All of us here at AccuWeather have been greatly moved by the outpouring of condolences and sympathy toward Ken Reeves' passing.
On Sunday, March 25, 2012, tragedy struck the AccuWeather family and the weather community with the loss of Ken.
We appreciate the tremendous show of support from the National Weather Service, American Meteorological Society, universities, corporations, the media, individuals and organizations that Ken worked with or inspired over the years.
Truly this has been one of the most difficult days in our lives at AccuWeather as Ken was a leader on many fronts. We all share the grief of Ken's wife, Raychel, and his family.
He had a very busy life, not only with spending time with his wife on the West Coast and managing AccuWeather affairs in the office and on the road, but also with the meteorological community, including taking time assisting students pursuing their weather-forecasting dreams.
I personally met Ken at Penn State as a fellow student in the Meteorology program in 1981. I was tremendously moved by the positive energy he had toward weather and soon thereafter toward the AccuWeather philosophy of striving toward forecasting excellence.
According to Bernie Rayno, "Ken was a great friend and mentor through my years at AccuWeather. Life will not be the same without him."
Henry Margusity, who was a fellow classmate with Ken at Glenside, Pa., since the 1960s, was in shock over the incident and loss of a close friend.
Margusity said, "I have known Ken for over 45 years and not seeing him around and consulting with him on personal and business matters will be extremely difficult."
Ken was on the roof of his home taking down Christmas lights, when he fell to the ground below and succumbed to injuries shortly thereafter. We may never know what caused the fall. Ken was physically very active and in good health.
Hanging lights around the holidays was more than a hobby with Ken, it was a passion. At Christmastime, Ken's house was much more than well-lit.
Ken was 50 years old.
One of the many things Ken was so great at was no matter how bad the situation was, he would always pick up the pieces and move forward.
That is something he would want all of us to do now.
Ignacio has rapidly strengthened into a major hurricane as it tracks toward the Hawaiian Islands.
While Erika has weakened to a tropical rainstorm, downpours will still spread from Hispaniola and Cuba to Florida as August transitions to September.
As many as seven tropical cyclones were churning throughout the world this past week, while smoke from wildfires across the Pacific Northwest led to poor air quality across the region.
Summer heat makes a comeback across a large part of Europe as drenching thunderstorms soak other areas.
Heat will linger in Eastern Europe for much of the fall season; meanwhile, the British Isles and northwestern Europe can expect a stormy end to the season.
One of the most damaging natural disasters to hit the U.S., Hurricane Katrina battered areas along the Gulf Coast. Take a look at five scenes from the immediate aftermath to years later as the region worked to recover.
New England (1816)
"Year in which there was no summer", otherwise known to weather historians as "1800 and frozen to death" killing frost once again damages sparse corn corp in northern New England...loss of this and other crops led to severe famine in much of New England that winter...and helped spur western migration in spring of 1817.
New England (1965)
A total of 2.5 inches of snow on top of Mt. Washington set an August record. Vermont had a reading of only 25 degrees, while Nantucket had a chilly 39 degrees. Earliest freeze on record at many stations.
Houston, TX (1980)
2.23 inches of rain fell in less than 1 hour. Streets were flooded in the downtown district and a tornado touched down briefly west of Houston at Sealy, TX.