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February 8, 2013 | By Anthony R. Wood, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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March 2, 2014 | BY VINNY VELLA, Daily News Staff Writer vellav@phillynews.com, 215-854-2513
DO YOU want the good news or the bad news? The good news is that area meteorologists are shooting down the much-promoted forecast that Philly will be buried under a foot of snow this weekend. The bad news is that the snow is still coming to the city: about 6 to 8 inches of it, according to the National Weather Service's Mount Holly office. "Only one model shows a potential fall of a foot of snow, but most of our other forecast tools indicate less than that," said Mitchell Gaines, a NWS meteorologist.
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August 30, 2011
Did the National Weather Service and news media exaggerate the strength of Hurricane Irene?
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May 25, 2015 | By Susan Snyder, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Monday before this year's Blue-White game at Penn State, football coach James Franklin was worried about the weather. It wasn't so much how his team would handle a slippery ball - Blue-White's only a scrimmage. But the annual event held in April draws 70,000 fans to campus, as well as potential recruits, and Happy Valley, he says, is happiest on a bright, sunny day. So, as game day approached, Franklin took to Twitter to get news from the most reliable source he knows for meteorological matters: Penn State's student-run Campus Weather Service.
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August 9, 2011 | By Sam Wood, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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.
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July 17, 2014 | By Erin McCarthy, Inquirer Staff Writer
Yet another round of strong thunderstorms rumbled through the region late Tuesday, just in time for the peak commuting period, and once again they had a particular ferocity in South Jersey. Flash-flood warnings were in effect for parts of Camden and Gloucester Counties, and flood advisories were posted for just about the entire southern half of the state. Hailstones an inch in diameter - about the size of a quarter - were reported in Tabernacle, Burlington County. With rains forecast to continue well into the night, the National Weather Service extended its flash-flood watch for the entire region through 6 a.m. Wednesday.
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June 27, 2013 | By Anthony R. Wood, Inquirer Staff Writer
Late on the afternoon of June 13, a strong outrush tide carried water rapidly seaward from Barnegat Inlet, followed by an onrushing six-foot wave that spanned the width of the inlet. When the wave crashed, three people were swept off a jetty, and two of them required medical treatment. That's according to an account from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Tsunami Warning Center. The center has determined that the wave was a tsunami, based on measurements from 30 tide gauges, and that it probably had a weather connection.
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July 19, 2011 | Staff Report
The National Weather Service is issuing a heat advisory for today, with temperatures only expected to worsen over the next few days, culminating with possible record temperatures by Friday. The pattern that forced Phillies pitcher Roy Halladay from the mound Monday night, and buckled a ramp on I-95, continues today with an expected high of 94. The forecast calls for a small chance of showers with isolated thunderstorms this morning for Philadelphia and South Jersey. The heat index could reach 102. Lows will only dip into the muggy mid 70s. But the National Weather Service says that any thunderstorms that might appear won't provide much, if any, relief from the developing heat wave.
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March 22, 2012 | Staff Report
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.
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December 30, 2012 | Associated Press
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.
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May 25, 2015 | By Susan Snyder, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Monday before this year's Blue-White game at Penn State, football coach James Franklin was worried about the weather. It wasn't so much how his team would handle a slippery ball - Blue-White's only a scrimmage. But the annual event held in April draws 70,000 fans to campus, as well as potential recruits, and Happy Valley, he says, is happiest on a bright, sunny day. So, as game day approached, Franklin took to Twitter to get news from the most reliable source he knows for meteorological matters: Penn State's student-run Campus Weather Service.
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March 5, 2015 | By Anthony R. Wood, Inquirer Staff Writer
The sun will set at 7 p.m. Sunday, and astronomers are calling for a 100 percent chance of an equinox in a little over two weeks. So why is the atmosphere stuck in January? After the second ice-shellacking in two days Tuesday, the National Weather Service was warning of the possibility of several inches of snow from Wednesday night into Thursday. "I'm very confident Thursday is going to be a difficult day," said Walter Drag, a lead forecaster at the National Weather Service office in Mount Holly.
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February 22, 2015 | By Anthony R. Wood, Inquirer Staff Writer
After the most frigid Feb. 20 on record, nature might add a serious frosting to one of the harshest late-season cold spells since the government began keeping track of the weather in the 1870s. The National Weather Service late Friday posted a winter-storm watch for the entire region, for snowfall of up to six inches Saturday afternoon into Sunday night. On Friday, the official thermometer at Philadelphia International Airport never made it past 18 - the first time since 1896 that the high failed to reach 20 on a Feb. 20. The morning low, 2, missed the record by one degree, but the daily average temperature of 10 beat the previous coldest Feb. 20 - the aforementioned 1896 - by a full four degrees.
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February 21, 2015 | By Justine McDaniel, David O'Reilly, and Anthony R. Wood, Inquirer Staff Writers
The region braced Thursday for what in all likelihood would be its most frigid Feb. 20 in 141 years of record-keeping, the latest in a cold spell that has iced waterways, shut schools, and already been blamed in at least six deaths. Temperatures are expected to flirt with zero Friday morning, and forecasters say they won't get out of the teens in the afternoon, something that has not happened since 1893. (The high that day was 19, the low 9.) Wind-chill readings will be as low as 15 below zero, the National Weather Service warned.
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February 16, 2015 | By Anthony R. Wood and Huizhong Wu, Inquirer Staff Writers
The strange winter of 2014-15 is about to take a harsher turn, with meteorologists warning of snow squalls, a siege of power-line-downing winds, and some of the lowest temperatures in more than 20 years. The National Weather Service has issued a "high-wind watch" for sustained winds of about 30 m.p.h. for 12 hours Saturday night into Sunday, and gusts up to 60 m.p.h., the backlash from yet another in a sequence of storms off the coast. Snow squalls are expected Saturday and Sunday night, with a few inches possible, but the big snows, perhaps 6 to 12 inches, are destined for snow-buried Massachusetts, the continuation of what meteorologists are calling an amazingly relentless pattern.
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January 29, 2015 | By Anthony R. Wood, Inquirer Staff Writer
Meteorologically, the forecasts didn't miss by much. Just enough to affect the lives of tens of millions of people in one of the nation's densest population corridors. How a forecast of one to two feet of snow for the Philadelphia region shrank into an actual snowfall of one to two inches will be the subject of intensive reviews, government officials promised Tuesday. But in essence, the forecast computer models got into a 48-hour food fight, and generally the weather forecasters sided with the most trusted one, operated by the European Union.
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January 26, 2015 | By Alfred Lubrano, Inquirer Staff Writer
After Saturday's snowfall, there is Monday to contend with. Snowfall Saturday ranged from a dusting in much of Camden and Gloucester Counties to 7 inches in West Rockhill Township, Bucks County, according to the National Weather Service in Mount Holly. Many areas saw sleet, rain, and freezing rain. Heavier snow fell in the Lehigh Valley. Another snowstorm is expected to start late Sunday night with a potential of dumping an additional 2 to 3 inches on the region into Monday night.
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January 22, 2015 | By Mari A. Schaefer and Joseph A. Gambardello, Inquirer Staff Writers
Schools closed early, and after Sunday morning's debacle, the region's road crews were poised for an all-out battle with nature. Yet even as meteorologists warned of another storm threat for the weekend, with a potential nor'easter, Wednesday's snowfall totals were less than expected, and the forecasts evidently had more impact than the actual weather. In anticipation of an expected two to three inches of snow, several school districts decided to close early. By early evening, no major problems had been reported, though state police in Avondale said several accidents had occurred in southern Chester County, where the snowfall was a bit more robust.
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January 20, 2015 | By Jeff Gammage, Mari A. Schaefer, Chris Mondics, and Laura McCrystal, Inquirer Staff Writers
Three people died and dozens were injured Sunday - in big multicar crashes and countless smaller accidents - as rain splashing onto frozen asphalt coated highways with a thin, dangerous layer of ice. One wreck on Interstate 76 involved 60 cars and trucks. Another, on I-476 in Marple Township, smashed up a dozen vehicles after a tractor-trailer jackknifed. Hospitals across the region were busy treating people injured in wrecks - and pedestrians who broke bones when they fell on icy sidewalks.
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