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.
Well we almost did it today. We fell just one degree shy of tying a record high that was set back in 1874!!
A mild Wednesday, but you ain’t seen nothing yet! The next three days will feature near record highs for this month!
A cold Thursday as expected, with gusty winds and a few flurries, with the temperature remaining in the 30’s.
A cold front swept through the region this afternoon after we reached a mild high of 54 degrees!
A rather normal day today, as our high was right on target at 45 degrees.
A chilly end to our week that started out sunny and quickly turned overcast. A warm front is moving across the area and will boost temperatures well above normal tomorrow and Sunday.
After a record day on Wednesday, a cold front and low pressure that brought subfreezing temperatures and just a small amount of snow has finally moved on.
After another record breaking day with a high of 72, we are facing colder and wintery weather once again.
A record breaking 72 degrees on this Tuesday!
A very mild start to the week, as temperatures reached a warm 61 degrees! Tomorrow, after a few light showers, we should again reach the low 60’s.
A cloudy and cold Friday across the region, as we got stuck in the 30’s all day. Tonight, we have cleared out and temperatures have dropped back into the twenties.
Another mild day, this groundhog day!