We welcome all members of the Lehigh Valley and Pocono Region to this blog forum. The goal is to make this the most informative one-stop place for all weather related information concerning the Greater Lehigh Valley and Pocono region. We value all members who are here to share their insights, knowledge, and those who are simply enthusiasts that want to learn a thing or two. We want it to be a friendly environment for all, and encourage as much interaction and participation as possible. And finally, we'd like this group to set the standard of excellence with regard to respect of others.
We boast an elite group of admins, a top notch group of knowledgeable people that I like to call "The Four Aces"
Bobby Martrich, LWB ProMet of the LV WX Section
Jonathan Wenner, Staff Meteorologist
Doc Martucci, Staff Meteorologist
Joe Spang, Staff Meteorologist
Member credentials: I am a meteorologist, not just of this page and Lehigh Valley Weather Patrol on Facebook, but hold an associates degree in the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences, meteorology concentration, from Penn State (2001)... my support staff are VERY knowledgeable despite no formal meteorology education, but I selected them for a reason. Their insight ranks among the best I have personally encountered. Many of you have followed them over the years and have grown to love all of them. Their opinions are not considered speculation by myself, or ProMet members of LWB.com.
Area of Coverage:
This region covers the GREATER Lehigh Valley and Pocono Regions, and geographically, this is beyond the technical borders of the Lehigh Valley. We serve an area as far South as Ambler, PA. As far West as Hamburg and Reading, PA. As far North as Mount Pocono, PA, and as far East as Clinton, NJ. This area encompasses all of Lehigh, Carbon, Northampton, Eastern half of Berks, Eastern Schuylkill, Most of Bucks, and Northern Montgomery Counties in PA, and Mercer and Warren Counties in NJ.
What we offer to our members:
Besides some of the best insight you will find anywhere well in advance of other media outlets, we have an array of computer model information at our disposal, including StormVistawx models, and the GRLevel3 hi-res radar imagery. We also have a direct connection to Lehigh Valley Weather Patrol on Facebook, http://www.facebook.com/lehighvalleyweatherpatrol, where I also serve as Chief meteorologist and co-founder. And coming soon, the independent site, http://www.lehighvalleyweatherpatrol.com
What we unconditionally expect from our members:
1. If you attach a photo, weather model, or map, PLEASE CITE THE SOURCE. Copyright infringement is considered a form of libel and there are consequences for publicly posting copyrighted material. Simple way around this, when posting a model or photo, just below it be sure to include something like this: "Map courtesy of StormVista Weather models" and you are golden. For pictures, make sure you have permission from the source to replicate the photo and post here. Any links or maps from the National Weather Service or NOAA, or NCEP are able to be posted without permission from the source, as it is a US Government public service.
2. Keep on topic with the forum. We don't need to have people giving highlights of the Eagles game during a storm discussion. When we go into "STORM MODE" which will be announced ahead of time, these types of posts will be deleted by the admins. Also please refrain from IMBY questions (in my back yard) as this also clutters the forum board. We will issue maps that will include how much rain or snow can be expected and that will include the entire region. Please refrain from asking questions like "how much snow will we get in Lehighton" while in storm mode because we will have this covered in discussion and map form. If you don't know how to read a map, I hear LCCC has an excellent geography program...
3. I want this to be a fun and enjoyable experience for all who participate. There are many weather gurus and enthusiasts out there, and people who simply want to learn more about meteorology as a whole. Respect other's opinions and please do not turn this into a bickering session. Everyone is entitled to their opinions, and it is ok to disagree, but do it tastefully and please refrain from attacking other members. Do unto others what you would want them to do to you. Profanity is also not allowed. Keep it clean. Admins reserve the right to delete comments that are distasteful or attacks other members. It is unnecessary, and members who continually threaten the integrity of the site will be banned by the admins. We have a good fan base on the LWB site, so I do not foresee this being an issue, but had to be mentioned nonetheless.
1st offense: comment(s) deleted and member warned about disregard of blogging rules
2nd offense: member banned by admins of the page
EVERYONE has the right to an opinion that may differ from one of the Mets or another member. Do it tastefully, respectfully, and offer logical reasons why you disagree. We may be good, but we are not descendants of Nostradamus. We are human, and can make bad judgements. If you disagree, be sure to explain why, and not "just because I have a feeling"... a good example of this is the Mets collectively agree on a 3-6" snowstorm, and someone is hyping a blizzard... wishcasting and hyping we'd also like to refrain from. Cite a model that shows a different idea and why you think it is correct. Keep in mind this is a professional site, with advertisers that pay good money to receive accurate information. Like the Lehigh Valley Weather Patrol site, many people will rely on our forecasts and analysis to make decisions in their personal or business ventures.
Our goal is to be the leading blog region with the most knowledgeable members offering their insights. We hope you all enjoy your experience in future weather events and will participate freely in the discussions going forward. 100% interactive, 100% of the time.
Bobby Martrich Meteorologist Lehigh Valley/Pocono Region