Jump to content



Register as a member today, and become part of the Delaware Valley weather community!

Our pro and seasoned amateur meteorologists, and weather enthusiasts from around the PA and NJ area together form a great group discussion, and we're asking folks that read our site today to register as members and post along with us!

Don't be intimidated if you're not an expert, ask questions if you're curious or want to build your knowledge!

Whether it's adding to our local profiles by reporting observations (and maybe becoming a SkyWarn Spotter!), or contributing more on the model interpretation side, we'd like you to join us in a constructive and insightful dialogue around all things Philly Weather!


  • Content Count

  • Joined

  • Last visited

  • Days Won


JimCaruso last won the day on August 19 2018

JimCaruso had the most liked content!

Community Reputation

323 Excellent

Recent Profile Visitors

832 profile views
  1. Just my luck, supposed to fly to AZ on Friday, that would be the worst combination - missing a snowstorm AND dealing with travel disruptions. Still have February to look forward to
  2. Even as a rainstorm this storm was disappointing. It was nice to hear the rain when I went to bed last night, but by the time I woke up at 5:30am it was pretty much over, except for the additional line of precipitation that came through relatively quickly about an hour ago. Thought it was going to be a washout of a day and an excuse to stay home and do nothing. Oh well, I guess the coming cold blast will be enough of an excuse 😏
  3. Totally true and agree but hope everyone will still be careful out there, there’s always the chance that one patch of black ice in the wrong spot can cause an accident
  4. As always, I appreciated the discussion on this storm here. Thanks everyone for the great analysis and for keeping my expectations in check. I still don’t have a good grasp on the key variables in winter storm forecasting, but can certainly get a sense of where things are headed with a particular storm based on the posts here. I’m still looking forward to this storm, even though it will likely be just rain. It’s nice to not feel like I have to go anywhere or do anything, it’s an excuse to just stay home, do my own thing, cozy up with a nice cocktail, read a book, watch some football, etc. And I always love cracking the window even on a cold night to hear the rain as I go to sleep, and doing the same in the early morning with a cup of coffee in a quiet house while the kids are still asleep.
  5. As someone who chases the Plains for supercells and tornados every spring, and who has a “real” hurricane chase on his bucket list, I can certainly appreciate wanting to put yourselves in the midst of a significant winter storm. But what does it actually entail? I mean it’s impractical and unsafe to drive around, and the idea of hunkering down in a hotel doesn’t seem too appealing. Part of the fun of a great snowstorm for me is to be comfortable at home with a hearty meal and some adult beverages, and it seems difficult to duplicate that experience at a hotel and then needing to dig your car out the next day. Not trying to be critical, I definitely share the desire to be in the midst of the action, but I just can’t envision what snowstorm chasing entails as a practical matter.
  6. I’m right down the road from you, in Newtown. Hope this overperforms.
  7. So I pretty much missed the whole thing while up in Boston yesterday. Didn’t even stay engaged with the forecast thread, just didn’t take it seriously at first, given climatology, then just got too busy and knew I was going to miss it anyway. Quite a debacle getting out of Boston. Left my conference early to catch an earlier flight, which was delayed of course. While the effects of winter weather are understandable, the lack of communication is not. Apparently they were short of flight attendants, but they should have known that an hour or two before the flight, not at the time of the flight when they finally announced it. I was able to get changed to another flight, which took another couple hours to finally get off the ground at 8:30pm. The snow had just started coming down in Boston, causing us to have to return to the gate for deicing. Landed after 10, roads just wet with a spitting rain, 40 degrees, up 95 home to Newtown. Hard to tell how much we had. Nice big flakes came down for a short time at around 7:30am this morning, just before the sun started to break through. Not all that pretty, with the roads already plowed, snow blown off the trees, leaves blown all over top of the snow. But I’m just comforting myself for having missed it. Hopefully there will be many more to track, experience and enjoy! Haven’t read all the posts, but safe to say this storm over-performed???
  8. Sucks to be missing this one, worst of all worlds as I am in Boston and supposed to fly home this evening, after the Philly snow and before it gets here. And travel likely to be brutal tonight. Any obs from Newtown/ Lower Bucks area?
  9. Is the sun angle in our favor, or against us, at this time of year? Is it correct to assume that the sun angle now is similar to early February, because both now and Feb are 6 weeks on either side of the winter solstice?
  10. JimCaruso

    Temps/Obs/Boring Weather Discussion

    Sorry to be a broken record but I still cannot get on the forum via Tapatalk. Does anyone know what the problem is and whether it will be fixed? When using an iPad, the interface on Tapatalk was so much more robust than just accessing the site on Safari.
  11. JimCaruso

    Temps/Obs/Boring Weather Discussion

    Weird night last night. As happened to others, my home phone rang for a tornado warning cancellation, but not for the actual warning. Meanwhile, I heard heavy rain all night but not much wind and not even a clap of thunder (then again, I am a heavy sleeper 😏). In the morning I saw two Emergency Broadcast System warnings on my cellphone as pictured below (lot of good it did me, leaving it downstairs and on silent), but the 10:47 one was not a threat to Newtown; my area was not mentioned in the warning text. Are EBS warnings based on counties as opposed to polygons? This was the couplet east of Reading and heading northeast, as pictured. Nice notch in the line! There is an LSR for a roof torn off near Pottstown at about that time but that was south of the circulation so probably straight-line wind damage. Looks like my Weather Radio app notifications were more accurate, notifying me appropriately only of the 11:23 warning. This was for the couplet over West Norriton at the time. Well I’ll I pretty much missed the whole thing 😔but reconstructed the event with archived radar and tornado warnings this morning. 😏 Sorry for the Halloween wallpaper and Instagram notification visible in the screen shots 😒
  12. JimCaruso

    Temps/Obs/Boring Weather Discussion

    Hey guys sorry if this is not the best place to put this question but wondering if I could get some help - I actually need this for a potential dispute with my homeowners association - more on that in a moment - but I am looking for rainfall totals in my area (Newtown / Lower Bucks) for each month June through October with deviations from normal. I would greatly appreciate if someone has that data available or can point me in the direction of how to find it. Here's some background on the issue if interested. In early June we had an underground pipe installed from our sump pump outflow to a drainage swale in the back of our property. A neighbor two doors away has standing water that I suppose is supposed to drain into the same swale. They are claiming that having our pipe run into the swale is causing water not to drain off their property, and they want us to share in remediation costs. Makes no sense to me, nor to the landscaping company that did the work. I think the issue is just a function of the above-normal rainfall this summer / early fall, and want to be able to quote specific statistics in my formal written response. Thanks in advance guys, so awesome to have access to weather experts
  13. JimCaruso

    Temps/Obs/Boring Weather Discussion

    Thank you for responding. I still cannot sign in with Tapatalk. I even uninstalled and reinstalled it. I can get into the Stormtrack forum (only other forum I use Tapatalk for) but not PhillyWx. Any guidance is appreciated (PhillyWx doesn’t have its own mobile app that I can use instead, does it?)
  14. JimCaruso

    Temps/Obs/Boring Weather Discussion

    Sorry, not sure where to put this, but I am no longer able to sign in to Philly Wx using the Tapatalk app. However I can get into my other forum on there? I tried removing and re-adding the forum. Are there any known issues?
  15. 95 mph?!? Can that be right or is it a typo? I don’t remember ever seeing anything like that, even in the Plains. Doesn’t look that fast on a radar loop either. National Weather Service State College PA 838 PM EDT TUE OCT 2 2018 The National Weather Service in State College PA has issued a * Severe Thunderstorm Warning for... Schuylkill County in central Pennsylvania... Southern Northumberland County in central Pennsylvania... Northern Dauphin County in south central Pennsylvania... Northwestern Lebanon County in south central Pennsylvania... * Until 1000 PM EDT. * At 837 PM EDT, severe thunderstorms were located along a line extending from Mcadoo to Heckscherville to near Rebuck to Meiserville to near Mcalisterville, moving east at 95 mph.