July 22, 2015 |
The region has had hotter days than Monday - when it hit a steamy 95 at Philadelphia International Airport - but not many hotter nights. In fact, the overnight low of 81 was the highest minimum temperature for a July 20 in Philadelphia since official record-keeping began 1874, beating the old record of 78 and missing the all-time mark of 83, set in 2010 and 2011. Temperatures on Tuesday were forecast to go no lower than the mid-70s, but the heat wave should be rather unexceptional history by Wednesday.
July 21, 2015 |
With temperatures in the mid-90s, magnified by rising humidity, the National Weather Service issued an excessive heat warning for the Philadelphia area through 8 p.m. Monday. Service providers were standing by, and emergency officials warned workers and at-risk populations to take precautions to avoid heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Temperatures began rising Saturday night, and by Sunday afternoon, humidity was making it feel more like 105 degrees, said Mitchell Gaines, a meteorologist with the weather service's Mount Holly bureau.
June 26, 2015 |
Work to restore power to thousands of South Jersey residents could stretch into Friday and the weekend, following the violent storm Tuesday evening that uprooted trees, knocked out cellphone service, halted PATCO trains, and tore off part of a convent's roof. The storm - which brought straight-line winds that were powerful enough to match the strength of an EF-0, or low-grade, tornado - cut power to more than 400,000 PSE&G and Atlantic City Electric customers across South Jersey. As of late Wednesday, about half of them had power restored.
May 25, 2015 |
The Monday before this year's Blue-White game at Penn State, football coach James Franklin was worried about the weather. It wasn't so much how his team would handle a slippery ball - Blue-White's only a scrimmage. But the annual event held in April draws 70,000 fans to campus, as well as potential recruits, and Happy Valley, he says, is happiest on a bright, sunny day. So, as game day approached, Franklin took to Twitter to get news from the most reliable source he knows for meteorological matters: Penn State's student-run Campus Weather Service.
March 5, 2015 |
The sun will set at 7 p.m. Sunday, and astronomers are calling for a 100 percent chance of an equinox in a little over two weeks. So why is the atmosphere stuck in January? After the second ice-shellacking in two days Tuesday, the National Weather Service was warning of the possibility of several inches of snow from Wednesday night into Thursday. "I'm very confident Thursday is going to be a difficult day," said Walter Drag, a lead forecaster at the National Weather Service office in Mount Holly.
February 22, 2015 |
After the most frigid Feb. 20 on record, nature might add a serious frosting to one of the harshest late-season cold spells since the government began keeping track of the weather in the 1870s. The National Weather Service late Friday posted a winter-storm watch for the entire region, for snowfall of up to six inches Saturday afternoon into Sunday night. On Friday, the official thermometer at Philadelphia International Airport never made it past 18 - the first time since 1896 that the high failed to reach 20 on a Feb. 20. The morning low, 2, missed the record by one degree, but the daily average temperature of 10 beat the previous coldest Feb. 20 - the aforementioned 1896 - by a full four degrees.
February 21, 2015 |
The region braced Thursday for what in all likelihood would be its most frigid Feb. 20 in 141 years of record-keeping, the latest in a cold spell that has iced waterways, shut schools, and already been blamed in at least six deaths. Temperatures are expected to flirt with zero Friday morning, and forecasters say they won't get out of the teens in the afternoon, something that has not happened since 1893. (The high that day was 19, the low 9.) Wind-chill readings will be as low as 15 below zero, the National Weather Service warned.
February 16, 2015 |
The strange winter of 2014-15 is about to take a harsher turn, with meteorologists warning of snow squalls, a siege of power-line-downing winds, and some of the lowest temperatures in more than 20 years. The National Weather Service has issued a "high-wind watch" for sustained winds of about 30 m.p.h. for 12 hours Saturday night into Sunday, and gusts up to 60 m.p.h., the backlash from yet another in a sequence of storms off the coast. Snow squalls are expected Saturday and Sunday night, with a few inches possible, but the big snows, perhaps 6 to 12 inches, are destined for snow-buried Massachusetts, the continuation of what meteorologists are calling an amazingly relentless pattern.
January 29, 2015 |
Meteorologically, the forecasts didn't miss by much. Just enough to affect the lives of tens of millions of people in one of the nation's densest population corridors. How a forecast of one to two feet of snow for the Philadelphia region shrank into an actual snowfall of one to two inches will be the subject of intensive reviews, government officials promised Tuesday. But in essence, the forecast computer models got into a 48-hour food fight, and generally the weather forecasters sided with the most trusted one, operated by the European Union.