Ph.D. Student - Earth System Science (UC Irvine), B.Sc. - Atmospheric Sciences (Cornell University)
By: Zachary Labe , 6:24 PM GMT on February 03, 2008
Good afternoon! Wow, what a day. Here in north of Harrisburg we had one of the worst snow squalls I have ever seen. We recieved 1inch of powdery snow in 20minutes. Temperatures dropped in the snow from 36degrees to 22degrees. Now roads are ice/snow covered. I just finished shoveling the driveway and sidewalk. Winds hit a max of 33mph gust from my Davis Vantage Pro2. The squall affected many people across the state. There are many accidents and currently I know of I-81 at a standstill in the Harrisburg region. Below are a list of storm reports across the state. Also I have pictures below of the snow squall that went through my home. They are in chronological order. Starting with before the squall. Then during the squall. Then after the squall.
Tonight winds will gust up to 45mph and there will be areas of blowing and drifting snow. A few lake effect snow showers may also give C-1inch accumulations in typical snow belts. The combined low temperatures of below zero to single digits will make wind chills dangerous and in the the -5 - -20degree range. Becareful if you have travel plans outdoors.
I could not post a new blog for this week due to the busy weather today so I am going to stick with this blog for the rest of the week. I am going to update the long term section tomorrow and short term sections. Have a great day!!!
... Blair County...
Tyrone 2.0 742 am 2/10
... Cameron County...
Stevenson dam 3.0 743 am 2/10
Emporium 2.4 742 am 2/10
... Centre County...
State College 3.5 744 am 2/10
Philipsburg 3.0 743 am 2/10
Spring Mills 1.2 844 am 2/10
... Clinton County...
Lock Haven 1.5 744 am 2/10
Renovo 1.2 744 am 2/10
... Columbia County...
Benton 4.5 745 am 2/10
... Dauphin County...
Hershey 1.0 745 am 2/10
10miles northeast of Harrisburg 1.0 404pm 2/10
... Elk County...
Wilcox 3.5 746 am 2/10
Ridgway 0.5 746 am 2/10
... Lycoming County...
Jersey Shore 2.0 1008 am 2/10
... McKean County...
Kane 3.2 746 am 2/10
Port Allegany 3.0 747 am 2/10
... Mifflin County...
Lewistown 0.5 747 am 2/10
... Montour County...
Danville 1.0 748 am 2/10
... Northumberland County...
Shamokin 2.0 230 PM 2/10
Sunbury 0.5 749 am 2/10
... Potter County...
Coudersport 3.3 749 am 2/10
... Schuylkill County...
Mahanoy City 1.2 750 am 2/10
... Snyder County...
Selinsgrove 0.5 750 am 2/10
... Somerset County...
Jennerstown 3.1 927 am 2/10
Laurel Summit 3.0 751 am 2/10
Somerset 2.2 752 am 2/10
Boswell 2.0 443 am 2/10
Glencoe 1.0 750 am 2/10
Meyersdale 0.7 751 am 2/10
... Sullivan County...
LaPorte 4.0 752 am 2/10
... Tioga County...
Covington 2.0 753 am 2/10
Sabinsville 1.8 702 am 2/10
Cowanesque dam 0.5 702 am 2/10
... Union County...
Lewisburg 3.0 703 am 2/10
... Carbon County...
Hickory Run 1.0 800 am 2/10
... Lehigh County...
Lehigh County 0.8 800 am 2/10
... Monroe County...
Pocono Summit 3.0 1000 am 2/10 total since yesterday
... Northampton County...
Easton 0.8 235 PM 2/10 Forks Township
Martins Creek 0.8 900 am 2/10
Palmer Heights 0.5 1000 am 2/10
Tatamy 0.5 1000 am 2/10
... Crawford County...
Crawford pendot 1.0 210 PM 2/10
Lake Effect snow showers will die out by Sunday night as drier air moves into the region. I will not be surprised to hear amounts around 10inches of snow in the mountains total from all of these events/disturbances. Monday too will be quite cold as highs do not get above 25degrees for most areas. Philadelphia will have highs around 27-29degrees. Then clouds move in ahead of the next storm system. More on this storm tomorrow... Becareful if you have travel plans or outdoor plans as conditions will be quite dangerous with the coldest weather of the season. Have a great rest of your day!!!
*Wind Advisory* for...
*Wind Chill Advisory* for...
Northern Clinton County
Northern Centre County
Northern Lycoming County
*Snow and Blowing Snow Advisory* for...
*Note the positive trend.
*Note the trend of becoming positive.
"Just to throw out there"
Also about global warming. Real quick, because I do not like to get too indepth about talking about global warming. Scientists from the Space and Science Research Center and NASA found that there is a distinctive corelation between the Sun's sunspot cycles and the cooling of the planets. If this all holds true by 2020 the sun will enter its weakest sun spot stage ever, which could lead to a dramatic drop in average temperatures worldwide. For more information on this, check it out under Accuweather's Bret Anderson climate blog for the 25th of June, 2007. It is really interesting!
"Regional Forecasts" (Monday)
1. Eastern- (Allentown, Southern Poconos)-
2. South Central (Harrisburg, York, Lancaster)(my home)-
3. Southern- (Philadelphia)-
4. Central- (State College)-
5. Northern- (Erie, Bradford, Williamsport)-
6. Western- (Pittsburgh)-
7. Johnstown, Altoona-
***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.
Weekly Weather Reviews
For this week I wrote a review on two of my favorite weather books. One is on records and extreme weather and the other is a fantastic books on the history of climate and weather for the entire state of Pennsylvania. Check these books out sometime, because they are wonderful books full of useful information!
Ok, this is something new I am going to try to write. This section will be dedicated to weather stations, weather technology, weather books, weather websites, weather magazines, etc. reviews that I write. I am going to try to write a review once a week on Sunday about some of the above topics. Also I am going to rate each item out of 5 stars. (*****)
Also if anyone else has a topic idea or something to add about my review you can leave it in a comment. Hopefully this will give you some knowledge about all of the fascinating weather accessories that are out there. And maybe you can try some out yourself.
Book- Extreme Weather (A Guide and Record Book) Revised and Updated written by Christopher C. Burt. (*****)
This book is a great books for the avid weather watcher or a true meteorologist/climatologist. This book is an update version of the similar book that came out a few years ago. This book has some wonderful features/chapters along with beautiful weather pictures. The list of chapters are...Heat&Drought, Cold, Snow&Ice, Rain&Floods, Thunderstorms&Hail, Tornadoes, Hurricanes, Windstorms&Fog. Also in the back of the book is a section for each state and precipitation/temperature records for major cities in the state. Also listed are state records too. This is the perfect book for finding all and any possible records for all types of weather. Along with it are wonderful maps and diagrams which make it all easier to understand. In each chapter are detailed descripitions of that type of weather along with records for that category of weather. Also in each chapter are interesting blurbs on strange weather occurences such as snowflakes as large as 5.5inches across and tornadoes that went right through the heart of the Rocky Mountains. Make sure to check out this books and even buy a copy. For 304pages of fantastic weather information for $25.95 is well worth the price.
The goods (+)
Detailed sets of weather records
Interesting strange weather occurences
List of record breaking storms
Wonderful appendix of state and major city records
List of useful internet links
Revised and updated edition
The bads (-)
Only fault of the book could be there is a limited section on climate change
Book- The Pennsylvania Weather Book written by Ben Gelber. (*****)
Well I am going to admit this is my favorite book ever. For anyone weather lover in Pennsylvania this book is a must have. The chapters are on... PA landscape and climate, PA history of climates, PA famous weather-watchers, Great Winter Storms, Cold Waves, Heat Waves, Thunderstorms and Damaging Winds, Tornadoes and Whirlwinds, Floods and Droughts, Tropical Storms and Hurricanes, Other Natural Events. In the appendix there are also a list of PA weather extremes and selected city climate information. In each chapter there is a small informative section on how the category of weather works and how it reacts to Pennsylvania's diverse geography. Then it gets into each infamous weather event dating back to the Revolutionary War up until 2002. This book has now been out for a few years. This books has wonderful descripitions of famous storms and even storms that will surprise you after hearing how strong they were. I must have read this book 10times and before each season, such as winterstorms, severestorms, etc I read the chapter to inform myself on record-breaking weather events. Anyone living in Pennsylvania with a fascination with the weather should definitely buy it for the store price of $34.00. It is 270pages long with the author being a meteorologist and he majored in Geography of Pennsylvania.
The goods (+)
Wonderful descripition of Pennsylvania geography
Easy to understand weather explanations
Great information on past storms
The few pictures that are shown are really interesting
List of many city records in the state
The bads (-)
Few pictures, which are only in black/white
Limited section on Lake Effect Snows
Not very up-to-date, written in 2002
My snow totals (10miles northeast of Harrisburg)
07-08 Seasonal Total so far... 12.25inches
Monthly Total... 5.75inches
Daily Total... 1inches
Snow Cover... 1.5inches
My accuracy for Harrisburg snowstorms, 07-08
Jan. 26........C-2inches........Coating of Snow
Feb. 4.........C-2inches........Coating of Snow/Sleet
Feb. 9.........1-3inches........2inches of snow
Feb. 10........C-3inches........Yet to be determined
Snow map for 9th-10th of February...
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