Emmy award winning Meteorologist Kathy Orr provides forecasts weekdays on Eyewitness News at 10 p.m. on The CW Philly and at 11p.m. on CBS 3. She also provides forecasts for CBS 3′s sister radio station, 94 WIP.
Orr arrived in Philadelphia in 1998 as the first female meteorologist in the Philadelphia television market. Named “Rookie of the Year” by the Delaware County Times in 1999, Orr’s forecasting and reporting have earned her eight Mid-Atlantic Emmy Awards for “Best Weathercaster.” She has also earned top honors from the Pennsylvania Associated Press Broadcasters Association and in 2008, was named “Best Weathercaster” in Philadelphia Magazine’s “Best of Philly” issue.
Orr has had many career highlights since joining CBS 3 in 2003. In 2004, she broadcast live from the cockpit of a hurricane hunter aircraft while flying through Hurricane Ivan. For two seasons she served as the official meteorologist of the Philadelphia Eagles and broadcast live from the 2005 Super Bowl. In 2008, Orr broadcast live from the World Series and provided weather updates and commentary for CBS Radio locally, for XM Radio, ESPN Radio and Sports Illustrated.com.
A former board member of the American Meteorological Society’s Board of Broadcast Meteorology, Orr selected candidates to receive the coveted AMS Seal. In addition, she is a mentor for the American Meteorological Society’s, Datastreme Project. For nearly 10 years she has educated teachers in the field of Meteorology so it can be added to the curriculum in local schools.
Orr earned a B.S. in Meteorology from the State University of New York at Oswego and a B.S. in Broadcast Journalism and Marketing from Syracuse University. She holds the NWA, AMS and CBM Certifications in Meteorology.
Orr is devoted to serving the community through local charities including Susan G. Komen for the Cure. In 1998, she was awarded the New York Governor’s Award
for community service.
Orr enjoys sharing her knowledge of and passion for weather as demonstrated by her community project, “Kidcasters” that gave local students a rare opportunity to audition for a live appearance on a CBS 3 weathercast.
In 2003, Orr was recognized by the New Jersey Governor’s Office for her “Orr at the Shore” series of summer reports that highlighted environmental awareness along the Jersey Shore. The Jersey shore is an issue dear to her heart, since her family has vacationed “down the shore” for more than 30 years. The series reached a milestone, its 100th show, in 2009.
Orr resides in South Jersey with her husband and two children.
Wednesday morning will greet us with temperatures in the teens in Philadelphia, some single digits in our suburbs.
Friday morning will be frigid. Philadelphia will challenge the record of 9 degrees, set in 1934. If that is not bad enough, wake up wind chills will be around -10.
The snow will clear the coast around noon. Wednesday afternoon will be sunny and blustery!
A cold front will cross our area Wednesday, bringing rain showers during the late morning through midday hours. There is the chance that if the rain moves in early enough, it could freeze on some surfaces where temperatures are below freezing.
It will be the 3rd Snowiest Winter ever in Philadelphia.
They have been scarce around here this season, but Nor’easters are notorious in our area during the winter months.
This is one big storm that will impact millions of people. Snow and sleet are already falling in the deep south.
Philadelphia has received over 40 inches of snow this winter and is currently less than 3″ away from entering the top 10 list of all time record winter seasons.
A Winter Storm Warning will continue into Wednesday for snow and ice with the biggest threat North and West of Philadelphia. In addition to hazardous travel Wednesday morning, significant icing of .25-.5″ could take down tree limbs and power lines especially in our far NW suburbs and the Lehigh Valley.
Tuesday will literally be the “calm before the storm”. STORM #2, that is.
The heaviest snow will fall South and East of Philadelphia.
The latest arctic blast will continue to create gusty winds and drive wind chills below zero Tuesday morning.
January 2014 has already made it into weather history as the 5th snowiest January in Philadelphia with 22.5” of snow at it could climb even higher Saturday with more accumulating snow!
Philadelphia has already made it to the 5th snowiest January of all time with 22.5”… and counting!
A Winter Storm Warning take effect Tuesday morning and last until Tuesday night.