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.
A much needed rainy day all across the region will end later and drier sunny conditions will develop on Thursday. Cooler air will continue to move our way over the weekend as well.
We got to a very warm 73 degrees today, shy of the record of 78, but not too shabby! Tomorrow will be a day of contrasts.
A perfect fall day once again, as we reach the low 60’s or about 8 degrees above our normals. Believe it or not, Friday and most of Saturday will be even warmer!
A perfect end to the week, with sunny dry conditions , and temperatures close to normal. This weekend will feature much the same! Chilly overnight tonight , but a dry and sunny Saturday and Sunday […]
A weak moisture-starved front crossing the area with only traces of rain in most reporting stations, is now creating showers across Virginia and extreme Southern Maryland. Tomorrow, that front will have cleared the coast, allowing […]
Tomorrow, we may get to the upper 70’s before some showers and perhaps a gusty thunderstorm roll through the region.
A near perfect day all across the region today, with sunshine and pleasant dry conditions.
Light snow coating some parts of Maryland, ahead of a big storm expected this weekend.
After a record-breaking day this Friday cooler temps are ahead for the rest of the weekend.
Hurricane Patricia is hitting Mexico’s southwestern Pacific Coast right now.
A very chilly air mass has settled over the region and temperatures are more like November now.
A severe thunderstorm warning was issued for parts of Baltimore County, Carroll County, Harford County for Friday evening.