February 4, 1991 |
Credit a jet stream with a case of wanderlust for weather so warm it is breaking records set early in the century. It was 23 degrees warmer than normal yesterday in Philadelphia, and the 62- degree high broke an old record for the date of 56, set 77 years ago in 1914. But that's nothing. Today's high was expected to reach 67, six degrees higher than the date's record, set in 1903. Tomorrow's high will be 65, toasty enough, but no record. The meteorological beneficence comes in the midst of a winter that's averaged 4 1/2 degrees above normal since early November, said Accu-Weather meteorologist Paul Yeager.
December 17, 1989 |
The outbreak of snowball-throwing last Sunday at Veterans Stadium might have been a national embarrassment, but let's be charitable. Eagles fans are not used to seeing snow in the stands. This has nothing to do with the questions of snow removal, tailgate parties or the price of liquor in skyboxes. It just doesn't snow much in Philadelphia during the football season. The late-fall weather has been exceptional. The region has experienced a spell of persistent cold and snow cover that is more characteristic of mid- January.
November 12, 1990 |
High winds and bone-freezing wind-chills are expected to continue at least through tomorrow, according to Accu-Weather meteorologist Chuck Jones - with improvement only by minor degree. The winds that gusted to more than 50 mph last night caused about 18,000 Philadelphia Electric Co. customers to lose power, but many were restored quickly - and all by morning - according to a PE spokesman. The outages were mostly caused by trees and branches that hit power wires, the spokesman said.
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.
October 13, 2000 |
It's going to freeze. It's going to wreak havoc on home heating bills. But forget about winter this weekend. For the next couple of days, we're going to have temperatures in the 70s - a glorious taste of autumn en route to a serious winter. The nation's top weather forecasters yesterday released a stew of winter predictions that includes a lot more cold than we've been used to: Temperatures about 4 degrees colder than in the past three winters in Philadelphia, New York and other Northeast cities.
November 16, 1993 |
At the time, it was a perfectly sensible decision. Workers last week were repairing the roof at the Montgomery County office tower in Norristown and drained the cooling tower. Yesterday, it did not seem like a perfectly sensible decision. With the cooling tower drained, the air-conditioning system wasn't working and county workers inside 1 Montgomery Plaza were pulling off jackets, rolling up sleeves and opening patio doors in search of fresh, cool air. Officially, yesterday was the warmest Nov. 15 on record, the temperature reaching 81 at Philadelphia International Airport.
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.
June 24, 1996 |
Several deadly rolls of the dice by Mother Nature over the last few weeks brought a string of weather-related deaths in the city and nearby areas. The latest death was yesterday at Fort Dix, N.J., when Army Spec. Ronald Crima, 26, of New York City, was killed after a tree fell on him during a windstorm. Two men drowned June 12 in lower Bucks County during an intense downpour, which left most of the region untouched. A woman drowned Wednesday after being trapped in her car during a five-hour deluge in the Gettysburg area, which ripped out bridges and roads.
February 2, 2000 |
We want to know, and we want to know now. Better yet, we wanted to know two days ago - or last week - what was happening with the weather. But if we've learned anything from this winter's mix of snow heaps, icy blasts and earlier balmy spells, it's that nobody's really nailed down a flawless prediction. Not the government's $35 million computer. Not the legions of map-pointing forecasters. And not the furry groundhog who was pulled out of his burrow this morning to forecast the fate of spring.
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.