Chief Meteorologist Kate Bilo joined the Eyewitness News weather team on CBS 3 and The CW Philly in October, 2010.
Bilo, a native of Phoenixville, returned to the Delaware Valley from AccuWeather in State College, Pennsylvania where she had been a meteorologist since 2004. During her tenure with the weather service, she provided forecasts on TV and radio for numerous AccuWeather clients including FOX News, CNBC, ABC News Now and many local stations. She had also been the main morning weather anchor for the Bloomberg Television Network.
Bilo is a 2003 graduate of Penn State University where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Spanish and International Business. She also has a Bachelor of Science degree in Geosciences from Mississippi State University.
A versatile broadcaster, in addition to her weather duties, Bilo has twice guest hosted CBS’s Daytime Emmy Award-nominated talk show THE TALK.
A certified bookworm, Bilo sets a goal to read 100 books each year. In her effort to help children develop a love of reading, she serves as Champion of Reading for the Free Library of Philadelphia’s Summer Reading program, visiting libraries to read to them. Bilo also enjoys traveling, bike riding and taking long walks. A thunderstorm junkie, her dream is to one day go on a tornado chase in the Plains.
Bilo is married and the mother of two young sons.
Today’s heat and humidity are feeding a line of strong to severe thunderstorms advancing through the region along a cold front.
The summer warmth is living on borrowed time, as a cold front will move through Tuesday afternoon and evening.
The Memorial Day Weekend breakdown across the region.
An active pattern through the end of the week will eventually give way to a pleasant holiday weekend, with warming expected each day and increasing amounts of sunshine.
It will certainly feel warmer and steamier, but we also have the threat for showers and thunderstorms around through the afternoon. But these are just an appetizer, so to speak.
We’ll head back to the 80’s with sunshine on Thursday but once again, showers and storms are in the forecast – and then Friday ends up being a washout with heavy thunderstorms rolling through all day.
Clouds have been slow to break on this Friday, but you can feel the warmer air in place across the region – warmth that is poised to stick around into the weekend and next week!
It’s been a tale of two days as we started out with sunshine and pleasant conditions and will finish on a cloudy, damp note as showers move through the area.
Turbulence is fact of flying and sometimes a frightening one.
Flood waters continue to recede at this hour as today’s dry, sunny weather has helped the area begin to recover from yesterday’s devastating floods. Many of our area waterways charted Top 5 historic flood levels, and beat the numbers from our last major flooding disaster, Hurricane Irene in 2011.
The rain has been falling heavily all day, with many areas checking in with over two inches of rain.
Just one day after a deadly tornado tore through the towns of Mayflower and Vilonia in Arkansas, a dangerous severe weather outbreak is underway once again, this time slightly to the east.
This storm is also producing dangerous thunderstorms to our south, across portions of North Carolina and Virginia, where tornadoes have been spotted. Luckily for us, the threat for severe weather will stay south, but we will hear a few rumbles of thunder tonight as the rain moves through.
Winds will die down rapidly this evening into tonight, eventually becoming calm. And as a system approaches from the west, we can expect more moisture in the air leading to less risky conditions.
Fire danger will remain high right through the day on Thursday as winds will gust to 30mph once again.
Despite sunshine and highs in the 60’s on Wednesday, winds will be very strong all day and that will make it feel noticeably colder than the thermometer indicates.
While not as mild as last weekend, temperatures will be close to average and we’ll see lots of sun through the holiday weekend, making for a pleasant Easter holiday for travelers and egg hunters!
Today was bright but cold across the region, with temperatures averaging more than 10 degrees below normal and a gusty breeze making it feel even worse! But the good news is that we are entering into a period of quiet weather.
With sub-freezing temperatures tomorrow morning, a Freeze Warning has been issued for the area. If you have any cold-sensitive plants outdoors, you may want to consider covering them or moving them inside to ensure no damage.
But before we get to the nice warm weekend weather, let’s talk about our one stumbling block – a cold front moving into the area and stalling tomorrow will deliver more cloud cover and the chance for a few showers here and there, mainly off to the north and west, but we can’t rule them out anywhere!
The sun returned just in time for the Phillies home opener, though it will be blustery and a bit chilly during the game.
It has been a cold and dreary Friday across the region, with spotty sprinkles around, and more may roll through before we kickstart our weekend!
Well, it’s March 25th, and we’re tracking snow. Would we expect anything less from this winter?
Big changes lie behind that front, and my advice is not to pack away the winter gear just yet!
March is typically a volatile month as spring and winter duke it out across the area, and the battle between seasons will be felt in a pronounced way this weekend!
But the most noticeable impact from this storm will be the brutal blast of cold air that will race in behind the front.
We continue to monitor a developing system for Sunday night and Monday that looks like one of our bigger winter storms of this stormy season.
After a frigid Friday, temperatures rebound ever so slightly as we welcome in March this weekend, but we will also welcome yet another winter storm, our 15th of the season.
Snow piles remain and anything you see on the ground now will be with us for some time, as much colder air plunges into the region from the arctic.
Warm air made a spring-like grand entrance back into the area today with a band of heavy rain and thunderstorms.
Many of us woke up this morning to fresh falling snow, but we finished out the afternoon in sunshine and with climbing temperatures.
Another day, another chance of snow in the forecast…but now there are only 33 days until spring and only 22 days until Daylight Saving Time starts, which means sunset will be in the 7 p.m. hour!
The warm air aloft and at the surface may limit snow totals south and east of Philadelphia, but in the north and west suburbs an additional 3-6″ of snow will fall (locally higher amounts possible), pushing total snowfall amounts in some spots into the 18-22″ range.
It’s not over yet. Another thump of snow will rumble through this evening and tonight as the back edge of the storm moves through, and these bands will intensify as another coastal low deepens offshore.
Heavy snow will continue to fall through the overnight hours and into the early morning, piling up well over 6 inches in many areas, with even higher amounts in our far north and west suburbs where the snow could pile up over a foot.
This storm will have all the hallmarks of a true nor’easter – howling winds, heavy snow, strong waves along the coast, and unlike the storms we dealt with in January that were all snow and high-ratio snow at that, this one will have mixing issues.
By the time Monday rolls around, we may be even more tired of seeing snow than we are already, if that’s at all possible!
In the wake of Tuesday’s crippling ice storm, the worst winter storm in PECO’s history with well more than half a million powerless, many remain away from their homes due to lack of heat. And the chill isn’t departing the area anytime soon, with Arctic high pressure in control through the end of the week. Temperatures tonight dip into the 20’s, and barely get above freezing tomorrow – a bit of melting, perhaps, but not enough to rid the area of much snow or ice.
In the wake of an ice storm that dumped up to a full HALF INCH of ice on portions of the region, many people this evening are without heat and electricity as temperatures plummet into the 20’s.
The winter of over-performing storms continues, with a system that blasted the area today with well over half a foot of heavy, wet snow.
Meteorologist Kate Bilo has the exclusive story.
As the American Red Cross tells us, when you are trying to stay warm, it’s always important to stay safe.
We’re in an active pattern this week but, unfortunately for snow lovers, all that activity probably won’t amount to much white on the ground!
We’ll enjoy cold but quiet weather for the first day of 2014, and then everything changes as two areas of low pressure set their sights on the area.
The nice streak of weather will continue through the weekend, but next week, we could finally see some rain move back into the area.
The Harvest Moon tends to rise earlier than other full moons, so moonrise often occurs around sunset. This often gives the moon a reddish cast, and as it’s rising, it appears very large and imposing.
Did you know that the United States also gets a monsoon?
Kate Bilo is in quaint and beautiful Cape May for this “Orr at the Shore.”
Once we reach the 90 mark tomorrow, this will officially be the fourth heat wave of the year, and it looks like it will run seven days this time, each one hotter than the last.
A strong cold front has been wreaking havoc on the weather across the US this week, and now it’s our turn!