Near, short, and long term updates...

By: Zachary Labe , 11:23 PM GMT on May 19, 2008

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"Afternoon Thoughts" (Updated 5/21)
Good Wednesday afternoon!!! Wow, what a miserable May it has been. My highest temperature is 79degrees and that is basically one of very few 70degrees temperatures this month. Yesterday my high temperature was 49degrees along with .39inches of rain. It is amazing of how winterlike this pattern we are in looks like. Like the rain yesterday was from an Alberta clipper type storm. And today a cold front is moving through with rain squalls. Northwest flows also have been quite common this month. Snow this month has been surprisingly more often than it was in April for some mountain areas. Also remember the strong nor'easter we had two weeks ago with 2-4inches of snow in the mountains and in the valleys up to 1inch of snow. Then more traces of snow were recorded. And just the other day snow was reported in Bradford and Johnstown with lake effect snow. In the suburbs of Buffalo, NY up to 1inch of snow fell that day also. Now still snow is in the forecast for northern areas as a shortwave moves through Thursday morning. This is just getting unbelievable. But while we may be having cold temperatures, out in the western part of the country they have been having extreme heat with wildfires widespread. See more on western wildfires below. Overall it seems my forecast for the month of May is coming out very well as I forecasted below normal temperatures and above normal precipitation. One thing surprising this month is the little frequency of thunderstorms and severe weather. Looking at reports so far for the entire year of severe weather the northeast region has definetely been limited in reports. Most of the reports have been hail with this cold-air aloft. Again it appears as if this cool pattern will begin to ease with temperatures back to normal. But remember I am forecasting a cooler than normal summer, so we may want to get use to this type of weather. Hopefully this wet pattern continues as the last couple of summers have had well below normal precipitation. Currently there are some rain showers and low-topped thunderstorms occuring with the frontal passage. Some lightning strikes are being reported. Small hail and occasional gusty winds may be a threat today as the LI index is near 0 for eastern Pennsylvania and CAPE values are in the lower hundreds. An isolated strong storm cannot be ruled out. By later this evening conditions should clear out for the most part except for the far north. Another cold night is in store with clouds. By tomorrow a shortwave will be moving into the region with some light rain showers and maybe snow showers in the north early in the day. Temperatures look cool. So lets all push through this cold weather and hope for those warmer days to come. Have a wonderful rest of your day!!!

"Regional Radar"

(Courtesy of NOAA)

"Regional Satellite"

(Courtesy of Penn State Meteo.)

"Near Term Forecast" (Updated 5/23) (Friday)
Well high pressure is moving in across the region as the upper-level trough pushes out. Fair weather cumulus clouds should be the only threat today. Highs will be in the 60s to low 70s across much of the state. For Friday night clearing skies with light winds will create some radiational cooling that may drop temperatures pretty low in some areas. Also some ground fog may be a problem for Saturday morning with 2-3mile visibilities especially near waterways.

"Regional Advisories"

(Courtesy of NOAA)

"Short Term Forecast" (Updated 5/23) (Saturday through Sunday)
High pressure remains strong and keeps conditions very nice for the weekend. Northwesterly winds will shift to the southwest and bring warmer air surging northward. Highs will be on the Saturday in the low 70s and on Sunday from the mid 70s to upper 70s. For each night temperatures will be chilly and dip in the 40s in most areas. Beaware of slight chances of frosts across the north.

"Current Surface Map and Weekly History of Jet Stream Position"

(Courtesy of Weather Underground)

"Long Term Forecast" (Updated 5/23)
For a look ahead to next week temperatures continue to warm and the atmosphere will continue to moisten up. A front will be moving in from the west possibly causing some severe weather on Tuesday. I will have more updates on the severe weather in the form of comments throughout this weekend. My weekly format blog again will be issued on Sunday unless the severe weather threat seems imminent, in that case a severe weather format blog will be issued then for Tuesday.

"Wildfire Outlook" (Updated 5/19)
Looking at the forest fire outlook for the upcoming days in Pennsylvania, it looks pretty non-active. As moisture increases on Tuesday with light rain showers and for Wednesday with leftover northwestern Pennsylvania rain sprinkles, it just does not appear to be the right conditions for wildfire spread. But as the week progresses temperatures will begin to moderate and warm up in the mid 70s by Sunday. Conditions will also be very dry during the time as high pressure hangs around in the region. And as many of us know, the ground can dry up quickly even after quite a bit of rain. So forest fire threats will be a possible come the end of this week. Except more updates, if necessary on the possible threat.

Across the nation, record warmth and heat is occuring in the west as the stubborn ridge hangs in around the region. Relatively dry conditions will prevail, so forest fire danger is a definite threat. The SPC has issued fire outlooks for the next 3 days in the general vicinity of the west and southwest. Days 4-5 the threat will begin to shift eastward into New Mexico, Texas, and Oklahoma as the midwestern ridge begins to pump up heat from the south. Remember to be alert for the dry conditions, as many large wildfires can be prevented if only people had been more aware of their surroundings and the dry weather threat. Currently this Monday red flag warnings are out for the southwest and northern great plains in North Dakota. But the threat in North Dakota should be ending this evening.

"Fire Outlooks from Storm Prediction Center Days 1, 2, and 3"

(Courtesy of NOAA)

"Gardening Outlook" (Updated 5/21)
Well Spring is the time for planting, but it sure does not feel like spring outside. I just planted some of my annuals in the pots and in the ground on Sunday and they look wonderful even though conditions are not quite ideal outdoors. Still I have alot more plants to get. As far as my vegetable garden it is coming along nicely with just last night another crop of lettuce I had for dinner. The lettuce plants are absolutely loving this cool weather and it is extending the growing period. My spring onions are getting very tall and I have been pulling them every now and then for dinner. They taste wonderful with their sweet taste. My blueberry bushes are budding nicely and surprisingly getting larger very quickly. If buying blueberry bushes try getting two different type of blueberry plants or else they will not cross pollinate. My cucumber plants sadly having taken a beating from the cold along with my basil plant. One plant has completely now died. I recommend now waiting until this weekend to get warm-weather vegetables in the ground as conditions are just too cool even for mid May. Though I am having great luck with my parsley plants as they have really gotten large fast. My radish seeds are nearly 3inches tall and I need to do some thinning of the plants as they came up invading each other too closely. My bean and pea seeds are also coming up nicely. So far my tomato plants and zuchinni plants seem to be dealing with the cold just ok. Oddly enough my neighbor already has a small tomato growing on their plant. Overall I am very pleased with my garden. Pictures should be coming this weekend.

As for gardening forecasts this week, ground temperatures will be rising. Soil moisture though will be gradually diminishing as precipitation totals through Sunday will be a measly statewide average of .25inches occuring Tuesday and Wednesday. So watering will be necessary by the end of the week as temperatures warm and the ground dries up under the dry conditions.

"Soil Moisture Anomalies and 5-day Precipitation Amounts from Hydro Prediction Center"

(Courtesy of NOAA)

Average Pennsylvania last freezes...

(Courtesy of PSU meteorology)

"Severe Weather Outlook" (Updated 5/19)
Very quiet on the Pennsylvania severe weather front. Throughout the week much of the state will be suffering from generally cooler than normal temperatures slowly rising as the days progress. But by the weekend as a trough develops in the west, a ridge may begin to build in the east. A dry stretch looks to be on tap for this coming weekend into next week. But warmth will be on the increase with limited chances of precipitation. The next possible chance of thunderstorms looks to be sometime next week as a weak cold front may move through the region.

Looking across the United States it appears pretty quiet severe weather wise. Some strong storms may occur in the Carolinas on Tuesday as a low pressure moves across Maryland and that region is put in the warm sector. Wind damage is the primary threat. In the plains their severe weather chances continue on getting delayed as it will be difficult for any storms to break through the CAP caused by the strong midwestern ridge. But the breakdown may begin sometime this weekend or next week. This will intern most likely cause a severe weather outbreak in the region. Both the GFS and EURO models show these chances of the breakdown of the ridge type pattern. The SPC has highlighted the western great plains in a severe weather outlook for days 4-6. Stay tuned for more updates on this situation.

"Severe Weather Outlooks from Storm Prediction Center Days 1, 2, and 3"

(Courtesy of NOAA)

"Monthly Outlook" (May)
Again it is time for my experimental monthly outlook. My April outlook for last month proved actually to be relatively accurate in precipitation forecast. The month did turn out above normal in many climate reporting stations across Pennsylvania. But in terms of snowfall that was well below normal. Only traces of snow were recorded at my climate reporting stations. Some areas in western and northern Pennsylvania did manage to pull of a few inches of snow. So now the winter is over for all areas. The end of April marks the end of Winter even for the far northwest mountains. For temperatures my outlook called for normal to below normal temperatures. But most climate centers reported normal to above normal temperatures. There were many periods of warm weather in mid to late April marking a start to a beautiful Spring. Overall though for my first monthly outlook I am pretty pleased since I do not even spend too much research in extreme long term forecasts. But still here in my May outlook for temperature and precipitation.

Temperature- Temperature wise again I believe will be normal to slightly below normal as the NAO remains in a negative stage and the AO remains negative also. There are no real signs of extreme warmth for at least the first two weeks of the month. But still ahead of fronts temperatures will get above normal and reach the mid 80s. In western Pennsylvania they may be able to squeeze out a few monthly above normal temperature readings though as that region tends to heat up ahead of fronts more quickly than areas east of the mountians.

Precipitation- Snowfall is over and I expect none to be recorded anywhere across Pennsylvania. For rainfall it looks to be an above normal month. The jet stream remains in a very active stage with frequent "april type rain showers". Thunderstorms do look also very possible as we get into midmonth will possibly our first major outbreak of severe weather as some strong fronts our indicated to enter our region in that time period. Rainfall should not be overally heavy though during the month and I do not expect to see any record rainfall amounts anywhere across the state.

"Temperature and Precipitation Outlooks from Climate Prediction Center for next 30 days"

(Courtesy of NOAA)

"Regional Forecasts" (Updated 5/23) (Friday)
1. Eastern- (Allentown, Southern Poconos)-
Sunshine with slight cover of afternoon clouds. High 70.

2. South Central (Harrisburg, York, Lancaster)(my home)-
Partly cloudy. High 70.

3. Southern- (Philadelphia)-
Sunshine and clear skies. Warmer. High 74.

4. Central- (State College)-
Partly cloudy. High 68.

5. Northern- (Erie, Bradford, Williamsport)-
Partly to mostly cloudy skies. High 66.

6. Western- (Pittsburgh)-
Sunshine. Warmer. High 72.

7. Johnstown, Altoona-
Partly cloudy. High 68.

***Note on regional map, the number equals which region in Pennsylvania. I chose regions with similar climates, geography, and elevation to make my overall forecast for the region.


"Here north of Harrisburg 2008 statistics"
(Severe Weather Stats...)
Severe Thunderstorm Watches- 0
Severe Thunderstorm Warnings- 0
Tornado Watches- 0
Tornado Warnings- 0
Total Thunderstorms- 9

(Precipitation Stats...)
Flood Watches- 4
Flood Warnings- 3
Monthly Precipitation- 3.97inches
Yearly Precipitation- 17.63inches

(Temperature Stats...)
Heat Advisories- 0
Excessive Heat Warnings- 0
90degree days- 0

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43. Zachary Labe
12:23 AM GMT on May 25, 2008
URGENT - WEATHER MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE STATE COLLEGE PA
1106 AM EDT SAT MAY 24 2008

PAZ005-006-037-251300-
/O.CON.KCTP.FR.Y.0006.080525T0300Z-080525T1300Z/
MCKEAN-POTTER-TIOGA-
1106 AM EDT SAT MAY 24 2008

...FROST ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 11 PM THIS EVENING TO
9 AM EDT SUNDAY...

A FROST ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 11 PM THIS EVENING TO
9 AM EDT SUNDAY.

HIGH PRESSURE WILL BUILD SOUTHEAST AND BECOME CENTERED ACROSS
PENNSYLVANIA EARLY SUNDAY...ACCOMPANIED BY CLEAR SKIES AND LIGHT
WIND.

LOW TEMPERATURES ON SUNDAY MORNING WILL RANGE BETWEEN 33 AND
37 DEGREES OVER MOST OF THE AREA...CAUSING THE WIDESPREAD
FORMATION OF FROST ON THE FIRST OFFICIAL DAY OF THE GROWING
SEASON.

A FROST ADVISORY MEANS THAT A WIDESPREAD FROST IS EXPECTED IN THE
ADVISORY AREA. SENSITIVE PLANTS MAY BE KILLED IF LEFT UNPROTECTED
OUTSIDE.
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42. Zachary Labe
12:22 AM GMT on May 25, 2008
URGENT - WEATHER MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE STATE COLLEGE PA
1106 AM EDT SAT MAY 24 2008

PAZ010>012-041-042-251300-
/O.EXA.KCTP.FR.Y.0006.080525T0300Z-080525T1300Z/
ELK-CAMERON-NORTHERN CLINTON-NORTHERN LYCOMING-SULLIVAN-
1106 AM EDT SAT MAY 24 2008

...FROST ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM 11 PM THIS EVENING TO 9 AM EDT
SUNDAY...

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN STATE COLLEGE HAS ISSUED A FROST
ADVISORY...WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM 11 PM THIS EVENING TO 9 AM EDT
SUNDAY.

HIGH PRESSURE WILL BUILD SOUTHEAST AND BECOME CENTERED ACROSS
PENNSYLVANIA EARLY SUNDAY...ACCOMPANIED BY CLEAR SKIES AND LIGHT
WIND.

LOW TEMPERATURES ON SUNDAY MORNING WILL RANGE BETWEEN 33 AND
37 DEGREES OVER MOST OF THE AREA...CAUSING THE WIDESPREAD
FORMATION OF FROST. THIS FROST WILL OCCUR ON THE FIRST OFFICIAL
DAY OF THE GROWING SEASON FOR ELK AND CAMERON COUNTIES.
ELSEWHERE...THE GROWING SEASON OFFICIALLY BEGAN ON MAY 15.

A FROST ADVISORY MEANS THAT A WIDESPREAD FROST IS EXPECTED IN THE
ADVISORY AREA. SENSITIVE PLANTS MAY BE KILLED IF LEFT UNPROTECTED
OUTSIDE.
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41. Zachary Labe
9:08 PM GMT on May 24, 2008
Tornado outbreak day 3...

North of Oklahoma City is a tornadic cell with a tornado warning on it. Here is a cool live video from a helicopter from Oklahoma City News9...Link
This video is probably the neatest thing I have seen. You can actually see live footage from up in the air of the rotating wall clouds and tornadoes that form and then dissapate. Just, wow.

Here is the radar...
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40. Zachary Labe
1:23 PM GMT on May 24, 2008
JDinWPA- More possible frost Sunday morning. Advisories are out for the far northern counties. More on this chance coming later today. I am going to do some more planting today!
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39. JDinWPA
2:15 AM GMT on May 24, 2008
Good evening Bliz. Slow evening tonight, isn't it? Amazing news - It actually didn't rain here today, not even a drop!! Seemed really odd this morning with the sun shining and warmth starting to permeate the air. But then the clouds and wind moved in for the afternoon. Oh well, maybe tomorrow...

Today's numbers - 63/33.6 There was frost on my car at 6 AM but I didn't see any frost damage in the garden. I did have the strawberries covered. At the moment, it's 50 and cloudy. Hopefully it won't get as cold tonight.

A good holiday weekend to everyone!
38. Zachary Labe
10:39 PM GMT on May 23, 2008
Another major tornado outbreak in the midwest. Currently 20 counties are under tornado warnings.

Garden City, Kansas

Thunderstorm in Vicinity Haze Squalls and Windy

76degrees
Humidity: 58 %
Wind Speed: NW 33 G 93 MPH
Barometer: 29.56" (997.7 mb)
Dewpoint: 60%
Heat Index: 78%
Visibility: 3.00 mi.
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37. Zachary Labe
6:46 PM GMT on May 23, 2008
TheRasberryPatch- Well it will be warm and sunny, but may be a little breezy. I planted watermelon seeds today. Any experience with those plants?
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36. TheRasberryPatch
4:15 PM GMT on May 23, 2008
thanks for the headsup Blizz. i will be monitoring especially on monday and tuesday. hopefully, this weekend will be nice and warm and give our gardens a nice boost of sunshine and not too windy.
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35. Zachary Labe
3:55 PM GMT on May 23, 2008
Quick morning update on severe weather for next week. A look at CAPE values for Tuesday shows them exceeding 1500 j/kg in areas across Pennsylvania. Also the time period below is for the morning on Tuesday so the values only increase throughout the day. I am very impressed by what I see. Here is the SREF model forecast CAPE for out to the max 87 hours from the 9z run...
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34. Zachary Labe
3:26 PM GMT on May 23, 2008
JDinWPA- Yea it was rough out there last night. 46 preliminary tornado counts so far.
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33. JDinWPA
1:28 AM GMT on May 23, 2008
Good evening Bliz. Wow, That radar's looking really nasty at the moment. Hope everyone gets through ok.

Just checking with today's totals: 52/42 .23" current temp 45 At the moment, the sky is about 80% clear. Stay warm.
32. Zachary Labe
1:28 AM GMT on May 23, 2008
I believe our first major outbreak of severe weather in Pennsylvania could be coming for Tuesday of next week... Already the NWS's are talking about it in their discussions. This is pretty early for them to usually mention these types of things so they too see a good chance of this happening...

AS THE COLD FRONT TRIES TO DISPLACE THE WARM AND
INCREASINGLY HUMID AIR, THUNDERSTORMS ARE EXPECTED TO DEVELOP.
DEPENDING ON THE TIMING OF THE FRONTAL PASSAGE, SOME OF THE
THUNDERSTORM ACTIVITY MAY BECOME QUITE STRONG, POSSIBLY TOUCHING
OFF SEVERE WEATHER IS SOME LOCATIONS.
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31. Zachary Labe
1:20 AM GMT on May 23, 2008
A major tornado outbreak is occuring across the western great plains. A low pressure is dropping southward through the Rocky Mountain regions dropping snow in the higher elevations and supercellular thunderstorms to the southeast of the low pressure center. A high risk is now out for the region...

This was just recently issued by the Storm Prediction Center in Norman, Oklahoma. Now storm reports are getting higher and higher with every minute. Here are the current storm reports...

Already damage has occured in some areas including in Weld County, Colorado and in Laramie, Wyoming. It was interesting because over the summer I visted Laramie, Wyoming for two days while traveling to some national parks and the places we went through in Laramie have now been reported either damaged or destroyed. Here is some amazing video off of CNN of the mile wide tornado in Colorado. Also large hail is shown. This is a must see video!Link
Here are the current watches/warnings across the area. Stay tuned for these overnight in that region.

Please if you are in the region highlighted for even a slight risk of tornadoes, monitor all local statements and updates as this is a very dangerous situation. Make sure your NOAA weather radio is on all evening and that you are ready to seek shelter at any momement. Best of wishes to all of those impacted and/or victims of the tornadoes. Here is a current radar of where some of the supercells are located...
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30. TheRasberryPatch
1:00 AM GMT on May 23, 2008
no measurable rain here today. again we had a brief shower, but nothing that hit the rain gauge.
another brisk day for late in May.
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29. jthal57
12:55 AM GMT on May 23, 2008
Blizzard: High of 61F here today, got .04" to .09" of rain around the area.
28. Zachary Labe
12:40 AM GMT on May 23, 2008
MDFirefighter- Hello how are you? We have been having April average temperatures for most of the month of May.


***.03inches of rain here today. Updates pushed back until tomorrow morning.
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27. MDFirefighter
6:32 PM GMT on May 22, 2008
Is this May or early April? lol
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26. TheRasberryPatch
12:23 PM GMT on May 22, 2008
Well, from the 7 day forecast from wunderground it appears that the warm weather is just around the corner. won't it be funny come July 4th and it is 98 and humid we will be asking for a break. we have been under average for 90's the past few summers.
we had a low of 46.7 and yesterday saw no measureable rain. we had sprinkles on and off most of the afternoon, but i guess none hit the rain gauge.
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25. JDinWPA
2:35 AM GMT on May 22, 2008
Hi Bliz. Today's stats - 53/41 .04" My daily allotment of rain for tomorrow should be moving in momentarily.
24. cchamp6
12:07 AM GMT on May 22, 2008
Sorry, no pictures. I was at the golf course with no camera.
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23. Zachary Labe
12:05 AM GMT on May 22, 2008
My apologies, but yet another delayal to the updates to the weekly forecast sections. I definitely will have them out tomorrow. Have a great evening!!!
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22. Zachary Labe
12:03 AM GMT on May 22, 2008
JDinWPA- No, lol I guess I phrased that a little wrong. I am only I am forecasting a 0-5degrees temperature below normal. Here is a link to my summer forecast blogLink.

cchamp6- Thats interesting. Any pictures of the hail?

TheRasberryPatch- .05inches of rain here.
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21. JDinWPA
11:01 PM GMT on May 21, 2008
Good evening Bliz. Ok, you were doing a wonderful job of recapping May's weather in 'Afternoon Thoughts' until this line:

I am forecasting a cooler than normal summer, so we may want to get use to this type of weather

Whoa! I'm not wanting to get used to snow flying to the north and east of me when we're approaching the summer solstice. I can take a cooler summer but not a 15 - 20 degree cooler summer! LOL. You don't think it's going to be that bad... right? If so, let me know. I have relatives in Texas I can visit for an extended stay. ;>}}
20. cchamp6
10:47 PM GMT on May 21, 2008
Just had a decent thunderstorm roll through. Not alot of rain, but the ground did get covered in pea sized hail. Lots of lightning and thunder.
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19. TheRasberryPatch
9:55 PM GMT on May 21, 2008
hardly any rain to speak of this afternoon. just some drizzle. we had a wind gust of 31mph @ 330pm.
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18. Zachary Labe
8:28 PM GMT on May 21, 2008
TheRasberryPatch- For here in Pennsylvania what we received is what I expected. But in places such as New Jersey and on south for the shore line yes I did not expect to see 70mph winds, I was pretty shocked. Though I did forecast the coastal flooding and expected that to happen along the coast.
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17. TheRasberryPatch
8:10 PM GMT on May 21, 2008
Hey Blizz - just wondering did the strong nor'easter or gale catch you off guard? i know you forecasted the storm. at the beach they were saying that the intensity caught the NWS and local authorities off guard. lots of back bay flooding and winds were strong.
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16. Zachary Labe
8:01 PM GMT on May 21, 2008
Strengthening thunderstorm moving through Blair and Huntingdon Counties. Small hail and gusty winds are the primary threats.

SPECIAL WEATHER STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE STATE COLLEGE PA
352 PM EDT WED MAY 21 2008

PAZ025-026-212015-
BLAIR-HUNTINGDON-
352 PM EDT WED MAY 21 2008

...A STRONG THUNDERSTORM WILL AFFECT EAST CENTRAL BLAIR AND NORTHERN
HUNTINGDON COUNTIES...

AT 349 PM EDT...NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE METEOROLOGISTS WERE TRACKING
A HEAVY SHOWER LOCATED 10 MILES SOUTH OF TYRONE...MOVING EAST AT 36
MPH. EXPECT WIND GUSTS TO 40 MPH AND PEA SIZED HAIL WITH THIS STORM.

THIS STORM WILL BE NEAR ALEXANDRIA AROUND 400 PM...HUNTINGDON AROUND
405 PM...RAYSTOWN DAM AROUND 410 PM AND MILL CREEK AROUND 415 PM



At 3:50pm pea sized hail was reported in Altoona in Blair County.
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15. Zachary Labe
7:51 PM GMT on May 21, 2008
cchamp6- That is ashame. Well good luck with the tomato plants. Hopefully they survive!
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14. cchamp6
7:47 PM GMT on May 21, 2008
Good afternoon Blizz,

Another freeze here this morning. Low of 31 with a high today of 69 degrees. The tomato plants really arent happy now and I think tonight gets colder than last night.
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13. Zachary Labe
7:18 PM GMT on May 21, 2008
TheRasberryPatch- Some wierd rain squalls moving through my area right now. They should be headed your way very shortly. Just yesterday though my low was 38degrees, so I have been in the 30s through most of the month.
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12. TheRasberryPatch
7:15 PM GMT on May 21, 2008
From the looks of the next seven days the weather should get better.
low of 36.1 for the month, but that was on May 1, and the only 30's for the month. A lot are in the low 40's.
yea, i wouldn't change my planting date. so i have to replant. it happens all the time and not necessarily from the weather. i have had birds destroy my cucumber plants when they were just planted. part of having a garden i think.
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11. Zachary Labe
7:06 PM GMT on May 21, 2008
JDinWPA- My low for the month is also 35degrees.

cchamp6- Remember this a freak cold May. Usually putting tomato plants in the grounds this early is ok and they will survive in typical Mays.

TheRasberryPatch- Yea that was horrible yesterday. Temperatures in the 40s almost all day with rain totaling .39inches.


***Finally I will have updates coming later today. The month of May is usually a busy month for me so updates may not always be everyday.
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10. TheRasberryPatch
12:09 PM GMT on May 21, 2008
good morning. wasn't yesterday miserable, except for the evening when the sun made an appearance.
yesterday's high 53.4 @ 640pm
most of the day we were @ 49
the low yesterday was 41.1
total rainfall for yesterday was 0.43".
i would guess the onion fields in new york love this cool weather, maybe not as much rain though.
don't recall too many years where i had to wait to put in any vegetable plants this late in the season. a freakish spring for sure. it seems like this weather pattern is more like winter than late spring.
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9. JDinWPA
3:16 AM GMT on May 21, 2008
Good evening. Today's numbers - 58/39 tr It's clear at the moment, but clouds are supposed to move in shortly. I hope so. We haven't been below 35 during this month yet. Stay warm and dry!
8. cchamp6
12:28 AM GMT on May 21, 2008
29 degrees here this morning. I dont think the tomato plants are real happy. Next year, I will not plant them until after Memorial Day.
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7. JDinWPA
9:22 PM GMT on May 20, 2008
Good afternoon Bliz. Well, it's 58 and semi sunny here at the moment. And we only got a trace of drizzle all day. The wind has picked up, but it's not anywhere as bad as yesterday. Maybe it's really coming to an end by the latter half of the week.
6. Zachary Labe
9:04 PM GMT on May 20, 2008
sullivanweather- Wow, that is a killing frost. Did you loose any plants?
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5. sullivanweather
7:16 PM GMT on May 20, 2008
28 here this morning...
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4. Zachary Labe
7:10 PM GMT on May 20, 2008
TheRasberryPatch- Thanks for the radish tidbit.


***49degrees has been my high today with .37inches of rain. This is ridiculous.
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3. TheRasberryPatch
2:05 AM GMT on May 20, 2008
Hey Blizz. sounds like a great dinner with fresh lettuce and some spring onions.
i would leave the radishes be. as you pull them up to eat the others will be around to grow. i just pick them as they get big enough to eat. just keep eating them and don't bother about thinning.
my garden is looking good except for losing all my cucumbers last week. i bought more, but am waiting to put them in the ground. they are sitting in my driveway. surprisingly, the tomatoes are doing fine. carrots are coming up. potatoes look great. probably 6" high now. just the cukes didn't do well with this weather.
i was at the beach this week and all the papers were stating that the strength of the gale that hit last sunday evening and monday took everyone by surprise. lots of back bay flooding and sand blown in piles on boardwalks.
they are having some coastal flooding the next couple of days due to the full moon and sw winds.
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2. WxWyz
1:01 AM GMT on May 20, 2008
Evening...stay warm!
1. Zachary Labe
12:58 AM GMT on May 20, 2008
AS ANOTHER COLD SURGE DROPS
SOUTHEASTWARD FROM THE CENTRAL GLAKS FOR LATER TUESDAY NIGHT INTO
WEDNESDAY. SCATTERED SHOWERS WILL OVERSPREAD MUCH OF THE REGION
TWD DAYBREAK WEDNESDAY...AND THE AIR JUST A FEW KFT AGL WILL
BECOME COLD ENOUGH AGAIN TO SUPPORT A MIX WITH WET SNOW SHOWERS
ACROSS THE NRN MTNS UNTIL AROUND 14-15Z WED.-- End Changed Discussion --


More snow chances in Pennsylvania, this is getting out of control. It is mid May, I want some warmth.
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Dew Point: 15.2 °F
Humidity: 68%
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Wind Gust: 9.0 mph
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