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Pretty Good Thunderstorm Last Night After Being Missed By A Few Earlier

Thursday, May 27, 2021
Yesterday was a hot and humid day. There was at least a decent breeze though but it was still just unpleasantly humid. We didn’t get much from the first batch of storms that looked really great on radar until they got closer to us. Of course the line slip before it got to us and we were in the hole. Another cluster formed behind that but that sort of weakened as it got near us with strong cells to our north again.

It Turned Out Nice Today

Tuesday, May 25, 2021
The forecast this morning was for the sky to remain cloudy all day today but shortly after lunch it cleared up. Not just breaks in the clouds but the sky fully cleared up and remained that way at least until after sunset save a few small clouds. After I watched Molly do her lifting and she recovered a few minutes we did today’s WOD outside on the patio. It’s too nice to pass up on an opportunity to do this and it was just the sort of WOD that will work outside.

The Humidity Has Arrived

Monday, May 3, 2021
This morning when I woke up it was pretty nice out. Nice and cool. There was even a bit of sunshine earlier but the clouds quickly thickened. It was one of Those spring mornings where it feels mild but not too cold or too warm. It felt just right. We had some light rain and drizzle but it looked like it was threatening to do more than that. As the day went on the humidity crept up, assisted by the rainfall.

It Was Nice To Sleep With The Window Open

Wednesday, Apr 28, 2021
I have always preferred sleeping with the window open. The fresh air and outside sounds just make me feel more relaxed and sleep better for some reason. It will be even better once the night time insects are out but it’s too early for that. There’s just something about the cooler night time air that makes me feel good. Maybe spending so much time outside while growing up, especially up the mountains with the ever so slight cooler evening breeze coming down into the valley while we were outside at the fire.

First Rainbow Of The Year And It's A Double Rainbow

Monday, Apr 19, 2021
Molly just bitched at me saying I guess we won’t be going for a walk tonight because it’s raining. I looked outside and saw some blue to our north and said we’d be fine. I grabbed my tablet to come upstairs on the computer for a bit while we digest and relax a bit before going and noticed the sun was fully shining I thought I would go outside to see if there’s a rainbow because why not?

Pretty Good Thunderstorms Last Night

Sunday, Apr 11, 2021
I wasn’t expecting them really as it was cloudy most of the morning but then the sun popped out a bit. Later it mostly cleared up and the temperature shot up into the low 70s after remaining in the 60s for most of the day. Even with that the radar looked like only a few isolated showers and thunderstorms. It certainly was nice to relax outside in the hot sun this afternoon though, especially after my somewhat disappointing day in the gym.

About A Foot Of Snow Since Sunday

Tuesday, Feb 2, 2021
This storm was one of those with a lot of hype but things had to work out just right for it to live up to that hype. The energy transfer had to be to just the right place to throw the snow back into our area in central PA and it worked out this time. We had some decently heavy snow in the first part on Sunday giving maybe three of four inches.

Pretty Good Snow Storm But At Least Here It Wasn't What The Usual Suspects Hyped It Up To Be

Thursday, Dec 17, 2020
The usual suspects, you know the Facebook “meteorologists” that post pictures from models of the most favorable looking runs to hype and beg you to download their apps were hyping the hell out of this storm. You know when they start calling it extreme and catastrophic that they are full of shit. It was a very decent storm for this part of December here but even before it got here I told Molly it was going to at least mix with sleet.

First Snow Of The Year

Wednesday, Dec 9, 2020
I knew there was a chance of some light snow today but I was still pleasantly surprised to see it accumulating a bit while I was doing my first WOD of the day. I thought being so early and borderline, above freezing temperatures that it would just be a few flurries. It was snowing pretty good and actually gave us a dusting of snow cover. It’s melting now but it was nice to see everything white for the first time of the 2020/2021 winter season here in northwester Lancaster County.

It Looks And Feels Like Snow Today, Reminds Me Of Deer Season With the Guys

Tuesday, Dec 1, 2020
This morning is a dark and chilly morning. There’s a light rain but with the temperatures in the upper 30s it feels like it could be snow. It feels chillier than it is because we really haven’t had all that much cool weather yet. The weather though is bringing back memories of hanging out with the guys at the mountains for the first week of buck season. Hell, I wouldn’t be surprised if it is snowing up there near Hazleton or will change to that just due to the higher elevation.

Listening To The Wind Tonight

Tuesday, Nov 17, 2020
I am sitting here hearing the wind occasionally and it’s reminding me a lot of going to the mountains with Pop and/or my dad as a kid growing up. My dad went more during the fall and winter for hunting plus at that time he wasn’t umpiring and my brothers weren’t playing baseball. One of the things that I remember so fondly is the first fall days like this which it would be cold and windy and the first snow flurries of the year which I’m sure they had today.

Pretty Good Thunderstorm For November

Sunday, Nov 15, 2020
I saw the pretty impressive squall line of thunderstorms moving through Ohio on the radar this morning and thought it would be cool if they made it over the mountains. They never do though in the fall I wasn’t expecting it. Fast forward to this evening they’re a county away with severe thunderstorm warning flying here. I still thought they would collapse as the approached like what seems to happen most of the time with these lines of storms.

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.

It's About As Humid As It Gets Around Here

Thursday, Jun 11, 2020
Yesterday into this morning we’ve had dew points well into the mid 70s which aren’t that far off from the highest I’ve seen her which was pushing 80 during tropical systems in the summer. Just being constantly covered with sweat is one of the most annoying things to me. You can always add another layer in the winter to dress warmer but with heat and humidity you reach a point where there’s nothing you can do and this is one of those types of situations.

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.

Mentally Tough Day Today With The Humidity

Friday, May 29, 2020
What Can I say. It’s June and certainly time for this sort of weather. I’ve been spoiled by the springs persistent cooler weather with low humidity when it was a warmer day. Over the past few days that’s absolutely changed. Yesterday wasn’t necessary warm but it was very humid. Today it got into the mid to upper 80s again but with a dew point near 70. There was a nice strong south breeze at least to make it a little more tolerable.

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.

Wx, Finally A Weather App For Android Seems To Be What I Want

Saturday, May 9, 2020
Ever since I got an android phone I’ve been on the lookout for a weather app that could do everything I want in one place. I used arcus for a while and that was pretty nice. It was simple but was missing some stuff I’d like for it to have and now seeing they’re shutting down darksky, the source of their data I’m glad I moved a way from that a while back.

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
Incoming gust frontImpressive looking thunderstorm for April. 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 thinking 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.

It Cleared Up And Got Nice So We Went For A Walk And A Couple Of Caches

Friday, Mar 13, 2020
On the plus side it cleared up and dried outside after that so we got out to go for a nice walk on the riverfront trail and made some vitamin D. Even got to break out the shorts and wear them. It got very dry and windy though. Things are rapidly turning green now. It got close to if not up to 70 today! It was nice to see a decent amount of people out today yet not over run with bikes that have to ride side by side and try to make you move.

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.

Wow, It Was Dry Today

Sunday, Feb 23, 2020
I was working on my starting strength lifts today. One week and I’m already off the schedule I want to be on. Yesterday’s WOD deceived me and took way more out of me than I expected but that’s a different story. The great thing about doing this here at home is how I can be so flexible about timing and scheduling. The lifts felt slow and heavy today and I couldn’t figure out why.

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 adding another burpee each minute and they felt light. I’m happy with that considering I haven’t been deadlifting or lifting 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. Wet Snow On TreeYesterdays wet snow stuck to the trees and everything.

It Looks Like We're Up To Two Inches Of Snow Or So Today

Tuesday, Jan 7, 2020
The original forecast was for around an inches of snow today but the storm overproduced a bit. It’s always a nice surprise when that happens. I was on the rower watching it out the window and it was snowing pretty heavily and even started sticking on the patio It’s not too cold and its calm out. It really would be a great evening for a nice walk in the woods. Sadly there are no woods nearby to walk in.

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.

Fourth Double Rainbow of the year

Monday, Sep 2, 2019
Seems to be the theme of the year. Last year it was just rain every day and flooding but this year its been scattered thunderstorms and rainbows. September Second we had the typical passing storm of the year and sure enough timing and sun angle were right for another rainbow. Not only that but it was a double rainbow yet again. Fourth time this year that has happened. I don’t think I’ve seen four double rainbows in my life before this summer let alone in one few month period.

August Eighteenth, The Third Double Rainbow Of The Year.

Sunday, Aug 18, 2019
We had a pretty good thunderstorm this evening. It really poured for a little bit and I think there may have even been some small hail mixed in. Being late in the evening the sun was pretty low and stayed out while it poured. I figured there might be a rainbow so of course went outside to check for one. There was indeed one and it was a very bright one at that and then the second outer one.

Another Double Rainbow, The Second One Within A Week.

Thursday, Aug 8, 2019
We had scattered thunderstorms pop up today and while it didn’t rain much if at all here the storm was to our east and the sun was the right angle to give is a rainbow. I saw it out the window so I went to a nearby open area to see if I could see one. Sure enough there was not only one but a double rainbow. Another double rainbow over a field.

We Were Driving Home And Saw Another Rainbow

Tuesday, Aug 6, 2019
This photo shows a very bright rainbowWe saw a very bright rainbow while driving and just had to get a picture of it. 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.

Double Rainbow in Mount Joy

Saturday, Aug 3, 2019
Double rainbow someplace in Mount Joy PAHere’s a photo of a double rainbow over a street someplace in Mount Joy. 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.

We Saw A Rainbow Over The Atlantic Ocean

Tuesday, Jul 23, 2019
This is a photo of a rainbow over the ocean and beach at Cape May, NJWe got an awesome view of a rainbow over the beach and ocean while in Cape May NJ. 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.

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.

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.

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.

Ground Hog Day

Saturday, Feb 2, 2019
So here it is, the myth of ground hog day. Somme yet to this day people are convinced that whether that rodent sees his shadow or not has any ability to predict weather at all. The same people bitch if a scientifically generated forecast is off by a bit. People don’t seem to realize how complicated the weather and atmospheric interactions are. As for the ground hog, shot that fucker and cook that rodent for supper!

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.

Finally Some Snow Before The Arctic Front Tomorrow

Tuesday, Jan 29, 2019
There hasn’t been much snow this year. We’ve been ending up on the arm side of storms but today things worked out so snow formed on a cold front. By later in the day the snow was coming down fairly heavily and we wound up with 3 inches or so by my best guess. Tomorrow should be interesting with the Arctic front moving through the area. with luck we’ll have some nice snow squalls.

Another Warm Storm

Sunday, Jan 20, 2019
Much like pretty much all of the storms so far this winter I’m sitting here listening to the rain pouring down with temperatures in the 50s

Quick Hitting Arctic Shot

Sunday, Jan 20, 2019
Well we had some snow that quickly changed over to sleet then rain with temperatures in near 40 over night. But hey, at least it was a cooler temperature than most storms this year. We always seem to be on the warm side of things this winter when there’s a storm. The Arctic front on it’s way though. We’ll have highs in the teens on Monday and lows tonight in the mid single digits and also Monday night.

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.

Ice On Susquehanna River After Arctic Blast

Another year and more arctic air. This time it stayed below freezing from December 27th through January 7th. with most of those days having highs n the teens and lows in the single digits. This seems to be a common thing the past few years. Wonder what’s causing that. These patterns seem to be locking in the past few years. It’s finally warmed up a bit so we decided to head out for a nice walk on the Northwest Lancaster County River Trail to check out the ice on the Susquehanna not to mention get some fresh air.

My First Big Snowfall Here in Lancaster County February 17th to 19th, 2003

Saturday, Dec 30, 2017
One of the first things we saw when we got to the trail itself was this small spring. February 17, 2003 brought I nice major snowstorm to the area. It was my first one since moving here to Mount Joy. The storm was known as the Presidents' Day Storm The thing I remember most about it is how cold it stayed. It started snowing and just seemed like it kept on going.

Today's Solar Eclipse

Monday, Aug 21, 2017
It’s been a while since the United States has had a total solar eclipse. I want to think their was one when I was in elementary school but I can’t be sure if that was a total eclipse or not. I just remember us going outside and it getting darker. This one was the first I could understand and enjoy though. It wasn’t total here, we only had a partial eclipse.

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. Departing thunderstorm showing rotationThis is a photo of a departing thunderstorm showing rotation.

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.

Lightning Over A Mountain

Sunday, Jul 22, 2012
I am making more posts from our trip to the mountains as I come across some unique stuff. The weather that week was very hot and humid. It was even hot up in Potter County so I can’t imagine what it was like here at home. During that week we had a cold front move through and some nasty storms popped up ahead of it. This one here was a really fast moving and awesome looking storm.

Six Or More Inches Of Snow For Mount Joy

Wednesday, Jan 26, 2011
Another week and more snow.. This should bring the Lancaster county area their heaviest snow of the year so far with six inches plus of the white stuff. It’ll be a wet snow compared to the very fluffy powdery stuff we’ve had for the past couple of years. I’ll enjoy watching it fall. We’ve already received a half inch or so here in Mount Joy Pennsylvania from snow showers. No bitter arctic temperatures with this storm either.

A Few Inches Of Snow With More To The East Again

Tuesday, Jan 11, 2011
Well it looks like we’ll get maybe 2-4 inches of snow here. Not really something to complain about but more would be nice. To our east and north east they may again get 6 inches or more. We’ve had very little snowfall here this winter with plenty of wasted cold air here in Lancaster county. Maybe next time.

Some Light Snow With The Heavier Stuff Staying East Again

Monday, Jan 10, 2011
It is looking like we’ll be getting a couple of inches of snow here Tuesday into Wednesday. I can’t complain about that.. It’s funny how the past couple of years the heavier snow has been to our east over towards Philly and New Jersey and to the south. Growing up in Bensalem it seemed like there was always more snow in the northern and western suburbs of Philly while we were always close to that dreaded mix line and seemingly always received at least some sleet mixed in.

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.

December 4.1 Degrees Below Average.

Saturday, Jan 1, 2011
December was a cold month and fairly dry month. Harrisburg ended the month with the average temperature 4.1 degrees below normal. Pretty interesting how the blocking held up through out the month and even had a close call with a snow storm. It will be fun to see where January goes.

Last Storm Of 2010

Tuesday, Dec 28, 2010
While we didn’t get much snow from Sunday/Monday’s Storm here in central Pennsylvania we got plenty of wind. Sunday night starting around midnight I guess I just was hearing a constant wind, not guts like it usually is. That continued as Jersey and New York got slammed with snow with the storm bombing off the coast. The wind continued Monday and apparently may have blown a couple of shipping containers from a train into the river off the bridge near Harrisburg.

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.

Finally A Snow Storm

Sunday, Mar 1, 2009
It’s March first and looks like we might actually get some snow. State college has us under a winter storm warning for five to eight inches of snow here. The problem is we’ll be on the back edge of the precipitation and it’ll have a sharp cutoff. I’ll take the snow though. It’s much better than anything we’ve had so far this winter. Now my at my parents' house in Bucks county are forecast to get eight to fourteen inches.

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.

If Only It Had Been Snow..

Friday, Dec 12, 2008
We had a nice moisture rich storm system move from the gulf coast up the East coast.. The system is currently causing snow and major ice in the new England states. Here we were in the mid 50’s all day yesterday with rain and then in the evening the rain became heavy. ended up with 2 - 3 inches of rain in the area. My Davis vantage pro measured 2.06 inches of rain here.

November Snow Squall

Friday, Nov 21, 2008
November 20th and there’s a nice looking snow squall stretching across the state of Pennsylvania. It goes from Northwestern PA to Philly and is pretty solid looking. The heavy band of snow is pretty much staying over the same areas with snowfall rates of up to 1 to 2 inches an hour. It would be nice if it shifted 30 miles south now. Looks like it’s crossing I 81 near the Schuylkill and Berks county border.

Snow

Friday, Nov 21, 2008
So much for the flurries I thought we might get last night. The ground is white. even the street has snow covering it. It’s too bad the band didn’t sit over us, some of the counties to the north of us were under a winter weather advisory for three to six inches of snow. Pretty impressive considering it’s not even December yet. It’s been an interesting fall so far. Remember the storm in October that produced heavy snow in the mountains and even an accumulating snowfall in the Philly suburbs.

Chilly For November This Week

Tuesday, Nov 18, 2008
After last week being a mild week we had a fairly strong storm system move through Saturday. It was close to 70 that day with a tornado watch in effect. While a line of showers developed and moved through the area it was not near severe limits. We had some heavy rain and a bit of wind. Sunday was cooler with some wind. Nothing major. I was sort of surprise by that considering our pressure made it down to 29.

October 28th Storm

Wednesday, Oct 29, 2008
An October coastal storm system is developing off the mid Atlantic coast. It started yesterday with an area of rain developing and persisting through the night here in central Pa. This would have been a nice situation for a little snow here in January. Right now and yesterday during the afternoon the temperature held in the low 40’s Now in the Poconos and higher elevations of northern Pa. I wish I still had my place up near Hazleton and would be going up there.

Late October Storm

Tuesday, Oct 28, 2008
An October coastal storm system is developing off the mid Atlantic coast. It started yesterday with an area of rain developing and persisting through the night here in central Pa. This would have been a nice situation for a little snow here in January. Right now and yesterday during the afternoon the temperature held in the low 40s Now in the Poconos and higher elevations of northern Pa. I wish I still had my place up near Hazleton and would be going up there.

Winter Is On Its Way

Thursday, Oct 23, 2008
It’s always a sign of winter coming when the leaves are turning but It’s even more exciting when the NWS is starting to talk about lake effect snow. State college is saying temperatures should support lake effect snow into Tuesday after the arctic from moves through. I’m not looking forward to the rain but arctic fronts can be fun.

Tropical Storm Marco

Tuesday, Oct 7, 2008
After the tropics got fairly quiet we now have Tropical Storm Marco in the Gulf of Mexico. It’s not that strong but very interesting still. It’s tiny. The smallest storm I remember seeing and they’re saying tropical storm force winds only extend out 10 miles from the center.

Hurricane Ike Aftermath

Monday, Sep 15, 2008
Hurricane Ike which was only a category 2 storm made landfall in Texas and moved north through the Ohio valley yesterday proves that the rating doesn’t tell the whole story. They’re saying it caused 30 billion dollars n damage and has caused at least 30 fatalities. From what I’ve read it brought in a pretty high storm surge over a large area. What really made this storm was the size of it I think.

Large Hurricane Ike In The Northern Gulf Of Mexico

Thursday, Sep 11, 2008
Hurricane Ike has maximum sustained winds near 100 miles per hour right now but the real story is it’s size. It’s a big storm with hurricane force winds extending up to 115 miles from the center. Tropical storm force winds extend up to 255 miles from the center. The minimum pressure (945 millibars) is borderline low enough to support a category 4 storm but I imagine the size of the whole storm is keeping the gradient from being tight enough to cause the winds.

Morning Thunderstorms

Tuesday, Sep 9, 2008
Today is going to be a good day. 7:40 in the morning and there appears to be some pretty strong thunderstorms moving towards us. Not bad for September. The other nice thing about these storms is it seems like a pretty solid area of storms so I don’t expect to be just missed by them like my area was all summer. Some counties west of here have already had severe thunderstorm warnings due to the storms.

Very Nice Morning Thunderstorm

Tuesday, Sep 9, 2008
That was a pretty good line of storms for this time in the day and year. I don’t think it approached severe criteria in my back yard but still we had a nice very heavy wind driven rain. It got as dark as it would be about 8:30 pm as the storms moved in. Just before the rain started I noticed low level clouds racing across the sky from west to east.

Tropical Storm Hanna Makes Landfall

Tropical storm Hanna moved into the Carolinas last night and north, then northeast through Virginia and is now off the coast. It dumped heavy rains in some areas and in my back yard we received heavier rainfall than I had expected. I figure that was going to happen when I saw the radar this morning and felt the humidity. Dew point of 72 or 73 today made it feel like summer and not September.

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.

Hurricane Gustav Strengthening

Hurricane Gustav has rapidly strengthened over nigh and now has maximum sustained winds of 120 miles per hour. It also appears to have grown in size and is now a large storm. It looks pretty good this morning. It should cross Cuba which will hopefully weaken the storm quite a bit. Gustav should then make landfall in Louisiana but being such a large storm the effects will be pretty widespread. Will definitely be a fun weekend to watch it.

Tropical Storms Hanna And Gustav

The tropics sure got active now.. In the Caribbean Sea there is tropical storm Gustav. It made another landfall today on Jamaica. It doesn’t really look that impressive but is forecast to go between Cuba and the Yucatan Peninsula and strengthen over the warm water. We’ll see how it holds together. It seems to like land so far. We also have Tropical storm Hanna north east of the Leeward Islands. Again it doesn’t look all that impressive but does seem to have a burst of colder cloud tops now meaning that it has better convection.

Hurricane Gustav

Tuesday, Aug 26, 2008
The tropical depression I mentioned yesterday has become hurricane Gustav. That was fast. Right now it is forecast to stay along the southern edge of Cuba which will keep the rain away from the southeast US. It is forecast to become a strong hurricane and move into the gulf of Mexico. I guess that will bring oil prices up. We’ll see what happens.

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.

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..

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.

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 nor’easter 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.

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.

Cold Night

Friday, Feb 29, 2008
It’s a pretty cold morning today for the end of February. My vantage pro2 recorded a low of 14.1 and the coldest it’s recorded this year has been 8 so it’s not that far off. Yesterday was chilly too. The wind made it feel even colder. It’s just a little more wasted cold. Today we should see a clipper move through the area but most of the snow will be to the north.

A Little Snow Is Better Than None

Friday, Feb 22, 2008
We ended up with an inch or two of snow this morning before the precipitation shut off. I can’t really complain, its more than I had expected.

Another Week And Another Possible Ice Storm

Thursday, Feb 21, 2008
Well no big shocker here but another week and another potential ice storm in southern Pennsylvania. State college seems to think up to 1 to 3 inches of snow then it switches to sleet and freezing rain. They’re thinking southern Pennsylvania could receive more than a quarter inches of ice accumulation. They have put us under a winter storm watch. Don’t get me wrong. Ice is interesting but snow is better and more fun and we haven’t had much of that this year.

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.

Fun Little Ice Storm

Thursday, Feb 14, 2008
Well this last storm was one of those times where the cold air just hangs tough at the surface. We ended up below freezing here until about 11am with freezing rain. Some of it was heavy. Cold air damming sure is fun to watch in action. It was a good thing state college issued the ice storm warning. The roads seemed to mostly stay wet but it was really accumulating on the trees and wires and other things.

Last Year's Memorable Sleet Storm

Tuesday, Feb 12, 2008
This time last year we had the most sleet I have ever seen. We ended up with about six inches of very compacted sleet and snow. We had some rain mixed in there too. it was heavy to shovel it. It was funny to see the people on the news trying to dig there cars out of the icy mass after everything refroze. We did ours while it was still fairly mild.

Wasted Arctic Shot

Tuesday, Feb 12, 2008
Sunday ended up being very windy with temps dropping into the teens as soon as the sun set. We bottomed out around 10 here. Monday it only made it into the 20s and back down to 16 last night. We had a little light snow this morning and then more snow will move into the area later and change to sleet and freezing rain then over to plain rain tonight. Once again it just seems like wasted cold.

Surprise Snow Flurries

Saturday, Feb 9, 2008
Cool.. snow flurries out side now. This is a nice surprise but not really anything to get excited over but it’s something. It would be too warm for any real snow today anyways. Tomorrow we get a quick shot of arctic air but it will be pretty much wasted cold again. I love snow but just don’t see anything really happening this year with snow. Bring on spring and severe weather!

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.

Nice Cold Shot

Monday, Jan 21, 2008
We are having a quick arctic cold snap right now. It made it down to 10°F which was pretty cold but no where near the record for the day. The record was -22 °F here, set in 1994. It was the coldest of the year but not close to the 2 °F my Davis vantage pro2 recorded last year. I remember that winter. Back in the Philly area we had rain and ice that winter.

Snow Surprise

Thursday, Jan 17, 2008
I looked at the radar than looked out the window and got a nice surprise. It’s snowing moderately and the grass is white. It’s just starting to stick to the sidewalks but the street looks just wet. It’s pretty heavy and fairly large snowflakes falling. My gut feeling was it would be rain or sleet. Maybe tonight I’ll have to go for a walk.

No Snow This Time

Monday, Jan 14, 2008
Pretty much like I’ve been suspecting we didn’t get any snow here. We got rain instead. I just didn’t see the temperature dropping fast enough for us. Besides that the storm was to form too far north and east to really give us anything. Maybe we’ll have better luck next time. There was a time when I would really get my hopes up for a storm like this to happen but I don’t do that to myself anymore.

Sunday – Monday Storm

Friday, Jan 11, 2008
There is at least a potential for snow in the Susquehanna valley Sunday into Monday. It probably won’t accumulate to much of anything but that’s the way it’s going this year. At least there shouldn’t be a lot of ice.

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.

Felix Is Category Five Storm Again

Tuesday, Sep 4, 2007
Dangerous Hurricane Felix is about to make landfall in northeastern Nicaragua. After weakening some on Monday it’s strengthened over night and still is now. It is back up to category 5 levels again with 160 mile per hour winds. It doesn’t seem like the area is very populated so that’s a good thing. This is the second hurricane in the Atlantic basin to make landfall as a category five storm this year.

Felix - Second Category Five Hurricane Of The Season

Monday, Sep 3, 2007
It’s a little late but still I thought it was interesting. We have our second Atlantic Hurricane of the season this year. Felix became a hurricane and at the 2 AM advisory on Sunday had 80 mph winds. The 10 PM advisory yesterday said 165 mph winds and the. Even more interesting was the fact that the recon plane aborted it’s mission due to extreme turbulence in the storm and graupel and lightning in all quadrants of the eye wall.

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.

June 19's Thunderstorms

Wednesday, Jun 20, 2007
Yesterday was one of the best storm days we’ve had in a while. It didn’t seem like things would work out for us to have good storms when the first line weakened as it approached. I was pretty disappointed because before I shut down the computer and went outside to watch they looked great. For a minute or two it even seemed like the sky wanted to turn green. They weakened when they hit the river.

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.

Thunderstorms Moved In From The Northeast

Thursday, Jun 14, 2007
This has been an interesting week in weather. Maybe even a bit unusual. Tuesday and Wednesday we had thunderstorms in the area. They were moving from northeast to southwest. Don’t really see that all that often. Right out our house on Tuesday we had one with some pretty nasty lightning. I think we were on the edge of it though. We had heavy rain for a half an hour then the rain let up.

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 Nor'easter

Monday, Apr 16, 2007
An intense spring nor’easter 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?

More Ice On The Susquehanna River

Saturday, Feb 10, 2007
We decided to check out the ice on the river today. It was really cool on the York county side of the river. There seemed to be lots of pressure pushing the ice against the western banks. We could hear the ice squeaking and cracking as the water tried to push it. There was also plenty of broken pieces of ice on top and pushed up along the bank. There were also a few louder cracks out further.

Frozen Susquehanna River

Thursday, Feb 8, 2007
It’s been below freezing for a few days now. Actually it’s been getting into the single digits at night and teens in the day. We’ll be keeping an eye on the river for a while. Below will be a few pictures from today. River icethis is a photo showing ice across the Susquehanna River. River Ice Towards BridgesThis picture shows more ice on the frozen Susquehanna River.

More Wasted Cold

Tuesday, Feb 6, 2007
There’s finally arctic air in place and it’s been plenty cold but of course there’s no snow. I was hoping we’d have a chance to hit zero but didn’t quite get low enough. had a low of around six last night and Sunday night. At least the cold has been refreshing. A new cache popped up around Cornwall so we got to go for a nice short hike. There was a inch or two of snow on the ground there too.

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 50 mph 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.