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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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January 21, 2016 | Staff Report
With a confidence rare so far in advance of a storm, meteorologists are warning that 1 to 2 feet of snow could bury Philadelphia and the rest of the I-95 corridor from Washington to New York City. The powerful snow-producing coastal storm also is expected to rip sand off the Jersey beaches, and could set off major flooding, the National Weather Service in Mount Holly said Tuesday morning. Computer models, including the U.S. and the vaunted European, have consistently foreseen heavy snows for the region.
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October 4, 2015 | By Amy Rosenberg, Michaelle Bond and Andrew Seidman, Inquirer Staff Writers
ATLANTIC CITY - Even though Hurricane Joaquin appeared to be heading well out to sea, the Jersey Shore remains caught in what the National Weather Service called a "squeeze play" between weather systems conspiring to generate heavy rain, powerful winds, coastal flooding and potentially significant beach erosion. Steady winds of better than 30 m.p.h. with gusts up to 57 m.p.h. are expected to persist into Sunday afternoon, inciting beach-eating waves, indirectly tied to Joaquin whose approach is days away.
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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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January 5, 2016
The forecast for frigid weather Monday has triggered the first Code Blue alerts of the season in some counties around the region. "It's going to be a shock to the system," especially after a temperate December, said Mitchell Gaines, meteorologist for the National Weather Service in Mount Holly. Monday temperatures will remain around freezing in the afternoon, but overnight 15-m.p.h. winds will make the 20-degree weather feel more like 5 degrees. Scattered snow flurries are also expected.
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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 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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January 23, 2016 | By Anthony R. Wood, Staff Writer
The threat of a "paralyzing" blizzard that could affect 20 percent of the nation's population launched a frenzy of preparations across many states Thursday, from capitols to city halls, airports, emergency centers, and hardware stores. The National Weather Service issued a blizzard warning for the Philadelphia area, most of New Jersey, and the New York City area. Blizzard warnings were also in effect for Baltimore and Washington. As they have for days, forecasters predicted from one to two feet of snow from Virginia to southern New England, intensified by high winds and even lightning.
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January 21, 2016 | Staff Report
With a confidence rare so far in advance of a storm, meteorologists are warning that 1 to 2 feet of snow could bury Philadelphia and the rest of the I-95 corridor from Washington to New York City. The powerful snow-producing coastal storm also is expected to rip sand off the Jersey beaches, and could set off major flooding, the National Weather Service in Mount Holly said Tuesday morning. Computer models, including the U.S. and the vaunted European, have consistently foreseen heavy snows for the region.
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January 12, 2016 | By Kathy Boccella, Inquirer Staff Writer
The warm, soggy weather that dampened Christmas spirits in Philadelphia returned on Sunday - for one day only - before diving into the 30s on Monday and perhaps, just perhaps, bringing a sprinkling of snow Tuesday night. Temperatures had reached 62 at 11 a.m. in the city, according to the National Weather Service in Mt. Holly, one degree shy of the 1950 record for Jan. 10. Reading broke its 1939 record of 58 degrees with a temperature of 61 before noon. As for the soggy part, an inch of rain fell in the city overnight while twice as much drenched Monmouth County New Jersey, causing moderate tidal flooding all along the Jersey coast.
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January 5, 2016
The forecast for frigid weather Monday has triggered the first Code Blue alerts of the season in some counties around the region. "It's going to be a shock to the system," especially after a temperate December, said Mitchell Gaines, meteorologist for the National Weather Service in Mount Holly. Monday temperatures will remain around freezing in the afternoon, but overnight 15-m.p.h. winds will make the 20-degree weather feel more like 5 degrees. Scattered snow flurries are also expected.
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December 31, 2015
FORT WORTH, Texa s - A teen fugitive who's known for using an "affluenza" defense and his mother attempted to disguise themselves and disappear among the American tourists thronging a Mexican resort city for the holidays, but are now in custody and will be returned to the U.S. after a cellphone used to order pizza gave away their location, authorities said yesterday. Tarrant County Sheriff Dee Anderson said Ethan Couch, 18 - who was on juvenile probation after killing four people in a drunken-driving wreck - and his mother had prepared to be gone a while, even dyeing Couch's blond hair black, before being detained Monday in the Pacific Coast city of Puerto Vallarta.
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December 26, 2015
MISSISSIPPI Storm-hit region copes with loss Dozens of people lost their homes amid torrential rain and deadly tornadoes in the South, yet they say they are grateful for another Christmas. "It makes you thankful to be alive with your family," said Tony Goodwin, who emerged from a shelter to find two of his neighbors in Linden, Tenn., were among 14 killed in the storms across the South. Parts of Mississippi remained under a flood warning Friday. Weather forecasters from the National Weather Service warned that a strong storm crossing the central part of the state could produce hail and winds of more than 40 m.p.h.
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December 26, 2015 | By Michaelle Bond and Emily Babay, STAFF WRITERS
The Darcy family of Fort Washington skated across the ice rink at Dilworth Park on Thursday as "Sleigh Ride" and other festive songs evoking wintry wonderlands played over the speakers. Erin Darcy, 10, wore a fleece. Older sister Caitlin wore a T-shirt. Temperatures reached 71 degrees early Thursday, making it the warmest Christmas Eve on record in Philadelphia and nearly the warmest of any day ever in December. The record high for the month is 73, set Dec. 4 and 7, 1998. Wednesday's high of 70 set the record for Dec. 23, and higher-than-average temperatures are set to continue into the new year.
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October 6, 2015 | By Anthony R. Wood, Inquirer Staff Writer
For anyone living or owning property on the East Coast, the message was ominous. "A significant adjustment to the forecast has been made this afternoon," the National Hurricane Center reported in its 5 p.m. Wednesday Hurricane Joaquin update, "and this shows an increased threat to the mid-Atlantic states and the Carolinas. " Then came the caveat: "However, confidence in the details of the forecast . . . remains low, since we have one normally excellent model that keeps Joaquin far away from the U.S. East Coast.
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