May has brought about freeze warnings, frost advisories, rainy weather, and now a possible Nor’easter? According to meteorologists, a possible Nor’easter may affect the coast and parts of the mid-atlantic for Mother’s Day weekend. Whenever we hear the word Nor’easter, we think of snow and bitter cold temperatures. The term “nor’easter” most often is used for strong winter storms crawling up the Northeast coast, but, in fact, snow isn’t a requirement for such a storm. Nor’easters are simply stronger areas of low pressure along the Eastern Seaboard of the U.S. featuring winds typically from the northeast. They’re usually strongest from fall through early spring, but can happen any time of the year. That includes, unfortunately, mid-May.

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May has brought about freeze warnings, frost advisories, rainy weather, and now a possible Nor’easter? According to meteorologists, a possible Nor’easter may affect the coast and parts of the mid-atlantic for Mother’s Day weekend. Whenever we hear the word Nor’easter, we think of snow and bitter cold temperatures. The term “nor’easter” most often is used for strong winter storms crawling up the Northeast coast, but, in fact, snow isn’t a requirement for such a storm. Nor’easters are simply stronger areas of low pressure along the Eastern Seaboard of the U.S. featuring winds typically from the northeast. They’re usually strongest from fall through early spring, but can happen any time of the year. That includes, unfortunately, mid-May.

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The National Weather Service in Pittsburgh and State College have issued a Freeze Warning…which is in effect from 2 AM to 9 AM EDT Tuesday for the Pittsburgh area, and from 2 AM to 8 AM Tuesday for the State College areas. The locations impacted by the Freeze Warnings include: Sharon, Hermitage, Grove City, New Castle, Ellwood City, and Butler, Southern Centre-Blair-Bedford-Southern Clinton-Southern Lycoming- Including the cities of State College, Altoona, Bedford, Lock Haven, and Williamsport. (Dark blue= Freeze Warning. Light blue= Frost Advisory) A Frost Advisory remains in effect for the Pittsburgh area from 2 am to 9 am Tuesday, and 2 am to 8 am for the State College areas…the locations

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The National Weather Service in Pittsburgh and State College have issued a Freeze Warning…which is in effect from 2 AM to 9 AM EDT Tuesday for the Pittsburgh area, and from 2 AM to 8 AM Tuesday for the State College areas. The locations impacted by the Freeze Warnings include: Sharon, Hermitage, Grove City, New Castle, Ellwood City, and Butler, Southern Centre-Blair-Bedford-Southern Clinton-Southern Lycoming- Including the cities of State College, Altoona, Bedford, Lock Haven, and Williamsport. (Dark blue= Freeze Warning. Light blue= Frost Advisory) A Frost Advisory remains in effect for the Pittsburgh area from 2 am to 9 am Tuesday, and 2 am to 8 am for the State College areas…the locations

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The National Weather Service in Pittsburgh has issued a Freeze Warning…which is in effect from 2 AM to 9 AM EDT Monday. The locations impacted are: Tuscarawas-Carroll-Columbiana-Coshocton-Muskingum-Mercer-Lawrence- Butler- Including the cities of New Philadelphia, Dover, Carrollton, Malvern, East Liverpool, Salem, Columbiana, Coshocton, Zanesville, Sharon, Hermitage, Grove City, New Castle, Ellwood City, and Butler.  *Freeze warnings are in dark blue* *Frost Advisories are in light blue* The National Weather Service in Pittsburgh has also issued a Frost Advisory…which is in effect from 2 AM to 9 AM EDT Monday. The locations impacted are: Harrison-Jefferson-Guernsey-Belmont-Noble-Monroe-Beaver-Allegheny- Washington-Greene-Westmoreland-Fayette-Hancock-Brooke-Ohio- Marshall-Wetzel-Marion-Monongalia- Including the cities of Cadiz, Steubenville, Cambridge, Martins Ferry, St. Clairsville, Caldwell, Woodsfield, Aliquippa, Beaver Falls,

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The National Weather Service in Pittsburgh has issued a Freeze Warning…which is in effect from 2 AM to 9 AM EDT Monday. The locations impacted are: Tuscarawas-Carroll-Columbiana-Coshocton-Muskingum-Mercer-Lawrence- Butler- Including the cities of New Philadelphia, Dover, Carrollton, Malvern, East Liverpool, Salem, Columbiana, Coshocton, Zanesville, Sharon, Hermitage, Grove City, New Castle, Ellwood City, and Butler.  *Freeze warnings are in dark blue* *Frost Advisories are in light blue* The National Weather Service in Pittsburgh has also issued a Frost Advisory…which is in effect from 2 AM to 9 AM EDT Monday. The locations impacted are: Harrison-Jefferson-Guernsey-Belmont-Noble-Monroe-Beaver-Allegheny- Washington-Greene-Westmoreland-Fayette-Hancock-Brooke-Ohio- Marshall-Wetzel-Marion-Monongalia- Including the cities of Cadiz, Steubenville, Cambridge, Martins Ferry, St. Clairsville, Caldwell, Woodsfield, Aliquippa, Beaver Falls,

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After a short cold front moved in, temperatures will warm up slightly by Tuesday, with temperatures reaching the low sixties by mid afternoon, and cooler in some northern parts of the state. Temperatures will fall into the upper thirties on Tuesday night for most of the state. Wednesday will see a bigger warm-up compared to the past few days, with temps reaching the mid-sixties by mid-afternoon. Below are the temperature models issued by the NWS: * Temperature forecast for Tuesday afternoon. Most of the state will see a warm up, some parts will remain in the fifties* * Temperature forecast for Wednesday afternoon* We will have a precipitation forecast ready by

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After a short cold front moved in, temperatures will warm up slightly by Tuesday, with temperatures reaching the low sixties by mid afternoon, and cooler in some northern parts of the state. Temperatures will fall into the upper thirties on Tuesday night for most of the state. Wednesday will see a bigger warm-up compared to the past few days, with temps reaching the mid-sixties by mid-afternoon. Below are the temperature models issued by the NWS: * Temperature forecast for Tuesday afternoon. Most of the state will see a warm up, some parts will remain in the fifties* * Temperature forecast for Wednesday afternoon* We will have a precipitation forecast ready by

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In light of the current severe weather outbreak in Pennsylvania, a few counties were placed under a flash flood warning. On average, more people are killed by flooding than by any other single severe weather hazard, including tornadoes, lightning, and hurricanes. Most of these deaths occur at night, when it is more difficult to recognize flood dangers, and when people are trapped in vehicles. Do you and your family know what to do in case of a flood? To start, what exactly does a flash flood watch mean? Be Prepared! A Flood Watch is issued when conditions are favorable for a specific hazardous weather event to occur. A Flood Watch is issued when conditions

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In light of the current severe weather outbreak in Pennsylvania, a few counties were placed under a flash flood warning. On average, more people are killed by flooding than by any other single severe weather hazard, including tornadoes, lightning, and hurricanes. Most of these deaths occur at night, when it is more difficult to recognize flood dangers, and when people are trapped in vehicles. Do you and your family know what to do in case of a flood? To start, what exactly does a flash flood watch mean? Be Prepared! A Flood Watch is issued when conditions are favorable for a specific hazardous weather event to occur. A Flood Watch is issued when conditions

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Heat waves, cooler, and rainy weather CAN all be caused by one of the events known as El Nino and La Nina. If you remember the heat wave last year where temperatures reached 100+ in some areas, El Nino was to blame. Here is why: El Niño and La Niña events are a natural part of the global climate system. They occur when the Pacific Ocean and the atmosphere above it change from their neutral (‘normal’) state for several seasons. El Niño events are associated with a warming of the central and eastern tropical Pacific, while La Niña events are the reverse, with a sustained cooling of these same areas.  The atmosphere

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Heat waves, cooler, and rainy weather CAN all be caused by one of the events known as El Nino and La Nina. If you remember the heat wave last year where temperatures reached 100+ in some areas, El Nino was to blame. Here is why: El Niño and La Niña events are a natural part of the global climate system. They occur when the Pacific Ocean and the atmosphere above it change from their neutral (‘normal’) state for several seasons. El Niño events are associated with a warming of the central and eastern tropical Pacific, while La Niña events are the reverse, with a sustained cooling of these same areas.  The atmosphere

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As with anything that can come with severe weather, damaging winds can cause a ton of damage. What exactly are the types of damaging winds? They are explained below. Damaging winds are often called “straight-line” winds to differentiate the damage they cause from tornado damage. Strong thunderstorm winds can come from a number of different processes. Most thunderstorm winds that cause damage at the ground are a result of outflow generated by a thunderstorm downdraft. Damaging winds are classified as those exceeding 50-60 mph. Wind speeds can reach up to 100 mph and can produce a damage path extending for hundreds of miles. Since most thunderstorms produce some straight-line winds, those who

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As with anything that can come with severe weather, damaging winds can cause a ton of damage. What exactly are the types of damaging winds? They are explained below. Damaging winds are often called “straight-line” winds to differentiate the damage they cause from tornado damage. Strong thunderstorm winds can come from a number of different processes. Most thunderstorm winds that cause damage at the ground are a result of outflow generated by a thunderstorm downdraft. Damaging winds are classified as those exceeding 50-60 mph. Wind speeds can reach up to 100 mph and can produce a damage path extending for hundreds of miles. Since most thunderstorms produce some straight-line winds, those who

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The NWS has already placed Western, PA in a Tornado Watch. An organized line of storms with embedded mesovortices and bowing segments from Lake Erie through extreme eastern OH is moving east at around 40 kt into the Pittsburgh area. A tornado watch is likely to be issued for Central, Pa within the hour. Severe storm threat with damaging wind and a few tornadoes should continue to expand eastward into western NY and central PA this afternoon. A tornado watch will likely be issued soon.

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The NWS has already placed Western, PA in a Tornado Watch. An organized line of storms with embedded mesovortices and bowing segments from Lake Erie through extreme eastern OH is moving east at around 40 kt into the Pittsburgh area. A tornado watch is likely to be issued for Central, Pa within the hour. Severe storm threat with damaging wind and a few tornadoes should continue to expand eastward into western NY and central PA this afternoon. A tornado watch will likely be issued soon.

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This is an updated outlook that has just been issued by the SPC (Storm Prediction Center) for today (May 1, 2017). Thunderstorms are expected to develop and overspread much of the lower Great Lakes region, the upper Ohio Valley and central Appalachians into the Mid Atlantic region today, accompanied by potentially damaging wind gusts and the risk for a few tornadoes. This activity seems likely to eventually consolidate and grow upscale into an organizing squall line as it crosses the Allegheny mountains and plateau, and to the lee of the Blue Ridge, by early evening. There is an increasing potential for damaging surface gusts, given the strength of the ambient wind fields,

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This is an updated outlook that has just been issued by the SPC (Storm Prediction Center) for today (May 1, 2017). Thunderstorms are expected to develop and overspread much of the lower Great Lakes region, the upper Ohio Valley and central Appalachians into the Mid Atlantic region today, accompanied by potentially damaging wind gusts and the risk for a few tornadoes. This activity seems likely to eventually consolidate and grow upscale into an organizing squall line as it crosses the Allegheny mountains and plateau, and to the lee of the Blue Ridge, by early evening. There is an increasing potential for damaging surface gusts, given the strength of the ambient wind fields,

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You hear thunder in the distance, maybe even feel a breeze and smell rain. You look out your window, and you see dark storm clouds in the distance. The news station alerts you of the possibility of storms in your area that afternoon. Severe storms can bring a multitude of sporadic conditions with it, microbursts are one of them. It all starts with a thunderstorm, but what exactly is a microburst? Microbursts AKA downbursts, are made of wind rushing down to the ground. Once the wind hits the ground, it spreads in all directions. Wind speeds in a microburst can be 60-100 mph, damaging roofs, snapping trees and knocking over power poles.

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You hear thunder in the distance, maybe even feel a breeze and smell rain. You look out your window, and you see dark storm clouds in the distance. The news station alerts you of the possibility of storms in your area that afternoon. Severe storms can bring a multitude of sporadic conditions with it, microbursts are one of them. It all starts with a thunderstorm, but what exactly is a microburst? Microbursts AKA downbursts, are made of wind rushing down to the ground. Once the wind hits the ground, it spreads in all directions. Wind speeds in a microburst can be 60-100 mph, damaging roofs, snapping trees and knocking over power poles.

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