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.
Warm temperatures and rain-free days ahead. A huge dome of high pressure is dominating our weather pattern for the next five to seven days.
Warmer than normal temperatures will continue for at least the next five to seven days.
Hurricane Maria continues to cause massive flooding and destructive winds in Puerto Rico as it moves now at around 12 mph with winds of 110 mph a cat 2 storm.
A milder and more humid afternoon with highs near 80 in most places.
Warmer and more humid conditions all across the region, after some light morning showers and drizzle.
Hurricanes continue to be the main topic of conversation as we now have three on the map!
An all day rain, and at times moderate rain, and at other times, just a misty drizzle are slowly winding down now.
After some showers and storms which came across the region between 4 p.m. and 8 p.m., we are seeing cooler temperatures and the chance for some more rain as well.
Powerful Hurricane Irma continues to head towards to Leeward Islands tonight with winds at 140 mph a cat 4 storm.
Hurricane Irma strengthens into a Category 4 as it approaches northeast Caribbean.
Irma is now moving off to the west-southwest front at 14 miles per hour, with winds at 115 miles per hour.
Overnight more rain is likely, with more on tap at times tomorrow as well. Cool temperatures will make for a rather raw day.