Trisha Update

Trisha – December 16, 2021
Trisha – August 8, 2022

It’s been nearly 8 months since we brought our rescue Scotty, Trisha, home. She’s come a long way in that time and has come out of her shell. She can be impish with us and our other dogs. She loves belly rubs and running in the back yard. She also enjoys going on walks to explore. She’s warmed up to our friends but can still be shy around strangers. Her coat has also become darker. She knows she hit the lottery.

July 2022 Weather Summary

July was 0.8 deg F above normal for temperature. The high for the month was 91.2 deg. F recorded on July 23. The low for the month was 50.0 deg F, recorded on July 4. There were 3 days day at or above 90 deg F. There were 27 heating degree days and 275 cooling degree days.

July was a below-normal month for precipitation with 2.02 inches of rainfall recorded, which was 1.77 inches below normal. The maximum rainfall in a single day was 0.46 inches recorded on July 7. There were 8 days of rain >.01 in, 6 >.10 in, and 0 >1 in.

High wind speed of 26 mph on July 23.

July 2022 Data

Weather Forecasters Challenged by Helium Shortage

This article appeared in the July/August edition of Weatherwise (Vol 75, No 4, p 6)

The ongoing helium shortage has been worsened by the Russian Invasion of Ukraine, and the result could be challenging for weather forecasters, according to an investigation by KXAN-Austin, an NBC affiliate in Texas. The helium shortage, which began several years ago, is the result of multiple factors, including decreased production and increased demand. While the United States is a primary supplier of helium worldwide, Russia is also a large supplier, and the war in Ukraine has resulted in greater demand for U.S. helium.

This presents a problem for NWS forecasters who rely on helium to launch balloons twice daily in across the country to gauge weather conditions in the upper atmosphere. Several NWS sites in Albany, New York; New York City; Tallahassee, Florida; Greensboro, North Carolina; and Charleston, South Carolina, have reported having to reduce the number of balloon launches from twice daily to once daily.

However, the NWS says fewer balloon launches won’t have a major impact on local forecasts because radars and other sensors will be able to fill the majority of the data gaps.

The NWS is planning to find ways to reduce their reliance on helium in the coming years as a result of the shortage.

June 2022 Weather Summary

June was 0.1 deg F above normal for temperature. The high for the month was 93 deg. F recorded on June 22. The low for the month was 47 deg F, recorded on June 5. There were 74 heating degree days and 171 cooling degree days.

June was a below normal month for precipitation with 3.40 inches of rainfall recorded, which was 0.69 inches below normal. The maximum rainfall in a single day was 1.13 inches recorded on June 22. There were 12 days of rain >.01 in, 7 >.10 in and 1 >1 in.

High wind speed of 33 mph on June 17.

June 2022 Data

Here is the latest drought summary for Pennsylvania:

Field Day 2022

Field Day has come and gone and I feel like I have had my best Field Day ever.

I made 80 unverified FT8 digital contacts with stations around The United States and Canada. Each of those contacts counts for 2 points for a total of 160 points. A 2x power multiplier makes that 320 points. I sent 59 and received 48 NTS formatted messages. Ten of those messages originated at my station and counted 10 points each. I also sent one to The Western Pennsylvania Section Manager which counted for 100 points during The Western Pennsylvania Phone Traffic Net. There are also 100 bonus points for submitting this post.

I have submitted my entry with a possible score of 670 points, which will be added to the results for my local radio club, The Nittany Amateur Radio Club.

Summary of Spring 2022

Meteorological Spring is officially over. Here is a brief summary of March 1 – May 31, 2022 in Stormstown, PA:

Number of Days Max T <= 32 F: 2
Number of Days Min T <= 32 F: 23
Max T: 89.2 F – May 31, 2022
Min T: 12.5 F – March 4, 2022

Mar Dep from Normal: 4.1 F
Apr Dep from Normal: -1.7 F
May Dep from Normal: 1.8 F

Heating Degree Days: 1465
Cooling Degree Days: 99

Mar Precip: 3.25″, 0.13″ below normal
Apr Precip: 2.84″, 0.67″ below normal
May Precip: 5.22″, 1.58″ above normal

May 2022 Weather Summery

May was a near normal month for temperature. 1.3 deg F below normal for temperature. The high for the month was 87.7 F, recorded on May 21. The low for the month was 32.4 deg F, recorded on May 13. There were 0 days at or below 32 F. There were 297 heating degree days and 74 cooling degree days.

May was an above normal month for precipitation with 3.67 inches of rainfall recorded, which was 0.44 inches above normal. The maximum rainfall in a single day was 1.15 inches recorded on May 9. There were 10 days of rain >.01 in, 9 >.10 in and 1 > 1 in.

The high wind speed for the month was 33 mph on May 26.

May 2022 Data

April 2022 Weather Summary

April was 1.7 F below normal for temperature. The high for the month was 83.2 F, recorded on April 24. The low for the month was 26.8 F, recorded on April 11. There were 7 days at or below 32 F. There were 535 heating degree days and 14 cooling degrees days.

April was a below-normal month for precipitation with 2.84 inches of rainfall recorded, which was 0.67 inches below normal. The maximum rainfall in a single day was 0.65 inches recorded on April 7. There were 14 days of rain >.01 in, 6 >.10 in and 0 > 1 in.

It snowed about 5 inches on April 18.

High wind speed of 43 mph on April 16.

April 2022 Data

2022 Western PA Spring Simulated Emergency Test

The Western PA (WPA) Section Spring Simulated Emergency Test (SET) was held this morning from 9 AM until 12:30 PM EDT (1300-1630 UTC). I was an active participant serving as an official relay station.

The purpose of the SET was to find out the strengths and weaknesses in providing emergency communications. It also provided a public demonstration of the value to the public that amateur radio provides, particularly in time of need. It also helped radio amateurs to gain experience in communications using standard procedures and a variety of modes under simulated emergency conditions.

The emergency test scenario was as follows: freezing rain and dense fog made for hazardous road conditions. A train hit a tractor trader containing hazardous materials of unknown composition and several rail cars derailed. Local utilities were affected and power lines were arcing in the area. People are also experiencing eye and throat irritation. National Weather Service Skywarn and American Red Cross were activated.

The amateur radio propagation today was generally poor. However, radio messages were successfully handled. I was asked to monitor the 60-meter band but there was nothing but noise. I regularly checked into the WinLink digital stations WIAW and W6IDS. The latter had a significantly better signal on the 40-meter band. I also checked in with a local 2-meter station to pass messages (traffic), and into a voice net on the 75-meter band.

At end of the exercise, I had originated one message, sent 3, received 2, and delivered 1 for a total of 7 messages handled.

March 2022 Weather Summary

March was 4.1 deg F above normal for temperature. The high for the month was 71.5 deg. F, recorded on March 18. The low for the month was 12.5 deg F, recorded on March 4. There were 2 days where the maximum temperature was at or below 32 F, and there were 16 days where the minimum temperature was at or below 32 F. There were 741 heating degree days and 3 cooling degree days.

March was a near-normal month for precipitation with 3.25 inches of rainfall recorded, which was 0.13 inches below normal. The maximum rainfall in a single day was 1.25 inches recorded on March 31. There were 13 days of rain >.01 in, 9 >.10 in and 1 > 1 in. There was also 11.1 inches of snow. There was pea-sized hail observed during a severe thunderstorm on March 31.

High wind speed of 42 mph on March 7.

March 2022 Data