A typical sultry 92°F August day with a peak heat index of 107°F led to another round of strong T-Storms for Berks. The storms were accompanied by pea-sized hail and gusts to near 40 mph. The storm total of 1.38″ occurred in 65 minutes with peak rainfall rates of 5.4″ per hour. The station yearly rain total is now 46.02″ which is more than 13″ above normal.
Following the storms a double rainbow broke out and was captured by the weather camera. One rainbow was very well defined and the other was faint but still visible.
The first taste of Arctic air combined with wind hit the area Wednesday. The station recorded our 2nd ice day of the month however unlike Saturday the wind was relentless today. The windchill was 3 °F early this morning and in the teens most of the day.
A quick-moving system accumulated 1.3″ of snow as of 11:30 PM with another inch or two to follow. The weather will remain cold throughout the weekend with moderating temperatures early next week.
NOTE: Everyone is having issues with the WUnderground Radar. I’m trying to find a fix but the “radar down” message and black screens are also occurring on their website. It’s unfortunate but ever since the Weather Channel bought out WU their products have become more and more unreliable.
The first accumulating snow of the season was definitely a surprise. The station recorded 5.7″ (0.26″ liquid) of snow Saturday while the forecast was generally for 1 to 3″. The snow was also supposed to be of the heavy, wet type, but it seemed to be more powdery when shoveling. The 5.7″ is the 4th highest December daily snow total recorded at the station with the record being 10.5″ exactly 12 years ago in 2005.
The Summer of storms hit again! Tonight’s intense Thunderstorm peaked near 9.0″/hour and dropped another 1.07″ of rain on the station. This brings our Summer total (Jun-Aug) to 23.47″ which has broken our all-time Summer record of 22.62″ from 2007. More to follow…