In wake of the severe weather season, I felt that touching base on thunderstorm and lightning safety would be an important topic to discuss. Most of us know the infamous saying “When thunder roars, go indoors”, but what about the reason behind it? Let’s take a look below. All thunderstorms are dangerous, and all thunderstorms produce lightning to some degree. Over the past thirty years, lightning fatalities have decreased, but lightning continues to be one of the top three storm-related killers in the United States. On average, fifty one people are struck by lightning in the United States alone. So what else comes with a thunderstorm warned system? If you said

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In wake of the severe weather season, I felt that touching base on thunderstorm and lightning safety would be an important topic to discuss. Most of us know the infamous saying “When thunder roars, go indoors”, but what about the reason behind it? Let’s take a look below. All thunderstorms are dangerous, and all thunderstorms produce lightning to some degree. Over the past thirty years, lightning fatalities have decreased, but lightning continues to be one of the top three storm-related killers in the United States. On average, fifty one people are struck by lightning in the United States alone. So what else comes with a thunderstorm warned system? If you said

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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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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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