May 20, 2013 |
The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society usually makes about $1 million in profits from the Philadelphia Flower Show. But not this year. The 2013 show actually fell short about $1.2 million, not an unprecedented event in its 184-year history but a short-term disaster for the many urban "greening" programs it supports. PHS president Drew Becher is now scrambling to cut costs - and to raise $1 million for programs and $200,000 for Flower Show expenses from PHS members and an insurance policy.
August 15, 2011 |
Some parts of the region had more rain Sunday than has ever been recorded in Philadelphia. The high mark for the city was 6.63 inches, set on Sept. 16, 1999. The 4.84 inches measured Sunday for Philadelphia International Airport drowned out the date's previous mark of 1.77 inches set in 1977. Parts of Cumberland County had twice as much, with nearly 11 inches recorded at Seabrook Farms in Cumberland County, N.J., according to the National Weather Service. Yet, in Philadelphia, only four dates in city history had higher totals, and it was the most rain since 5.53 inches fell on Oct. 8, 2005.
February 8, 2013 |
After weathering more than its share of budget storms, the National Weather Service is turning to one of the nation's premier storm experts to become its new leader. Louis W. Uccellini will become the weather service's director, effective Sunday, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, its parent agency, announced Thursday. The appointment was welcomed by members of the forecasters' union, the National Weather Service Employees Organization, who have had a sometimes fractious relationship with the bosses.
June 11, 2013 |
Heavy rainstorms snarled traffic through the Philadelphia area Monday and delayed the start of the practice round of the 113th U.S. Open Golf Championship at the Merion Golf Club in Ardmore. The National Weather Service, which posted various flood watches and warnings for the entire region, reported more than an inch of rain falling within two hours in some parts of the region. The East Branch of the Perkiomen reached 7.2 feet at Schwenksville just after 12:30 p.m., or 0.2 inches above flood stage, and was continuing to rise.
August 30, 2011
Did the National Weather Service and news media exaggerate the strength of Hurricane Irene?
August 9, 2011 |
A tornado warning has been issued by the National Weather Service for a swath of the region through 1 p.m. Thunderstorms will bring gusty winds and heavy rain through early evening. But parts of northern New Castle Co., Delaware Co. and Gloucester Co. will also see the potential for twisters, according to the National Weather Service. Shortly before 1 p.m., a funnel cloud was spotted near Wilmington, according to Accuweather. The storms will continue through the day until 8 p.m. Highs will be near 87. Lows may reach a confortable 71 tonight.
May 22, 2013
On the first weekend of March, having been starved for low drama by a resolutely unstormy winter, local broadcasters began calling for midweek snow with all the urgency of a pagan prayer to the elements. By the end of the week, though, the snow gods had seen fit to provide Philadelphia with only a fifth of an inch. "Where is the snow?" NBC10 meteorologist Sheena Parveen asked late on the afternoon of March 6, well after it was supposed to have been piling up. "That's the million-dollar question at this point.
October 24, 2012
The remains of Tropical Storm Sandy could rock the Philadelphia region with flooding rains, high winds, and beach-erasing waves early next week, the National Weather Service warned Tuesday. "Our region could be close to the path of a very dangerous storm," Gary Szatkowski, chief meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Mount Holly, said in a briefing to emergency managers. Computer models are far from settling on a course for the storm, still deep in the Caribbean on Tuesday.
March 22, 2012 |
With the third-straight morning of heavy fog burned off, the day has turned dazzling. The National Weather Service in Mount Holly had a dense fog advisory through 11 this morning, but the fog moved out much earlier. Otherwise we should temperatures in the upper 70s today, with a forecast high of 76. But, we could possibly approach the record high of 80. More patchy fog is expected again tomorrow morning. But Friday is expected to turn mostly sunny with a high of 80. Showers are forecast for Saturday, mostly in the afternoon with a high of 67. Showers are again likely for Sunday.
December 30, 2012 |
NEW YORK - A widespread winter storm dumped snow over the Northeast and parts of Ohio on Saturday, just days after the regions were hit by another storm moving from the nation's midsection. The National Weather Service expected up to a foot of snow in parts of southern New England, with the heaviest snowfall possibly in Providence, R.I., and Boston, which declared parking bans to allow snow removal vehicles to clean the streets. Winter storm warnings were in effect in parts of those states and in Connecticut.