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  1. Meanwhile on Mt. Washington… -106F windchill. I believe this may be a new U.S. windchill record. -45F with a 93 m.p.h. wind gusting to 102. I would strongly advise the researchers up there to wear a scarf while taking measurements.
  2. I did the same around age 25 after graduating with a Philosophy/Psychology major. I had to get special permission from Millersvillle not to have to take SATs again after doing very well on my GREs. I got about 2/3 of the way through the program and hit a wall. I was working full time nights to pay my way and had little time to actually do the math work. I managed to do pretty well in the math and science classes but realized once I got into higher level Meteo classes that you actually had to USE triple integrals for some things! I also didn’t have enough time to spend in the Meteo lab, where much of the experiential learning takes place. I’m back working in the mental health field 30 years later. I would just suggest immersing yourself in it if you’re going to do it and get the degree. Best of luck!
  3. A lot of people wonder why they get those snow squall warning alerts on their phones for what usually amounts to an insignificant amount of snow. This is why…
  4. Warm air is winning the early rounds here in Berks. The temp has risen 14 degrees since 9 p.m. to the current 57. The freezing rain advisory kicks in a few hours, lol. I suspect that will disappear before ever going into effect.
  5. Most folks here are fascinated by extreme weather events, watching them unfold and occasionally experiencing them firsthand. There are a lot of folks willing to go out of their way to chase tornados, hurricanes, snowstorms etc. Unfortunately, these events can destroy property and kill people. Nobody is hoping for death and destruction and no amount of rooting for or against an event has any effect on the outcome. I’m afraid you may be in the wrong place if you’re looking for folks who feel morally obliged to root against extreme weather.
  6. So frustrating to be strattling the fringe but at least we get to watch flakes fly even if it doesn’t amount to much. I would say that western cutoffs is right where it was predicted to be and just as razor sharp.
  7. Temperatures at Reading and Pottstown have actually risen two degrees in the last hour to 38 at Reading well after the snow was to supposed to start. There was no mention of rain in the NWS forecast and many two hour delays and virtual school days around here. I don’t see anything sticking on roads even if/when it does change over. Next!…
  8. Just over 3 inches just south of Reading as pingers begin to mix in. Slightly better than I expected.
  9. First very, very mushy snowflakes falling on my car windshield in Berks County a few minutes ago with the temp at 39. So mushy they’re not noticeable until they hit. I see it is actually visibly snowing in parts of Schuylkill Co. Hoping that wasn’t the highlight of this winter…
  10. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a more colorful NWS map!
  11. Wicked storm damage driving through the Ambler/Blue Bell area an hour ago. Numerous large trees down, some ripped up by the roots. I wouldn’t be surprised at all if they didn’t have 70-80 mph wind gusts with that kind of damage.
  12. That is one heck of a first half of February. Double the average annual snowfall in two weeks and bitter cold! Quite a scene- I remember it like it was yesterday...
  13. Always appreciate your updates, especially since my microclimate in Southern Berks at a similar elevation is about the same. I was wondering if there has ever been a February with snow cover throughout the month. Looks like you had that in consecutive years in 2014 and 2015. I guess we can credit 1920 as well considering the leap day. Curious if Philly has ever had a calendar month with full snow cover. Can we maintain it through next week to make it 3 years out of 8 with a snow covered February?
  14. Man, I’m going to be pissed if Allentown sets the record for eastern PA and I get fringed with 47 inches!
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