January 2, 2016 |
Bob Gutowski was steering his golf cart around pedestrians at the Morris Arboretum on Thursday afternoon when his eye caught a glimpse of yellow. The arboretum's education director skidded to a stop. "Are those zinnias ?" he exclaimed, and hopped over a loop of chain for a better look at a low mound of bright, cheerful flowers. His astonishment was understandable. Last month was the warmest, record-smashing-est, December that Philadelphia has seen since 1874, when official weather record-keeping here began.
July 1, 2013 |
DEATH VALLEY, Calif. - Dan Kail was vacationing in Las Vegas when he heard that the temperature in Death Valley could approach 130 degrees this weekend. He didn't hesitate to make a trip to the desert location that is typically the hottest place on the planet. "Coming to Death Valley in the summertime has always been on the top of my bucket list," said Kail, 67, of Pittsburgh. "When I found out it might set a record I rented a car and drove straight over. If it goes above 130 I will have something to brag about.
June 29, 2013 |
PHOENIX - A blazing heat wave expected to send the mercury soaring to nearly 120 degrees in Phoenix and Las Vegas settled Friday over the West, threatening to ground airliners and raising fears that people and pets would get burned on the scalding pavement. The heat was so punishing that rangers took up positions at trailheads at Lake Mead in Nevada to persuade people not to hike. Zookeepers in Phoenix hosed down the elephants and fed tigers frozen fish snacks. And tourists at California's Death Valley took photos of the harsh landscape and a thermometer that read 121. The mercury there was expected to reach nearly 130 Friday - just short of the 134-degree reading from a century ago that has stood as the highest temperature ever recorded on Earth.
December 21, 2010 |
One in an occasional series. In the lore of warfare, the legendary Russian winter doomed the armies of Napoleon and Hitler. But in 2010, it was the Russian summer that made history. An unprecedented heat wave killed as many as 15,000 Russians, a tragic exclamation point on a wild year of weather worldwide. It was the year in which record heat baked the eastern United States; floods devastated Pakistan; snows more typical of northern Vermont paralyzed Philadelphia; and a Yukon-like December evocative of Dickens' A Christmas Carol iced Western Europe as recently as Monday.
March 14, 2010 |
Eight miles up, in a mysterious region where the atmosphere harbors some of its most dangerous secrets, Cmdr. Jeff Hagan was taking in the ironies aboard a Gulfstream IV jet. The mesmerizing view of a dense cloud mass outside the cockpit window on Thursday suggested an endless white beach and a sky-blue sea. But Hagan knew such a calm was illusory. Behind the clouds were violent winds taking aim at the United States. The in-flight meteorologist, Willow Grove native Jessica Williams, was analyzing data that help fuel the world's weather forecasts.
October 14, 2009 |
The workouts today in Los Angeles probably will be washed out, thanks to an early Pacific storm, bringing heavy rain from last night through most of today. But the weather for Games 1 and 2 will be a 9 on a scale of 10. The rain will scour away the smog, and the views of the San Gabriels from Dodger Stadium should be awesome. However, there are lots of potential problems when the games shift to Philadelphia on Sunday. A huge trough will set up in the east and three different storms will rotate through.
April 8, 2009 |
It was just one game, the Phillies reminded us all after a lackluster performance in their opening-night loss. Indeed, they were so unconcerned about losing the opener, they delivered a nearly identical performance last night. The Season After began with great fanfare and enthusiasm among Philadelphia fans. One hopes the Phillies will join the party soon. It's kind of a drag without them. Is it too soon to panic? The question itself is absurd. There are plenty of things in this life to worry about before you get around to the fortunes of the local baseball squad.
March 21, 2008 |
With the ground as soaked as it has been in at least 75 years, a flood season that is off to a roaring start in the Midwest could also turn dangerous in the Philadelphia region and throughout the Northeast, government meteorologists warned yesterday. "We're primed for a rough spring," said Douglas LeComte, a forecaster with the Climate Prediction Center. Soil-moisture levels from Maine to Oklahoma - a 1,000-mile arc that passes through Pennsylvania - are at "unprecedented" levels in the period of record, dating to the early 1930s, LeComte said.
October 23, 2007 |
If you're looking for the traditional reds, yellows and oranges of autumn, consult your local apple orchards, cornfields and pumpkin patches. All those deciduous trees that should be aflame with foliage color are about as green as they would be in May around here, where it actually has been warmer than the average May. Though it's about to cool off, and the month still has nine more days to go, it's all but a certainty that this will end...
January 7, 2007 |
It's official. Philadelphia broke the record. Yesterday, the National Weather Service recorded a high of 73 degrees, which eclipsed the 57-year-old record of 71. In Allentown it was 70 degrees, shattering the record of 60 degrees, set in 1998. Trenton boasted 72 degrees, up 4 degrees from the 1950 record of 68. Mount Pocono posted 61 degrees, up 4 from the 1950 record of 57. And Reading roasted in 70-degree weather, 7 degrees higher than the 1950 record. While shorts and T-shirts were the wardrobe of choice for those along Kelly Drive, not everyone found the temperatures comforting.