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.
After the snow and sleet and slush, we are left with very cold subfreezing temperatures and plenty of refreezing in any untreated areas.
Winter storm warning and Winter weather advisory in effect for all of Central Maryland until 2 p.m tomorrow. Snow is now falling and will pick up in intensity overnight, with the heaviest amounts between midnight and 8 a.m.
A winter storm watch will be in effect for the Baltimore are and all of Central Maryland beginning Monday at 7 p.m. through Tuesday at 2 p.m.
There will likely be a very sharp division between snow and a mix of rain and snow by Tuesday. We will send updated forecasts over the next few days as details become more accurate.
A very warm day in Maryland to be followed by a much colder weekend! We reached 70 degrees once again!
Another mild March day as we reached the mid 60’s.
A mild day all across the region with morning and evening showers. We almost got to 70 degrees again!
A cold end to our week and the start of a cold weekend as well.
After near record warmth yesterday and severe thunderstorms, colder and drier air moved in overnight along with more gusty winds.
A very stormy Wednesday, as warm temperatures and high dew points, fueled a squall line to move across the region during the early afternoon.
A milder, and cloudy Monday, after a chilly and frosty start. We reached the low to mid 50’s after lows in the 20’s. Tomorrow, a warm front will cross the region with a few showers, but a jump in our temperatures back into the mid-60’s!
Tomorrow, a cold front will bring a period of showers and even a gusty thunderstorm, followed by cooler and breezy conditions at night.