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    Have a degree in physical geography from the University of Memphis , minor in Geology and an atmospheric/environmental concentration with post graduate work in urban planning and satellite imagery in 1981. (Meteorology was in geography depts in the 70's) Was employed in the Navy as an air traffic controller, had a FAA license, and worked with the CIA as landsat imagery analyst . Trained in meteorology by my uncle in the 70's who was the regional meteorology director for the Western US.

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  1. the big issue for me is the overnight lows. Dewpoints in the mid to upper 60's--- I have had enough. The a/c has not shut off more than two days in the last few weeks when the overnight dewpoints in the 70's when i go to bed. I have never seen so many consecutive nights that have dewpoints in the 70's and in fact above 68 degrees. This situation is not great for cool season grasses for sure, weed growth is out of this world and mold production will be out of this world once the corn starts to wilt in the fields. Anyone with mold allergy problems better be prepared.
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  3. dream on. SOS T storms fire up in the Allegany Mts overnight wane and die out in the morning before getting to our area. We are left in the debris cloud layer from these storms all afternoon. The t storms may fire up again in the late afternoon near Harrisburg when the clouds clear out. The issue is with these storms that form near Harrisburg is that they have been quickly moving NE and are dinurally driven that miss many portions of the MT Holly region with hit and miss crap. I have seen the northern portions of the LV and southern Poconos being slammed the last several days with continuous heavy t-storms only to see anyone in eastern Berks, western Lehigh and Northern Montgomery literally bone dry. Driving around , the corn is already in full tassle in the northern areas of Lehigh County while in the southern areas, it has not even tasseled.
  4. you are spot on. But in retrospect, I have had only an inch or so of rain and very little severe t- storms in western lehigh County during the entire time. Even those rains occurred overnight in dying diurnal t storms only to refire near Philly to the SE or northern NJ to the NE the next day. I swear this situation is just like winter snow storms. The severe t storms have been very localized too. What I have noticed is a persistent pattern of t storms firing up in the areas between Altoona and State College in the afternoon and racing up through NY in the last three days. Any that come east of Williamsport have either died out or missed SE PA. That 10 inch rain in Bucks county came from a dying and training t- storm yesterday. That was very telling of of the lack of steering winds in our area too from the stalled fronts.
  5. No Jaindl was not scared off. The Army Corps of Engineers and PADEP refused to permit him to dredge the creek. The Little Lehigh Creek does not need dredging. There are numerous debris dams blocking the channel along with a few beaver dams as a result of the 2018 tornadoes/straight line wind tree/feled tree damage. There are hundreds of dead ash trees ready to fall soon as well.
  6. Volume/rate control of stormwater plays an important part. The Little Lehigh Creek watershed was the first stream in PA to have these modern model stormwater ordinances (1982) and was used as a basis for all others municipalities/counties in the state to implement. I know because I was personally involved on the Little Lehigh and its tributaries stormwater boards. The flooding of this stream is far worse than the Neshaminy Creek in Bucks County but gets very little attention by Mt. Holly/media because there are very few physical structures actually entirely contained within the actual 100 year floodplain of the Little Lehigh Creek --33 miles worth of stream going into Berks County. I could probably count less than 50 structures in the actual 100 year floodplain and my house is one of them going all the way to the Lehigh River. Allentown residents/commercial structures are not in the actual 100 year floodplain as the Little Lehigh Creek is contained in a greenway park that was donated by General Trexler to be preserved forever, one of the largest in the entire country. The only structures in the actual floodplain are the water treatment plant near the main stem of the creek in the middle reach of the stream and the sewage treatment plant at the Lehigh River, the way it should be for any municipality when proper planning takes place. Those facilities are well protected by structural walls for flooding events too. But you are indeed correct, the Little Lehigh creek and its tributaries flood constantly on the slightest heavy rainfall event. The current flooding problem is however is not just from over development. The main problem is that the historical cement quarries/iron mines in Fogelsville area closed up in the late 80's and pumping of the Little Lehigh Creek groundwater for dewatering these quarries ceased. The natural spring flow came back to the Little Lehigh Creek and its tributaries after about 10-15 years (1996 with the great January snow melt event) and so did the natural flooding , way before any new more land development could take place. The new stormwater/ floodplain regulations are working, its just nature taking over what man screwed with over 100 years ago when they mined this area.
  7. MIke, regional favoritism thats all it is. There are USGS digital gauges that Mt Holly has access too and were never used. Official Flood stages have not been set up at the newer remote stream gauges In the Trexlertown area but I set my own flooding electronic notification thresholds up myself because my property borders the streams and I visually know the exact depth in which the streams comes out of their banks. If I can do this, so can Mt Holly/USGS. I did this when we had the record flooding on the Little Lehigh last August when the Lower Macungie Township municipal building actually was severely flooded and closed for a several months as the result of this historic flooding event. That flooding event was worse than Agnes or Floyd and that is saying a lot. The FEMA floodplain lines were violated by this event as well for the mapped 100 year storm event. All I am saying is the LV deserves much more attention by the regional forecasters in the regional discussion as almost a million people live in this MSMA area and well over 300,000 people in the Little Lehigh Watershed alone. Physical structural flooding damage in our area is not as predominate as in others in the MT Holly region as the Little Lehigh Creek has strict floodplain regulations( strictest in the state) and stormwater regulations for structures(again the strictest in the state) and structural damage is usually limited to open areas and road closures. However, flooding occurs constantly. Mt. Holly cannot rely just on structural damage reports but also rely on stream gauges. and precip hourly events. That is why USGS set up digital/internet telemetry gauging stations in my backyard as this area floods way before the city of Allentown's Little Lehigh Creek gauges do since these new gauges are also located further upstream in the watershed and have digital rain gauges.
  8. Another point, anything near an inch tonight will cause flooding again on the Little Lehigh Creek. Why is there no flash flood watch issued? A radar out of NJ is not the only tool in the tool chest for forecasting possible flooding. Look at the amount of precip recorded each hourover the last 24 hours on Thursday- Fridays storm at both airports. What about the USGS digital stream gauges? They do exist. A flood advisory should have been issued after 12 hours of continuous rains. Two + inch rains floods creeks. That is a no brainer. Spring Creek Rd was closed all day in Lower Macungie Township from flooding. I guess the Lehigh Valley is not in the Mt. Holly area. Forecasters are too worried about discussing potential riptides to mention the two- three inches of rain that fell across the Lehigh Valley/ Quakertown area on Thursday- Friday in their weather discussion. There is almost a million people that live in that particular forecast area. Priorities need to be reviewed.
  9. https://w1.weather.gov/data/obhistory/KXLL.html no flood advisory?
  10. flooding on the Little Lehigh Creek. What the hell - not even a flood advisory issued? I sent proof to Mt Holly.. Had almost 2 inches of rain in less than 24 hours in Lehigh County. C'mon man. The creek floods my backyard at 3 ft USGS WaterAlert <[email protected]> 1:20 AM (1 hour ago) to me Gage height of 3.12 ft exceeds subscriber threshold of 3 at 2021-06-12 01:15:00 EDT 01451380 00065 Little Lehigh Creek near Trexlertown, PA Notification interval, no more often than: Hourly
  11. severe t- storm here in Macungie area- 50 -60 mph- straight line winds - limbs down- tons of scorched leaves and maple helicopters everywhere in the bow echo portion of the squall line. Not a drought buster but I will take .35 in of rain at this time. The water running down the street gutters was actually yellow green for the first 15 minutes. At least the car got a washing
  12. Yes- I am calling it FWIW. No significant rain predicted for another week. Go ahead and call me a weenie but I have been forecasting weather for 40 years and I clearly see the handwriting on the wall like in 2002 in a La Nina year. The GOM moisture eludes our region and temporary back door cold fronts offer no relief. Lehigh Valley is already 3+ inches below normal for the year and only ABE is recording any precip as they seem to be the wet spot in the entire LV . Their precip totals does not actually represent the entire LV existing drought conditions. The rain in the past 30+ days has been spotty and I have had less than .25 inches in almost 40 days here in Macungie.
  13. soil temps have been well below normal. My basement temp are avg 61-62 degrees right now. The temps must be around 65 in my basement for the cicadas to emerge. The soil temps will rise once the moisture returns. The moisture helps hold in the the latent heat in the soil and enables the cicada to cleanly burrow out of the ground where they reside at about a 4-8 inch depth in the ground. Until then, the cicadas will remain in the ground especially if the soil is dry. Cicadas love heat and humidity. We just do not have the humidity right now for them to mature as they need the moisture to start the burrowing process. Furthermore, cicadas rely on tree sap to feed. If the trees are severely stressed for moisture and sap production ( believe me these trees are really stressed by the lack of moisture for leaf production right now especially in the upper canopies of the trees) these insects know not to come out . The grass is also stressing out big time and will begin to turn yellow by next week if we do not get significant rains by Sunday. With humidities in the upper 20's to 30's, I can literally see the grass blades shriveling up with highs in the mid- upper 80's. The stream levels dropped another two- three inches today alone in my backyard and the clay soils are cracking-( usually do not see that until late summer) If we have t-storms on Sat afternoon- evening that will help quickly bump up the soil temps. We have to have at least 1-2 inch of rain to reach the the soil areas of where the cicadas lie dormant. Right now, I just do not see cicadas burrowing with PWATs struggling to even reach one inch per hour with the extremely dry mid levels in the atmosphere and the lack of instability. Believe, once we have a good drenching downpour, they will begin to emerge quickly. .
  14. dry enough for you? The soil moisture is being sucked out bigtime the last two days and will only get worse in the next few days. The creek levels behind my house are dropping a few inches per day now below base flow. Thats a serious drop IMHO for May By the way, anyone see the 18z GFS indicating a possible derecho- meso type storm formation on June 2 in the Ohio Valley heading toward DC? That will wake up the board if it happens in a hurry.
  15. enjoy your brief pollen washing showers the next two days if you are lucky to get them. The yards should start turning more yellow as the short term drought takes hold. You will hear farmers complaining and it will make the media in the next week as crop planting is being delayed big time. I have never seen it this dry and cool at the same time for this late in May. The humidities should be in the 40-50% not 25-30%. The soil moisture is literally being ripped out in the next week.
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