March 2, 2014 |
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.
February 13, 2014 |
In Delaware County, some townships are waiting for road-salt deliveries that were supposed to arrive weeks ago. Officials in Northampton, Bucks County, paid a trucking company to bring in salt from a neighboring town rather than risk a late delivery. And in Chester County, where 12 municipalities face a critical salt shortage, the deputy director for emergency management, Robert Kagel, said the state Department of Transportation told him to "be creative. " After back-to-back snowfalls and a catastrophic ice storm that froze roads, downed power lines, and paralyzed the region last week, officials and residents are facing new challenges as they brace for another fierce storm that is expected to start just before midnight Wednesday.
February 12, 2014 |
The storm was a virtual fantasy, the first flakes a good 60 hours or more away. Yet just before daybreak Monday, the National Weather Service did something highly unusual. It predicted a snow total for a storm almost three days away. Blame "Weather Boy"? As the Philadelphia region endures its 10th-snowiest season on record, forecasters find themselves battling not just snow and ice, but social media minions. In the era of viral tweets and posts, storms can become legends before their times.
February 7, 2014 |
The Dark Age that has cut off the lights and heat to hundreds of thousands of homes and businesses in the region began with a seemingly innocuous rainfall shortly after midnight Monday. What followed was what meteorologists describe as an amazingly unfortunate sequence that culminated in one of the region's most disruptive weather events in the period of record, one that sent defeated trees and their branches crashing across power lines and blocking roads. "It was perfect timing if you wanted to create this type of event," said Gary Szatkowski, meteorologist in charge of the National Weather Service in Mount Holly.
February 5, 2014 |
The seventh snowstorm of the season rolled across the region Monday, dropping up to nine inches of thick, leaden flakes that paralyzed roadways and caused power outages at thousands of homes, while forecasters predicted yet more snow for Tuesday night. The system that blanketed Southeastern Pennsylvania and South Jersey until late afternoon forced closure of numerous public schools, and pushed the seasonal snowfall tally beyond 40 inches Monday, a wearying milestone after the third-snowiest January in more than 140 years, according to the National Weather Service.
January 24, 2014 |
Not long after the first gentle flakes appeared like so many white fireflies Tuesday morning, the storm all but erupted, shutting down Philadelphia and dooming a 53-year-old record. Suddenly, buildings, cars, and human beings were obscured behind dense white veils of dendrites - those snowflakes whose elegant design is so favored by holiday decorators and connoisseurs of accumulating snow. The attack of the dendrites - dumping snow at rates of two inches or more an hour, according to the National Weather Service - was the result of what meteorologists call "banding," in which a geographically narrow area gets caught under an ideal "snow growth" region.
January 10, 2014 |
Update: The National Weather Service has extended the flash flood watch until 10 p.m. Thursday. --- After the most frigid temperatures in two decades, an ice jam developed on the Delaware River near Trenton, and the National Weather Service warned that it might precipitate flooding in the next two days. The weather service on Wednesday posted a flood warning for parts of Bucks and Mercer Counties after the ice jam formed about a mile south of the Route 1 bridge and the river approached the 20-foot flood stage.
January 6, 2014 |
A brief respite of above-freezing temperatures Sunday and Monday will come to an abrupt end Monday night, the National Weather Service said, when the roller-coaster thermometer takes another drop to single digits. Forecasters expected freezing drizzle to begin overnight Saturday and continue into Sunday morning, with conditions warming into the upper 30s. The region should get "a little subtle push of air that'll bring in a little bit of precipitation," said Jim Bunker of the National Weather Service in Mount Holly.
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.