April 28, 2016
By Sam Phillips, Rick Flinn, and MaryAnn Tierney Pennsylvania is one of the most flood-prone states in the nation, with Philadelphia and the southeastern region being the most susceptible, according to the commonwealth's 2013 Hazard Mitigation Plan. Storms that create flooding often are part of severe weather systems that also include thunder, lightning, and tornadoes. The costliest natural disaster in the United States in 2015 was due to severe thunderstorms, which caused approximately $13.4 billion in losses according to Statista, a website that culls and analyzes statistics.
April 2, 2016 |
The Philadelphia area is likely to see some April showers to start the month. But early next week, more winterlike weather returns, with overnight temperatures expected to drop to near- or below-freezing levels. That's prompting New Jersey agencies to warn farmers about the plummeting temperatures and allow them to take steps to protect their crops. April is expected to get a warm and rainy start, with highs in the mid-70s, showers likely and a chance of thunderstorms Friday, according to the National Weather Service.
March 11, 2016 |
What is so rare as a day in June, the poet James Russell Lowell once mused. How about a June day on March 9? The official temperature rocketed to 82 at 2:47 p.m. Wednesday - the normal high in Philadelphia for a June 13. That's also 31 degrees above the normal high for a March 9; nine degrees above the old record for the day, 73, set in 2000; and in records dating to 1874, the highest reading for the first 10 days of March. If you can stand Wednesday's weather, you'll probably be able to tolerate Thursday's.
February 27, 2016 |
Flood warnings remained in effect Thursday afternoon in parts of the region, with the Schuylkill at Norristown and the Brandywine Creek at Chadds Ford sloshing over their banks. Meanwhile a few thousand customers remained without power, the aftermath of potent thunderstorms that thrashed the region, bringing heavy rain and damanging winds to the area. A gust of 63 mph was reported in Elverson, Chester County, and the storm knocked down trees and power lines. There were reports of motorists stranded in high water, and police departments were urging drivers to be on the lookout for roads blocked by water or wires.
February 20, 2016 |
A day before last month's blizzard left hundreds of motorists stranded along a stretch of road under his agency's supervision, the Pennsylvania Turnpike's chief executive attended a Harrisburg briefing at which the governor's top meteorologist warned that at least 12 to 18 inches of snow would fall along the corridor. Forecaster Jeff Jumper repeated his projections in three video briefings to state officials the next day, including one monitored by turnpike managers. "Anything along the track of the turnpike would have been among the hardest-hit areas," Jumper said Thursday, recalling his message.
February 17, 2016 |
A wintry mix of precipitation moved through the Philadelphia area Monday evening, prompting a brief ground-stop of departing flights from Philadelphia International Airport and warnings of icy conditions on area roadways and sidewalks. With temperatures remaining below freezing late Monday night, the National Weather Service issued a freezing-rain advisory until midnight. Authorities reported numerous traffic accidents -- likely caused by icy and slippery roads -- across the Philadelphia suburbs and South Jersey, but none were reported to be fatal or life-threatening.
February 15, 2016 |
Remember George Washington and his men, said Boy Scout leaders as they rallied their own near-frozen troops at Valley Forge National Historical Park on Saturday morning. The Continental Army didn't have the high-tech, cold-weather wear the scouts have. A shining sun was deceiving as more than 1,600 scouts gathered - braced against a punishing wind and bundled with thick layers - for the organization's 104th annual pilgrimage and encampment at the site where Washington's Continental Army stayed during the treacherous winter of 1777-78.
February 10, 2016 |
The National Weather Service issued a winter-storm warning for the region late Monday, calling for the potential for several inches of snow, but acknowledging the forecast was anything but certain. Then, on Tuesday morning, it down graded the warning to a Winter Weather Advisory for th region, except for Delaware and Chester counties. Regardless of the outcome, the winter of 2015-16 already has secured a place in the annals of strangeness. More than two feet of snow has already been officially measured at Philadelphia International Airport - a total safely above the seasonal average of about 22 inches.
January 25, 2016 |
As advertised, the Blizzard of 2016 was a crippler. But it was the forecasts, themselves, that put the region into shutdown mode and turned Saturday into a snow day long before the first flake was sighted. Those often-squabbling and maligned computer weather models - blamed for legendary snow busts - had a blockbuster week, seeing the possibility of this East Coast megastorm a full seven days ago. The models were consistent, "run after run, day after day," Daniel Petersen, meteorologist with the government's Weather Prediction Center, said Saturday.
January 24, 2016 |
The region braces for what meteorologists warned could be its first all-out blizzard in at least 20 years, with thunder, lightning, "gravity waves," whiteout conditions, coastal flooding, and one of the biggest snowfalls in 132 years of recordings. Hours before the first flake sightings in Philadelphia, the monstrous nor'easter was taking shape. Airlines canceled more than 6,000 flights, from Charlotte, N.C., to New York City. There will be no flights in or out of Philadelphia, and SEPTA also suspended Saturday service.