January 5, 2015 |
Matt Jenkins is still thinking about last winter. The 26-year tree-service veteran saw crushed homes, smashed vehicles, and a lot of property damage after February's epic ice storm. "It seems like it took us all year to get everybody cleaned up that had damage in our specific area," said Jenkins, owner of Top Notch Tree Service in Downingtown, Chester County. For the rest of the year, he saw about a 20 percent hike in business from customers looking for preventive tree work, he said.
July 28, 2014 |
The Madeline doll remains in the basement of the Rossi home, a haunting memory of the night of the "gray snow," when a devastating weather event - perhaps unprecedented in the region - wrought tragedy in a Montgomery County housing development. Late on the night of July 27, 1994, a potent tornado, with winds perhaps topping 200 m.p.h., tore through the "Hamlet" neighborhood in Limerick Township, killing Laura Petersen and her husband, Daniel Thompson III, both 28, and their 11-month-old daughter, Mikhela.
July 17, 2014 |
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.
April 1, 2014 |
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.
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.