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 perfect afternoon, after a weak front with a few light showers crossed the region around midday.
A record-breaking high temperature of 86 degrees today, which is normal for the end of June!
Well, what a way to start a week! We topped out at a June-like 82 degrees Monday!
A very wet and stormy day all across the State, as an area of low pressure and a cold front combined, to create heavy rains, severe thunderstorms and damaging wind gusts.
A beautiful day that now has ended with some clouds and the threat of rain overnight.
Tomorrow will end up as a perfect day weatherwise, with sun, and high in the upper 60’s.
High was 69 with clouds, that eventually brought rain, but not until the game was over! Light rain will end overnight, and much warmer air will move our way tomorrow!
A cool and cloudy Thursday with temperatures about 10 degrees below normal, will give way to rain tomorrow, which can be heavy at times.
Just a beautiful day all across the region on this Wednesday.
A day with some rain, some thunder and some sun as well. We did manage to hit 70 degrees again today.
Tomorrow, an area of low pressure will approach the area, and with it, some showers or a thundershower is likely.
After the snow and sleet and slush, we are left with very cold subfreezing temperatures and plenty of refreezing in any untreated areas.