With the severe weather season underway, now is a good time to go over the difference between tornado,  severe thunderstorm watches and warnings, advisories and outlook. What does each one mean? Your questions are answered below. What is a Watch? A WATCH means that the potential exists for the development of severe thunderstorms or tornadoes, depending upon the specific type of watch issued. In the case of a tornado watch, this DOES NOT mean that a tornado has been seen or even indicated on radar…it just means that conditions are favorable for the formation of tornadoes in thunderstorms. Similarly, a severe thunderstorm watch means that conditions are just favorable for the development

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With the severe weather season underway, now is a good time to go over the difference between tornado,  severe thunderstorm watches and warnings, advisories and outlook. What does each one mean? Your questions are answered below. What is a Watch? A WATCH means that the potential exists for the development of severe thunderstorms or tornadoes, depending upon the specific type of watch issued. In the case of a tornado watch, this DOES NOT mean that a tornado has been seen or even indicated on radar…it just means that conditions are favorable for the formation of tornadoes in thunderstorms. Similarly, a severe thunderstorm watch means that conditions are just favorable for the development

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The Northeast will enjoy a taste of summer late this week into the weekend and some cities, including Washington D.C., could record their first 90-degree day of the year. The jet stream will bulge northward into eastern Canada to allow a warm, southerly wind flow to develop across the East, which will send temperatures to the warmest readings of the year so far in parts of the region. The warmth will begin to build in the Northeast and mid-Atlantic Wednesday, but by Thursday it will feel summery as highs reach the 80s from western and central New York into Pennsylvania, eastern Ohio, West Virginia, Maryland, Virginia and North Carolina. These temperatures are 15

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The Northeast will enjoy a taste of summer late this week into the weekend and some cities, including Washington D.C., could record their first 90-degree day of the year. The jet stream will bulge northward into eastern Canada to allow a warm, southerly wind flow to develop across the East, which will send temperatures to the warmest readings of the year so far in parts of the region. The warmth will begin to build in the Northeast and mid-Atlantic Wednesday, but by Thursday it will feel summery as highs reach the 80s from western and central New York into Pennsylvania, eastern Ohio, West Virginia, Maryland, Virginia and North Carolina. These temperatures are 15

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Jet streams are like rivers of wind high above in the atmosphere. These slim strips of strong winds have a huge influence on climate, as they can push air masses around and affect weather patterns. The jet streams on Earth — other planets have jet streams as well, notably Jupiter and Saturn — typically run from west to east, and their width is relatively narrow compared to their length. Jet streams are typically active at 20,000 feet (6,100 meters) to 50,000 feet (9,144 meters), or about 7 miles (11 kilometers) above the surface and travel in what is known as the troposphere of Earth’s multi-layered atmosphere. While they are fairly narrow,

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Jet streams are like rivers of wind high above in the atmosphere. These slim strips of strong winds have a huge influence on climate, as they can push air masses around and affect weather patterns. The jet streams on Earth — other planets have jet streams as well, notably Jupiter and Saturn — typically run from west to east, and their width is relatively narrow compared to their length. Jet streams are typically active at 20,000 feet (6,100 meters) to 50,000 feet (9,144 meters), or about 7 miles (11 kilometers) above the surface and travel in what is known as the troposphere of Earth’s multi-layered atmosphere. While they are fairly narrow,

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ChaserTech and PAWA have reviewed the Globalstar GSP-1700 satellite phone.  Hint – it’s good! Check out more reviews for more products, and instructionals. To know more about the GSP-1700, and to see how affordable true worldwide, talk-anywhere communications can be, visit our friends at Globalstar.

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ChaserTech and PAWA have reviewed the Globalstar GSP-1700 satellite phone.  Hint – it’s good! Check out more reviews for more products, and instructionals. To know more about the GSP-1700, and to see how affordable true worldwide, talk-anywhere communications can be, visit our friends at Globalstar.

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A great many storm chasers in the past decade have shifted their communications loadouts to reflect the changing technological baseline.  As a matter of fact, the majority of new chasers since 2007 are hitting the field with only a cell phone and a tablet, and it would not surprise me at all if many of them are solely using a cell phone.  For many, this works well for baseline use, however this is short-sighted.  Should the cell signal be lost due to any number of factors, chase communications and data would be wholly unavailable, stripping the under-equipped chaser of radar data, the ability to communicate with other chasers, radar guides, the

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A great many storm chasers in the past decade have shifted their communications loadouts to reflect the changing technological baseline.  As a matter of fact, the majority of new chasers since 2007 are hitting the field with only a cell phone and a tablet, and it would not surprise me at all if many of them are solely using a cell phone.  For many, this works well for baseline use, however this is short-sighted.  Should the cell signal be lost due to any number of factors, chase communications and data would be wholly unavailable, stripping the under-equipped chaser of radar data, the ability to communicate with other chasers, radar guides, the

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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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Tonight and through tomorrow, we can expect to see a significant and possibly dangerous storm system move through the area. We will break it down area by area, and day by day. Red: Wednesday Night will bring a potentially dangerous storm system. This includes gusty winds upto 70-MPH, and isolated tornadoes with spin-ups very possible due to the atmospheric conditions being just right for convection. Downdrafts in upwards of 70 MPH winds can be very likely. Tomorrow, some gusty winds and mostly rain-storms will move through, causing a hazard of flooding, especially in low-laying areas.   Yellow: Tonight you can expect gusty winds and some stray showers to occur. Tomorrow, SPC

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Tonight and through tomorrow, we can expect to see a significant and possibly dangerous storm system move through the area. We will break it down area by area, and day by day. Red: Wednesday Night will bring a potentially dangerous storm system. This includes gusty winds upto 70-MPH, and isolated tornadoes with spin-ups very possible due to the atmospheric conditions being just right for convection. Downdrafts in upwards of 70 MPH winds can be very likely. Tomorrow, some gusty winds and mostly rain-storms will move through, causing a hazard of flooding, especially in low-laying areas.   Yellow: Tonight you can expect gusty winds and some stray showers to occur. Tomorrow, SPC

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Total risks: Severe Thunderstorms in PA Tornadoes and Spin-Ups in PA Strong Squall Lines with 70 MPH downdrafts 1/2″ hail and higher in some areas Wednesday An outbreak of severe thunderstorms is likely in the Southeast and northern Gulf Coast. Numerous severe storms are expected as far north as the Ohio Valley. Tornadoes, damaging winds, flooding rain and hail are all threats, particularly in the Southeast. A few strong and/or long-track tornadoes are possible in the Southeast. Heavy rainfall will also bring the threat of flash flooding. Wednesday Night Severe thunderstorms will continue marching east ahead of the cold front from the Ohio Valley and Appalachians to north Florida. Some tornadoes are still

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Total risks: Severe Thunderstorms in PA Tornadoes and Spin-Ups in PA Strong Squall Lines with 70 MPH downdrafts 1/2″ hail and higher in some areas Wednesday An outbreak of severe thunderstorms is likely in the Southeast and northern Gulf Coast. Numerous severe storms are expected as far north as the Ohio Valley. Tornadoes, damaging winds, flooding rain and hail are all threats, particularly in the Southeast. A few strong and/or long-track tornadoes are possible in the Southeast. Heavy rainfall will also bring the threat of flash flooding. Wednesday Night Severe thunderstorms will continue marching east ahead of the cold front from the Ohio Valley and Appalachians to north Florida. Some tornadoes are still

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Today, the commonwealth will see seemingly warm temperatures across the majority of the state. In some places, the temperatures could reach nearly 60-degrees! In addition to the amazing sun, we will see some gust winds, upto 15+ MPH. But no worries, we have ZERO advisories put into place and we are not in a SPC outlook as of now.\ If you see above, we are tracking two storms, both very different. The top one (larger) in Sioux City, is a snow and ice maker. It’s moving it’s way near the great lakes. Whereas the storm near Springfield, is a tornado-proned storm that will be damaging areas such as Tennessee, Kentucky, Alabama,

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Today, the commonwealth will see seemingly warm temperatures across the majority of the state. In some places, the temperatures could reach nearly 60-degrees! In addition to the amazing sun, we will see some gust winds, upto 15+ MPH. But no worries, we have ZERO advisories put into place and we are not in a SPC outlook as of now.\ If you see above, we are tracking two storms, both very different. The top one (larger) in Sioux City, is a snow and ice maker. It’s moving it’s way near the great lakes. Whereas the storm near Springfield, is a tornado-proned storm that will be damaging areas such as Tennessee, Kentucky, Alabama,

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