July 23, 2016 |
It's that time of year: It feels like a sauna outside while the chill in many workplaces has people piling on sweaters or even turning on space heaters. Pick your sartorial poison: You can wilt on the sidewalk or shiver at your desk. Or the mall. Or the movie theater. This raises the question, Can't the thermostat gods keep more of us comfortable? We sought science on this and discovered there is no simple answer to what seemed a simple question. Nonetheless, the question takes on extra import as we head into what promises to be an ugly heat wave and 50,000 guests arrive in Philadelphia for the Democratic National Convention.
January 25, 2016 |
Ernie Wyatt, who is from near Macon, Ga., sends the following question: "I have discovered that water has been standing in a corner of my basement in a crawl space and there is a bit of mildew in the area. "A contractor has informed me that a permanent solution to the problem would be to treat the mildew and then haul in some sand, level the crawl space, and encapsulate the basement, sealing it from the outside. "I have heard, however, that encapsulation can promote dry rot. Would it be wise to leave some of the vents open?"
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.
June 13, 2014 |
ENGLISH SOCCER players are used to cold and damp, not hot and humid. So playing in the Brazilian rain forest is going to be quite a test for the lads. When England faces Italy tomorrow, it will be doing so in the steamy Amazon jungle port of Manaus, where the humidity averages 80 percent year around. A local adage says there are two seasons: summer and hell. England has been yapping and worrying about playing in Manaus since the World Cup draw 6 months ago. "Obviously being English players, we're not used to those conditions," defender Gary Cahill said.
February 10, 2014 |
A few weeks back, a reader contacted me with a concern that the portable humidifier his daughter was running in a bedroom could contribute to a mold problem, although he had seen no evidence of one yet. In my household, we have run humidifiers in bedrooms because, for example, one son suffered from croup-like symptoms as a baby and the house we owned back then had radiators and the air was very dry. I never saw any evidence of mold as a result, but...
January 19, 2014 |
Question: My daughter and her 5-year-old sleep in a bedroom with a hardwood floor, filled with clothing and stuffed animals. She recently added a small table-top air filter and a humidifier that she activates every night, putting a half-gallon of water into the air in a 12-hour period. I already have a whole-house humidifier on the furnace, and I am concerned that she is going to cause a mold or mildew problem in the room, in addition to the unfinished attic and possibly adjoining bedrooms.
June 12, 2013 |
The golfers assembled at Merion should be used to this by now: This year has witnessed some of the wildest weather in PGA tour history. Monday's flooding downpours that bedeviled the U.S. Open practice round may even have seemed a benign sequel to the high winds in Hawaii, snow in Arizona, and lightning in Florida. Fortunately, after better than five inches of rain in four days, conditions at the Merion Golf Club should improve substantially the rest of the week. Showers remain in the forecast, but they will be far sparser Tuesday and Wednesday, meteorologists say. Thursday shapes up as the second-wettest day of the week, but whatever happens then is unlikely to remotely match Monday's soaking.
July 22, 2011 |
Record heat brewed in soup-thick humidity is making this one of the most-uncomfortable days in Philadelphia history. At 5 p.m., the mercury hovered at 104, breaking a record for the date that had held since 1957. The heat index was a steamy 114. In fact, Philadelphia evidently set a record even before the sun came up. The lowest reading overnight, unofficially, was 82 at the airport, symptomatic of the mass amounts of water vapor in the air; humidity inhibits cooling. If you haven't been outside lately, be prepared to walk into adjective-breaking, breath-sucking heat and humidity.
July 13, 2011 |
The high could hit 90 today, extending the current heat wave to five days. But then we get a milder spell through the weekend as a high builds in Canada Thursday and moves through on Friday, according to the National Weather Service. Even the thunderstorms should take a break. The only threat of boomers through the weekend seems to be this afternoon west of Reading in Pennsylvania. Dry skies, highs in the mid 80s, lower humidity and lows in the mid 60s are expected Thursday into Sunday in the Philadelphia area.
May 31, 2011 |
PHILADELPHIA-AREA residents didn't need a Memorial Day barbecue to feel grilled yesterday. It was both the heat and the humidity that brought on that first taste of real summer weather on a holiday that marks the unofficial beginning of summer. It felt more like late July than late May, National Weather Service meteorologist Greg Heavener said yesterday. Yet, we've had early heat waves three years in a row. "Last year the first heat wave came between June 1 and June 5," Heavener said.