Bob Turk

Bob Turk 175x131When skies turned cloudy, some little boys would catch frogs.  Not Bob Turk.  He caught the rain.  According to his mother, Bob created a rain well and device for measuring precipitation.  Collecting that data was “fun.”

Today, it’s still fun and part of Bob’s everyday routine as Baltimore’s most respected weathercaster–the person viewers depend on for weather updates during weekday evening newscasts on Channel 13.

It was Bob who helped WJZ select the Doppler radar weather system known as First Warning Weather and put the station further on the map as the first Baltimore television station to have such sophisticated weather forecasting technology.

First Warning Weather’s local live Doppler radar enables the weather team to track rain and storms from neighborhood to neighborhood.

Bob, who has been an associate member of the American Meteorological Society since 1975, earned a B.S. degree in geography from the then-named Towson State College and Master’s degree in the same subject from the graduate school of Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

Before his broadcasting career, he was an assistant planner for Howard County, Md., where he was in charge of site development plans.  Bob is also active in the community and probably holds the record for “most number of community appearances made” over any other broadcast journalist in Baltimore.  He is also one of the most requested speakers at charity, civic and other events.

The native Baltimorean served on the boards of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome and the American Lung Association and is active in the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.  He resides with his wife and two young children in north Baltimore County, living in a passive solar home that exists in harmony with the environment and nature.

Weather Blog: Drier And Cooler Day

A much drier and cooler day which was a nice break from the extreme heat and humid of recent days.

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Weather Blog: The Heat Was On!

The heat was on today! At 2:03 pm , we hit 98 at BWI. and 99 at the Inner Harbor, it was the hottest day this summer.


Weather Blog: Uncomfortable Humidity

High temperatures and uncomfortable humidity as well as rather unhealthy air quality, is to be expected the next few days.


Weather Blog: Warm And Humid Day

Another very warm and humid day ,that once again featured some very potent thunderstorms, with heavy rains, winds and some small hail.


Weather Blog: Drier, Cooler Weekend

After a very warm and humid day, a cool front crossed the region and set up many severe showers and thunderstorms in some areas. As of late Friday night, only a few showers remain in the region.


Weather Blog: Record High; Humid And Very Hot

A very hot and humid afternoon as we reached a high of 95 after 3 p.m. We had a heat index that topped out at 104 degrees as well, making it even more uncomfortable.


Weather Blog: Reached 91 Degrees

With lots of clouds today, we still managed to reach 91 degrees.


Weather Blog: Warm, Humid Day

A warm and moderately humid day as our high reached 92 and our heat index topped out at 95.


Weather Blog: Hot And Humid Days Ahead

Hot and humid days ahead!


Weather Blog: We’re In For A Nice Weekend

After some morning clouds and some rain as well, a drier, warmer, and sunny afternoon dominated our weather.


Weather Blog: Warm July 4th, Some Possible Showers Ahead

Our fine warm and mainly dry holiday weekend will continue, with the exception of a possible shower or isolated t-storm sometime afternoon and evening tomorrow.


Weather Blog: Showers To Start July 4th Weekend

Well here it is on the cusp of July — the holiday for most of us is upon us, so will the weather cooperate?



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