If you’re planning on heading to the beach this summer, there is some important information you should know before you walk yourself into the waves. Know BEFORE you enter the water what a rip current is and how to escape it. Rip currents are channelized currents of water flowing away from the shore at beaches. …

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Lightning Bolt -- Courtesy of Savage Shutter

When it comes to lightning, there is NO safe place outdoors when storms are in the area. If you can hear thunder, you are within striking distance. Here’s a simple phrase to remember when it comes to thunderstorms: When thunder roars, go indoors! The problem is many people wait too long to get to a…

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During extremely hot and humid weather, your body’s ability to cool itself is challenged. When the body heats too rapidly to cool itself properly, or when too much fluid or salt is lost through dehydration or sweating, body temperature rises and you or someone you care about may experience a heat-related illness. It is important…

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The term Haboob (one of my all time favorite weather terms because I will always have a 12 year old sense of humor) is Arabic in origin and means blasting or drifting.   Haboobs are powerful dust storms that can happen anywhere but are most often seen around northern Africa and the southwestern US. What…

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Imagine waking up at midnight to find the temperature has shot up 20 degrees in minutes and 80 mph wind gusts have ravaged your town. Though a rare phenomena, that’s the power of a heat burst. Heat bursts occur in the wake of dying thunderstorms, but other conditions have to be just right — the…

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Forsythias -- Diane Lacey

Typically May is a month when Pittsburgh settles into spring weather full time. However, like every month, there have also been occasional weather extremes that have occurred over the years. Here’s a breakdown of some the weather records for Pittsburgh for the month of May. TEMPERATURE *Warmest Daytime High – 95 degrees on four occasions,…

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Winter weather is returning with some snow in the forecast this weekend. What products work best to help melt away the snow and ice? Here’s our local expert Doug Martin from Martin Lawn Services. If you have property or a business that would like hire someone to do your snow removal, give Doug and his…

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Gloomy Day in Herminie -- Patti King

Winter weather is on the way… Here are some tips and tricks to make life a little easier for you. Remember Jeff’s WhiteBoard Weather Reports every Monday thru Friday at 7 AM and 3 PM here on Pittsburgh Weather Now.

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