Weather http://wesa.fm en Watch: Pittsburghers Sound Off On One Tough Winter http://wesa.fm/post/watch-pittsburghers-sound-one-tough-winter <p>Harsh winters can be a fact of life here in Pittsburgh. This one was different, though — at least it felt that way.</p><p>Plunging temps. Frozen pipes. Endless snow. Don't forget the cavernous potholes and worrisome reports of dwindling road salt supplies.</p><p>As spring approaches (it's coming, we promise), we recently gave Pittsburghers the chance share their thoughts on these past months of wintry misery:</p> Mon, 17 Mar 2014 15:39:38 +0000 Ryan Loew 25982 at http://wesa.fm Watch: Pittsburghers Sound Off On One Tough Winter The Pitfalls of Predicting Weather a Season in Advance http://wesa.fm/post/pitfalls-predicting-weather-season-advance <p></p><p>From the earliest years of our nation’s history there have been two books published each year to guide gardeners, cooks, housekeepers and farmer’s on a range of topics, including seasonal weather.</p><p>The <a href="http://www.farmersalmanac.com/">Farmer’s Almanac</a> and the <a href="http://www.almanac.com/">Old Farmer’s Almanac</a> include long range predictions of weather in the United States. This year, both books predicted a colder than normal winter for our area. But what about the rest of the country? How accurate are the famed Almanacs, which use centuries-old<a href="http://www.farmersalmanac.com/farmers-almanac-forecasts/"> secret formulas</a> for predicting seasonal weather? Sat, 01 Feb 2014 01:05:19 +0000 Essential Pittsburgh 23720 at http://wesa.fm The Pitfalls of Predicting Weather a Season in Advance Pittsburgh International Airport Ready to Battle Snow http://wesa.fm/post/pittsburgh-international-airport-ready-battle-snow <p>With a winter storm warning in effect until 1 p.m. Wednesday and one of the year's busiest travel days ahead, Pittsburgh International is getting ready to do battle with the ice and snow.</p><p>“They start planning for this back in September,” said Pittsburgh Airport Authority spokesman Jeff Martinelli. “When they snow storm started getting reported that it was a possibility they started going over some plans, our operations staff was moving to 12-hour shifts, our snow removal crew is out their doing the best they can and pre-treating runways.”</p> Tue, 26 Nov 2013 20:47:43 +0000 Mark Nootbaar 20432 at http://wesa.fm Weather Advisories Posted as Storm Rolls Into PA http://wesa.fm/post/weather-advisories-posted-storm-rolls-pa <p>Winter weather advisories and storm warnings have been posted for much of Pennsylvania as a storm bearing a wintry mix of precipitation rolls into the commonwealth.<br /><br />The National Weather Service says snow, sleet and areas of freezing rain and ice are expected later Tuesday in areas from western to northeastern Pennsylvania.</p> Tue, 26 Nov 2013 12:49:25 +0000 The Associated Press & WESA Staff 20405 at http://wesa.fm A Season for Bigger, Badder Poison Ivy http://wesa.fm/post/season-bigger-badder-poison-ivy <p dir="ltr" id="docs-internal-guid-60fb134d-1738-a293-84f7-d70f6567131e" style="line-height: 1.15; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 0pt;"><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; background-color: transparent;">Global warming has had some unexpected consequences, some good, some bad, but perhaps none are quite so itchy as<a href="http://www.post-gazette.com/stories/news/health/climate-change-is-making-poison-ivy-grow-bigger-and-badder-696379/"> the explosion in poison ivy growth</a>. </span></p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.15; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 0pt;"><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; background-color: transparent;">Because of the abundance of CO2 in the air of late, weed plants such as poison are thriving, and biologist Joylette Portlock claims that poison ivy “could be growing twice as fast” by the middle of the 21st century. </span></p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.15; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 0pt;"><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; background-color: transparent;">Around the country, people are facing rapidly growing &nbsp;poison ivy, often with pan-sized leaves. With that increased size comes an increase in <a href="http://health.howstuffworks.com/diseases-conditions/allergies/skin-allergies/question170.htm">urushiol</a>, the toxin that puts the “poison” in poison ivy.</span> Thu, 25 Jul 2013 20:15:45 +0000 John Lavanga 13741 at http://wesa.fm A Season for Bigger, Badder Poison Ivy As Temperatures Rise, City's Homeless Population Especially at Risk http://wesa.fm/post/temperatures-rise-citys-homeless-population-especially-risk <p>With the heat reaching 90 degrees all this week, the city of Pittsburgh and Allegheny County have been opening and extending the hours of cooling centers for the elderly — but what about the homeless?</p><p>Dr. Jim Withers, medical director and founder of Operation Safety Net, said the homeless, especially those who are elderly, are at risk during the heat.</p> Thu, 18 Jul 2013 17:52:20 +0000 Jessica Nath 13337 at http://wesa.fm Pittsburgh Prepares for Hot Days Ahead http://wesa.fm/post/pittsburgh-prepares-hot-days-ahead <p>It’s hot out — really hot — and several organizations in Pittsburgh are taking action to prevent fatalities as temperatures are expected to reach into the 90s this week.<br /><br />Meals on Wheels workers have been advised to not only deliver the meals, but also to make sure the seniors they serve are holding up well in the heat.<br /> Mon, 15 Jul 2013 19:27:04 +0000 Jessica Nath 13154 at http://wesa.fm Pittsburgh Region Copes With Flash Flooding, Road Closures http://wesa.fm/post/pittsburgh-region-copes-flash-flooding-road-closures <p><strong>UPDATE: 9:47 a.m. Thursday</strong></p><p>After heavy rain from storms Wednesday brought flash flooding across the Pittsburgh region, officials are advising that some roadways remain closed Thursday. <a href="http://www.wesa.fm/post/program-explores-ways-play-can-help-learning">More details here</a>.</p><p>All weather warnings and watches for Allegheny County have expired, and the National Weather Service is forecasting a slight chance of showers for the Pittsburgh region before 11 a.m. Otherwise, Thursday is expected to be mostly cloudy with a high near 77.</p> Wed, 10 Jul 2013 14:18:34 +0000 Kevin Gavin 12855 at http://wesa.fm Pittsburgh Region Copes With Flash Flooding, Road Closures Saturn Drops 6 Inches of Snow on Pittsburgh Region http://wesa.fm/post/saturn-drops-6-inches-snow-pittsburgh-region <div class="field-item even"><p>By mid morning Wednesday, the snow had moved out of the Pittsburgh region and most of the city’s streets were treated.&nbsp; Pittsburgh Public Works crews used 62 trucks overnight and into the morning to clear the blanket of heavy wet snow.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>Public Works Director Rob Kaczorowski reminded city residents to be careful when they start to clean their cars, sidewalks and drive ways and asks that home owners not just to drop the&nbsp;snow&nbsp;anywhere.</p> Thu, 07 Mar 2013 02:14:24 +0000 Mark Nootbaar 2152 at http://wesa.fm Saturn Drops 6 Inches of Snow on Pittsburgh Region