Meteorologist Erica Grow

Meteorologist Erica Grow Meteorologist and Councilor of the American Meteorological Society. I've been fascinated by the weather since I was a child, and I've always been curious about how things work and why they happen, especially as it pertains to the natural world.
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I received my Bachelor of Science degree in Meteorology from Penn State University in 2002, and received the AMS Seal as a Certified Broadcast Meteorologist in 2012. I was elected to the Society's leadership team as a Councillor in 2018. I also currently serve on the AMS Board on Best Practices and the Board on Enterprise Economic Development. One of my favorite things to do is answer people's burning questions about the weather and how the atmosphere works... so if you have a question, please feel free to ask!

Operating as usual

10/03/2020
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

Happy 50th Anniversary, NOAA! The National Atmospheric and Oceanographic Administration is the umbrella agency for the National Weather Service, and they also cover everything from the bottom of the ocean floor to the surface of the sun!

It’s official: Today’s the day ... Our 50th anniversary!

NOAA was “born” Oct. 3, 1970, and we’ve never felt more ready to face the next 50 yrs. Join us as we look back at some of our proudest moments.

For all of our accomplishments on behalf of the nation, we are deeply grateful to the hardworking and passionate NOAA workforce, without whom our achievements as one of the federal government’s three science agencies would not have been possible -- or successful.

(*Captioned video at: https://youtu.be/5hVukYLG5m4.
You can also watch at https://www.noaa.gov/noaa-50th-home )

09/30/2020
Join the Band | AMS Weather Band

The AMS Weather Band is open for membership in October! For the first time, you can become a part of the American Meteorological Society’s community, even if you’re not a professional atmospheric scientist, by “joining the Band”. Learn more below:

Erica Grow gives an introduction to AMS Weather Band, a new community for weather enthusiasts, coming this fall. http://amsweatherband.org/

The story was written in the DC metro area, but it applies here as well. The good news (for us at least) is that the wil...
09/16/2020
Smoke in D.C.'s skies today traveled thousands of miles from the West Coast

The story was written in the DC metro area, but it applies here as well. The good news (for us at least) is that the wildfire smoke is lofting high in the atmosphere, not causing problems for air quality near the ground.

The smoke is graying out what would otherwise be sparkling blue skies.

Meteorological Fall began yesterday, and in NYC, the months of September, October, and November have gotten a lot warmer...
09/03/2020
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Meteorological Fall began yesterday, and in NYC, the months of September, October, and November have gotten a lot warmer in the past 50 years. The biggest change is in the average overnight low temperature, due to the Urban Heat Island effect and an increase in humidity, which makes it harder to cool down at night.

As the remnants of Laura move toward the Northeast this weekend, the storm will merge with an approaching cold front, en...
08/27/2020
Northeast | Drought.gov

As the remnants of Laura move toward the Northeast this weekend, the storm will merge with an approaching cold front, enhancing the rainfall. While most of the Tri-State doesn't need more rain, check out New England- much of the region is in a Severe Drought, and could really use the rain!
https://www.drought.gov/drought/rcc/northeast

These are the boundaries of NOAA’s Northeast Regional Climate Center.

The tropics are heating up again- unlike Josephine and Kyle, these two potential developing storms are close enough to i...
08/18/2020

The tropics are heating up again- unlike Josephine and Kyle, these two potential developing storms are close enough to impact each other’s strength and track, making them harder to forecast and more uncertain. We’ll keep an eye on them for you.

Two areas of disturbed weather located over the Atlantic basin on this Tuesday afternoon continue to be watched closely.

One is a a tropical wave over the eastern Caribbean Sea, and continues to produce an area of disorganized thunderstorms and gusty winds. This wave is moving quickly westward at about 20 mph and significant development is unlikely while it moves across the eastern and central Caribbean Sea during the next day or two. After that time, however, the wave is forecast to slow down, and a tropical depression will likely form late this week or this weekend when it reaches the northwestern Caribbean Sea. It has a low (30 percent) chance of formation during the next 8 hours and a high (70 percent) chance during the next five days.

The other is an area of low pressure located about 1300 miles east of the Lesser Antilles, producing a concentrated area of showers and thunderstorms. Environmental conditions are conducive for development, and a tropical depression is expected to form within the next couple of days while the system moves west-northwestward at 15 to 20 mph across the central and western portions of the tropical Atlantic. Interests in the Lesser Antilles should monitor the progres of this system. It has a high (80 percent) chance of formation during the next 48 hours and a high (90 percent) chance during the next five days. www.hurricanes.gov

Isaias beelines toward us today. A Tornado Watch is in effect for the Tri-State, and we also have the potential for flas...
08/04/2020

Isaias beelines toward us today. A Tornado Watch is in effect for the Tri-State, and we also have the potential for flash flooding as the storm dumps very heavy rain in a short amount of time. Isaias is gone already by tomorrow.

Here are the Key Messages regarding Tropical Storm Isaias, issued by NHC at 5 a.m. EDT Tuesday - www.hurricanes.gov

Most of the impact from Isaias will likely be felt in the Tri-State on Tuesday. Sun returns Wednesday morning!
08/03/2020
Isaias nears Florida after lashing the Bahamas; storm could hit NY, NJ

Most of the impact from Isaias will likely be felt in the Tri-State on Tuesday. Sun returns Wednesday morning!

As Tropical Storm Isaias lashes Florida's east coast with heavy rain and gusty winds Sunday, officials in New York and New Jersey are preparing for the storm's possible arrival in tri-state area.

Did you know that the sea level is rising faster in Miami than in NYC? The reason is fascinating (in my opinion). The ic...
07/29/2020

Did you know that the sea level is rising faster in Miami than in NYC? The reason is fascinating (in my opinion).
The ice sheet in Greenland is so massive, it produces its own gravitational pull! But as the ice melts, the sheet loses mass, which reduces this gravity effect. This causes the water in the ocean to get distributed more evenly, sending more water toward the equator.

As our planet warms, the ocean’s surface is rising. Water expands as it warms, and melting of ice sheets and glaciers on land adds water to the ocean. Learn more about the global mean sea level with these graphs. https://www.climate.gov/maps-data/dataset/global-mean-sea-level-graph

Teacher teams are forming now through August 6th. I will be mentoring the DataStreme Climate program this fall – comment...
07/15/2020

Teacher teams are forming now through August 6th. I will be mentoring the DataStreme Climate program this fall – comment below if you’re a K-12 Science teacher and are interested in learning more! 

Earn low-cost graduate credits 100% online, and supercharge your K-12 science class with real-world data from a trusted source. Learn weather, ocean, or climate fundamentals through the American Meteorological Society’s DataStreme courses—now in our 50th continuous semester! Enrollment is now open for fall 2020. https://www.ametsoc.org/index.cfm/ams/education-careers/education-program/k-12-teachers/datastreme-program/

Yesterday’s thunderstorms caused a Meteotsunami in the Chesapeake Bay! Learn more about this fairly rare but potentially...
07/07/2020
What is a meteotsunami?

Yesterday’s thunderstorms caused a Meteotsunami in the Chesapeake Bay! Learn more about this fairly rare but potentially dangerous weather phenomenon: https://oceanservice.noaa.gov/facts/meteotsunami.html

Meteotsunamis are large waves that scientists are just beginning to better understand. Unlike tsunamis triggered by seismic activity, meteotsunamis are driven by weather events, such as fast-moving severe thunderstorms, squalls, or other storm fronts with a change in pressure. The storm generates a....

Get the inside track on the AMS Weather Band, set to launch this fall!
07/02/2020
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Get the inside track on the AMS Weather Band, set to launch this fall!

We are a global community of enthusiasts eager to share our appreciation of weather.

With Hurricane season underway, here’s an important reminder to check your flood insurance plan - and you can get a bett...
06/24/2020
Know Your Zone | NYC Emergency Management

With Hurricane season underway, here’s an important reminder to check your flood insurance plan - and you can get a better idea of your flood risk from the city’s “Know Your Zone” guide (which was updated in 2013 after Superstorm Sandy- thank you David Massey for asking!): https://www1.nyc.gov/assets/em/html/know-your-zone/knowyourzone.html

Know Your Zone is your destination for everything you need to know about hurricanes in New York City. You'll find information about the city's hurricane evacuation zones, the hazards you may face from a hurricane, and what to do to prepare.

06/18/2020
Climate Central

Today is the annual #showyourstripesday! The colors represent the difference from average temperature. Blue is colder, orange is warmer. You can look at the stripes for NYC, any state in the USA, and a bunch of other locations around the globe by following the link below:

#ShowYourStripes today! See temperature trends in warming stripes for U.S. states and cities: bit.ly/2020-stripes

06/10/2020
PIX 11

So many American kids, including those in the Tri-State, rely on free or reduced-cost student lunches during the school year. Tomorrow, help us ensure there is “No Kid Hungry” this summer during PIX11’s Day of Action.

Food insecurity is a growing problem in our country and the coronavirus pandemic has only made it worse.
No Kid Hungry works to make sure that children are fed healthy meals at school, but with many school districts currently closed, their mission has become more difficult. Please join PIX11 by making a difference and helping @NoKidHungry today. Learn more: PIX11.com/FuelOurKids

Join PIX11 on Thursday, June 11th for No Kid Hungry “Day of Action”.
06/09/2020

Join PIX11 on Thursday, June 11th for No Kid Hungry “Day of Action”.

The numbers speak volumes: Every day, kids in need miss nearly 34 million meals nationwide due to coronavirus school closures.

No Kid Hungry works tirelessly to tackle the problem of hunger by providing children nutritious meals. Join PIX 11 on Thursday, June 11, as we support the No Kid Hungry “Day of Action.” Please consider donating here:

https://www.pix11.com/news/fuel-our-kids/donate-no-kid-hungry-day-of-action

An especially strong tie can be made to rapid intensification, when tropical storms and/or hurricanes get substantially ...
06/03/2020
2020 Hurricane Season

An especially strong tie can be made to rapid intensification, when tropical storms and/or hurricanes get substantially stronger (more than 30kt, about 35mph) in 24 hours or less.

Rising temperatures are causing hurricanes to become more intense, produce more rainfall, and create higher storm surges.

I’m so proud and honored to be a member of this organization’s leadership. The AMS is strongly committed to creating an ...
06/01/2020
Special Statement on Racism and Inequity

I’m so proud and honored to be a member of this organization’s leadership. The AMS is strongly committed to creating an environment where every single member feels valued and respected. More than 50% of our leadership (the AMS Council and Executive Committee) is comprised of women and people of color.

The recent killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery, and subsequent protests highlight the racism and inequities in this country, in particular anti-Blackness. For AMS members of color, these events highlight the marginalization and exacerbate the fear and frustration they live wi...

I bet a lot of us take it for granted that all 122 NWS offices in the country are staffed around the clock!
05/13/2020

I bet a lot of us take it for granted that all 122 NWS offices in the country are staffed around the clock!

From its very beginnings 150 years ago, NWS meteorologists have worked around-the-clock to provide observations, forecasts, and warnings about weather and water hazards that don’t punch a time clock. On National Third Shift Workers Day, we honor the NWS employees present and who’ve worked the midnight shift to help keep us safe. www.weather.gov/heritage #NWS150 #ThirdShiftWorkersDay

Today is NOAA’s annual Safe Place Selfie Day! This is a great activity to do at home with the kids. -Find your safe plac...
04/08/2020

Today is NOAA’s annual Safe Place Selfie Day! This is a great activity to do at home with the kids.
-Find your safe place from severe weather
-Take a selfie
-Post it today with the hashtag #SafePlaceSelfie
-Remember this spot if severe weather strikes your neighborhood in the future
That’s it!

National Weather Service #SafePlaceSelfie day is TOMORROW!

While practicing social distancing, good hygiene, and staying at home, take some time to locate your safe place from different hazards. Then...take a selfie and share it tomorrow.

More at weather.gov/wrn/safeplaceselfie

Are you a part of an organization that’s a Weather-Ready Nation Ambassador? If so, please take 5 minutes to provide your...
04/01/2020
WRN Ambassador Survey

Are you a part of an organization that’s a Weather-Ready Nation Ambassador? If so, please take 5 minutes to provide your feedback on the program by clicking the link below: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/5GXM3C9
Thank you, and stay safe!

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03/23/2020

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Good Monday morning! If you’re running out of ways to entertain and educate your school-aged children, check out www.sci...
03/23/2020
Home | NOAA SciJinks – All About Weather

Good Monday morning! If you’re running out of ways to entertain and educate your school-aged children, check out www.scijinks.gov! It’s loaded with fun videos, interactives, and other resources for learning about everything that happens between the bottom of the ocean to the surface of the sun.

Explore a GOES-R Series weather satellite! Click and drag to rotate the satellite. Scroll or pinch to zoom in and out. Then, learn about how the GOES-R series of weather satellites help monitor weather down here on Earth! Credit: NASA Visualization Technology Applications and Development (VTAD)

The tragic situation in Nashville serves as an important reminder:1. Tornadoes can happen in big cities, even downtown. ...
03/03/2020

The tragic situation in Nashville serves as an important reminder:
1. Tornadoes can happen in big cities, even downtown. Tall buildings don’t provide protection. We don’t see tornadoes in big cities very often because cities take up a relatively small proportion of land in the USA.
2. Tornadoes can happen at any time of day, even in the middle of the night when you may not be watching TV or looking at mobile alerts.
3. This is super important: the Emergency Alert System has been updated so only the most critical alerts will trigger the alert tone and message. You will not be bombarded by Flash Flood Warnings in the middle of the night; only Flash Flood EMERGENCY and Tornado Warnings will be transmitted.

My heart hurts. This is Nashville right now. I’m scared for when the sun comes up. 😔

Any K-12 science teachers out there? You can get your required professional development credits for a bargain through th...
02/28/2020

Any K-12 science teachers out there? You can get your required professional development credits for a bargain through the AMS DataStreme Program! Classes are completely online and are self-guided, and you have a mentor you can reach out to if you ever get stuck. More information in the link below: 

Read about Staci DeSchryver, a science teacher at Cherokee Trail High School, who has earned our Certified AMS Teacher (CAT) designation! https://www.cherrycreekschools.org/site/default.aspx?PageType=3&DomainID=4&ModuleInstanceID=85&ViewID=6446EE88-D30C-497E-9316-3F8874B3E108&RenderLoc=0&FlexDataID=29524&PageID=1

Learn more about the CAT program: https://www.ametsoc.org/index.cfm/ams/education-careers/careers/ams-professional-certification-programs/certified-ams-teacher-program-cat/
AMS Education Program

A happy belated birthday to the National Weather Service! On February 9, 1870, president Ulysses Grant signed a joint re...
02/10/2020

A happy belated birthday to the National Weather Service! On February 9, 1870, president Ulysses Grant signed a joint resolution of Congress to establish a national weather bureau. It was an important step toward standardized weather observations and reliable forecasts for Americans everywhere.

Today is the 150th anniversary of NOAA’s National Weather Service! From its beginnings as part of the U.S. Army Signal Service through today, the history and legacy of the National Weather Service is a story of science and service to save lives, protect property, and enhance the national economy.

This collage is a sample of some of your favorite weather images that appeared on noaa.gov and NOAA social media. Remember to bookmark weather.gov for your latest forecast and visit https://vlab.ncep.noaa.gov/web/nws-heritage to learn more about the proud history of the National Weather Service.

I love that today’s Miss America pageant is just as much about inner beauty as it is about what’s on the outside! 
12/20/2019
Jummy Olabanji

I love that today’s Miss America pageant is just as much about inner beauty as it is about what’s on the outside! 

Schrier is a cm laude graduate of Virginia Tech with a dual bachelor of science degree in biochemistry and systems biology and she is currently studying to obtain a doctor of pharmacy degree at VCU.

CONGRATS HOKIE!

New project alert! I’ve accepted a fellowship with the American Meteorological Society in their Policy office.My primary...
10/09/2019
Erica Grow

New project alert! I’ve accepted a fellowship with the American Meteorological Society in their Policy office.
My primary focus is on initiatives that will strengthen the Weather Ready Nation Ambassadors program. I’m excited to work with terrific folks in all aspects of the weather, water, and climate enterprise to keep Americans safe!

https://www.ametsoc.org/index.cfm/ams/policy/who-we-are/erica-grow/

Nonresident Fellow AMS Policy Program

The sudden passing of Dr. Lapenta is a shocking loss for our community. As NCEP Director, he went out of his way to enga...
10/02/2019

The sudden passing of Dr. Lapenta is a shocking loss for our community. As NCEP Director, he went out of his way to engage with the people who use computer forecasting models, asking us what we would like to see improved. I will always appreciate that he cared about the opinions of little guys like us.

The operational meteorology community mourns the sudden loss of Dr. Bill Lapenta, who was serving as acting Director to the NOAA Office of Weather and Air Quality and previously was the NWS NCEP Director. He was a mentor, colleague and inspiration to many within the field. He will be sorely missed.

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Erica, How are you? I miss you here in DC. Noone brought the weather like you did. I have a question: Could you create a short video for my first graders on your job and what weather is? It would be awesome for them to hear from you. I hope you can consider this.
I know it is too early but I saw.Delta in the gulf of Mexico and it looks like it is going to be a big hurricane and the people in the gulf coast region are in their crosshairs with hurricane in the gulf of Mexico there is no way for it to go out to sea unlike Atlantic hurricanes meanwhile this week the weather in the new York area is nice and quiet you your family and your dog stay safe and well
In about a week or two, it will be 5 years since I had to suddenly stop my car about a mile from my house, and straw in awe at this tree whose leaves were ablaze in orange leaves. I had never seen a tree with such a vibrant colors....and still haven't to this day, as the tree's leaves over the past 5 years have not been nearly as bright. However, the weather this year is supposed to be conducive to bright Fall Foliage. So, we'll see how this tree looks this year. By the way, I did NOT touch up this photo in any way, shape or form.
Erica - Your warm smile, delivery and very presence is missed here in Philadelphia. Aways made it a point to catch you when you were on the air. Stay safe and perhaps one day you'll find your way back here.
2020 just keeps getting better and better. Ughhh.... 🤬
I know you are a Penn state alum I am a big giants fan and seeing saquon Barkley another Penn state alum getting injured was tough to watch hopefully he makes as quick of a recovery as possible by the way the last few days the weather has been nothing short of spectacular
So, we've had so many tropical storms and hurricanes this year, that we are now using the Greek alphabet. The only other time that has occurred was in 2005. But, in 2005, we didn't start using the Greek alphabet until October 22nd. We are a full month ahead of that pace! So, if we run out of Greek letters, what's next? Pig Latin??? Everybody get prepared for Hurricane Etty-Bay!!! 😆😆😆
Looks like Long, Tall Sally won't be impacting us too much. Check out:
Great job on PIX last night Erica, you're looking as beautiful as ever! 😊
The weather was fabulous today there was a certain crispness to the air a far cry from thursday with all that rain in such a short period of time
Erica the weather was absolutely fabulous today and it is going to be like that all weekend by the way that ring looks nice
Pink sky over Long Valley, NJ tonight about 2 hours ago (7pm). Weird....