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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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July 7, 2012 | By Anthony R. Wood and Bob Warner, Inquirer Staff Writers
The hot spell that has been slow-cooking the region and much of the nation is about to achieve a rarefied position in local weather lore. By the time things finally cool down Monday, this will have become one of Philadelphia's longest heat waves since the government began keeping score in 1874 - exceptional even given the recent run of hot summers. The temperature hit 98 Thursday at Philadelphia International Airport, but before most people got out of bed, the city already had tied a record for overnight warmth, with a "low" of 81. On Saturday, the temperature could reach a feverish 103. So far, heat has been blamed for contributing to at least five deaths in the region since late May. No new deaths were reported Thursday, but health officials remain concerned about the effects of the tenacious heat on the elderly and people with health problems.
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June 7, 2016 | By Jason Laughlin and Dan Geringer, STAFF WRITERS
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.
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July 8, 2016 | STAFF REPORTS
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.
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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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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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June 10, 2016 | By Julie Shaw and Erin Serpico, STAFF WRITERS
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.
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June 22, 2012 | Breaking News Desk
With an expected high of near 100 degrees, the Philadelphia region stands a good chance of hitting a record high for the date. The record for June 21 is 99, and the forecast from the National Weather Service in Mount Holly is one degree above that. So there's a solid shot at tying or breaking the record that has stood since 1923. And, with heat index values approaching 104 with humidity factored in, the National Weather Service has issued an excessive heat warning through 6 a.m. Friday.
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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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July 8, 2016 | STAFF REPORTS
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.
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July 5, 2016 | By Jason Laughlin, STAFF WRITER
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.
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July 3, 2016 | By Emily Babay, STAFF WRITER
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.
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June 10, 2016 | By Julie Shaw and Erin Serpico, STAFF WRITERS
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.
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June 7, 2016 | By Jason Laughlin and Dan Geringer, STAFF WRITERS
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.
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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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