Severe weather season is upon us, and it’s always important to be as well informed as possible when it comes to the threats we cloud be facing in the months ahead. Here are some informational tidbits that separate myth from facts about lighting courtesy of the National Weather Service and my ongoing partnership as a…

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Spring storm season is upon us. You know the routine. Dark clouds move in, heavy rain drops hit the roof, lightning flashes, thunder roars and winds start moving trees side to side. Right now, at this very moment, there are about 2,000 thunderstorms going on around the world. And even though thunderstorms are common, they…

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Spring is ready to spring…officially! What’s known as meteorological spring started back on March 1st. This is the 3 month period (March, April, May) with the greatest increase in daylight and average daily temperatures. However, astronomical spring…aka the Vernal Equinox is here as of today! Here is a little more info about the equinox and…

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We see our fair share of T’storms in Western Pennsylvania during the year and the period with the highest frequency is spring and summer. One of the chief tenets of a thunderstorm is of course lightning, so we are no stranger to the awe inspiring power of mother nature. But, there is another kind of…

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In addition to weather watches, warnings and advisories, the National Weather Service also issues statements from time to time.  Here is a breakdown of what these statements mean and the information that they are meant to convey to the general public. Statements are issued to update current weather situations or highlight significant changes to come.…

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Pittsburgh and Western Pennsylvania is well known for our rivers, streams and creeks. And with such an expansive system of waterways and tributaries, flooding and flash flooding are always a concern. While there are certain times of year (like the spring) when flooding is more common, it is a threat in our area all months…

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Perhaps you have recently seen them. Long, thin strands of clouds that cross large areas of the sky. These are man-made, or more accurately, machine-made clouds called contrails! Here is how they are defined and how they form. Condensation trails are narrow cirrus cloud streamers that form behind high flying aircraft. Contrails are formed by…

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March Madness is a term that usually applies to basketball…but it also applies to the world of weather. It’s a transition month in which winter is still trying to hang on and spring is trying to nose its way in. Needless to say, there can be some wild weather swings over the month’s 31 days…

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