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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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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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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 5, 2012
The body of a man who apparently froze to death overnight was found Wednesday morning at Penn's Landing, police said. The body was found about 8:45 on the edge of a park south of the Hyatt Regency Philadelphia at Penn's Landing. Officers at the scene said the body was taken to the Medical Examiner's Office for a postmortem examination. A spokesman for the city Health Department said he had no additional information Wednesday night. The overnight low was 14 degrees at Philadelphia International Airport, according to the National Weather Service.
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July 16, 2012
In conjunction with the National Weather Service's excessive-heat warning for the area beginning at 1 p.m. Tuesday and continuing through 9 p.m. Wednesday, Philadelphia Health Commissioner Donald F. Schwarz has issued an excessive heat warning for Philadelphia. The warning signals the activation of the city's special summer heat programs, including the home visits by special field teams, operation of the Philadelphia Corporation for Aging's "Heatline", enhanced daytime outreach for the homeless, and the Buddy System - the city's effort to encourage the public to look in on older friends, relatives, and neighbors.
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September 23, 2011 | Staff Report
Have questions about the current record rains? How about the massive snowfall over the past two years? Then meet your local meteorologists at the National Weather Service open house in Mount Holly. The office opens its doors to the public Saturday with tours, and raffles of National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) radios, rain gauges and posters. The Mount Holly Office, which is actually in Westampton, New Jersey, serves 34 counties in four states, including Philadelphia, eastern Pennsylvania, most of New Jersey, as well as Delaware and northeast Maryland.
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July 22, 2015 | By Anthony R. Wood, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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July 21, 2015 | By Erin Edinger-Turoff, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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June 26, 2015 | By Michael Boren and Erin McCarthy, Inquirer Staff Writers
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.
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May 25, 2015 | By Susan Snyder, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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March 5, 2015 | By Anthony R. Wood, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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February 22, 2015 | By Anthony R. Wood, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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February 21, 2015 | By Justine McDaniel, David O'Reilly, and Anthony R. Wood, Inquirer Staff Writers
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.
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February 16, 2015 | By Anthony R. Wood and Huizhong Wu, Inquirer Staff Writers
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.
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January 29, 2015 | By Anthony R. Wood, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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