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 WJZ.
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.
Showers have been pretty scarce except in a few areas, and tomorrow a drier airmass should give two rain-free days.
A batch of severe storms moved from Northern Virginia across the D.C. region and into Baltimore late Monday afternon and early evening.
Another tropical airmass in the region means more tropical downpours are possible in some areas through Tuesday.
There will be more clouds, cooler temperatures and more showers and thunderstorms or thundershowers to dot the landscape this weekend.
It looks like there will now be another weekend with shower activity across the region.
Hot, humid air with a tremendous amount of potential moisture came in Tuesday afternoon in a small area of eastern Baltimore County.
Monday marked a warm and humid start to our week with a high of 91 degrees at BWI Marshall Airport.
Sunday will be another warm and humid day but once again, rain-free and will continue on into Monday.
Sun will move in during Saturday, and temperatures will warm to the upper 80s. It will become slightly less humid over the weekend but it may get up to 90 or 91 by Sunday and Monday.
A flash flood watch is in effect overnight and into Friday. By Saturday, there will be somewhat drier air that will finally move toward the area and there may be a warm, rain-free weekend ahead.
After a warm and humid day with a lot of sunshine, there will be a batch of showers and some storms moving across central Maryland late Wednesday night.
Tomorrow promises to be a more active day, with more showers and some gusty thunderstorms likely. Some heavy downpours and gusty winds are also possible in some areas.
A mild and more humid start to the week that featured a brief period of showers later in the afternoon across much of the area.
After a day of humid and warm conditions, a front is moving across the region and has brought with it heavy flooding, downpours and gusty, damaging winds to parts of the area.
A nice, sunny and totally rain free day. Temperatures got up into the upper 80s and the dewpoint was slowly falling throughout the afternoon, making for a pleasant evening.
Another day of relentless rains Wednesday with flooding issues across the entire region.
The tropical connection to the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic will continue to bring a plume of very moist air into the region most of this week.
A sunny and dry Friday all across the region, but this weekend we will see an abrupt end to the nice weather.
A perfect dry and mainly sunny day, with very low humidity, which made it so very pleasant!
A perfect end to a really nice July day.
Wednesday was a warm but very dry day with lots of sunshine as well.
After some possible heavy showers and thunderstorms overnight Thursday and tomorrow, there’s a chance that a cold front will sweep away all the heat and humidity.
We once again reached over 90 degrees.
Today will mark the final day of heat advisories and excessive heat warnings for the region, at least for now!
Another hot and very humid day all across the region, the entire east coast and much of the midwest as well!
The heat will be on for the next week all across the region and in fact for the entire Eastern region of the country.
Thursday marked a sunny and warmer end to the week, which will be followed by a hot weekend!
A very pleasant start to the week, as we had low humidity and a dry breeze and temperatures that were below average.
Thursday brought a decent first day of summer as we stayed below normal with highs only near 80 degrees today and even cooler for tomorrow.
A light rain developed over the region Wednesday night followed by another batch that will impact the overnight into the early morning hours.
More rain and storms across the region that prompted flood warnings and watches once again.
Wednesday was a warm and humid day as we reached the upper 70’s to low 80’s.
Tuesday was a warm and humid day that finally gave way to some sunshine across many areas.
A nice, warm but not a humid day – with lots of sunshine once again.
Thursday was a beautiful, dry and sunny day all over the Mid-Atlantic region.
Wednesday was a beautiful, sunny and dry day all across the region.
A batch of rain Tuesday morning and a few showers later in the day was pretty much all we saw in Central Maryland.
A great dry and finally sunny start to the week, but more changes are on the way.
Areas of rain continue to move across the region and will slowly exit by Saturday.
Thursday brought more clouds and periods of rain as well.
BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Light rain continued over much of the region Wednesday, with the exception of Frederick County, which saw an additional one to two inches — causing more flooding to occur in that region. A very moist stream of air will again redevelop later tomorrow and cause additional flooding issues which may linger into […]
A very wet scenario is setting up all over the region Tuesday night through the weekend.
A line of severe storms that originated in Western Pennsylvania tracked through the state from 4 p.m. till late this evening.
Friday marked a very pleasant end to the week.
A cold front has crossed the region and drier, pleasant air is moving in.
A beautiful Wednesday all across the state as we reached the mid 70’s with plenty of sun and dry conditions.
Tuesday was a perfect spring day with sun and pleasant temperatures.
Another day, another new record set!
Another record-breaking day on Thursday as the Baltimore area reached 92 degrees — a record that had stood since 1913!
Wednesday was a record-breaking day as we touched 90 degrees at BWI Marshall Airport around 3:30 p.m.
Mild, warm, warmer, warmest! That’s how our week is going.
A perfect start to this week with bright sunshine and seasonal temperatures.
After a wet Friday morning, we dried out and recovered to the low 60’s.
Thursday was a perfect spring day all across the region, with mild temperatures and sunny skies.
After a nice soaking Tuesday night into the early morning, we did see a bit of sun for a brief time before some patchy drizzle moved through the region.
Light rain moved into the region late Tuesday afternoon and will continue overnight — eventually tapering off to showers later Wednesday.
A perfect weekend followed by a pleasant and dry Monday, which will be followed by clouds and rain the next two days.
Another breezy and unseasonably cool day all across the region.
Wednesday saw a sunny and dry afternoon after a freezing cold and frosty start.
After a very chilly and breezy day with a high of only 48 degrees, we have a very cold night on tap, as well.
After a general one to over two inches of rain, which we needed, skies remain rather overcast and cooler temperatures are here for a while.
Friday was the warmest day since October 10!
Thursday brought summer-like temperatures as we reached the mid to upper 70s across the region.
That warmup we have been searching for all month long is finally on its way!
Tuesday was another day of well-below normal temperatures, but it ended up 10 degrees warmer than yesterday.
A very chilly and cloudy start to our week with the high stuck in the low 40’s! But big changes are afoot this week!
It was a great and warm Friday with temperatures near 70 degrees!
Another much-below normal day as far as temperatures are concerned, despite a lot of warm sunshine.
Tuesday was a cloudy and cool late-March day with just a touch of rain at times across the region.
Some good news for spring lovers: After more than 30 days of temperatures in the 30s, 40s and low-50s, we are looking at temperatures that should approach the 60-degree mark or better this week.
Well the weekend is here, and it’s still going to be on the cool side again!
A sunny, dry, and breezy day Thursday, as we topped out in the mid 40s.
A snowy spring day all across the Mid-Atlantic region!
We have seen rain, snow, sleet and freezing rain all day Tuesday with areas north of Baltimore seeing as much as 4 or 5 inches of snow already.
Winter will not leave Maryland without a good fight!
A chilly and breezy end to the week once again with well below normal temperatures.
Sun gave way to clouds and even a few snow flurries and light rain showers as a cold front crossed the area in the late afternoon.
A very chilly and breezy March day with a few flurries at times.
A sunny breezy and cool March afternoon, following a bit of snow overnight, that quickly melted during the day.
A little light snow activity has moved across the region and will clear the area after midnight.
A chilly but mainly dry Thursday, with our temperatures running almost 10 degrees below average.
After a round of wet snow, that has mainly melted as of tonight, we will see skies mainly clear to partly cloudy and we will drop to the upper 20’s overnight.
A sunny, dry start to our week with temperatures in the upper 40’s.
The high wind warning is still in effect across most of Maryland from Frederick County to the Eastern Shore.
A really perfect dry and and sunny afternoon with pleasant temperatures, on a day that started below freezing.
After a cloudy and at times damp Friday, we now have some possible dense fog forming across the region.
A much cooler day with plenty of clouds and a bit of rain after we had two record breaking very warm days!
Another day another record shattered! We hit a remarkable 79 degrees this afternoon, easily breaking the previous record of 74 set back in 1930!
Wow! What a day we had all across the mid-Atlantic region. A record-tying high of 76 degrees was set at BWI Marshall Airport, with some even warmer air at other reporting stations.
Maryland saw a gray and damp Monday with temperatures stuck in the low 40’s most of the day.
It’s actually kind of hard to believe that after we had a nearly 70-degree day just yesterday, a Winter Weather Advisory will go into effect tomorrow afternoon and evening.
A very warm April-like day all across the state! In some locations, away from the Bay and ocean, we reached over 70 for the first time this year!
A milder day with clouds and sun is now a wet one as rain moves across the region.
A sunny, chilly start to the day, which ended with clouds and even a touch of sleet and light rain in a few spots.
A wet weekend that ended up with sunshine and cooler air Monday has brought the Baltimore area up-to-date with precipitation for the year and ended the current drought.
A dry sunny but chilly day with a high of only 35, which is 8 degrees below average.
It was a dry, sunny Monday after an icy cold start in many areas.
A very cold and windy Groundhog Day all across Maryland.
The Baltimore area and surrounding counties may see some snow following rain early Friday morning.
A chilly, but less windy afternoon as we end this January on a dry note. We had a high of only 35 after a morning low of only 16.