Stormstown: A Brief History

The village that is now called Stormstown was located on one of the area’s earliest roads. Laid out in 1791-92, the road served as a main route for the shipment of Centre County iron west to Pittsburgh. First settler Abraham Elder’s tavern, on the east end of the village, was a stopping place for iron haulers. In 1812 David Storm recorded a plat of 30 lots, plus a school lot, that he named Walkerville, on the west side of present-day Municipal Lane in the middle of Stormstown. The origin of the Walker connection has not yet been tracked down. Some twenty years after Walkerville was established, Caleb Way slowly started selling off lots between Walkerville and the former site of Elder’ tavern, in an area that was briefly called Wayville. Eventually, by the time of the Civil War, the whole area was called Stormstown. The enterprises of the village included a gristmill, sawmill, distillery, tannery, wagon maker, and several craftsmen’s shops – blacksmith, weaver, potter, and chairmaker. An Easter fire in 1867 destroyed twenty-six buildings, many of which were never rebuilt. – See more at: http://www.centrehistory.org/abcs-of-centre-county/#sthash.RLS2TFw7.dpuf

Summary of Autumn 2019

Meteorological Autumn is officially over. Here is a brief summary of September 1-November 30 in Stormstown, PA:

Number of days Max T >= 90 F: 1
Number of Days Max T <= 32 F: 1
Number of Days Min T <= 32 F: 20
Max T: 90.0 F – September 11, 2019
Min T: 18.3 F – November 26, 2019
Sep Dep from Normal: 2.0 F
Oct Dep from Normal: 2.2 F
Nov Dep from Normal: -4.5 F
Heating Degree Days: 1318
Cooling Degree Days: 123
Sep Precip: 2.22″, 1.76″ below normal
Oct Precip: 5.42″, 2.08″ above normal
Nov Precip: 1.03″, 2.21″ below normal
The outlook for Winter 2019:

November 2019 Weather Summary

November was 4.5 deg F below normal for temperature. The high for the month was 61.4 deg. F, recorded on November 26. The low for the month was 18.3 deg F, recorded on November 9. There were 19 days at or below 32 F and 1 day when the maximum temperature was at or below 32 F. There were 830 heating degree days and 0 cooling degree days.

November was a below-normal month for precipitation with 1.03 inches of rainfall recorded, which was 2.21 inches below normal. The maximum rainfall in a single day was 0.53 inches recorded on November 23. There were 5 days of rain >.01 in, 3 >.10 in and 0 > 1 in.

High wind speed of 47 mph on November 28.

November 2019 Data

Outlook for December 2019

October 2019 Weather Summary

October was 2.2 deg F above normal for temperature. The high for the month was 87.6 deg. F recorded on October 1. The low for the month was 29.7 deg F, recorded on October 19. There was 1 day at or below 32 F. There were 372 heating degree days and 19 cooling degree days.

October was an above-normal month for precipitation with 5.42 inches of rainfall recorded, which was 2.08 inches above normal. The maximum rainfall in a single day was 1.25 inches recorded on October 27. There were 11 days of rain >.01 in, 8 >.10 in and 2 > 1 in.

High wind speed of 42 mph on October 31.

October 2019 Data

Outlook for November 2019

September 2019 Weather Summary

September was 2.0 deg F above normal for temperature. The high for the month was 90.0 deg. F recorded on September 11. The low for the month was 47.6 deg F, recorded on September 27. There was 1 day at or above 90 deg F. There were 116 heating degree days and 104 cooling degree days.

September was a below normal month for precipitation with 2.22 inches of rainfall recorded, which was 1.76 inches below normal. The maximum rainfall in a single day was 1.10 inches recorded on September 2. There were 7 days of rain >.01 in, 5 >.10 in and 1 > 1 in.

High wind speed of 24 mph on September 2.

September 2019 Data

Outlook for October 2019

Paws and Hot Asphalt

During a recent walk with my dogs, I decided to take along my infrared thermometer.

During the summer, it is important to remember that the pads of a dogs paws are subjected to hot surfaces outside. Since there are no sidewalks where I live, our dogs walk on asphalt, gravel or grass.

I took a few measurements during a walk today. It was sunny around 2:45 PM EDT, and I found that the temperature of the asphalt can reach 140 F. It became increasingly cloudy during my walk so the asphalt cooled off a bit.

The gravel along the side of the road is preferable at 100 F. Grass in much better, even if it is dry and brown. I measured 85 F for dry grass. Green grass was cooler at 80 F. In the shade, the green grass measured 70 F. Even concrete in the shade was better than asphalt at 90 F.

By contrast, at 7 AM EDT, the asphalt temperature was 76 F.

These readings show that asphalt can be harmful to your dog’s pads. Today the air temperature was in the low 80s. If it was above 90 F, it follows that asphalt can be greater than 140 F and could burn dog’s paws.

A simple check is to place your finger tips on the asphalt for a few seconds to see if it’s comfortable.

“Betsy Ross” Flag

The following story caught my attention this morning:

Major League Soccer club bans Utah couple from waving ‘Betsy Ross flag’ at games

Since when has our country’s first flag become controversial?! I had no idea it had been appropriated by some hate groups until Nike recalled Air Max 1 Quick Strike Fourth of July shoes, which featured the flag, over concerns that the design glorifies slavery and racism.

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In recent years, hate groups, such as the KKK, have attempted to adopt the Betsy Ross flag. Nike’s decision to recall the shoes seems to be not a result of excessive political correctness but motivated by making money.

Despite the flag’s name, Betsy Ross’ role in designing and creating the revolution-era flag “is largely fictitious,” according to the U.S. National Archives.

Nevertheless, I will fly my own “Betsy Ross” flag, as I see fit, to reappropriate the flag as what it actually is: a symbol of liberty, equality, and justice.

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Summary of Summer 2019

Meteorological Summer is officially over. Here is a brief summary of June 1-August 31 in Stormstown, PA:

Number of days Max T >= 90 F: 4
Max T: 93.8 – July 21, 2019
Min T: 38.0 – June 4, 2019
Jun Dep from Normal: -1.2
Jul Dep from Normal: 1.6
Aug Dep from Normal: -1.1
Heating Degree Days: 156
Cooling Degree Days: 603
Jun Precip: 4.18″, 0.32″ above normal
Jul Precip: 1.85″, 1.61″ below normal
Aug Precip: 3.42″, 0.72″ below normal
The outlook for Autumn 2019:

August 2019 Weather Summary

August was 1.1 deg F below normal for temperature. The high for the month was 90.3 deg. F recorded on August 18. The low for the month was 47.0 deg F, recorded on August 25. There was 1 day at or above 90 deg F. There were 47 heating degree days and 179 cooling degree days.

August was a below normal month for precipitation with 3.42 inches of rainfall recorded, which was 0.72 inches below normal. The maximum rainfall in a single day was 1.35 inches recorded on August 18. There were 11 days of rain >.01 in, 9 >.10 in and 1 >1 in.

High wind speed of 36 mph on August 18.

August 2019 Data

Outlook for September 2019

Thunderstorm Strikes Stormstown

A severe thunderstorm occurred at approximately 4:15 PM EST in Stormstown, PA. Two small trees blocked part of  PA 550, and a large tree fell across the highway, downing utility lines, near Brothers Pizza.

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Photo Courtesy Of Tom Majewski

The highway, further north, was also blocked by Sawmill Road. More wind damage occurred in Port Matilda and in State College on N. Atherton Street, Blue Course Drive, W. Beaver Avenue, and Westerly Parkway.

The official Local Storm Report (LSRCTP):

0413 PM TSTM WND DMG STORMSTOWN 40.79N 78.01W
08/18/2019 CENTRE PA 911 CALL CENTER

TREE AND WIRES DOWN

Video of hail in Stormstown.

There was also pea-sized hail and heavy rain as high as 10 in/hr. The maximum wind speed was 36 mph, the temperature dropped 22 F, and the total rainfall was 1.35 inches.

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The damage at my home was limited to a badly damaged flagpole. However, the wind had caused a heavy patio chair to be sent down the stairs from my deck to the landing.

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