive without going and looking at the records. It’s in the mid 80s and somewhat dry now. It was rainy and humid this morning and felt nasty when I did my strength workout for the day.

Windy, Cold And Snow Flurries Yesterday

Sunday, May 10, 2020
While I didn’t personally notice any it seems like many friends int he area posted on Facebook about seeing snow flurries yesterday. We had a squally looking cloud pass by to our north that looked like it was precipitating but it missed us. I had also read that some areas in Lancaster county had a light coating of snow last night. I didn’t notice any here myself but that doesn’t mean we didn’t have any.

May Eighth And Snow Showers In The Forecast

Friday, May 8, 2020
I just have to laugh after the pretty crappy winter we’ve had now we have a pretty good weather pattern that would have brought us snow then. It will be rainy today, big surprise there, that’s what seems to be happening almost every week. The rain will continue into tonight with a low of 31 and possibly snow showers. Get to have a freeze warning too! I’m sure what’s going to happen will be that the weather pattern will flip again just in time for heat and humidity.

If Only We Could Have Had This Weather Pattern In January Or February

Wednesday, Apr 22, 2020
It took this long but we’re finally getting a pattern that could have given us snow in the winter with colder temperatures and storminess. Northern Pennsylvania has been getting snow. The step daughter had gone to the mountains last weekend and they had snow. We’ve been having some strong cold fronts move through the past week or two with lots of wind the next day. I’m listening to the wind outside right now as I am typing this.

It's Been Windy Since Those Storms And The Cold Front Rolled Through Yesterday

Friday, Apr 10, 2020
As Potent as yesterday’s storms were there’s been very strong gusts of wind here since. It’s bringing to mind the fall weather growing up when we went to the mountains for hunting season. It’s spring and not fall but autumn seems to bring the wind. We have had a few house vibrating gusts here today. The whole winter seemed to be lacking a bit in the wind department much like it did with the snow.

Pretty Impressive April Thunderstorm

Thursday, Apr 9, 2020
While we didn’t get directly under the cell we did get the edge of it and it packed a lot of wind and plenty of thunder and lightning along with it. I wonder what it was like under that cell. We just got the tail end of it and gust front that was off to the south of it. There was a constant strong wind sound as it raced over us.

Pretty Good Morning Thunderstorm

Wednesday, Apr 8, 2020
I got woken up a bit before 3 AM this morning but what I thought was thunder. I laid there in bed for a bit until I heard it again. I decided to get out of bed and go sit on the front porch to enjoy our first of hopefully many middle of the night thunderstorms, I got outside and it was actually still pretty mild. I would guess the temperature was in the mid to upper 50s with a steady wind from the west as the storms were approaching from the northwest.

First Thunder of 2020

Saturday, Mar 28, 2020
We’ve had off and off heavy if not torrential showers all day today but until the past few minutes I haven’t noticed any lightning or heard any thunder. I though I heard a few rumbles when I was getting a shower but I wouldn’t count that because it could have been a car or something. Western Pennsylvania has had sever thunderstorm warnings and even a tornado warning today but here in Central PA the convection has been more elevated.

Today Turned Out Really Nice!

Friday, Mar 27, 2020
Today started out dreary like so many days this winter and spring have turned out but there was promise to maybe see some sunshine later. We went to the grocery store as soon as I got up and drank a cup of coffee and would you believe it? They actually had most of the stuff we needed! And the store wasn’t over flowing with people. Hopefully that is a sign that the excessive hoarding is dissipating.

In The Winter This Rain Would Have Been Snow

Wednesday, Mar 25, 2020
Basically all winter we had the storm systems running up to our west keeping us on the warm side of things or the occasion way to far to the south and east storm if there was actually cold air in place. Oh well, I am not complaining because there’s no point in it. Gotta take what mother nature gives you. Hopefully next winter is better but for now I am ready for spring.

A Little Bit Of Snow This Morning, After The Failure Of A Winter

Monday, Mar 23, 2020
When I woke up this morning it looked like there was a little bit of light small falling. I couldn’t tell for sure since it was dark out but it looked like there was a slight flicker to the street lights like I normally see when there is snow falling. It didn’t add up to anything. All day long though, it’s been a raw, dreary spring day. Temperatures in the low 40s with just enough rain falling to keep things wet reminds me of the weather one should expect on the first day of trout season here in Pennsylvania which would normally open about a week from today.

Our First Eighty Degree Day?

Friday, Mar 20, 2020
Today started out warm and very foggy with some light rain. Normal spring weather here until the ocean warms up. Towards the afternoon the clouds started thining and the temperature started warming up a bit. Finally around 2:30 or 3:00 the humidity dropped and wind picked up with clearing sky. The temperature shot up after that. It was actually pretty nice to lay on the patio chair in the sun to recover from the WOD.

Finally A Nice Day When We Could Get outside For A Bit

Sunday, Mar 8, 2020
The entire winter has been mild this year, there’s no denying that. There has been plenty or rain though and the rain has been mostly on the days when Molly had off and we’d be able do do something. By luck she had off today and we wanted to get outdoors. No appointments or other plans were there to interfere with that today! The original idea was to go to middle creek but we decided to stay closer to home so went to grab a couple of caches on the Conewago trail.

Watching The Carolinas Get Snow

Thursday, Feb 20, 2020
Here we are, another week and another week of not snowing here. The models had showed a possibility a while back but that storm stayed well to the south. We barely even got some clouds from it. All day the radar has shown a nice precipitation shield over the Carolinas and I’ve been thinking why can’t that be a little further north? We actually have some cold enough air in place this time that we could have had a decent snow but the storm was suppressed by it.

The Coldest Night Of The Year And It's Wasted Cold

Saturday, Feb 15, 2020
It’s no secret this winter has hardly been one at all. I mean we have flowers blooming in early February and the ground never really had a chance to freeze. The thermometer on the front porch said 13 this morning. I think the lowest I saw in January was in the upper teens. Impressive cold for no snow on the ground, Of course before this quick cold shot we had a warm rain storm.

High In The 60s Means Unwinding On The Patio After The WODs

Monday, Feb 3, 2020
I did the first WOD earlier. That was deadlifts and burpees. Not bad. The burpees slowed me down a decent amount do to space and not having room to trip over the bar safely. The deadlifts went really well. I chose 225 pounds for basically 4 a minute addng another burpee each minute and they felt light. I’m happy with that considering I haven’t been deadlifting or lifint anything heavy for that matter in a few months.

Rain Storm With temperatures In The Forties

Saturday, Jan 25, 2020
Back to the normal pattern for this winter. We got to have a rain storm over night again but it was relaxing hearing the rain fall outside. It sounded like fairly heavy rain every time I woke up. I’m guessing we had over an inch. Imagine if that had been snow! At least it’s not 33 and rain. Those are the worst winter storms when it’s that close to being snow yet it’s only rain and just feels so raw and cold outside.

January High In The 50s Means Burgers On The Grill

Friday, Jan 24, 2020
The temperatures today over performed by 10 degrees over the forecast with it getting into the 50s instead of the 40s for the high. A good chunk of the day was sunny too! Had we known we would have gone caching but we had other things we needed to do. Then again there was still a lot of wet icy sleet where the sun doesn’t shine and we wanted to go the the river trail where the sun is blocked by the hill a good part of the day.

Another Cold Front But Nothing Like The Past Few Years

Sunday, Jan 19, 2020
Another storm moved through and another cold front but so far other than the one shot in December there hasn’t really been any arctic air masses like we’ve had the past few years. I hope global patterns shift and we can get that in time for some snow and cold this winter but who knows. Yesterday we ended up with maybe a half an inch of wet snow with maybe an inch of sleep and freezing rain on top of it with temperatures getting above freezing for the night.

It's Windy Today

Thursday, Jan 16, 2020
A cold front moved through finally today after a week or so of warm weather by January’s standards. The temperatures will be a bit below normal but nothing extreme like the past few years. We’ve had a few cooler periods this winter so far but nothing major. The wind to me is relaxing today. It just sounds like we’re having the occasional strong gusts. Not that steady wind like you sometimes get.

High In The 60s Yesterday and Today

Sunday, Jan 12, 2020
Well any trace of last weeks snow is long gone now. Yesterday It was warm and humid with a threat of showers that never did happen. Even had some sun poke through the clouds at times with temperatures in the 50s. Last evening it began to creep up with south winds. Around midnight I woke up and peaked at radar. A line of heavy rain was developing just to our west so I got up hoping for a thunderstorm.

We Ended Up With A Few Inches Of Snow Yesterday

Wednesday, Jan 8, 2020
The original forecast predicted maybe an inch of snow but things timed themselves right that we ended up being under a heavy snow band. I’d eyeball and guess maybe 3 or 4 inches of snow was there this morning before it started melting. The snow was sticking to everything and I just loved how it stuck to this tree with the sun lighting it up. This morning there have been snow squalls in the area.

Climate And Weather Are Not The Same Thing

Friday, Jan 3, 2020
This really is not about global warming which I do believe per the evidence is occurring. It very well could be a natural cycle but I tend to believe our pollution is a much larger factor than natural ones. What this is really about is the “It’s cold here today that proves there’s no global warming.” Climate is over an area averaged over longer time frames than weather. Weather is the day to day atmospheric conditions.

Another Little Snowfall

Wednesday, Dec 11, 2019
After a couple of warm and rainy days a cold front came through last night. The rain changed to some snow over night. It’s just interesting to me how this seems to be the go to this year. Rain to snow then a cool day or two then it warms up. I kinda wish I would have Pop’s calendar where he marked every snowfall for years and years to compare. I really did want to get that from his house when he died but never made it there in time.

December Fourth And Already Two Snow Accumulations

Wednesday, Dec 11, 2019
I knew there as a chance but thought it would dry up as it came over the mountains like it often does when I saw the the small area of snow over Pittsburgh last night. It was a very nice surprise to see a coating of snow on the ground this morning. Lets hope this is a sign of things to come this winter. I don’t really think it’ll happen but here’s to hoping for at least one good storm.

I Wasn't Expecting That Snow

Sunday, Nov 24, 2019
I knew yesterday when it was raining that it could end as snow flurries since it would be during the day. I looked out the window this morning and saw that the rain had switched over to some snow mixed it. A few minutes later it was snowing pretty heavily with it starting to stick to the leaves laying on the ground.. It got heavier and we eventually ended up with maybe a half in to inch of accumulations.

We Were Driving Home And Saw Another Rainbow

Tuesday, Aug 6, 2019
A small shower popped up just to our south this evening and never produced anything for us. The cloud itself couldn’t have been very big at all and didn’t look like it was even producing rain. It was dumping rain for sure though. We were driving through the back streets taking a shortcut through Mount Joy when we saw this very bright rainbow. We were able to pull over and I got out of the car to take a picture with my phone.

Double Rainbow in Mount Joy

Saturday, Aug 3, 2019
We had some heavy rain then the sun came out while it was still raining so of course I thought to look for a rainbow. Not only was their a rainbow but there was a double rainbow! Haven’t seen one of those around here in a year or two if I am remembering correctly. It’s very cool to just enjoy natures show sometimes. Well all the time its worth it to stop and look and what nature provides for free.

We Saw A Rainbow Over The Atlantic Ocean

Tuesday, Jul 23, 2019
Well I got the opportunity to see something I’ve never had a chance to see before. We had a dying thunderstorm move over us on July 18th when we were vacationing in Cape may. Really all we got from that storm was a shelf cloud and a quick burst of rain. As that was moving through the sun came back out while it was raining so I looked out the window to see if there’s a rainbow.

Warm Day And Evening Thunderstorm

Friday, Mar 15, 2019
The mountain west and central PA have had a massive storm this week with lots of snow and wind. That’s put us on the warm side of the storm with the warm front finally making it through we’ve had a high in the 70s today with the last patches of snow in shade being gone by noon. It was a nice day for sure. We tried to enjoy some time on the patio but the fucking mosquitoes were already out.

Hoping For Some Thundersnow Here In Lancaster County!

Wednesday, Feb 20, 2019
As forecasted for a few days now It’s snowing heavily this morning. It was one of the nice storms that didn’t start out as hours of virga. It was more less from nothing to moderate snow and started laying immediately. Really though it’s a wasted snow storm like most this year where it’ll change to ice then rain but you gotta take what you can get. Not every year can be really well performing winters like the past few have been.

Milk, Bread and Eggs

Tuesday, Feb 19, 2019
I’ve always been curies as to why every time it snows people feel the need to go to the store and buy milk and eggs and bread. Why these items and not something that won’t spoil if you were to lose power. The part I always laugh at is even in the worst storms in most of the world things will be back to normal within a day or two. Even if you can’t drive someplace most people could (gasp) walk to get what they may need.

Snow To Ice To Rain

Tuesday, Feb 19, 2019
It seems around presidents day we’ve had a few of our biggest snow storms. There’s still enough cold air readily available and a bit more energy available as spring is approaching. This year we’ll have a storm that starts with heavy snow with a few inches of it accumulating. That will change to sleet then freezing rain as warmer air works in aloft first. That seems to be the way things are going with every storm this year.

Listening To The Snow and Ice Melting

Wednesday, Feb 13, 2019
The past two days we’ve had snow then a mix and then rain. Really yesterday was mostly sleet and freezing rain. until the afternoon then it got above freezing and has been since. It was nothing major. A few inches of snow and sleet then a pretty think coating of ice on the trees and other untreated surfaces. If this setup had occurred in January it would have been a big mess because the cold air damming was holding strong yesterday.

Zero To Sixty

Tuesday, Feb 5, 2019
Yesterday’s high was in the mid 60s, that would be 60+ degrees higher than the low 5 days earlier. The only reminder of the cold few days before were the patches of snow left over in the shaded areas but by evening only a few remnants of piles were left. in hindsight and I’m kicking myself for not thinking of it yesterday afternoon I should have opened a window to let some fresh outside air in the house.

Between Two Radars

Wednesday, Jan 30, 2019
Today’s snow squall didn’t amount to much here in my backyard but lots of other areas including one within a couple miles had heavy snow. Here I heard the cold front come through by the wind. The thing is the squall barely showed up on radar. We’re about Equally between KCCX and KLWX so the beams are like 10000 feet high. The snow was underneath of it so it hardly shows up.

2018 The Year Of Flooding In Lancaster

Thursday, Dec 27, 2018
2018 was the year of rain, humility and flooding. It rained then rained some more than rained even more most of the summer. It seemed like every other day we were in a flash flood watch then it quickly escalated into a flash flood warnings. Twice most areas here around Mount Joy were flooded with most roads in blocked. The second time I remember we had thunderstorms for a few hours with 10+ inches of rain in that time.

Early Snow This Year

Monday, Dec 10, 2018
We had some early snow this year. November 15th We had around 6 inches of it accumulate. I kept telling Molly that it would happen. It’s too early. Conditions have to be too perfect but yet it dumped heavy snow during the day most of the day and it even accumulated! Why can’t it work out like that in January or February? That put a damper on our geocaching plans or possibly going to the Poconos for a night.

Eighty Degrees in February!

Wednesday, Feb 21, 2018
It seems like some of our biggest snow storms tend to be around Presidents’ Day. My best guess would be it’s because there’s still plenty of cold air available but there’s lots of energy and heat trying to push north. Either way a snow storm certainly won’t be the case this year. We went out to enjoy the nice mild day and go for a nice walk on the Northwest Lancaster River Trail and it was actually hot.

February Tornado?

This storm did produce a tornado in York County. When it got here you could definitely see that it was rotating. Well actually it more less just skirted my house but it was cool looking. Here’s what it looked like as it moved away to the north east. It was a really impressive looking storm for around here let alone in winter.

Two To Three Feet Of Snow Here In Mount Joy

Saturday, Jan 23, 2016
Things aligned right for us to get a snow storm and snow it did. It was cold throughout the storm and no mixing issues like I am oh so used to growing up near Philly watching that changeover line moving inlaid from the coast. It was hard to measure this snow if not impossible so I would just eyeball it and say a little over two feet fell here in Mount Joy.

Got To Watch Lightning In A Distant Thunderstorm This Evening

Tuesday, Apr 21, 2015
File this under things I’ve never gotten the opportunity to see or at least that I can remember seeing. There was a pretty good thunderstorm that moved over Hershey and Lebanon county which is maybe 10 miles from here by air. I saw the clouds building as the sun was setting and was hoping we’d get something out of it but we did not. Although we didn’t get directly hit by the storm it sure did give me a nice lightning show.

Another Missed Snow Opportunity

Friday, Jan 7, 2011
Woke up this morning to a coating of snow. I’m beginning to think that’s all ’re going to get this year which is the complete opposite of last year. We’re doomed to wasted cold air this year so far. December was cold and dry. Only flurries and not much rain either. I think we may have had one or two rain days.

Nice Snow Storm

Sunday, Feb 7, 2010
Yesterday we had a good snow storm. Very little wind occurred with it but snowfall rates of maybe 2 or 3 inches an hour happened Friday night. I saw it snowing heavier than I remember seeing it snow before. By the end of the storm we had about 20 inches of snow on the ground. Not bad considering the storm was forecast to be better just south of us which has happened more than once this year.

More Cold

Sunday, Jan 3, 2010
December was a good month.. We had above average snow with the storms overdoing the original forecasts and plenty of cold air. There is still some snow on the ground from the surprise 3-4 inches we received for New years. Now we’re between an ocean storm off the new england coast and high pressure over the northern plains states. We’ll see what happens later in the week.

Strong Warm February Storm

Thursday, Feb 12, 2009
Yesterday a strong storm system developed and moved into the great lakes bringing with it a strong cold front. We had highs in the 60s with Sun most of the day and that helped create a really impressive squall line moving east across Pennsylvania. At one point it was moving east at 75 mph but it was just a bit too late for us in northwest Lancaster county. I broke up and we barely got a shower.

Arctic Shot Next Week

Sunday, Jan 11, 2009
The cold has been building in Alaska for a while now and it has mostly stayed where it is. It looks like it will head straight down into the midwest and north east US.. We’ll probably get below zero here but the NWS isn’t forecasting that yet. I imagine it’ll be pretty brutal just a bit north of here where there is snow cover on the ground and if it clears up at night.

Hanna Approaching The Carolinas

Tropical storm Hanna is approaching the East coast of the United states now with maximum sustained winds near 70 mph. It seems like there is a lot more convection today than there was yesterday but still not around the center. The minimum pressure is 980 millibars which seems a bit low to not be a hurricane but that depends on other factors too. It will make landfall in the Carolinas and move up the east coast and turn northeast.

Tropical Storm Fay Brought Heavy Rains To South east

Tropical storm Fay was pretty interesting to watch even thought it never got that strong. It just moved so slow that it dumped flooding rains with lots of reports of high rainfall totals. The that grabbed me was the spotter report of 27.5 inches of rain. There were lots of reports of 15 to 20 inches in Florida too. I would think the lucky thing is that the storm didn’t stall or move very slowly over mountainous terrain.

Chilly August Night

Wednesday, Aug 20, 2008
The cold front came through and made for a nice cool night last night. Actually this morning it felt a bit chilly out side. We had a low of 51.4 according to my Davis vantage pro2. I was hoping to make the 40’s but didn’t quite make it. This is my favorite part about August. It’s when we start getting the first cool crisp nights of the year. It won’t be too much longer until we are getting our first frost of the year.

Severe Thunderstorms And A Funnel Cloud On Sunday

Thursday, Aug 14, 2008
We were away geocaching last week in four states and stayed over in Maryland. We had a blast with it too. Sunday morning there were already thunderstorms developing over Delaware. I could see the dark clouds out the hotel window. They had severe thunderstorm warnings. We went to do a fun multi and then decided to head towards home. As we headed north we could see a nasty looking storm to the north.

Surprise Thunderstorms Last Night

Wednesday, Jul 23, 2008
About 2:00 am I woke up to thunder so of course I had to get up and go watch. It looked very promising for a good storm with a constant flashing in the distance with fairly frequent flashes close by. It looked like it had already rained a bit. It was actually nice outside on the porch.. Cool but humid but I’m adjusted to the humidity now. Things calmed down.. with still lots of lightning in the distance.

Tropical Storm Dolly In The Gulf Of Mexico

Tuesday, Jul 22, 2008
We have tropical storm Dolly which should become a hurricane soon in the Gulf of Mexico. That should give me something fun to watch. Looks like it should make landfall as a hurricane near the Texas and Mexico border. Wonder how much oil prices will go up..

July 13th Storms

Monday, Jul 14, 2008
Well I guess our storm shield has ended. We ended up having a pretty nice storm yesterday. Not severe but had some nice wind and heavy rain of course. The rain was not nearly as heavy as last week though. I only measured a quick .3 inches of rainfall. It did feature lots of cloud to ground lightning. Unfortunately for me most of the lightning was in a direction I couldn’t see from the porch but heard lots of fire calls on the scanner for lightning strikes.

Nearly Stationary Thunderstorms

Yesterday was a very humid day and pretty warm too. It featured small thunderstorms popping up all day long but completely missing us. Most of the day they seemed to be focused along the Susquehanna river. They were pretty much stationary but drifting slightly with a south to north component. They almost seemed to be forming along the hills on the river. By suppertime I had written off any rain for us because the last i had looked at the radar they were weakening.

Yet Another Moderate Risk For Severe Storms

Monday, Jun 16, 2008
An active severe season continues. SPC has us in central PA, well actually the south eastern two thirds of PA, in a moderate risk for severe thunderstorms. Maybe we’ll actually get something in my back yard this time. It seems this year that storms are going severe just after they pass over here and here we’re not getting much more than a little rain and some distant thunder. It really doesn’t have that feel of a day with strong storms.

Northeast Heatwave Ending With Storms?

Tuesday, Jun 10, 2008
Today will be the last day of the heatwave affecting central Pennsylvania among other places. It’s been hot here but not record breaking with highs in the low to mid 90’s each day. The humidity hasn’t seemed to be as bad as it could have been either but that’s not really a bad thing. My mom who lives near northeast Philadelphia said her car thermometer read 108. That seems a bit high but that area always seemed to run hotter in the summer.

Severe Weather Then A Heat Wave

Wow.. What an awesome line of storms that was that went through on Wednesday. There were lots of reports of damage from the winds. What was even more surprising was the fact that a second strong line of storms went through a few hours later. There were even some reports of tornadoes. We didn’t get a whole lot here even though SPC had us in a moderate risk area for severe weather.

Moderate Risk Last Saturday But Not Much Happened

Tuesday, Jun 3, 2008
Last Saturday we ended up not getting any good thunderstorms here but during the day we had been under a moderate risk. I think our chances got killed by thunderstorm remnants moving through keeping it cloudy during the the day with the best dynamics. All we ended up with was some thunder and moderate rain in the morning.. The storm was pretty breezy too though. When the sun finally came out it was too late.

Two Noresters Within A Week In May

Monday, May 12, 2008
May 12 and two nice noreasters in the past week. This has been an cool weather week for sure. They produced tornadoes in the Midwest and in the south and heavy rain in the mid Atlantic. They even had some snow today in the laurel highlands of Pennsylvania today. This most recent storm would have made an awesome winter storm. I think it would have been a great snow maker. It’s not too fast moving and keeping temps in the 40’s in May here would lead me to believe there would have been enough cold air for snow in the winter.

April 11th Thunderstorms

Saturday, Apr 12, 2008
Last night was a pretty interesting night for weather. We had a couple of thunderstorms before I went to bed. Nothing major or anything but a surprising amount of lightning for this time of the year. I guess a high in the low 70’s will help with that. It did seem as though the storms may have been strengthening as they moved east. When that was over i went to sleep and got woken up 4:30 am by thunder again.

Another Very Wet Storm

Friday, Mar 21, 2008
Another week and another storm. The wet year continues with me recording .80 inches of rain from the last storm. That’s nothing compared to what they got in the Mississippi valley. They received insane amounts of rain and lots of flooding including some record crests. As the storm moved northeast it deepened and caused us plenty of wind. It was nothing like last week but it just continues our windy weather this year.

Weekend Storm

Tuesday, Mar 11, 2008
Last weekends storm didn’t give us as much rain as promised but it did rain some. Saturday afternoon the low seemed to start to intensify more rapidly just as it crossed central Pa. We’d gone to eat at Red Robin’s in Hershey and when we came out it was sunny and clear except for a line of clouds to the south west. By the time we got home the clouds were moving in.

Flood Watch Again With More Heavy Rain Coming

Friday, Mar 7, 2008
Once again we’ll be under a flood watch. Things could be pretty ugly. I am just think that the river will be just a couple of feet below flood stage to start with storm total rainfall of two inches possible again by Saturday. Judging by the radar it looks like the storm has plenty of moisture to work with. his is just one of those times where I am glad to not live along the river.

Flood Watch And Mild

Tuesday, Mar 4, 2008
A storm moving up from the south has plenty of moisture with it and warm temperatures here. This is expected to bring one to two inches of rain to central pa with possibly more where thunderstorms occur. the NWS has issued a flood watch for much of central PA due to this. This could have been pretty bad if there was a snow pack like some other years. 1996 comes to mind.

Snow And Lunar Eclipse In The Same Day

Thursday, Feb 21, 2008
Yesterday gave two very nice surprises. First one was the clipper left us more than an inch of very fluffy snow accumulation. It just kept snowing with nothing showing on radar anywhere near us. My guess would have to be the precipitation was below the radar beam. Last night about 9pm we decided to run to the store to pick something up and the moon was out. It had cleared up in time for the lunar eclipse!

Another Day Another Storm To The West

Sunday, Feb 17, 2008
This has been a stormy winter for some areas so far this season and it’s continuing as I write this. Another storm cutting up into the great lakes to keep us on the warm side while the rich get richer with more snow and some severe weather to the south. Rain for us and maybe heavy rain. Why couldn’t it be like 2003 when we had a heavy snow storm? Oh well, at least there is a slight chance of a thunderstorm tonight.

What Season Is It Anyways?

Thursday, Feb 7, 2008
We had two thunderstorms yesterday. One in the afternoon which was racing across the area. That one only gave us a little rain and a couple cracks of thunder. I was happy with that for February. Later on between 10 and 11pm we had a more impressive storm complete with a severe thunderstorm warning. It was pretty cool to be out on the porch watching lightning off to the north and west at 10pm with no jacket in February.

Sierra Nevada Storm

Friday, Jan 4, 2008
Wow.. I can not even comprehend this amount of snow but in the Sierra Nevada the NWS is forecasting the possibility of 7 to 10 feet of snow. I would love to experience that some day. They are also forecasting hurricane force winds. They’re saying snow will fall at six inches an hour and maybe up to eight inches per hour.

October 2007 Was The Warmest On Record

Thursday, Nov 1, 2007
October 2007 will go into the books as the warmest October on record in our area and many other areas in this part of the country. Most of the early part of the month was very warm. We even approached 90 a few times. It was also dry. We even had to run the air conditioner a bit to keep the house below 80 for the guinea pigs. The other interesting thing is the fact that arctic sea ice has been below normal.

Hot And Humid Today Then Severe Storms

Monday, Aug 27, 2007
We had a great time attending the GOTCHA event today. There were tons of prizes, including a very special Team Alamo coin. I’m very disappointed to not win that. It was hot and humid today.. It’s never a good thing when you wake up to thick fog and temperatures in the 70’s in summer. Topped out with highs in the low to mid 90s with dew points near 80. Not fun.

5.25 Inch Hail at Dante SD

Thursday, Aug 23, 2007
Large hail at Dante, SD, Tuesday evening – Pictures added I can’t even begin to imagine what this size hail would do or the sounds it would make but the NWS says it left 10 inch by 12 inch craters in the ground and punched holes in almost every roof in town. That’s not something you see every day.

Finally A Hurricane In The Atlantic

Thursday, Aug 16, 2007
After a quiet tropical season in the Atlantic basin so far we finally have a hurricane. Tropical storm Dean became a hurricane at the 5am advisory. It should be fun to finally track a storm.

A Couple Days Of Hell Like Heat

Thursday, Aug 9, 2007
Today we should get some nice thunderstorms. There’s a sweet looking cell out near Pittsburgh this morning. It will be interesting to watch how that complex of storms moves across the state and holds together. It’s a shame that it will probably miss us to the south but it’s worth it to not have the crazy humidity we had yesterday. The SPC moved the slight risk of severe thunderstorms south today.

Early AM Thunderstorms

Sunday, Jul 29, 2007
We had near misses yesterday and last night with some awesome thunderstorms. Yesterday afternoon we had one that pretty much formed over the next town east of here. There was lots of lightning a mile or two off to the east and then a heavy shower formed right over us. Then it ended with storms still hanging to our south and west. When I went to bed there were thunderstorms that looked good on radar along the Maryland and Pennsylvania border.

Great Summer So Far

Thursday, Jul 26, 2007
This summer so far has been great. It has to be the best summer that I can remember. Gotta love the trough in the East this year. Now if only it would stick around for winter. That would be too good to be true though. There’s been no real heat. When it does get into the 90s it’s either not all that humid or doesn’t last long. We’ve had more than one night in July where it made it down into the 50’s.

No Thunderstorms Today

Friday, Jul 20, 2007
I was hoping for some good thunderstorms today but we never ended up getting much of anything. Most of the day we were stuck under clouds from left over thunderstorms to our west last night so it didn’t allow much heating to destabilize the atmosphere. It did clear up late in the afternoon but I guess that was too little too late. We did so well with thunderstorms earlier in the year.

July Fifth Thunderstorms

Thursday, Jul 5, 2007
We had a nice storm come through this afternoon. I wasn’t expecting much today with all the clouds in the morning and with yesterday’s disappointment still fresh in my mind. Seems like every time we get a tornado watch nothing really happens in the area. The one in 2003 that was a PDS tornado watch still sticks in my mind because hardly a storm developed that day. At least we managed to get some sun today.

Last Night's Lightning

Thursday, Jun 28, 2007
Yesterday was hot and humid. I know I’ve seen many days that were much worse but yesterday seemed pretty rough. I guess I’m just not used to this. When I lived near Philly there were days where it was around 100 and dew point in the 70s or even close to 80. In the afternoon we were missed to the north and to the south by thunderstorms that prompted server thunderstorm warnings.

Summer Snow on Mount Washington

Sunday, Jun 24, 2007
This is pretty cool. On June 22 there was a trace of snow on Mount Washington in New Hampshire. I know they’ve had snow every month of the year but I just that it was something worth mentioning. I wish I could’ve been there. Mount Washington is one of those places I want to visit. Being the highest point in the North East US and all. Oh and I can’t forget the extreme weather.

Hurricane Agnes 35 Years Ago

Friday, Jun 22, 2007
It was around this time in 1972 that the remnants of Hurricane Agnes impacted the area. I’ve always been interested in that storm. The storm made landfall over Florida on June 19th and then moved northeast and weakened to a tropical depression. It became a tropical storm again over North Carolina and moved made another landfall near New York City on June 22. It produced 6 to 12 inches of rain in Pennsylvania.

Western Pa Storms

Thursday, Jun 21, 2007
It looks like there’s some nice thunderstorms out in western Pennsylvania. I’ve been watching them move south east today but the first batch missed me by a couple of counties. Maybe more can for or something before the cold front moves through. I’ve been feeling the humidity creep up after a nice cool night last night and not much humidity this morning. I was hoping that would help cause some storms.

Slight Risk Of Severe Thunderstorms

Tuesday, Jun 19, 2007
Today could be a fun day. There’s a slight risk of severe thunderstorms in the area with the main threat being damaging hail and strong wind. It should be a fun afternoon. I am hoping for some good storms in my backyard. They’ve been missing us here this year.

Wondering About Local Tornadoes

Monday, Jun 18, 2007
Last week there was a tornado warning in Lancaster county. It turned out that the NWS said it was straight line wind damage but it got me wondering how many tornadoes have been in this area. A few years ago there was the one in Campbelltown. That was an F-2 and destroyed some houses. Molly told she remembered hearing about a small tornado in town.. I did find one on the NWS’s site that could have been the one she was talking about.

Lots of Lightning Yesterday

Saturday, Jun 2, 2007
We had some pretty good thunderstorms in the area yesterday afternoon and evening. Lots of vivid lightning and loud thunder. What was interesting is that the storms were pretty much stationary in the afternoon so we had wind and lightning but no rain for at least 45 minutes before a new storm developed over us. At least that’s what seemed to have happened. Some areas had lots of rain and I’m sure some flooding and I heard quite a few trees down on the scanner.

Thunderstorms

Friday, May 11, 2007
Earlier this afternoon it was looking good for strong thunderstorms to move in. A nice line had developed to our west but we ran out of daylight and heating by the time they got here. Just some rain and not even any lightning or thunder. Well actually there was a bit of thunder and it seemed like a storm was going to move in but then the thunder stopped and the sky brightened.

Possibly Strong or Severe Thunderstorms Tomorrow

Thursday, Apr 26, 2007
Looks like there is at least a chance of strong to severe thunderstorms tomorrow in this area. I have not looked at the weather myself that much lately but I caught it on the news this morning. That would be cool to have some great storms Friday. Last year we had some awesome storms in the area and I hope that happens this year too! We actually had more hail than I could remember seeing in 2006 and plenty of wind, I don’t really like seeing peoples homes get damaged and stuff like that but I do enjoy seeing the powerful storms.

April NorEaster

Monday, Apr 16, 2007
An intense spring noreaster is occurring right now. We had a couple of inches of rain here yesterday but no flooding. My parent’s area near Philly probably had more than 5 inches of rain. My mom said the Neshaminy creek was flooded and last night the Poquessing creek near their house was up into people’s yards. I’ve read a few rivers in New Jersey are expected to have record flooding.

April Snow

Friday, Apr 6, 2007
It’s April 6th. Looking at the radar there are plenty of lake effect snow showers and squalls across the state. We’ve had snow showers off and on all morning. Nothing is sticking to the ground but the ground is pretty warm and it is April. There will be a storm and south of here should actually get some snow. That’s not too common. Winter just doesn’t want to give up after it didn’t want to start.

Feels Like Summer Today

Wednesday, Mar 28, 2007
The calendar says March 27th but it feels more like April 27th. It almost feels hot out today. I’m not used to temperatures in the 80s. Earlier this afternoon radar showed what looked like some thunderstorms west of here in the mountains and a few showers popped up closer to home. The even had a severe thunderstorm warning in western Pa. It’s nice to know we’ll be getting some thunderstorms soon.

Making Snow On Mount Washington

Wednesday, Mar 7, 2007
I saw this posted on a board. I thought it was a neat experiment so I had to post about it here. On Mount Washington in New Hampshire they took boiling water and it immediately turned into snow. At the time they did this it was -34° Fahrenheit Their wind chills were between -80 and -100. Mount Washington is one of those places I really want to visit someday. I also enjoy checking out their extreme weather.

Snow In March Is Always Good

Wednesday, Mar 7, 2007
This strange winter is continuing. It started out as the winter that seemed like it would never get cold. This continued until late January when we got our first Arctic blast. We stayed well below normal for most of February then it warmed up for a few days. Once more we are in the Arctic air. It’s not to shabby for being march either. It stayed in the 20s today after a low in the teens last night.

2006-2007 Winter

Friday, Mar 2, 2007
Meteorological winter is over now. As a snow lover the winter wasn’t really a great one. We really didn’t get all that much snow but we did have one interesting snow storm that turned to sleet and ice then the temperature dropped and froze everything as solid as a rock. That was a fun storm to watch develop. December and January were both warm months. The ground never froze. I didn’t really think we’d get any snow the way the winter was going.

Thunderstorm Season Soon

Thursday, Feb 22, 2007
The past few days have been warm and today we had a bit of rain a little before noon. It got pretty dark outside. It seemed like it would be a thunderstorm. It’s getting close to the time of the year when they start. I hope this year is as good for thunderstorms as last year. We didn’t have a lot of storms last year but the ones we had were very good ones with lots of lightning.

President's Day Snowstorm II

Sunday, Feb 18, 2007
About 4 years ago we had the first big snow storm I remembered in a while and the first one I experienced after moving the Mount Joy. I remember two unusual things about that storm. It was very cold through out and the barometer stayed high. The temperature stayed around 10 degrees the whole time. I didn’t remember experiencing that before. It wasn’t windy at all and very quiet outside.

Valentines Day Storm

Sunday, Feb 18, 2007
We ended up getting about six inches of very compact sleet and snow in this storm. It started out with 3 to 4 inches of snow then heavy sleet all night then it warmed up to 33 degrees with sleet and rain. A few ours later the temperature dropped and eventually reached the single digits at night. Everything froze as solid as a rock and is still that way. This is the first time I remember being able to walk on top of the snow.

Not Snow This Time

Wednesday, Feb 14, 2007
The snow I had hoped for yesterday into today wasn’t as much as I’d hoped for. It started as snow yesterday with the temperature falling into the mid 20’s. Last night it changed to sleet with a little rain mixed in and the temperature dropped to around 19. I got woken up a few times from the noise of the sleet hitting the windows. Thankfully we didn’t have ice. It looks awesome in an ice storm but it causes way too much damage.

Lake Effect Snow In NY

Monday, Feb 12, 2007
I was reading about Redfield New York. They have had 12 feet 2 inches of lake effect snow in New York. I can not even comprehend that much snow but would love to see it. One of my dreams is to be at Tug Hill plateau during lake effect snows. That area usually gets 25 feet of snow a year.

Maybe We'll Finally Get Some Snow

Sunday, Feb 11, 2007
Looks like there’s at least a potential for a snow storm Tuesday into Wednesday. We’ll see what happens. The odd thing about it is that it seems like most of our snowstorms occur closer to the weekend not the middle of the week. At least that’s the way I remember it growing up near Philly, Are you ready for the TV hype to begin?

No Snow Again

Friday, Feb 2, 2007
Pretty much as I expected all week the snow we were forecast to get last night never got here. It’s been the way this winter has gone and probably will continue this way. I’m sure back in Philly the TV news hyped it all along. I can’t imagine they got much of anything either. I’m sure the people who ran to the store to buy milk and bread are pretty pissed.

What A Waste Of Cold!

Sunday, Jan 28, 2007
It’s been cold for the past week or so after being mild all winter. I’m getting tired of it being cold with no real snow. We’re just wasting the cold air. Winter’s not over yet. Maybe we may still have some snow but I don’t have much hope.

Arctic Cold Front And Snow Squalls

Thursday, Jan 25, 2007
It’s finally feeling like winter around here. The weather has been pretty mild except for the last week when we finally got near normal. It has felt cold just from not being used to it. Today an arctic cold front is supposed to move through the area. Doesn’t really seem that impressive for us but this year I’ll take anything we can get. Maybe even some snow squalls today. We’ll see what happens.

First Snow Of The Year

Monday, Jan 22, 2007
We got our first snow of the year today. It’s pretty late for that but it’s been so warm this year I was starting to believe we weren’t really going to have a winter. We didn’t get much, really only have a coating outside on the ground. Molly and I decided to go for a walk. What I always enjoyed about the snow is the peacefulness of it. It seems to always make it quiet outside.

Storm Damage

Monday, Oct 30, 2006
I just found out from my mom that a tree fell on my parents' house in the wind yesterday. It was part of a big tree from the neighbors yard. When we visited in September I looked at the same tree and though that it looked like it wasn’t going to last too long. She said it put a hole in her roof and cracked a wall. She’s waiting for the insurance company to call now.

Weather

Friday, Oct 27, 2006
Today it has been looking like it’s going to snow all day. It feels like it too. It should be a fun day tomorrow to watch the storm strengthen and move away. We’re under a high wind watch for winds gusting up to 50mph tomorrow night. Maybe that will be enough to make a large branch fall from the tree in our back yard. That was broken during a thunderstorm last summer.