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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 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.
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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 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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January 5, 2012
The body of a man who apparently froze to death overnight was found Wednesday morning at Penn's Landing, police said. The body was found about 8:45 on the edge of a park south of the Hyatt Regency Philadelphia at Penn's Landing. Officers at the scene said the body was taken to the Medical Examiner's Office for a postmortem examination. A spokesman for the city Health Department said he had no additional information Wednesday night. The overnight low was 14 degrees at Philadelphia International Airport, according to the National Weather Service.
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July 16, 2012
In conjunction with the National Weather Service's excessive-heat warning for the area beginning at 1 p.m. Tuesday and continuing through 9 p.m. Wednesday, Philadelphia Health Commissioner Donald F. Schwarz has issued an excessive heat warning for Philadelphia. The warning signals the activation of the city's special summer heat programs, including the home visits by special field teams, operation of the Philadelphia Corporation for Aging's "Heatline", enhanced daytime outreach for the homeless, and the Buddy System - the city's effort to encourage the public to look in on older friends, relatives, and neighbors.
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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.
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April 2, 2016 | By Emily Babay, Staff Writer
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.
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March 11, 2016 | By Anthony R. Wood, Staff Writer
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.
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February 27, 2016 | STAFF REPORT
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.
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February 20, 2016 | By Maria Panaritis, Staff Writer
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.
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February 17, 2016 | RealTime Desk
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.
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February 15, 2016 | By Justine McDaniel, Staff Writer
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.
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February 10, 2016 | By Anthony R. Wood, Staff Writer
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.
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January 25, 2016 | By Anthony R. Wood, Staff Writer
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.
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January 24, 2016 | By Anthony R. Wood, Staff Writer
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.
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