Motivated by adventure, science, and awe at the power of nature, stormchasers are risking it all to get closer to tornadoes than ever before. The tornado that touched down in an open field at 6:03 P.M. on Friday, May 31 took the name of the town El Reno, but it was not a single tornado in the traditional sense, nor was it confined to one municipality. Part of a larger system that dropped eight tornadoes across Oklahoma’s midsection, it traveled 16.2 miles, enveloping lines of cars caught at a standstill in rush-hour traffic on Interstate 40 before dissipating at 6:43. Panicked motorists began crossing the median and driving up embankments, unsure

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Motivated by adventure, science, and awe at the power of nature, stormchasers are risking it all to get closer to tornadoes than ever before. The tornado that touched down in an open field at 6:03 P.M. on Friday, May 31 took the name of the town El Reno, but it was not a single tornado in the traditional sense, nor was it confined to one municipality. Part of a larger system that dropped eight tornadoes across Oklahoma’s midsection, it traveled 16.2 miles, enveloping lines of cars caught at a standstill in rush-hour traffic on Interstate 40 before dissipating at 6:43. Panicked motorists began crossing the median and driving up embankments, unsure

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On the evening of May 31st, 1985, a devastating and deadly tornado outbreak struck the Northeastern United States and Canada. 43 tornadoes and numerous damaging thunderstorms tore across Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York, and Ontario.  This event was the deadliest tornado outbreak of the 1980’s; killing 89 people in total, injuring more than 1,000 others, and racking up more than $600 million in property damage. In fact, since May 31, 1985, only two tornado days have been deadlier in the entire United States. The thunderstorms were supported by a cold front moving east across the northeastern U.S. ahead of a low pressure system moving northeastward through the Great Lakes region.  Unseasonably warm

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On the evening of May 31st, 1985, a devastating and deadly tornado outbreak struck the Northeastern United States and Canada. 43 tornadoes and numerous damaging thunderstorms tore across Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York, and Ontario.  This event was the deadliest tornado outbreak of the 1980’s; killing 89 people in total, injuring more than 1,000 others, and racking up more than $600 million in property damage. In fact, since May 31, 1985, only two tornado days have been deadlier in the entire United States. The thunderstorms were supported by a cold front moving east across the northeastern U.S. ahead of a low pressure system moving northeastward through the Great Lakes region.  Unseasonably warm

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The National Weather Service in Pittsburgh has issued a * Flash Flood Watch for portions of western Maryland, southwest Pennsylvania, and northern West Virginia, including the following areas, in western Maryland, Garrett. In southwest Pennsylvania, Allegheny, Fayette, Fayette Ridges, Greene, Washington, Westmoreland, and Westmoreland Ridges. In northern West Virginia, Eastern Preston, Eastern Tucker, Marion, Monongalia, Preston, Ridges of Eastern Monongalia and Northwestern Preston, and Western Tucker. * Until 10 PM EDT this evening * Slow-moving showers and thunderstorms are expected across the watch area during the afternoon and evening hours. Rainfall rates of 1 to 2 inches per hour are possible, which could cause localized flash flooding of small streams, as

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The National Weather Service in Pittsburgh has issued a * Flash Flood Watch for portions of western Maryland, southwest Pennsylvania, and northern West Virginia, including the following areas, in western Maryland, Garrett. In southwest Pennsylvania, Allegheny, Fayette, Fayette Ridges, Greene, Washington, Westmoreland, and Westmoreland Ridges. In northern West Virginia, Eastern Preston, Eastern Tucker, Marion, Monongalia, Preston, Ridges of Eastern Monongalia and Northwestern Preston, and Western Tucker. * Until 10 PM EDT this evening * Slow-moving showers and thunderstorms are expected across the watch area during the afternoon and evening hours. Rainfall rates of 1 to 2 inches per hour are possible, which could cause localized flash flooding of small streams, as

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Some of us have seen the scene from the move “Twister” where the crew is driving through a field. Unfortunately, that same scene plays out in “tornado alley,” an area of the United States known for severe thunderstorms and tornadoes. Driving through one’s field is considered trespassing. Farmers probably don’t appreciate a bunch of storm chasers ruining their crops. Crops are a farmer’s livelihood. When I chase and document storms, I stay on public lands. Examples are state game lands and/or state parks. I sometimes pull off the side of the road if space permits to view a storm. I try to put myself in the property owners shoes. If I

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Some of us have seen the scene from the move “Twister” where the crew is driving through a field. Unfortunately, that same scene plays out in “tornado alley,” an area of the United States known for severe thunderstorms and tornadoes. Driving through one’s field is considered trespassing. Farmers probably don’t appreciate a bunch of storm chasers ruining their crops. Crops are a farmer’s livelihood. When I chase and document storms, I stay on public lands. Examples are state game lands and/or state parks. I sometimes pull off the side of the road if space permits to view a storm. I try to put myself in the property owners shoes. If I

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BULLETIN – EAS ACTIVATION REQUESTED Flash Flood Warning National Weather Service Pittsburgh PA 634 PM EDT FRI MAY 5 2017 The National Weather Service in Pittsburgh has issued a * Flash Flood Warning for… Armstrong County in west central Pennsylvania… Clarion County in west central Pennsylvania… * Until 930 PM EDT. * At 632 PM EDT, radar indicated continuing heavy rain across the warned area. Up to two inches of rain have already fallen. Flash flooding is underway in Kittanning. * Some locations that will experience flooding include… Clarion, Vandergrift, Kittanning, Knox, Rimersburg, Ford City, Leechburg, Freeport, New Bethlehem, West Kittanning, North Apollo and West Leechburg. This includes Interstate 80 in

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BULLETIN – EAS ACTIVATION REQUESTED Flash Flood Warning National Weather Service Pittsburgh PA 634 PM EDT FRI MAY 5 2017 The National Weather Service in Pittsburgh has issued a * Flash Flood Warning for… Armstrong County in west central Pennsylvania… Clarion County in west central Pennsylvania… * Until 930 PM EDT. * At 632 PM EDT, radar indicated continuing heavy rain across the warned area. Up to two inches of rain have already fallen. Flash flooding is underway in Kittanning. * Some locations that will experience flooding include… Clarion, Vandergrift, Kittanning, Knox, Rimersburg, Ford City, Leechburg, Freeport, New Bethlehem, West Kittanning, North Apollo and West Leechburg. This includes Interstate 80 in

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An unexpected cold front will sweep the region, leaving the cold-wet white stuff falling out of the sky again. Don’t worry! It will not be much, so keep the snow shovels in, but bring out the hats and coats, it’s going to be a cold one! Area A: A small dusting will coat cold surfaces and will make the roads wet, causing a concern for icing to occur so travel safely Monday Morning. Snow will fall throughout Tuesday off and on. Area B: Cold temperatures will let snow fall off and on between Sunday and Tuesday.

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An unexpected cold front will sweep the region, leaving the cold-wet white stuff falling out of the sky again. Don’t worry! It will not be much, so keep the snow shovels in, but bring out the hats and coats, it’s going to be a cold one! Area A: A small dusting will coat cold surfaces and will make the roads wet, causing a concern for icing to occur so travel safely Monday Morning. Snow will fall throughout Tuesday off and on. Area B: Cold temperatures will let snow fall off and on between Sunday and Tuesday.

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It’s finally Friday and the weather is gorgeous. Thursday evening, 4/27/17, a cold front passing through triggered strong storms. I was in position ready for an intercept by 5:00 pm. My target area was northern Butler County. Around 4:00 pm, light rain showers moved through the area. Behind it was a line of storms forming. There was just enough sun to make the atmosphere unstable. Instability is one of the ingredients required for storms to form. There was a nice looking storm cell on radar moving northeast past Youngstown, Ohio. But the one I had my eye on was moving northeast from south eastern Ohio. That storm was severe when it

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It’s finally Friday and the weather is gorgeous. Thursday evening, 4/27/17, a cold front passing through triggered strong storms. I was in position ready for an intercept by 5:00 pm. My target area was northern Butler County. Around 4:00 pm, light rain showers moved through the area. Behind it was a line of storms forming. There was just enough sun to make the atmosphere unstable. Instability is one of the ingredients required for storms to form. There was a nice looking storm cell on radar moving northeast past Youngstown, Ohio. But the one I had my eye on was moving northeast from south eastern Ohio. That storm was severe when it

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Happy Thursday everyone. It feels like a summer morning. High temperature is forecast to be in the low 80’s. Strong storms are in the forecast despite the beautiful morning. According to the Storm Prediction Center, all of western PA is under “marginal” risk for storms. That means isolated severe storms are possible. Storms will fire up along the cold front. Impacts from these storms include damaging winds, large hail, and brief downpours. According to the National Weather Service, timing for these storms are between 2 pm and 10 pm. Don’t let the sunshine fool you. The sun’s rays are heating up the atmosphere which will result in instability. Instability is on

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Happy Thursday everyone. It feels like a summer morning. High temperature is forecast to be in the low 80’s. Strong storms are in the forecast despite the beautiful morning. According to the Storm Prediction Center, all of western PA is under “marginal” risk for storms. That means isolated severe storms are possible. Storms will fire up along the cold front. Impacts from these storms include damaging winds, large hail, and brief downpours. According to the National Weather Service, timing for these storms are between 2 pm and 10 pm. Don’t let the sunshine fool you. The sun’s rays are heating up the atmosphere which will result in instability. Instability is on

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Welcome to speikng everyone! Today, the NWS SPC has put Pennsylvania into the SLIGHT risk, where the ELEVATED risk may enter into Western PA. We have a significant chance of seeing torrential rainfall, gusty winds between 45 and 65 MPH, along with hail up to a quarter size. Due to the cold front that swept through last night, we are NOT expecting any tornadoes but you should still be alert as such can develop at any time.

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Welcome to speikng everyone! Today, the NWS SPC has put Pennsylvania into the SLIGHT risk, where the ELEVATED risk may enter into Western PA. We have a significant chance of seeing torrential rainfall, gusty winds between 45 and 65 MPH, along with hail up to a quarter size. Due to the cold front that swept through last night, we are NOT expecting any tornadoes but you should still be alert as such can develop at any time.

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Thunderstorms will be effecting SE-PA, specifically the Philadelphia region. Send your photos to: https://www.facebook.com/paweatherauthority/

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Thunderstorms will be effecting SE-PA, specifically the Philadelphia region. Send your photos to: https://www.facebook.com/paweatherauthority/

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