A photographer's journey through the seasons....

By: Zachary Labe , 2:41 PM GMT on July 01, 2008

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Introduction... Well after all of that severe weather last week from Thursday through Sunday, I decided it was time to take a break from the weather and create a new blog on photography. I had been thinking ideas for quite a while and I decided I wanted to have it setup as a journey through the seasons with some of my favorite pictures I have taken along with a narration to go along with it. While I am no expert on taking pictures, I do like to snap that perfect picture. I use a Sony Cybershot W-55, which I just got last year. I hardly know what each button means on the camera, but I do love it. I hope this blog inspires you to snap a picture of the earth's beauty, and I am hoping everyone who visits this blog is able to leave a comment with their favorite pictures they have taken. Feel free to also add camera insite to us non-experts. Enjoy!

Autumn... After thinking about it for a little I decided to start with autumn as my first season. The changing seasons is one of the reason I love the climate of the northeast. Each season with their distinctively different weather and environment condition. Watching the animals and birds scurry about to prepare for what ever may come next. Watching the changing mountainside scene behind my home and watching how natures glory changing as the plant go through their series of life cycles. Sometimes I think we are just to busy sometimes to observe these every changing landscapes in which we live. During the 2008 fall season it began later than normal it seemed as temperatures were quite warm through October it was difficult to season the changing fall color leaves. Fall around here in southern Pennsylvania is most distinctive come October and November. In some regions of the Northeast though fall comes earlier. I took a trip down to Deep Creek, Maryland which is located in Maryland's westernmost county, Garret County. During our weekend stay we took a trip to a few of Maryland's stateparks in Garret County to look at the fall leaves which were already changing color, but back home near Harrisburg leaves were still most green except for a few odd ball yellow leaves. This picture below was taken on October 7, 2007...

For those of you who did not know Garret County is the snowiest location in the entire state of Maryland sometimes averaging over 100inches of snow per season. The county is known for it's ski resorts. The reason for so much snow is due to its favored upsloping location from lake effect snow which is favorable almost all winter. Now after traveling back home there was still little fall color to be seen. Soon it would be Halloween and yet no color. Fall offers the variety of home decorating and preparing for fall. I absolutely love decorating for Halloween with pumpkins, indian corn, corn stalks, etc. Observing nature animals are beginning to stock up food for over the winter with squirrels running wild looking for acorns. The popular fishing season begins to come to a close as hunting season approaches. During a November trip to Swatara State Park in Pennsylvania I captured this great photo of the Swatara Creek with the beautiful fall leaves changing and glistening on the water's surface...

The beauty of the Susquehanna Valley during fall is epic. One of the reasons is due to the beauty of the Susquehanna River carving itself through the endless mountains created by erosion and glaciers sometimes reaching high elevations of over 2000ft. Back in October I payed visit to northern Pennsylvania's wonderful state park of Hyner View State Park. Hyner View State Park is located at the peak of a tall mountain overlooking the Susquehanna River. The peak being a popular hang gliding destination I was lucky enough during my trip to be up there during a hang glanding expedition. Here is a picture of one hang glider about ready to take off, note the slowly changing colors of the fall scenery in the distance...

One of the reasons I love the location of my home is its unbelievably close proximaty to Blue Mountain. Blue Mountain is a famous long ridge of mountains that starts in Maryland and travels across Pennsylvania all the way to the Poconos. Blue Mountain's peaks are not too tall but can reach elevations of 2000ft. The elevation behind my home of that stretch of Blue Mountain is about 1000ft which is 600ft higher than the valley floor elevation. I love watching the every changing beauty of the mountain. And now to preserve the mountain top a new state park has been established which is Boyd Big Tree Conservation Area. The park has an immense amount of trails that are located up and down the mountain. But the best trail is located at the peak of the mountain and follows the ridge up and down. The trail is also popular with horse back riding. Here is a picture I took on the trail ontop of Blue Mountain on November 11, 2007 as finally the leaves were beginning to change...

As late November approaches the landscape begins to rapidly change to a winter setting as mountain sides turn brown and daily stratiform rain occurs with low cloud ceilings full of fog. But as winter approaches that November taste of snow can sometimes occur dotting the fall colors with a taste of white. Here is a picture I took on November 19, 2007 when an inch of snow occured during the height of the fall color looking upon Blue Mountain...

Now as winter approaches and animals disappear one of the most beautiful seasons of the year comes to a rapid closure ontop the cold and snow on the Winter months. I leave you in fall with this picture I snapped on the evening of September 23, 2007 as some early color in the leaves was being observed...


Winter... Winter is my favorite season of the year. I love the thrill and excitement of tracking a snowstorm. Watching the radar the day before only to be followed by looking for updates from the NWS with storm warning and advisories. Then waiting and watching as the radar shows snow moving in closer. But then as the radar shows snow over the region, the low levels remain dry as virga takes over. The nerveracking experience of waiting for snow to fall can be horrible. Soon the first snow flakes fall and people young and old glance out there windows to see if the snow is sticking to the roads or not. The young kids crossing their fingers for school delays and cancellations across the top of the TV screen. Still I watch the radar screen after heading outdoors for the latest snow measurement and looking at the mountain to see if is becomes invisible due to the low visibility the snow causes. Then the backend of the snow nears and the last flakes fall. Soon everyone runs outdoors to start in on the daunting task of snowblowing and shoveling only to be followed by the rumble of the snowplow to push snow back onto the area just shoveled. The frustration is endless, but yet still the glistening white snow leaves a sense of calmness as most people have the day off as business and schools close up there doors. To me this is what I wait for each winter and the thrill and excitement just makes me speechless. Looking onto a snowy scene is as breathtaking as something can be. By the end of winter though emotions change as Spring is around the corner and the brown color on the landscape is wiped away by a green color of lush, new vegetation. The winter season of 2007-2008 was too full of typical snowstorms, ice storms, cold spells, etc. The year began active and ended active with the first snow on November 18 and the last on March 22. December was quite an active month full of many ice storms. A destructive yet beautiful ice storm occured on December 16 and would change the southern Pennsylvania landscape forever. As the ice ended and lake effect snow squalls moved in I snapped this picture...

This ice storm was a once in 20 year storm. The ice accumulated to up to .75inches in depth and followed by a coating of snow measured to be .25inches. Thousands of trees were destroyed and over 100,000 people were left without power across southern Pennsylvania. Every year on December 16 a local Santa comes riding through neighborhoods in my community and thanks to our local fire company. Even in incliment weather such as ours, the santa showed up to hand out goodies to local young children. I saw the fire truck round the icy nearby street corner and noticed three trees that were damaged incredibly by the ice. Now many trees had toppled that day in our neighborhood and all of the neighbors were talking about it while waiting for Santa. I snapped this picture of three trees that fell under the weight of the ice...

As December continued and the scares from the tree damage could still be seen a welcoming, non-threatening little 2inch snowstorm occured from December 30-31. I woke up early on the morning of December 31 to start the daunting task of shoveling. I was lucky enough to see the sun rise above the dense fog and snowy landscape and snapped one of my favorite pictures...

January was just around the corner and the first of the month represents the start of a new year and new beginnings, but for us winter buffs it also resembles a start of the dead of winter where the cold and snow hits all altimate max. But not for the beginning of January 2008, it was quite warm outside with little snow to be seen. That would change as a cold front moved through the region followed by a 2inch snowstorm. I usually am not lucky enough to snap pictures of birds, but I got a great cardinal picture in the snowy branches of our Flowering Plum tree...

January had come and gone and snowy February was just around the corner. A strong cold front came through on the 10 of February to give us a tase of winter's wrath. I woke up early that morning to watch the incoming snow squalls. All indices were a go for snowsqualls as the WINDEX was quite high that day. By noon temperatures here north of Harrisburg were near 38degrees, but out in western Pennsylvania they were falling into the teens behind a band of intense snow squalls. By around 3pm snow squalls began to form in my area. Dark clouds were approaching on the horizon and temperatures began to fall. The snowflakes began to fall and temperatures rapidly dropped in the low 20s creating a flash freeze. White-out conditions then occured as 1inch of snow fell in 15minutes. Just across the street of my house was not visible due to the whiteness of the snow falling limiting visibility. As the squall ended I went outside and snapped a picture of Blue Mountain as the snowsquall headed away from the region. The dark clouds are visible in the picture along with the light snow sticking to the west side of all of the trees...

On a trip up north to northern Pennsylvania after a snowstorm I took a few great pictures of the landscape of Clinton and Lycoming County during the wintertime. This picture was taken on February 24 ontop of a mountain plateau of around an elevation of about 2100ft. The snowdepth was around 12inches. The clarity of the scenery that day reminded me of the western United States in the desert. Many places could have been that perfect picture moment and this one below is one I believe looks like a postcard and is one of my favorite pictures...

Down below the mountain is Little Pine Creek which carved many of the gorges between the mountains in Lycoming and Clinton Counties. During the day of February 24 ice was breaking up on the creek and local ice fisherman down the rode were left scurrying. The water had a deep blue color due to the melting ice...

Snow depth in the picture above in the valley location was only around 6inches. As February ended we were in for the last month of Winter, March. March roled in with the beginning full of little snows and then a warmup. Days ahead of March 9 an intense warmup had occured that melted ice on local waterways and snow from the hilly hillsides. This caused the Susquehanna to rise near 17ft, which is flood stage, and did cause some minor flooding in recreation areas immediantly located next to the river's eastern bank. I took this picture at Fort Hunter Dauphin County Park at the typical boat launch and parking lot. But from this picture on March 9, it was completely under water...

As the last snows of the season came around right before the last accumulating snow of 1inch on March 22; some late season lake effect snow showers occured. Right before sunset I snapped this picture of the impending light snow squall. This was a sign of winter's closing and the next season of Spring. While I am mixed emotions I reflect on the winter and begin to become excited for Spring so the landscape no longer remains dotted brown, but yet a beautiful green as lush, new vegetation begins to grow. I know the animals are getting anxious for Spring and even the first day of trout fishing is shortly around the corner come the end of March. The last full day of winter was followed with this snow squall mentioned above and I took every snowflakes in as it was my last...


Spring... As the vegetation begins to turn green and the ornamental trees bud first only to be followed by other trees such as maple and oak, we all know that spring is around the corner. The first sight of a robin bring excitement to many people. Birds begin chirping and planting season soon begins with already spring onion planting in early April. No onion snows occured in southern Pennsylvania this year though. Warm weather quickly moved in, in April. This time of year can be very exciting especially for those of us gardeners. Now around mid April I took a trip to Middle Creek Wildlife Refuge area in Lancaster County. This is a well known location to see the snow geese on the migration travels back north. There are thousands of snow geese in this location. There is only a brief time to see them and photographers, naturalist, bird watchers, and local media all come together to watch the flight of these amazing birds. On April 19, I made my journey and captured this picture of the snow geese beginning to fly as they were spooked by a dog bark..

By the end of April earth day roles around and we all celebrate the conservation of our planet Earth and we learn new ways to prevent climate change and other such.. Tulips begin to bloom come late April and this is the sign of gardening season that does not cease until November roles around. As the sunset was fast approaching I had remembered that I had wanted to get a picture of the tulips which had been in beautiful bloom this year. Right as I took the picture the sun beamed on the plants giving a ray of beauty cast over them...

For weather buffs Spring time is also the time of severe weather and thunderstorms. One of the first full thunderstorms I had all year occured on April 28. The storm was leaving the region followed by a clearing. Condensation occured from all the moisture in the thick mountain forests creating low fog tops on Blue Mountain. A gorgeous reflection occured in the sky after the storm that seemed to brighten the sky, but darken the landscape. A picture moment was for sure right there...

Another wonderful flowered bush that is another sign of spring is the exotic bleeding heart. During the sunset of May 5 I was lucky enough to capture the plant in all of its glory as the sun's rays beemed on the pink flowered buds lighting up the plant liking a christmas tree along with a deep, but bright forest green background...

As May roles around this is usually followed by severe weather across the United States. May 2008 was no exception in the midwest where record amounts of tornadoes occured. But here in Central Pennsylvania only one severe weather report occured in the month of May and that was when a storm near my location formed a small squall line and became severe with a warning on the cell. Trees were reported down with the storm. I was lucky enough when snapping pictures in nearby field looking north at the storm as it continued its treck southward to get a picture of a nice looking anvil anvil cloud on May 27...

On May 31 the month was coming to a close and I snapped a picture of a nearby thunderstorm that hit the county east of mine. On May 31 a moderate risk of severe weather was in affect according to the NWS, but everything turned out to be a bust with only a few spotty thunderstorms. This picture was right as the sun was setting...

For me June 1 marks the unoffical start to summer and that is where I am going to leave it at. The season of Summer is most peoples favorite season in which the flowers and trees are in full bloom while the local forest animals try to seek shade from the strong sunshine and heat of the summer months. I leave you in Spring with this picture I took on June 10 during my trip to Florida...


Summer... Summer is the season full of tourism and recreation. It is a time to get outside and enjoy the outdoors. On most July summer afternoons the humidity increases as temperatures approach 90degrees followed behind a field of cumulus cloud development sometimes leading to afternoon thunderstorms. During my trip to Florida which I mentioned above I snapped this picture and all in all it resembles a typical summer day in Florida along a lake...

Summer afternoon thunderstorms are almost a near occurence every afternoon across Pennsylvania. And sometimes ahead of frontal systems these storms turn severe reaking havoc across areas that come in path with. For years I had been wanting to snap lightning pictures, but I found out a trick that if you film a video of the lightning and then cut out frame by frame you can get somewhat decent pictures of lightning. Now I know my lightning pictures are not that great, but I am learning to improve with each lightning picture. One of the more interesting lightning pictures I got was this one from June 21. This was from a relatively distant thunderstorm during the evening hours...

Back from my trip to Florida I also captured this great picture from the airplane window of distant clouds. When looking at this picture it reminds me of the arctic with large icebergs ontop of an icy waterway. This is one of the pictures to use your imagination with...

Summer has still just begun and there will be many more photo oppurtunities through Summer 2008. I leave you with one of my favorite pictures taken back in the fall of 2007 during a trip to Deep Creek, Maryland which I mentioned about earlier. This is the typical landscape in Garret County along the beautiful countryside roads...


Conclusion... I hope you have enjoyed this blog from seasons Fall through Summer of 2007-2008. These were some of my favorite pictures I took during those years and I hope many more great pictures are to come. I hope you are willing to share some of your favorite pictures too. Feel free to post a comment below with some of your pictures posted. I would love too see them. As I have been lately, I am trying to throw blogs in that are not necessarily related to weather forecasting, but other topics too. If you have any topic ideas feel free to comment below. My last somewhat off-topic blog was on vegetable gardening in which I got wonderful feedback from. Have a wonderful day!

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101. TheRasberryPatch
12:17 AM GMT on July 07, 2008
my basil and sage and thyme just sit and grow for the most part. just don't have the time to cut and make things with them.
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100. Zachary Labe
11:54 PM GMT on July 06, 2008
TheRasberryPatch- Yes it is nice, especially the garlic chives. And even the basil gives pesto sauce a nice flavor.
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99. TheRasberryPatch
11:24 PM GMT on July 06, 2008
i understand what you mean about it growing big. you will understand about the cutting the 2 smaller of the 3 stems. it is nice to have fresh parsley for recipes.
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98. Zachary Labe
10:40 PM GMT on July 06, 2008
TheRasberryPatch- When I cut parsley, lol, I do not follow any sort of pattern. My parsley plant has grown so big I do not know what do with it all.
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97. TheRasberryPatch
10:36 PM GMT on July 06, 2008
sounds like some good vegetables for dinner, Blizz. i cut some parsley for a dip this afternoon. mostly eating cucumbers from the garden right now.
when you cut your parsley are you cutting 2 out of 3 stems? the smaller 2? supposed to promote better growth of the parsley.
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96. Zachary Labe
9:20 PM GMT on July 06, 2008
Fresh picked Snow peas part of dinner tonight. I sure have picked alot of peas this year. And now the string beens are producing like wild. After I pick one two more grow in its place the next day.
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95. WxWyz
8:01 PM GMT on July 06, 2008
Afternoon B92...yep, it's toasty here. Don't even want to go outside right now with the temp at 96 and heat index of 100. Looks like you might get a storm out your way. Have a good one...
94. Zachary Labe
7:48 PM GMT on July 06, 2008
hurigo- Similar to my thoughts from yesterday I still believe this will curve up the coast but stay out in the open Atlantic between Bermuda and the CON US.
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93. hurigo
5:06 PM GMT on July 06, 2008
Blizz,from what I've read, looks like the next 24-48 hours will give us the clue as to which path Bertha II will take. I see models have shifted back to that NW path, except for the UKMET which is not as predominately west, but westish. From what I understand the prognosticators see a NW fish storm with Bertha II if she is stronger and a westward travel if she is weaker--and may even dissipate. Look forward to your analysis when you have time and once more data available.
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92. hurigo
5:01 PM GMT on July 06, 2008
Patch, thank you so much for the celery pictures. I had no idea. I looked at them as I ate leftover potato salad and it was as though I really did have celery in the mix.
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91. Zachary Labe
4:56 PM GMT on July 06, 2008
charlesimages- Thankyou! And thanks for stopping by!

TheRasberryPatch- Maybe next year I will think about planting celery. The zucchini I picked was great on the grill!

jthal57- Well more chances of rain the next couple of days.

cchamp6- Yes that was a weak low pressure responsible for the showers and storms yesterday across the middle atlantic.
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90. TheRasberryPatch
3:20 PM GMT on July 06, 2008
that piece of celery i pulled off was so crunchy and so tasty. i can't wait to pull more off the plant. i didn't even need salt of cream cheese or peanut butter to make it enjoyable or even a dip.
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89. cchamp6
2:23 PM GMT on July 06, 2008
Good morning Blizz,

I was just noticing swirl on the visible satellite. It looks like it is at the south tip of New Jersey. Is this a weak area of low pressure long the old front?
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88. jthal57
12:11 PM GMT on July 06, 2008
Blizzard- Had a few sprinkles early afternoon, but no measurable rain at my place, but I watched rain and some storms track just to my north and west late afternoon.

Raspberry-I might have to give celery a try next year!
87. TheRasberryPatch
11:56 AM GMT on July 06, 2008
Blizz - all i did was put the celery plants in the ground with fertilizer and keep the weeds at bay and let it grow.

a bit foggy this morning.
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86. charlesimages
4:22 AM GMT on July 06, 2008
Hey B92 what a lovely journey through your blog. I certainly enjoyed it thanks for sharing!

The ice storm pix are my favs.
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85. Zachary Labe
2:31 AM GMT on July 06, 2008
TheRasberryPatch- As for the front is around the Mason-Dixon line and just about stationary. It is going to gradually lift northward Sunday and then finally pull out of the region on Wednesday. The reason for the lose of clouds is now that night has fallen and the daytime clouds have dissapated. Thanks for the celery pictures! They look very healthy. Are the easy to grow?

jthal57- Good evening!!! Any rain out that way?
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84. TheRasberryPatch
2:03 AM GMT on July 06, 2008
thanks jthal. this is my first time at growing celery. i lucked out at finding the plants at a farm this spring. never had any luck growing them from seeds, but i never tried planting the seeds indoors.
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83. jthal57
1:13 AM GMT on July 06, 2008
raspberry-great looking celery!
82. TheRasberryPatch
12:50 AM GMT on July 06, 2008
Hey Blizz - did the front slide east and south of the area? looking at the visible satellite view it seems like the clouds have moved that way. and not much on the radar.
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81. TheRasberryPatch
12:42 AM GMT on July 06, 2008
here is a few pictures of the celery plants and i just pulled off a stalk. it is so crunchy.





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80. TheRasberryPatch
11:59 PM GMT on July 05, 2008
it seems like the zuchini's do that in the beginning and then it gets better. usually by now the rot goes away. i have been actually pick them just when they start to rot and cutting off the rotten part which usually leaves me with still a good amount. i hope it goes away.



this is my celery from 2 weeks ago. it continues to grow upwards. you just go over to it and pull a stalk off when you want or you can cut it off at the ground, but then you lose the plant. i will probably just take what i need.
i will try and get a more up to date picture.
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79. Zachary Labe
10:57 PM GMT on July 05, 2008
hurigo- Lol, honestly I too have no idea what a celery plant looks like.

TheRasberryPatch- Yea mine have been doing the same thing with the zucchini. Is that normal? Also I noticed my first cucumber today!
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78. hurigo
10:27 PM GMT on July 05, 2008
Celery!
I made potato salad today.I didn't have any celery so I improvised with some celery seed. I have no idea what a celery plant looks like. Patch, if you have the time and inclination, I would love to see a photo of a celery plant.
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77. TheRasberryPatch
9:25 PM GMT on July 05, 2008
i see you picked a zuchini, blizz. i have picked 4 so far. i could have had a lot more but the ends keeping getting rotten after 6" and then the rest goes bad.
picked some nice cucumbers. my lettuce is so big and so plentiful. you are welcome to some good tasting buttercrunch. amazing how it took off.
celery looks great. i can't wait to pick a stalk or two. just a few inches more or maybe i will pick one anyway.
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76. hurigo
9:19 PM GMT on July 05, 2008
Thanks Blizz. That's the way I like my tropical threats. A whole lot of worry before hand and gratitude afterwards.
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75. Zachary Labe
9:10 PM GMT on July 05, 2008
The southeast needs the rain so it would be probably good if a weak tropical system makes landfall. There will by dry air and shear along the Carolina coastline, so potentially as Bertha moves in the area it could be torn apart.
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74. hurigo
9:08 PM GMT on July 05, 2008
Patch, glad you know what I am talking about. At times there is no escaping it. Doesn't matter if you are in the car with the AC going or in the house. It penetrates everything.
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73. TheRasberryPatch
9:02 PM GMT on July 05, 2008
when i was in Avon two weekends ago, the storms would split that area also, except for monday june 23. it rained pretty good that day.
on my way there i drove through 5 mins of that smoke around currituck. it sucked. in the car i thought the smoke was unbearable.
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72. hurigo
8:43 PM GMT on July 05, 2008
Patch, you got that right. We had bad smoke again this morning. They've been saying we need a tropical storm to extinguish them: both the Great Dismal Swamp one and the Pocosin Lake one. We have some crispy grass here. Got some rain last night and I hear thunder in the distance. Storms seem to "split and go around," as hubby's grandfather used to say out in Pungo.
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71. TheRasberryPatch
8:39 PM GMT on July 05, 2008
or if you are lucky hurigo it will turn towards the carolina's and weaken and just give you about 5" of rain and put out that fire and help inland areas with their drought.

thanks Blizz. sounds like some not so pleasant weather for the next week.

good luck with bertha prediction. it is so far out who knows if it even comes near the states
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70. hurigo
8:06 PM GMT on July 05, 2008
Hi Blizz,
Thank you for keeping an eye on Bertha and getting ready to try your hand at digesting the data and presenting your analysis and projections. I remember Bertha of 1996. It will be interesting to see if Bertha II takes a similar track. If we get to vote, I vote for it taking that gentle arc toward and then away from the coast.
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69. Zachary Labe
7:28 PM GMT on July 05, 2008
TheRasberryPatch- The front should keep us unsettled through Wednesday night with thunderstorms and showers scattered about the region in the afternoon. Heavy rain is the primary threat. I am watching TS Bertha right now as some paths take it in the NC vicinity and then tracking up the coast throwing moisture at us. But this is just one of many possibly scenerios. Tomorrow with my new blog I will have an update on the tropics. Alot of factors coming together will make it difficult to guess the track of Bertha. At this point I think the highest chance is for it to curve up the coast and stay out in open water.
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68. TheRasberryPatch
6:16 PM GMT on July 05, 2008
Blizz - how long do you expect this front to hang around the area? its definitely heating up.
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67. Zachary Labe
4:42 PM GMT on July 05, 2008
A little nicer today than yesterday. But some showers and thunderstorms should form later today is response to a shortwave moving in from eastern Ohio along the stalled front.
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66. Zachary Labe
2:22 PM GMT on July 05, 2008
NYWxNut- Thankyou! And thanks for stopping by!

TheRasberryPatch- Well that is good you got some rain. The local fireworks in our area like in Harrisburg went without any rain to deal with.

carolinagal- Thankyou! And thanks for stopping by! It really is beautiful land up here.

dragonflyF15- Yep at the picnic everyone had small jackets on and even a few blankets too, lol. On July 4 upper 60s as highs is just crazy.

lawntonlookers- Thanks. Long time since you have been here. My garden is really taking off as I pulled my first zucchini yesterday. I have a large pea and bean crop. From that heat wave I suffered no losses. That is ashame yours suffered. Maybe try again for some fall crops.

shoreacres- Thanks. And thankyou for stopping by! Usually summer is full of heat and humidity almost every day, but not this summer. It has been unusually cool.

cchamp6- Ground is pretty saturated down here too. That is amazing on how you just keep getting the rain up there with all of those strong thunderstorms.
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65. cchamp6
2:02 PM GMT on July 05, 2008
Good morning Blizz,

Rained most of the night. .50" overnight and this morning. This is getting ridiculous. The ground is completly saturated. If we ever get a heavy thunderstorm or a tropical like rain we are going to have some issues in my parts. The radar wasnt even showing this mornings rain, but it was dumping pretty steadily.
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64. shoreacres
12:38 PM GMT on July 05, 2008
Morning, Blizz,

How I envy that 73 degrees! There's no getting around hot and humid here, and no sense fussing, but it still is an amazement to think of folks actually enjoying such lovely conditions - even with the fog and rain.

One of the reasons I like looking at pics from people like you is that I get reminded of things I've forgotten from my past - like the Bleeding Heart! We used to have them all around. I started thinking about some of the other plants I loved that simply don't make it here: forsythia, lilacs, pussy willow, lily of the valley, violets, bridal wreath, flowering almond. Spring was SPRING back in those days, and it was beautiful to behold!

Great blog, and a real pleasure to relive some of those memories!
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63. lawntonlookers
12:28 PM GMT on July 05, 2008
Great pictures Blizz. How is your garden. I gave up on mine because of the heat in May. Didn't do well for the cole crops.
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62. dragonflyF15
6:27 AM GMT on July 05, 2008
Ours was an unusually cool one too! Had to actually bring a sweater for the fireworks this evening! Hope you had a great one!

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61. carolinagal
3:47 AM GMT on July 05, 2008
Your photos and narrative are great!
I really know very little about your area of our country. Thanks for sharing. I feel like I've made a visit.
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60. TheRasberryPatch
3:43 AM GMT on July 05, 2008
i was in Bel Air, Md this afternoon and evening and we had showers on and off most of the day. they did have fireworks
for the day i got 0.26" of rain.
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59. NYWxNut
3:09 AM GMT on July 05, 2008
Absolutely Stunning! Great commentary and really great pictures! Thank you so much for sharing!
58. Zachary Labe
2:33 AM GMT on July 05, 2008
hurigo- Thanks. I will gather some information and take a stab at predicting Bertha.



Well fireworks from my picnic are over and off to more fireworks from the local firestation tomorrow evening. Got to a toasty 73degrees. I think that is like the coldest July 4 I remember in a long time. Rain held off for most fireworks here this evening. Now some fog is forming. Have a great and safe evening!!!
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57. hurigo
10:13 PM GMT on July 04, 2008
Happy Independence Day Blizz.
Thanks for the weather advice last weekend for the ChesBay. The worst was the heat. I think the temp was up to 97 and not much breeze. Some storms moved in Sat night, only one severe warning and no tornados. We didn't get any rain where I was. Water was beautiful though.

Time to turn attention to Tropics. Maybe tomorow after the celebrating, you can try your hand at a Bertha forecast.

Look forward to it.

Best wishes for a great evening w/o foul weather.

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56. Zachary Labe
7:41 PM GMT on July 04, 2008
Well this evening's picnic is going to be one of the coolest 4th of July picnics ever. It is only 72degrees, wow. Watch out for rain moving in move a stratiform variety. But some sun breaks in York and Lancaster County may cause some convective rains to form later this evening as far north as the Selinsgrove to Allentown line. For tomorrow more of a threat of rain also. Looking ahead I am planning to write a new blog sometime Sunday or Monday. Have a great 4th of July!
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55. TheRasberryPatch
6:14 PM GMT on July 04, 2008
Blizz - it is a hard place to reach, but i figured it would give me very accurate results. i looked all over my yard and of course looked for an area that i could still get a signal.
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54. Zachary Labe
5:52 PM GMT on July 04, 2008
dragonflyF15- Thanks. And thanks for stopping by!
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53. dragonflyF15
5:33 PM GMT on July 04, 2008
What a really neat blog! Loved going through the seasons and reading the information with each pic! Thanks for sharing!


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52. Zachary Labe
4:15 PM GMT on July 04, 2008
TheRasberryPatc- Wow, that is a hard place to reach your weather station. Very high up.

cchamp6- I think it is 9hrs away.
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51. cchamp6
3:24 PM GMT on July 04, 2008
Blizz,

That place is really cool. I have been there several times. Thats a haul from your place.

Take lots of pictures for us. I dont think they get that crazy wind so much in the summer. Maybe you will lucky and get some sleet or wind. Actually the views are of the chart if you catch a clear day.
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