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 WJZ.
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.
It’s actually kind of hard to believe that after we had a nearly 70-degree day just yesterday, a Winter Weather Advisory will go into effect tomorrow afternoon and evening.
A very warm April-like day all across the state! In some locations, away from the Bay and ocean, we reached over 70 for the first time this year!
A milder day with clouds and sun is now a wet one as rain moves across the region.
A sunny, chilly start to the day, which ended with clouds and even a touch of sleet and light rain in a few spots.
A wet weekend that ended up with sunshine and cooler air Monday has brought the Baltimore area up-to-date with precipitation for the year and ended the current drought.
A dry sunny but chilly day with a high of only 35, which is 8 degrees below average.
It was a dry, sunny Monday after an icy cold start in many areas.
A very cold and windy Groundhog Day all across Maryland.
The Baltimore area and surrounding counties may see some snow following rain early Friday morning.
A chilly, but less windy afternoon as we end this January on a dry note. We had a high of only 35 after a morning low of only 16.
A sunny, dry and seasonably cool Friday across the region.
Chilly air has returned, at least for the time being.