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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 17, 2014 | By Erin McCarthy, Inquirer Staff Writer
Yet another round of strong thunderstorms rumbled through the region late Tuesday, just in time for the peak commuting period, and once again they had a particular ferocity in South Jersey. Flash-flood warnings were in effect for parts of Camden and Gloucester Counties, and flood advisories were posted for just about the entire southern half of the state. Hailstones an inch in diameter - about the size of a quarter - were reported in Tabernacle, Burlington County. With rains forecast to continue well into the night, the National Weather Service extended its flash-flood watch for the entire region through 6 a.m. Wednesday.
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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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January 16, 2013 | By Kevin Riordan, Inquirer Columnist
When Bob Wanton began his career in the 1960s, meteorologists really did need to keep their eyes on the sky. Simply scanning a computer screen? Please. "I had to go outside every hour to do an observation," says Wanton, 68, who retired last year after 46 years with the National Weather Service. His first office, at what's now Atlantic City International Airport, was in a World War II-era Quonset hut. Not exactly high-tech, but perfect for accessing the elements. "I logged everything on a form," recalls the Lindenwold resident and grandfather of three.
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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 17, 2014 | By Erin McCarthy, Inquirer Staff Writer
Yet another round of strong thunderstorms rumbled through the region late Tuesday, just in time for the peak commuting period, and once again they had a particular ferocity in South Jersey. Flash-flood warnings were in effect for parts of Camden and Gloucester Counties, and flood advisories were posted for just about the entire southern half of the state. Hailstones an inch in diameter - about the size of a quarter - were reported in Tabernacle, Burlington County. With rains forecast to continue well into the night, the National Weather Service extended its flash-flood watch for the entire region through 6 a.m. Wednesday.
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April 1, 2014 | By Amelia Brust, Inquirer Staff Writer
  Philadelphia and its surrounding counties are under a flood watch into Sunday evening, as heavy rains continue to fall from a wet and wintry mix across the Northeast. "It looks the heaviest rain is going to fall more west of Philadelphia," said Anthony Gigi, a meteorologist for the National Weather Service. "In terms of the Schuykill River, it's been flowing at a pretty steady rate. " Heavy rain Sunday has been concentrated around the Susquehanna River Basin in central Pennsylvania.
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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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February 13, 2014 | By Allison Steele and Tricia L. Nadolny, Inquirer Staff Writers
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.
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February 12, 2014 | By Anthony R. Wood, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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February 7, 2014 | By Anthony R. Wood, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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February 5, 2014 | By Maria Panaritis and Angelo Fichera, Inquirer Staff Writers
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.
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January 24, 2014 | By Anthony R. Wood, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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January 10, 2014 | By Joseph A. Gambardello, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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January 6, 2014 | By Jonathan Lai, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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