Thursday regional forecast...

By: Zachary Labe , 12:08 AM GMT on July 26, 2008

"Afternoon Thoughts" (Updated 7/27)
Well I have quite a bit to talk about this afternoon so I will break it up into sections. First I want to talk about the severe weather today and some annoucements I have. First off I have decided I will no longer be posting severe thunderstorms warnings. It clogs up my blog comments and makes it harder for the readers to read. I will post heavily worded severe thunderstorm warnings for example 70mph winds or golf ball sized hail. Also off course I will post tornado warnings. I will also post watches and mesoscale discussions. But as for the severe thunderstorm warnings I will not post them. As for today the cold front still is back in east central Pennsylvania where a few lone isolated cells are forming. The severe storms earlier today formed along a prefontal trough. Alot of ingredients came together for a broken line of supercellular thunderstorms. Hail and extreme lightning were some of the primary threats, but a tornado might have touched down in York County, PA. So far though I do not think one actually touched the ground, just funnel cloud. The cell even had a hook echo which is a strong indication of rotation in the cell. Hail is fell so heavily that in Franklin County it fell to the depth of it needed to be shoveled like snow. Hail was the size of golf balls there, wow. I also must say that even though I really dislike our local weathermen on the local news, they did a really great job on getting the tornado information out to the public. Here is a link to some impressive storm photos from our local WGAL8 news of today's storms...Link. I apologize for not having a special severe weather formatted blog, but I was too busy to sort out all of the details into discussions. Heavy rain was also a threat today and radar estimates show up to 6inches fell in Lancaster County, PA also into Chester County too. What a day of severe weather. The Storm Prediction Center actually made a very good outlook today after their poor track record this year.

Now today I was at the beautiful Hershey Gardens. I walked through the rose gardens and all of other gardens. There is also a butterfly house there which I took some wonderful pictures which I will be sure to upload hopefully this evening. Hershey, PA is really a great tourist place with the beautiful well-kept town, wonderful amusement park and chocolate factory tour/ride, also the wonderful gardens. There is just so much to do. Now yesterday I was at another wonderful place here in the area which is Lake Tobias. That is an animal excursion in which you ride around in bus safaris and ride through the 700acres of the Powells Valley region between Peters Mountain and Berry Mountain. The ride goes through herds of all rare animals that are mostly seen in areas such as in Africa. Also there is more animal exhibits back at the main station. I think Lake Tobias is even better than a zoo. There sure is a lot of things to do around this region. Pictures will be coming tonight hopefully. Also three days ago in the evening I went to Mt. Gretna where there is a mountain resort location in Lebanon County also with a playhouse and lake. This is really a great location with a lot of things to see and do.

And lastly as I have been recently, I want to continue to write slightly off-topic blogs. Some of my recent ones have been... "Summer Outlook, "A Novice Gardener's Perspective", "Journey through the Seasons", and "My Mountain Washington Journey." I want to come up with more topics and so far the only one I have is my Winter Outlook which will come in the early part of Autumn probably by the end of September. I would like some more ideas though and I would be happy if any of the readers of my blogs have any suggestions. That would be great. I also probably in the near future will have a novice gardener's perspective blog II coming which will talk about how everyone's gardens are taking off and what to plant for a fall harvest. Anyways I want to keep this blog interesting as we are in a somewhat boring period of time in this later summer transition. Well that is all for today. Expect some of the other sections to be updated sometime this evening or tomorrow morning. Have a wonderful rest of your day!!!

"Regional Radar"

(Courtesy of NOAA)

"Regional Satellite"

(Courtesy of Penn State Meteo.)

"Regional Advisories"

(Courtesy of NOAA)

"Short Term Forecast" (Updated 7/30) (Wednesday through Thursday night)
Last night some decent radiational cooling occured, but by later in the night the winds turn southwesterly drawing in much higher dewpoints. Dense fog formed in many valley locations, especially in northeastern Pennsylvania. Last night thunderstorms died out over eastern Ohio with a weakening MCS from Missouri also associated with the remnants of Dolly which are currently also over Missouri this morning. A cirrus cloud deck is over much of the state. Now a weak front is approaching the region with a trough followed behind. Instibility is developing out ahead of the front, especially in southeastern Pennsylvania. Showers and thunderstorms will form out along the front and intensify as they progress eastward into more unstable air. Some CIN is out there this morning, but that should dissipate as the day progresses. Temperatures will be hot again near 90degrees to 85degrees in the mountains. Dewpoints will be higher than they have been near 70degrees and there should be no midday dry air mixing aloft. Heat indices may approach 100degrees near Philadelphia where a Heat Advisory is in place. Haze with visibilities as low as 4miles will also plague local airfields today. Poor air qualities can also be expected in the metroplex regions. And thunderstorms that do form are capable of some heavy rain so rainfall amounts may approach 1inch in areas that see the worst of the thunderstorms. For Wednesday night the front progresses eastward across the state with weakening showers and thunderstorms with the loss of daytime heating. Behind the front winds turn westnorthwesterly becoming calm. Areas of fog will be possible late tonight under clear skies. Lows will be a muggy upper 60s to low 70s. For Thursday the trough really does not affect temperatures all to much with highs in the upper 80s to low 90s. A few lake breeze thunderstorms may form Thursday under the northwesterly unstable flow with some chances of small hail in the strongest convection. Activity should die out by 6pm as the dry air aloft moves over the region and the trough begins to lift northward slightly. For Thursday night skies clear again and with higher dewpoints fog may form once again in the typical prone regions. Lows will be a muggy upper 60s. Looking ahead Friday through Saturday the trough tries to park itself over the region due to a sharp negative NAO, but a strong western ridge tries to move into the region.

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

(Courtesy of Weather Underground)

"Long Term Forecast" (Updated 7/29)
The long term forecast as I mentioned yesterday keeps on changing. Well the EURO has now come in line with the GFS. A strong ridge will build across the entire country pumping heat and humidity up from the south. Rising heights will lead to very hot weather. The 25C line in the 850s gets over Pennsylvania which shows extremely hot weather possible. Ensemble models are also beginning to catch up in terms of forecasting this heat wave. Now the last heat wave in July did not have the real high dewpoints like we saw in June's heatwave. But this upcoming heat wave looks poised to have very high dewpoints in the 70s. Some guidance even suggests upper 90s with 70degree dewpoints making heat indices well into the 100s. With 850s that warm it will be hard for scattered pulse convection to form, but still that can be expected. Still the Storm Prediction Center is talking about a MCS or derecho potentially moving through the region so this will need to be watched for potential severe weather. The heat wave starts this week and last until Tuesday. Some places may see temperatures at or above 90degrees for 8 days. This will be a sure hot start to August. Though August is usually hot in the east. Please monitor the latest information regarding this heat wave as it will be widespread across the country. Already heat advisories are out for today in the Philadelphia metro area so today starts the heat wave for there lasting all the way through next week. Lets hope for some afternoon relief in terms of thunderstorms. Also one other thing to keep in mind is poor air qualities in the metroplexes. Anyways stay cool for the next 7 days!

"Wildfire Outlook" (Updated 7/25)
Well after all of that recent rainfall it is hard to imagine a fire threat. With relatively high humidity, low winds, and potential precipitation for this upcoming week there is really no wildfire threat. Still though careless actions while hiking and camping in the winds could spark a accidental fire. Please remember to act responsibly to prevent forest fires. Looking across the nation it also appears the fire threat is very low. As with typical summertime monsoonal patterns a few dry thunderstorms could spark wildfires across the western United States. But overall it looks like the United States can breath a sigh of relief for the next couple of days in terms of wildfires. Remember Pennsylvania's forest fire season is in Autumn which is fast approaching.

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

(Courtesy of NOAA)

"Gardening Outlook" (Updated 7/25)
For late July I must say everything around these parts of Pennsylvania is still quite green. The lawns are very green and almost look tropical in terms of the type of blade of grass this year. That is thanks to quite a bit of rainfall this summer. Looking ahead at this week it appears to be pretty typical for a normal summer standard. There will be several chances of precipitation throughout the week. As usual in between rainfalls, watering will still be necessary as especially pots dry out quickly. Looking at soil moisture anomalies they are wetter than normal across much of Pennsylvania. For temperatures this week they also should be pretty normal for summer with highs in the 80s maybe hitting 90degrees for a day or two. Well on to my garden. Let me first update my animal situation. Another wild couple of days in terms of wildlife in my backyard. First off a bear has been spotted nearby that has come out of Blue Mountain. Last year a bear got into my neighbors yard destroying birdfeeders and even the rain spouting. Luckily my yard is fenced in by a wooden fence. So now here we go again with another bear. Blue Mountain is actually quite full of bear. Then we have the crazy chipmunks who have lately been bathing themselves in the birdbathes and in the container water garden. The squirrels are out of control knocking down birdfeeders. In fact they knocked down a birdfeeder today and broke the plastic pole. The rabbits are annoying as they have been eating all of my flowers in crocs. Also for some reason these rabbits seem very calm around people. They do not budge a bit when I approach them. Also there have been tons of birds with even a little bird today with a broken wing. I have been watching him this evening and he seems to be alright and slowly moving his wings more than he was this morning. I think he will be ok! Onto my garden. Well today a frustrated me put up a chicken wire fence around my garden. My one section of the vegetable garden is located in very large wooden boxes 6inches off the ground. Up until this past week nothing has been eating the vegetables, but now the groundhog has been up in the garden eating everything. Well today I hopefully made a stop to that. My tomatoes are rapidly turning yellow and orange with some just the slightest shade of red. My zucchini plants are still producing, but I did have to cut back some large dead leaves today. My carrots are soon ready for picking. My newly planted spinach and buttercrunch lettuce seeds are popping up. Also already my scallion onion bulbs are pushing out of the ground after only 2days, wow. My pepper plants finally have a large green pepper forming along with some small ones. My cucumber plants are also producing with three large ones soon ready for picking. The blueberry bushes were all destroyed by the birds eating the berries, they also ate my neighbors too. The beans again are being harvested like wild. I picked a whole bowl full today. So overall my garden is doing superb. I hope yours is doing the same also. Now is the time to plants some seeds, and bulbs in preparation for Fall vegetable crops.

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

(Courtesy of NOAA)

"Severe Weather Outlook" (Updated 7/30)
Well looking at the water vapor loop this morning there are several distinctive features to take note. First off a cold front is moving east followed in by a weak trough as noticed in the western Great Lakes. Along the front currently in Ohio a shortwave is located up moving into western New York. A sort of pre-frontal trough boundary is located across westcentral Pennsylvania. This is a location currently with stable air and very low PWATs (moisture aloft). Precipitation is currently forming a line of thunderstorms from Erie on southward to north of Pittsburgh. Two areas of convection should form with one being in west central Pennsylvania along the boundary. Those storms should be cellular and ahead of the front maintaining a pretty weak status. A broken line of clusters of thunderstorms will form in western Pennsylvania and track eastward. Currently debris clouds in the form of high thin cirrus are across much of the state except southern portions. Southern portions will get the maximum instibility. With relatively weak wind fields aloft I am not expecting much in the way of severe weather, just a slight threat as indicated by the SPC latest outlook. PWATs will increase to near 1.7inches so heavy rain will be a threat, but flash flooding with training thunderstorms should not be a threat. CAPE values may reach 2000 j/kg in southern Pennsylvania along with LI indices near -3. Wind shear is near 20-30knots max, but the best dynamics in terms of shear levels are located to the north where there is less instibility. I looked at some 12z soundings and it appears as if severe weather will be the highest threat to Pennsylvania's south, but still affecting southern portions. Freezing levels today are near 14,000ft but updrafts may be strong enough to tap that level. As for tornadoes they cannot be ruled out as some EHI values are near 3 in Maryland, but I do not think they will be much of a threat. Today is mainly isolated damaging wind threat. As for the MCS threat late this weekend, I will have more on that tomorrow.

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

(Courtesy of NOAA)

"Monthly Outlook" (July)
Well back to my experimental monthly outlooks. July is now here and we are entering in to the heart of the Summer season. So this leaves many wondering well is it going to be hot and dry? But first let me recap the month of June statewide. Statewide the month averaged above normal in temperatures, but that is due to one reason... the intense heatwave that occured in the beginning of the month. Temperatures were in the upper 90s when they were supposed to be in the upper 70s. Low temperatures were also very mild and sometimes in the 70s. Excluding the heatwave the month was below normal temperature wise thanks to the deep eastern trough that hung over the region keep cool air and moist air over the region for much of the end of the month. Overall the summer has not been that hot and I have only received a measly five 90degree days, which is fine with me. Below now is my July outlook...

Temperature- Looking at temperatures the beginning of the month will be seasonable to slightly below average temperature wise as an eastern trough remains parked over the region. But by early mid month the Bermuda high should become parked in a favorable position for some hotter more seasonable air. Overall for the month I expect temperatures right around normal by the time the month is over. A heat wave or two may occur, but nothing overally significant. This keeps in tune also with my summer outlook of average to below average temperatures.

Precipitation- The month of July is never a favorable one for widespread rains, but more of spotty convective rains making it difficult to say a forecast for rainfall. I do not see though any really dry period. Thunderstorms should be common and basically be occuring in the same positions they have occured since late June with a favorable track along the mountain ranges. So this does not sound like much of a forecast, but some places may be wetter than normal, and other places may be drier than normal.

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

(Courtesy of NOAA)

"Tropical Update" (Updated 7/25)
Well the tropics are now getting pretty quiet after all of that recent activity in mid July. Hurricane Dolly though is still in the minds of many Texans as it moved ashore near South Padre Island as a category 2 hurricane. Dolly became an official tropical storm on July 20th as it moved into the Yucatan with winds of 50mph sustained along with higher gusts. Other than heavy rain Mexico did not feel to many affects on the Yucatan Peninsula. Then Dolly moved into the open Gulf of Mexico where low winds aloft of less than 5knots and sea surface temperatures of 28C were adequate enough for strengthening. Dolly initially was ragged in the Gulf, but it strengthened to hurricane strength as it neared the Texas coastline. Dolly strengthened to a category 2 shortly before landfall. Winds in the eye wall were estimated over 100mph and rainfall was recorded over 15inches in some locales. But now Dolly is just producing heavy rain over Mexico as it slowly dissipates. Currently across the tropics an area of disturbed weather, Invest 97L is moving across the Atlantic. High winds aloft and cooler than normal sea surface temperatures are preventing development. But there still is a slight chance for this wave to move into a more favorable environment. Models currently project the storm to progress westward before turning to the northwest. One thing to note in the long term is the high pressure across the central Atlantic is becoming in a favorable position for Cape Verde storms to be aimed at the east coast of the United States. This will be something to watch down the road. Otherwise the tropics are pretty quiet.

"Latest Tropical Systems including Sea Surface Temperatures"

"Regional Forecasts" (Updated 7/31) (Thursday)
1. Eastern- (Allentown, Southern Poconos)-
Partly cloudy skies. Breezy (WEST). Some morning dense fog (.5-2mile vis.). Warm. High 87-89.

2. South Central (Harrisburg, York, Lancaster)(my home)-
Mostly cloudy becoming partly cloudy. Breezy (WEST). Warm. High 87-90.

3. Southern- (Philadelphia)-
Partly cloudy. Warm. High 89-92.

4. Central- (State College)-
Partly to mostly cloudy skies. Breezy (WESTNORTHWEST). Warm. High 84-86.

5. Northern- (Erie, Bradford, Williamsport)-
Mostly cloudy skies. A passing thunderstorm cannot be ruled out. Breezy (WESTNORTHWEST). Cooler. High 79-83.

6. Western- (Pittsburgh)-
Partly to mostly cloudy skies. A passing thunderstorm cannot be ruled out. Breezy (WEST). Warm. High 84-88.

7. Johnstown, Altoona-
Partly cloudy skies with times of mostly cloudy skies. Breezy (WEST). Slight chance of an isolated thunderstorm. Warm. High 83-85.

***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- 6
Severe Thunderstorm Warnings- 3
Tornado Watches- 1
Tornado Warnings- 0
Total Thunderstorms- 25

(Precipitation Stats...)
Flood Watches- 4
Flood Warnings- 5
Monthly Precipitation- 3.47inches
Yearly Precipitation- 27.85inches

(Temperature Stats...)
Heat Advisories- 4
Excessive Heat Warnings- 0
90degree days- 12

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120. Zachary Labe
3:26 PM GMT on July 31, 2008
New blog either coming today or tomorrow!!!
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119. TheRasberryPatch
2:03 AM GMT on July 31, 2008
i recall last year the smell being everywhere. i left my house and went into Palmyra and the smell was just as strong. didn't realize that is where the smell is coming from since a lot of Hershey and the surrounding areas all along rt 322 are full of farms
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118. Zachary Labe
1:12 AM GMT on July 31, 2008
TheRasberryPatch- Looking at the latest guidance I do not think it will be quite as humid. I really need to update my long term section tomorrow. Very, very slight chance of thunderstorm tomorrow. Saturday though looks to be the next best chance, but even so it is not a high threat of rain. Cow manure...the smells of Lancaster County during the summer, lol. I tell you those smells drift northward with all of those farms down there. But I must say their fresh produce is the best.
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117. TheRasberryPatch
1:08 AM GMT on July 31, 2008
now on with the heat wave. hope it isn't as sticky as today. today was pretty bad and the cow manure odor has been unbearable this afternoon and evening. : )
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116. Zachary Labe
12:39 AM GMT on July 31, 2008
TheRasberryPatch- That is one thing with summer fronts. Somebody is not going to get rain, while someone will get a lot of rain. Downsloping seems to have killed that last band of showers.
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115. TheRasberryPatch
12:33 AM GMT on July 31, 2008
it is frustrating Blizz. my grass is prickly and a mix of green and brown. not even close to tropical here
i really thought i would get at least .25" of rain today. oh well. just have to keep the garden watered.
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114. Zachary Labe
12:21 AM GMT on July 31, 2008
JDinWPA- Well you are a lucky one with rain! Nope rain should be done this evening.

dean2007- Well Thursday and Friday look to be quiet weather days. But Saturday the GFS is showing something. A little questionable at this point. As of the 12z runs, I did not see the 18z runs yet, but it showed a MCS over much of the northeast (could be severe). Details will be much more clear in the coming days.

jthal57- No severe weather threat is only isolated today. The watch was not necessary by any means.

TheRasberryPatch- Nothing here either which is quite frusturating as most areas across Pennsylvania today, except for east central Pennsylvania saw rainfall.
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113. TheRasberryPatch
11:07 PM GMT on July 30, 2008
no rain here so far.
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112. jthal57
9:34 PM GMT on July 30, 2008
Blizzard- not sure if I'll see much in the way of severe weather, but it looks like some welcome rain could be on the way.
111. dean2007
9:30 PM GMT on July 30, 2008
So Blizzard, any severe threats in the 3 day forecast for Southern New England? Eastern MA?
110. JDinWPA
8:58 PM GMT on July 30, 2008
Well, we now have .71" of rain for the day. There's blue patches to the west and north. Bliz, do you think that's it for rain for me today? Or should I expect more this evening?
109. Zachary Labe
8:55 PM GMT on July 30, 2008
I really do not think this is quite necessary that a watch be issued, but anyway...




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108. Zachary Labe
7:57 PM GMT on July 30, 2008
TheRasberryPatch- Two areas of convection should form with one being in west central Pennsylvania along the boundary. Those storms should be cellular and ahead of the front maintaining a pretty weak status. A broken line of clusters of thunderstorms will form in western Pennsylvania and track eastward.
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107. TheRasberryPatch
7:53 PM GMT on July 30, 2008
that one cell formed just to the east of me. it started getting dark to my east an hour ago. i was thinking, but wait the front is to my west and just blew it off as just some clouds getting together.
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106. Zachary Labe
7:22 PM GMT on July 30, 2008
TheRasberryPatch- Well ahead of the line are some weak thunderstorms/showers. Looks like one is very close to you. As for the line I think it will weaken and then potentially strengthen as it moves into more unstable air over the Lower Susquehanna Valley.
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105. TheRasberryPatch
7:04 PM GMT on July 30, 2008
no i don't think the deer have been coming around. not sure if they were the culprit or not. probably, but not sure if the groundhog wasn't the problem. i know he is the one responsible for the bites in the tomatoes. they probably ate the leafy vegetables. leaning over the fence. i hope that the brocolli will put out leaves again. not sure if i should pull them up or see if they get more leaves. its just stems.

do you expect the line to stay together coming over the mountains. awlfully sticky outside.
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104. Zachary Labe
6:42 PM GMT on July 30, 2008
TheRasberryPatch- Well that is ashame. I tell you these animals are insane. Are the deer still bothering with your garden?

JDinWPA- Any little rain helps in the summer time. The line did not look very impressive as it moved through your region.
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103. JDinWPA
6:02 PM GMT on July 30, 2008
Well, the first line has gone through. Not bad. No wind to speak of, a little lightning but it poured for about twenty minutes. Got about .18". Now the next one is poised to come through in about an hour I'd guess. Good to get some rain before this next heat wave!
102. TheRasberryPatch
3:44 PM GMT on July 30, 2008
Blizz - the potatoes are cubed and if they are fingerlings i split them down the center lengthwise.
i had a big tomato over a pound that was orange and i said to myself the other day i will give it another day or so. well yesterday it had some nice bites taken out of it.
i have the post in the ground and think it won't happen again. just like the birds the groundhog will rob you blind. : )
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101. Zachary Labe
3:00 PM GMT on July 30, 2008
JDinWPA- Lol, I guess I have you pondering about the spinach. Thanks for your help. I have it in the shade which is covered most of the day except near dusk. I think that helps because spinach is not a heat crop. But still I just would like it to grow a little faster. Yep, watch out for thunderstorms today; a line is already forming in western Pennsylvania.

TheRasberryPatch- Cubes, that is interesting. Sounds good! Thanks for all of your help with groundhog suggestions. I have not seen the groundhog now in two mornings and he seems to have caused no further problems such as holes or eating plants. But I will keep a watch out.
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100. TheRasberryPatch
2:38 PM GMT on July 30, 2008
Blizz - i cut them up in cubes and marinate and chopped or sliced onion. and on occassion when i don't get sick of it i add zuchini.
Before i forget, I used to use one of those posts you stick in the ground that vibrates and makes a high pitched sound to keep out the groundhog. at my last house it worked. What made me think of it, i was in Lowe's looking for something to get rid of them and they had a solar powered post. the one i have uses 4 D batteries. Anyway, i just stuck it in my garden. suppose to cover 7000 sq. ft. might want to try it out.

JD - i have never grown spinach, but my brother does and i think he has it in the ground the beginning of March and is harvesting some by April. I don't think spinach is a warm weather crop. something you get in the spring and fall, but not summer.
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99. JDinWPA
1:55 PM GMT on July 30, 2008
Good morning Bliz. So some typical summer weather is heading our way. Hot and hazy with a good chance of afternoon and evening storms. Oh well, it's what makes summer summer around here.

I been thinking about the spinach. The last few years mine has done exactly what your spinach is doing. Just hanging around doing not much of anything. And then it goes to seed. If I remember right, the best spinach crops I ever had were when I overwintered the stuff. You wouldn't think the spinach would be such a fussy crop, but evidently... I'm going to have to get more seed and run some tests. We're not big spinach eaters but do like to have some. And it can't be that hard.

98. Zachary Labe
12:46 PM GMT on July 30, 2008
TheRasberryPatch- Potatoes serve some many cooking potentials. But thinnly sliced potatoes in marinade on the grill with onion are my favorite way in the summer.
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97. TheRasberryPatch
12:44 PM GMT on July 30, 2008
Blizz - so am i. i love fresh potatoes from the garden. and last year i was eating them up to November. i kept them in my garage in large paper potato bags.
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96. Zachary Labe
12:33 PM GMT on July 30, 2008
TheRasberryPatch- I will be anxious to see your potato crop!
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95. TheRasberryPatch
2:31 AM GMT on July 30, 2008
i had a high of 88. well low to mid 90's is a pretty good heat wave. i prefer for this weekend upper 90's especially just laying around my pool. don't know for how long, but it would be nice. my potato plants are pretty much dead, so i need to dig them up. i will take a picture of the yield. should be pretty big.
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94. Zachary Labe
1:03 AM GMT on July 30, 2008
Got up to 91degrees here. I did not get my afternoon thoughts section out today. I will tomorrow morning. Have a wonderful evening!
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93. Zachary Labe
12:48 AM GMT on July 30, 2008
TheRasberryPatch- I love the rain barrel. Has only emptied once so far since early May. By the way for next week it does not appear to be quite as intense of a heat wave. Looking at the latest guidance we are in the northern section of the ridge which will be low 90s to maybe a mid 90. Not quite as extreme as it originally looked. By being on the north end of the ridge very strong complexes of thunderstorms could very well be aimed out our region. If things continue to look like a less extreme heat wave, then I will have a new long term discussion tomorrow. Here is the GFS 500mb chart. As you can see the ridge is mainly confined to the midwest which means the highest of the heat will be focused there.
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92. TheRasberryPatch
12:39 AM GMT on July 30, 2008
yes it is Blizz with the rain barrel. i remember doing that and taking a good while to fill two 2 gal containers and walking to the next pots. time consuming, but it was nice because at the time my daughter was 2 and loved to watch and participate. at this house i don't have the opportunty. all the downspouts go into the ground. i might have to see if i can plug into them and having a well at this house i don't have to worry about a water bill.
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91. Zachary Labe
12:08 AM GMT on July 30, 2008
TheRasberryPatch- Just got inside from watering everything. That is quite a task with all of the pots and vegetable garden. And using the rain barrel it sure takes a while.

WxWyz- Lol, thanks. Have a wonderful evening!

hurigo- That hot weather will invade us here in the north too. I have learned that in the summer time never let you guard down for afternoon isolated thunderstorms. Thanks, the roses were marvelous and very well kept.
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90. hurigo
9:53 PM GMT on July 29, 2008
Oh Blizz,
Excuse me. How could I have forgotten to mention the beautiful photos you posted. I love the rosebush promenade. I know you're excited about the coming fall and winter. They will be here soon enough.
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89. hurigo
9:52 PM GMT on July 29, 2008
Hey Blizz,
It was hot and humid today. I wasn't expecting it. I rode my bike today and had to leave it as a storm just popped up out of nowhere. It's suppose to be real hot and humid tomorrow, heat index up to 103.
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88. WxWyz
8:54 PM GMT on July 29, 2008
Hi B92...after looking over your blog I've come to the conclusion that you don't NEED anymore hazardous graphics like you want! Wow, you've got it all.
Take care...
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87. TheRasberryPatch
8:42 PM GMT on July 29, 2008
one thing you have said in the past and i have noticed it for my area especially with this heat wave coming - make sure you water your gardens well. i am watering mine because we haven't seen much here in the past week. the grass is really browning. the grass can do without my watering. too much trouble and water. i have a father in law that has almost 2 acres and he will water to keep his grass green and alive. it works, but grass just goes dormant as long as some rain occurs within a few weeks. he is in lake effect snow area of lake michigan and has a well, so i dont think he has to worry about water as much.
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86. Zachary Labe
7:02 PM GMT on July 29, 2008
dean2007- This is also a mid-level CAP today as most of the northeast is in an area of substidence. Also lack of trigger today.
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85. dean2007
6:12 PM GMT on July 29, 2008
Thanks Blizzard. CU field is developing, but wind shear is not present so I don't expect any storms to develop.
84. Zachary Labe
5:23 PM GMT on July 29, 2008
dean2007- Slight chance of isolated severe weather across the northeast. I just do not think enough instibility will develop especially the farther north you go. Now down in the Delmarva I think we could see some severe thunderstorms up through eastern Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Now heavy rain may be a threat as PWATs increase to several deviations above normal. Bulk shear not impressive only from 20-30knots. Some isolated storms should be severe, but not widespread. But that could change so stay tuned as with any summertime frontal passage severe weather is usually a threat.

TheRasberryPatch- Mine are orange too. Ah yes those cool summer evenings are some of my favorites with blue skies and that lovely northwest wind breeze. No groundhog spotting today and no damage to garden overnight. But I know he is somewhere out there lurking, lol.
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83. TheRasberryPatch
5:11 PM GMT on July 29, 2008
Blizz, i am getting some nice orange tomatoes. they are getting there. just hope the groundhog doesn't stand up and take a bite.
if you ever get too many green ones in september just before a frost. try pickling them. mmmmmmmm it is so good.
as i recall with August - we seem to get stronger and quicker cold fronts coming through to cool things off especially in the evening. it is nice when those shots of cooler air come through after a hot summer, even though this summer has be just warm.
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82. dean2007
5:10 PM GMT on July 29, 2008
Severe Weather for this Thursday?
81. Zachary Labe
3:40 PM GMT on July 29, 2008
TheRasberryPatch- Yea August is usually a scorcher here in the east. Hard to believe we are entering our last month of real summer weather. September can be hot, but nothing near like June, July, August. How are your tomatoes doing? Mine are quickly ripening.
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80. TheRasberryPatch
2:55 PM GMT on July 29, 2008
a heat wave for the next week. sounds good. we really haven't had much heat this summer. just that one in the beginning of June. this is the time of year when i was little my Dad took his vacation in OCMD. it was always great weather. such a great time to be on the beach and in the water.
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79. Zachary Labe
2:46 PM GMT on July 29, 2008
crowe1- Thankyou! A little hazey for my liking here. I just love the chystal blue skies. Have a great day and thanks for stopping in!
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78. crowe1
2:14 PM GMT on July 29, 2008
Blizz, how's it going?
Those gardens are beautiful!!!
We had 57F for a low yesterday. We did get a quick downpour (.04") and a few gusts in the mid 20's. Today looks great here.
Great job on the blog.
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77. Zachary Labe
12:33 PM GMT on July 29, 2008
Tuesday regional forecast, long term, and afternoon thoughts sections are coming today.
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76. Zachary Labe
12:56 AM GMT on July 29, 2008
seflagamma- Thanks. The Hershey gardens are a really beautiful location with a wonderful butterfly house. Glad to hear your week went well. Hope to see you around more often! Have a great evening!!!
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75. seflagamma
11:46 PM GMT on July 28, 2008
Hi bliz,

I love your pictures from Hersey's Garden. They are beautiful. So sorry I haven't been around much to the individual blogs but now the wedding is over, I sure hope for some normal life for a while LOL

thank you so much for all your posts and comments and support over the past week. It was so apprecaited.

I hope you are enjoying a lovely week!

take care,
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74. Zachary Labe
11:04 PM GMT on July 28, 2008
dean2007- Well at least with a negative NAO we know it would be cold outside. Lets wish for some negative NAOs for this upcoming winter.

DenverMark- Thanks! And thanks for stopping by. Yes it sure sounds like it has been a hot one out in the west. Pretty cool out here overall this summer.

cchamp6- Wow that is something! 3.47inches of rainfall here so far for the month. Nowhere near a record.

JDinWPA- Thanks. That is my favorite picture too. Picked my first two tomatoes today and a zucchini. But I have been picking zucchini for a while now.

jthal57- Wow, I know I heard that for a period of time every 8 minutes yesterday 1,000 lightning strikes occured in the middle atlantic states. Pretty amazing.

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73. jthal57
10:28 PM GMT on July 28, 2008
Blizzard-the met on Philly tv station said that yesterday's storms in the Lehigh and Delaware Valleys produced 32,000 lightning strikes. Pretty amazing stat!
72. JDinWPA
8:42 PM GMT on July 28, 2008
Hi Bliz. Well, the good news is that snakes don't eat bird seed and it might be big enough to eat the chipmunks. You can only hope! lol.

Gorgeous photos! I like the orangish butterfly on the yellow zinnias the best. And I've decided I really need a full time gardener or two. Just look at what's possible with just a few extra people!
71. cchamp6
7:47 PM GMT on July 28, 2008

I heard from a local met. today that we have had 2X the normal amount of thunderstorms so far this year. Also it is the wettest July on record to this point.

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70. DenverMark
7:19 PM GMT on July 28, 2008
Hi Blizzard92,
Thanks for stopping by...we're already up to 94 at our place. The 90+ streak at the airport is now up to 16 days. At least it isn't quite as hot where you are today.

Nice pics!!
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