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.
March 11, 2016 |
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.
February 27, 2016 |
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.
February 20, 2016 |
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.
February 17, 2016 |
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.
February 15, 2016 |
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.
February 10, 2016 |
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.