January 11, 1993 |
So, you were listening to the television and radio weather people again and they told you that it was going to snow Friday. "Significant" snow accumulations were possible, some said. Then you woke up Saturday morning and blades of grass were still visible on the lawn. Well, said Joe Bastardi, of AccuWeather, who calls himself an "expert, senior weather forecaster," the "Arnold Schwarzenegger" of forecasting, "No one ever said a big storm was coming. " "It was supposed to snow some Friday night into Saturday," Bastardi said.
September 30, 2010 |
While drought advisories remain in effect for all of Pennsylvania and New Jersey, by tonight you may find that hard to believe. Flood watches have been posted for all of New Jersey, eastern Pennsylvania, and Delaware as nature is about to erase several weeks of serious dust-making with projected rain totals that read more like snow-accumulation forecasts. "This is a big flood threat," said Joe Bastardi, a meteorologist with AccuWeather Inc. He said some places in the region could see more than 5 inches of rain by the time it stops tonight.
November 20, 2007 |
The trees may be stuck in an October time warp, but the atmosphere evidently is proceeding on schedule to December. In much of the region, a two-day miserably cold rain enhanced the color of the astonishingly stubborn autumn leaves, but not far from Philadelphia, winter left an emphatic calling card. From 2 to 6 inches of snow was reported yesterday in the northern and western edges of the greater Philadelphia region, the result of a surprisingly strong disturbance in the upper atmosphere, said Jim Poirier, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Mount Holly.
December 8, 2007 |
The 2008 hurricane season is likely to be less kind to the United States than the one that ended officially last week, according to forecasters at Colorado State University. For next season, which begins June 1 and ends Nov. 30, they foresee 13 named storms - those with winds of 39 m.p.h. or better - one fewer than this year. But the forecasters, Philip Klotzbach and William M. Gray, warn of a high likelihood that at least one major hurricane, with winds of 111 m.p.h. or more, will make U.S. landfall, which did not happen this year.
August 28, 2000 |
During a glacially slow news week when the biggest story was a TV show, Debby looked like a godsend for the people who have to fill air time and column inches. It was a real, live hurricane heading straight for South Florida, perhaps getting there as soon as late Thursday. Tourists were yanked out of the Florida Keys as a precaution. Come late Thursday, however, Debby was done. It had lost everything, even its name. It was downgraded to a tropical depression, and then to a nonentity, an anonymous mass of thunderstorms floundering near Cuba.
January 3, 1994 |
Get out your sleds and your snowshovels. Just in case. Winter is about to show its stuff. We think. In the aftermath of a comparatively balmy 51-degree day yesterday, weather forecasters say a major winter storm will move into the area today, possibly bringing several inches of snow in the city, more to the north and west. It all depends on a large storm developing in the Gulf states that is going to be a slowpoke getting here and may alter the route it takes. "It looks like a sizeable storm to us," said Accu-Weather senior forecaster Joe Bastardi.
August 31, 1993 |
Will she hit or won't she? Will Hurricane Emily blow into the already weak New Jersey Shore, tear through the sand dunes and bring a raging ocean into the towns? Nobody knows yet. Weather forecasters are still unable to pinpoint where Emily will go after its expected noon landfall, but emergency officials at the shore started preparing for the worst. Shore towns battened down the hatches and emergency crews went on standby. Some beach patrols pulled swimmers from the ocean or flew caution flags as the surf reached 10-foot swells.
February 11, 2010 |
Where to put all this snow? When is the incredible winter of 2009-10 going to give it up? For the first question, there is no easy answer. And for the second? "I'd be shocked if there weren't one more or two more significant storms," said the usually cautious Ken Reeves, the manager of forecast operations at Accu-Weather Inc. in State College, Pa. Reeves said even the unimaginable - the 100-inch season - was at least a remote possibility given that the seasonal total stood at a record-plus 70 inches and the wintry pattern showed a disturbing tenacity.
October 21, 2010 |
The atmosphere is about to fast-forward into November, and some meteorologists see winter getting off to a fast start. But the early line is that the winter of 2010-11 should be a whole lot lighter on snow, heating budgets and history than its monstrous predecessor. In an updated outlook released this morning, Accuweather Inc. called for above-normal winter temperatures around here, with near-normal - albeit messy - snowfall. Commodities Weather Group, in Washington, issued a similar outlook last month and plans to freshen it next week.
April 4, 2010 |
Joe Bastardi believes he is the only meteorologist in the land with a varsity wrestling letter, a trophy from his undergraduate years at Penn State. And now he may be in the wrestling match of his career, taking on a behemoth: the scientific consensus that the Earth is warming, perhaps catastrophically, and that human-produced carbon dioxide is to blame. Bastardi is one of the most visible forecasters at one of the nation's most visible forecasting companies, AccuWeather Inc., which is almost a Penn State annex.