August 15, 2016 |
As a heat wave gripping Philadelphia and the Mid-Atlantic stretched into a third day, city health officials said Saturday that there had been two heat-related fatalities, both of them older women suffering from cardiovascular disease. The city, along with the National Weather Service, extended its heat warning through Sunday evening and urged pregnant women, the elderly, and children at risk to avoid strenuous activities and working or playing in the hot sun. The two heat-related deaths, of a 67-year-old woman from Brewerytown and a 82-year-old woman from the Port Richmond area, brought the total number of heat-induced fatalities in Philadelphia this summer to six, according to the city's Department of Public Health.
July 31, 2016 |
After a wet morning, the sun is shining in Philadelphia and with that concerns about flooding have eased. Flash flood watches have been lifted in Southeastern Pennsylvania and at the Jersey Shore, while a flood advisory is no longer in effect for the remainder of South Jersey. There still is slight chance of showers for the remainder of the day before turning mostly cloudy Friday evening, according to the National Weather Service. It has been a wet July. The NWS says 4.7 inches of rain has fallen on Philadelphia County in the last 30 days, 109 percent above normal.
July 30, 2016 |
Drenching rains and potent winds are bringing a dramatic end to the heat wave, with the National Weather Service warning of the potential for flooding and gusts to 60 m.p.h. on the final day of the Democratic National Convention. A severe thunderstorm watch is in effect for the region until mindnight, as was a flood advisory. A flash flood watch begins at 6 p.m. A severe thunderstorm warning was issued earlier for parts of Chester County, and later for Philadelphia, as a strong storm with damaging winds hammered the area.
July 8, 2016 |
The season's first potentially dangerous heat wave is forecast to pick up steam Thursday and Friday, when heat-index values could crack triple digits. The National Weather Service office in Mount Holly has declared an "excessive heat warning" for the immediate Philadelphia region through 6 p.m. Friday, and the city has activated its well-regarded heat-alert system, held up as a national model by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. At 2:39 p.m. Wednesday, the official temperature at Philadelphia International Airport reached 94 - the highest reading of the season by 2 degrees.
July 5, 2016 |
UPDATE : At about 9:20 p.m., as the rain intensified, the Philly Pops announced through social media that it had to cancel its concert appearance at the Art Museum to protect its instruments from damage. Officials of Welcome America, however, said the fireworks would happen at 10 p.m. as scheduled – regardless of the weather. EARLIER: Nature might be planning a fireworks show of its own Monday night, meteorologists are warning, threatening human firework displays all over the region.In addition, heavy rains were expected overnight, and a flash-flood was posted for between 12:01 a.m. and 10 a.m. Tuesday, with the National Weather Service saying that some areas could get hit with 3 to 4 inches of rain.
July 3, 2016 |
Philadelphians can expect warm and sunny weather for Fourth of July festivities, but some thunderstorms could bookend the long weekend. The temperature is forecast to reach the mid- to high-80s Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday, according to the National Weather Service. Sunny or partly sunny skies are expected Saturday, Sunday and the bulk of Monday, forecasters said. But the holiday weekend could kick off with potentially strong thunderstorms Friday afternoon and evening.
June 10, 2016 |
With unexpected ferocity, a potent squall line ripped through the region around lunchtime Wednesday, knocking out power to more than 80,000 utility customers, toppling trees, and causing significant transportation delays. A wind gust of 72 mph was reported in Cumberland County, N.J., said National Weather Service meteorologist Patrick O'Hara, and gusts of 50 to 65 mph were common elsewhere on both sides of the Delaware River. The winds downed trees all over the region, with 27 of them in Haverford Township, Delaware County, alone, township emergency officials said.
June 7, 2016 |
Even bad weather steps aside for Queen Bey. A thunderstorm promising heavy rains, lightning, winds, and hail instead hustled offstage in a matter of minutes Sunday evening, leaving cloudy but dry skies for tens of thousands who gathered at Lincoln Financial Field for Beyoncé's Formation World Tour. The storm knocked out power for about 10,000 Peco customers, a large cluster of whom were in Chester County. It may have contributed to a car crash in Montgomery County, and it took out tree branches in Camden County, but across the region emergency responders reported relatively little harm done.
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.