January 28, 2016 |
A powerful ally has joined the region's battle to move and remove some of the trillion pounds of snow that has descended upon Philadelphia and its neighboring counties during the weekend: Nature. As signs of normality emerged from all those white mounds on Tuesday, afternoon temperatures well into the 40s subtly trimmed back snowbanks on the region's roads. Philadelphia reported 80 percent of its streets were passable. Nearly every school that remained closed was preparing to open Wednesday.
September 9, 2015 |
ISN'T IT always the way? The best Shore weekend of the year is the one when you gotta say goodbye. Friday and Saturday, the sun shone brightly, even if light winds caused beachgoers to turn their backs to blowing sand, and swimmers and surfers to brave choppy waves. But Sunday and yesterday saw gentle breezes, occasional clouds and peaceful, 76-degree waters - near-perfect conditions. You could practically read the regret on the faces of folks packing up their cars. On the other hand, the whole summer was pretty darn nice.
March 24, 2014 |
PHILLY'S POLAR vortex-ish temperatures rose this week to just over freezing and in time for spring, so thanks, Mother Nature. But who do we thank for a litigation-lovin' homeless woman in L.A.? Or the tenacious reporters working at In Touch Weekly ? Or the utter lack of Bieber news in this column? Don't you know Temporary Tattle doesn't need your thanks, just your undivided attention in Celebrityville? Yesterday Jo Anne Vandegriff , a self-described homeless woman living in L.A., has filed a lawsuit against Halle Berry , Amanda Bynes , Armie Hammer and Disney . She admits the filing is a ploy to pitch her 2,000-page Civil War romance miniseries, "Heaven's Angels.
October 30, 2013 |
When Hurricane Sandy hit the Jersey Shore a year ago today, the wetlands-monitoring equipment of Tracy Quirk, an Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University researcher, was in its path. If the storm washed everything away, two years of painstaking work - not to mention hours of slogging through marsh muck in hip waders to install the devices - would be compromised. She'd have to start over to get continuous, long-term data. The equipment, it turned out, did more than survive.
September 9, 2013 |
I started gardening to get closer to Mother Nature, but now I hate her. Perhaps hate is too strong a word. Let's just say that we're frenemies. Because it turns out that Mother Nature is the ultimate mean girl. Let me explain. A few weeks ago, I planted and mulched a large perennial garden, which took five days of hard labor and was worth every minute. I had no idea how much I would love this garden, which was lush, fragrant, and colorful, blooming with purple hyssop, blue plumbago, pink roses, yellow and pink coneflower, black-eyed Susans, lavender, and daises.
July 8, 2013 |
One man's passion for planting has led to the creation of the Pohatcong Native Arboretum in Bergen County, an American Indian-inspired nature sanctuary nearly 11 years in the making, where a garden of trees and plants native to northwest New Jersey is set for public display. Creator and founder Anthony Pasquini said he was still fine-tuning the site in the days leading up to Tuesday's dedication ceremony, which will mark its public opening. Pasquini said his work planting and designing the arboretum is done and that he hopes to hand over maintenance of the site to the community.
April 5, 2013 |
Celebrate spring, knowing that a warm, sunny day can be followed by a frigid, cloudy one. Don't be tricked into planting too soon. For most flowering annuals, as well as vegetables like tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, beans and squash, wait until the last frost date, close to Mother's Day (May 12), give or take a week depending on your planting zone. Cool-weather crops such as peas, beets, lettuce, broccoli, and cabbage can be planted outside anytime now. Start seeds indoors and out. You were planning to buy all your transplants?
January 15, 2013 |
The skies might not have been, but the consensus among golfers Sunday at the Pennsauken Country Club was clear: The weather forecasters had lied. Through last week, meteorologists predicted a springlike, midwinter gift would descend on the Philadelphia region for the weekend: blue skies, plenty of sun, temperatures in the mid-60s. Accordingly, golfers who hadn't touched their clubs in weeks, if not months, swarmed the Pennsauken course, reserving tee times days in advance. By Friday, it had been booked for Saturday and Sunday through 2 p.m. - "unheard of in January," said Bryan Garrison, an assistant professional at the club.
July 29, 2012 |
POPLAR ISLAND, Md. - Eighteen years ago, Justin Callahan took a small boat into the Chesapeake Bay to study the last remaining bits of what had been a wildlife paradise. Bobbing above what once was a miles-long island that had eroded to a couple of tiny pieces of dirt, he had no way of knowing the scale of the plan that the Army Corps of Engineers was hatching. It was some plan, inviting comparisons to the Titanic in terms of engineering hubris and to Jurassic Park in terms of one-upping the natural world.
May 28, 2012 |
NEWBERRY, Mich. - Rain is lending a hand to crew members who are battling a wildfire that has consumed 31.6 square miles of forest in the eastern port of Michigan's sparsely populated Upper Peninsula. The Michigan Department of Natural Resources said Sunday that the fire near Newberry is about 47 percent contained. The agency says it now estimates the fire has covered 20,255 acres, down slightly from Saturday's figure. Spokesman Dean Wilson says that's based on more accurate measurements.