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.
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.
A strengthening Hurricane Joaquin approached the central islands of the Bahamas on Wednesday evening, following a projected track that would take it near the U.S. East Coast by the weekend.
After a near perfect week, a system that’s causing rain in the south, may bring some rain back to our region later in the day Saturday.
Flash flood watches and warnings has been issued for several Maryland counties.
Tropical Storm Erika continues to strengthen and grow as it moves northwest with speeds of 45 mph.
For the next few days we will likely see even warmer temperatures and moderate humidity as well.
A perfect day all across the region, with sunny and dry conditions, which made it a very comfortable day.
Tomorrow looks to be a carbon copy as well! It appears that we will enjoy this same pattern into the weekend!
Yes, that was in fact the sun that finally dried out the cloudy damp skies we have been dealing with all week long.
A winter storm warning will be in effect through Thursday at 7 p.m.