August 15, 2013 |
Update : The National Weather Service has confirmed that an EF 0 scale tornado (winds 65 to 85 m.p.h.) touched down in the Manahawkin section of Stafford Township, Ocean County on Tuesday. Earlier story: treets from Coatesville to Ship Bottom went Venetian, flash flooding was ubiquitous, and "rush hour" became even more of an oxymoron than usual. On Tuesday morning, the soggiest summer on record added dramatic twists to its growing legacy, with potent storms that took down trees, closed roads, and put the brakes on mass transit at the height of the morning commute.
August 2, 2013 |
Finishing at 13.24 inches, a July record, last month's rain all but drowned the official gauge at Philadelphia International Airport. But that record might merit an asterisk since it was so localized. One symptom evident Thursday: The National Weather Service has posted flash-flood watches until midnight, but no widespread major flooding is expected, despite additional downpours. Arguably more impressive than the July rain was the overnight warming during the month. The average daily low at the airport came in at 73.1, No. 2 on the all-time list for lows in July, behind 1994's 73.4.
July 31, 2013 |
Perhaps the most impressive aspect of Philadelphia's wettest day in 142 years of record-keeping was the rapidity with which it all happened. Of the 8.02 inches of rain measured Sunday in the 24-hour period, 7.35 of that fell between 3 and 7 p.m. That alone was a respectable-rainstorm better than the 6.63 inches wrung out from the remnants of Hurricane Floyd on Sept. 16, 1999, the erstwhile record-holder. And that one took about all day. The National Weather Service has posted a "hazardous weather outlook" for Thursday for the potential for more downpours, but the chances of anything matching Sunday's historic and peculiar deluge are less than remote.
July 30, 2013 |
This story was updated at 9:30 a.m. A historic deluge on Sunday turned roads into rivers across the region, submerging cars, swelling rivers, and disrupting travel on the ground and in the air into Monday morning. A 21-year-old woman died Sunday night when she drove into the Schuylkill while swerving to avoid another vehicle on Kelly Drive near Boathouse Row during a downpour, police said. A male passenger swam to safety. A record 8.02 inches was recorded at Philadelphia's International Airport in just a few hours on Sunday, with nearly another quarter inch falling early Monday.
July 8, 2013 |
The third - and most-intense - heat wave of the year is underway, and the National Weather Service has issued an "excessive heat warning" for the next two days. Temperatures will not threaten any records, but it will feel as if it's 100 degrees in the city and nearby suburbs, the hottest it's been so far this year, the weather service says. Weather watchers based in Mount Holly say residents of Philadelphia and nearby communities also face nighttime temperatures that won't fall much below 80. Monday should feel almost as hot as Sunday.
July 7, 2013 |
The third - and most-intense - heat wave of the year is underway, and the National Weather Service has issued an "excessive heat warning" for the weekend. Temperatures won't threaten any records, but heat indexes could reach triple digits the next days, the weather service says. The warning is in effect from 11 a.m. Saturday until 8 p.m. Sunday as the atmosphere brews a steamy, sultry air mass laden with water vapor. One indication of the high humidities is the fact that nighttime temperatures won't make it below the low to mid-70s; water vapor inhibits nighttime cooling.
June 29, 2013 |
PHOENIX - A blazing heat wave expected to send the mercury soaring to nearly 120 degrees in Phoenix and Las Vegas settled Friday over the West, threatening to ground airliners and raising fears that people and pets would get burned on the scalding pavement. The heat was so punishing that rangers took up positions at trailheads at Lake Mead in Nevada to persuade people not to hike. Zookeepers in Phoenix hosed down the elephants and fed tigers frozen fish snacks. And tourists at California's Death Valley took photos of the harsh landscape and a thermometer that read 121. The mercury there was expected to reach nearly 130 Friday - just short of the 134-degree reading from a century ago that has stood as the highest temperature ever recorded on Earth.
June 27, 2013 |
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.
June 14, 2013 |
THE DAY STARTED with much optimism. It was the day golf fans had been waiting for. The opening round of the U.S. Open was set to take place, and the sun was out early. Thousands of fans got up bright and early and made the morning commute to Merion Golf Club for the first round of action. When 6:45 rolled around, sure enough, Cliff Kresge of Healthrow, Fla., was there to hit the first shot of the 113th U.S. Open. Just 111 minutes later, the horn sounded, and play was suspended for the first time.
June 11, 2013 |
Heavy rainstorms snarled traffic through the Philadelphia area Monday and delayed the start of the practice round of the 113th U.S. Open Golf Championship at the Merion Golf Club in Ardmore. The National Weather Service, which posted various flood watches and warnings for the entire region, reported more than an inch of rain falling within two hours in some parts of the region. The East Branch of the Perkiomen reached 7.2 feet at Schwenksville just after 12:30 p.m., or 0.2 inches above flood stage, and was continuing to rise.