August 12, 2015 |
ASK A CITY trashman or woman what's the nastiest part of the job or the worst thing that's ever happened, and the answer is not easy. Because there's just so much, especially in the summer: The asphalt is hot enough to melt the soles of work boots. The stink can churn an iron stomach. The maggots are celebrating their new life. The bees treat you like a pin cushion. The open-air drug dealers stop you and say, "Hold up, don't dump that can. " And yes, it's summertime and indeed the livin' is easy - for raccoons, opossums, rats and mice.
August 7, 2015 |
As Philadelphia heat snaps go, this one was positively wimpy. Wednesday's high topped out at 88, breaking an eight-day streak of temperatures at 90 or above. Further relief is in sight, with forecast highs of 85 for Thursday and 81 for Friday. Hot, sure. But unbearable? For Philadelphia in August? Allison Johnstone, a South Philadelphia nanny supervising an enthusiastic toddler cooling off in the water at Center City's Sister Cities Park, scoffed. "It hasn't been that hot this summer," said Johnstone, 29. "Hot is when it's over 100. " Jeff Moran, spokesman for the city Health Department, said there had been no advisory or heat warning situations recently.
July 30, 2015 |
As summers go, this one has been fairly benign, with only two short heat waves. Based on the forecast, the wave we're in now could end up being the longest of the season, with daily temperatures forecast to hit 90 or better into early next week. Wednesday would be the worst of it, with temperatures heading into the mid-90s and heat indexes in triple figures. But the National Weather Service has not hoisted the heat warning flags yet, and after Wednesday, the forecast highs back off a couple of degrees.
July 28, 2015 |
From his cell on C block, Eric Jackson could hear the whirl of a nearby fan but couldn't feel the breeze. As the temperature in Philadelphia ticked into the 90s Monday, Jackson ripped the sheet from his bunk at the House of Correction. He said it had started to stink of sweat. "You lay there soaked in sweat, just laying on a bare mattress," Jackson, 31, said while waiting for a bus outside the prison after serving six weeks for theft. "You see cockroaches running up the wall, mice running across the floor.
July 22, 2015 |
The region has had hotter days than Monday - when it hit a steamy 95 at Philadelphia International Airport - but not many hotter nights. In fact, the overnight low of 81 was the highest minimum temperature for a July 20 in Philadelphia since official record-keeping began 1874, beating the old record of 78 and missing the all-time mark of 83, set in 2010 and 2011. Temperatures on Tuesday were forecast to go no lower than the mid-70s, but the heat wave should be rather unexceptional history by Wednesday.
July 21, 2015 |
With temperatures in the mid-90s, magnified by rising humidity, the National Weather Service issued an excessive heat warning for the Philadelphia area through 8 p.m. Monday. Service providers were standing by, and emergency officials warned workers and at-risk populations to take precautions to avoid heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Temperatures began rising Saturday night, and by Sunday afternoon, humidity was making it feel more like 105 degrees, said Mitchell Gaines, a meteorologist with the weather service's Mount Holly bureau.
July 13, 2014 |
Approaching the heart of what historically is the hottest period of the summer, Philadelphia has yet to record a single heat-related death. In fact, the city still hasn't issued a heat "warning. " Thus far, the region has had only one official "heat wave" - and that one made it on a mere technicality. In years past, summer has been rush hour at the Philadelphia Corp. for Aging (PCA), a nexus for heat emergencies. But so far the agency hasn't once activated its "heatline," part of the city's heat-wave response system.
May 5, 2014 |
Before she stumbled onto her first home in Passyunk Square in South Philadelphia, Caroline New had already toured her share of cookie-cutter houses. But the 600 block of Earp Street, between Reed and Wharton, within smelling distance of Pat's and Geno's Steaks, had everything she desired - and an architect's aesthetic, to boot. On her list of must-haves: a rowhouse; one to two bedrooms; natural gas; a renovated kitchen, and a price under $225,000. This property had all that, and more: The interior had been fully remodeled and rehabbed by the former owner, a Drexel architecture professor.
July 24, 2013
BY THE TIME you read this, the heat wave will be over and I will be free to share the Joneses' dirtiest secret since the time we snuck five boxes of dollar-store Milk Duds into the movies. You see, we've been hiding something that some of you will be shocked to know, having read about the good fortune we've experienced over the years. During the heat wave that hit Philly during early July, our central air-conditioning system died, and we were told that the cost of replacing it would be $5,000.
July 19, 2013 |
Could a smartphone application save you in a heat wave? On the job or at play outside, look for relief to the OSHA Heat Safety Tool , available in English and Spanish from the U.S. Department of Labor. The free app for Android, Apple, and BlackBerry devices calculates a heat index - a combination of temperature and humidity. But what's important is the accompanying page of precautions to be taken. During high to extreme heat, the app says, outdoor work should be rescheduled for a cooler day. If it must go on, there needs to be drinking water on site, and there ought to be shade.