When 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.
Rain, sleet and snow. The Baltimore metro area is hit by an icy blast of winter weather. But more winter weather could be coming our way.
Winter weather is moving into Maryland! Parts of the state are under a Winter Weather Advisory for snow, sleet and freezing rain.
Maryland may see a little snow early Tuesday morning.
A Freeze Warning has expired for parts of Maryland.
A Freeze Warning is in effect starting early Friday morning through 10 a.m.
A massive storm system that started in the Upper Midwest brought soaking rains and heavy winds to the Mid-Atlantic Thursday, causing widespread power outages, flash flooding and extensive flight delays, but largely failing to live up to its fierce billing.
An unusually massive line of storms packing hail, lightning and tree-toppling winds Wednesday could affect more than one in five Americans as it reaches Maryland from Iowa.
Storm or tropical force winds will not be in the equation for Maryland. But there will be a ton of rain moving our way.
The National Weather Service has issued a tornado watch for most of Maryland until 10 p.m. Friday.
Another complex wintry blast is headed our way with possible snow showers through Saturday.
The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Weather Advisory for parts of Maryland. A wintry mix of snow, sleet and freezing rain is expected Friday between 4 a.m. and 10 a.m.
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