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July 1, 2013 | By Anthony R. Wood, Inquirer Staff Writer
To anyone who has spent the last month around here, the following will not be shocking: Officially, this has been the wettest June in 142 years of record-keeping in Philadelphia. Friday's downpours found the official rain gauge at Philadelphia International Airport, where 0.74 of an inch was measured. That upped the June total to 10.11 inches, 0.05 of an inch better than the reigning champ, June 1938. Three of Philadelphia's wettest Junes have occurred in the last 11 years: No. 3 on the June list is 2003, at 8.08, and 2006 comes in at No. 5, 7.95.
NEWS
June 19, 2013 | By Anthony R. Wood, Inquirer Staff Writer
With the 75-year-old record for June rainfall not that far out of reach, the region got another soaking Tuesday afternoon. The rain's ferocity was focused on South Jersey, where downpours forced the closing of a portion of I-295 at Exit 26. Along with widespread wind damage, flooding was reported on Route 70 in Cherry Hill and Southampton Township, on Route 30 in Winslow Township, and on Creek Road in Bellmawr. "The rain hit hard and quickly," said Dan Keashen, spokesman for Camden County.
SPORTS
June 19, 2013 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
The area's best players teed off Tuesday for stroke-play qualifying in the 113th Philadelphia Amateur, and the weather from the U.S. Open broke out. Delays totaling more than four hours because of rain and lightning hampered efforts to complete the 36-hole qualifier at Aronimink Golf Club in Newtown Square and St. Davids Golf Club in Wayne, meaning that 133 contestants must finish the second round starting at 8 a.m. Wednesday. Golf Association of Philadelphia officials called play for the day because of darkness at 7:47 p.m. at St. Davids and 7:58 p.m. at Aronimink.
NEWS
June 17, 2013 | By Thomas Peipert, Associated Press
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - With evacuees anxious to return, firefighters worked Sunday to dig up and extinguish hot spots to protect homes spared by the most destructive wildfire in Colorado's history. The labor-intensive work is necessary because extremely dry grass and trees could quickly ignite if wind stirs up hot spots in the densely wooded Black Forest near Colorado Springs. Firefighters did get some help from the weather as steady rain moved through the area Sunday afternoon.
NEWS
June 15, 2013 | By Dan Elliott, Associated Press
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Authorities lifted evacuations in a wide swath of terrain outside Colorado Springs on Friday as they said a surprise rain shower helped them expand containment of a wildfire that has destroyed 400 homes. Just one day after clearing out the Flying Horse neighborhood in northern Colorado Springs, officials allowed people back into at least 1,000 houses. They also reopened an eastern swath of the Black Forest area in El Paso County. Incident Commander Rich Harvey said the Black Forest Fire, the most destructive in Colorado history, is 30 percent contained.
NEWS
June 14, 2013 | By Jessica Parks, Inquirer Staff Writer
There's nothing like a lot of rain, thunder, and lightning to bring out the best in golf fans. "There's 25,000 optimists walking around," said Stefan Rhodewalt, 31, standing on the 14th green about 10:30 a.m. - after the rain had stopped, but two hours before players would return to the course. "Everyone's trying to put a positive spin on it. " What about a three-hour rain delay and no cellphone to distract or entertain? "You drink, you eat, you talk," said George Smith of Aldan, all smiles Thursday afternoon as he stood on the 15th fairway.
SPORTS
June 14, 2013 | BY ANDREW ALBERT, Daily News Staff Writer alberta@phillynews.com
THE U.S. OPEN at Merion promises to be a championship Philadelphia will not forget. It has been 32 years since the last one, and there is doubt that another will ever come to the historic East Course in Ardmore. Fans are making sure to grab a piece of history, even if they cannot get to the course for any of the tournament. The history associated with Merion always evokes stories of Ben Hogan's 1-iron and Bobby Jones' Grand Slam. This year, it is being made at a different place: the merchandise tent.
NEWS
June 14, 2013 | By Anthony R. Wood, Inquirer Staff Writer
While the region has been soaked with about a half-foot of rain in the last week, remarkably it has escaped significant widespread flooding. That could change by Thursday night. A potent, moisture-laden storm threatens the region with an ominous menu of yet another soaking, powerful thunderstorms, and perhaps even tornadoes, the National Weather Service warns. "Widespread flash-flooding" of streams and "moderate river flooding" are possible, the weather service's Mount Holly office said.
NEWS
June 14, 2013 | By Joe Juliano and Aubrey Whelan, Inquirer Staff Writers
The threat of severe weather for Thursday's opening round of the U.S. Open has U.S. Golf Association officials and the grounds staff at Merion Golf Club braced and prepared for anything on either side of the spectator ropes. Heavy rain and thunderstorms that could be severe, and strong wind and hail could make it a challenge for the USGA to get all 156 players around Merion's East Course, a layout that has been battered by 61/2 inches of rain since Friday. Already the weather has forced one change.
SPORTS
June 13, 2013 | BY ANDREW ALBERT, Daily News Staff Writer alberta@phillynews.com
THERE ARE plenty of question marks surrounding the opening round of the U.S. Open at Merion. One thing's for sure: There will be weather not conducive for golf. Everything else about today is still up in the air. Merion Golf Club has taken in about 6 1/2 inches of rain in the past week, and there are estimates of 1 to 3 inches of rain for today, along with possible hail. Many different protocols are being called into play to help ensure a fair and competitive tournament for all. The very disputed "lift, clean and place," or commonly known as "lift, clean and cheat" rule could come up in adverse weather conditions.
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