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July 14, 2013 | By Ronnie Polaneczky, Daily News Columnist
THIS RAIN has totally harshed our summer buzz. It delayed two Phillies games in the same week and postponed last night's. It made hog slop of the U.S. Open. It washed out the annual Baltimore Avenue Dollar Stroll in University City, leaving diners and revelers high and dry. And so many mosquitoes have started families in my puddled back yard, I get bitten everywhere but my gums when I let the dog out. How do folks in ever-wet climates put up with this crap? "We just get on with it," said "Mr. Paul, no last names, please," who answered the phone at the Palm Tree, a London watering hole described as a "proper East End boozer" on the Guardian 's top-10 list of city pubs.
SPORTS
July 14, 2013 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
Second baseman Chase Utley was ready to get the night off. It turns out all of his Phillies teammates got one as well. Friday's game with the Chicago White Sox was postponed and will be made up as part of a Saturday day-night doubleheader, with the games at 3:05 and 8:15 p.m. Utley had started 20 straight games since returning from his oblique injury on June 21. On the 20th of those games, he committed three errors in Thursday's 3-1 win over...
NEWS
July 4, 2013 | By Anthony R. Wood, Inquirer Staff Writer
For Pete Altringer, the June-long slog-athon that has lapped into July has been almost a complete washout. "This by far was the worst month of the year," said Altringer, owner of Main Line Auto Wash, which has four very much rained-upon locations in the region. So, probably more than most people, Altringer was heartened to learn that the monsoon is relenting; that July Fourth might actually be dry and devoid of atmospheric fireworks; and that the weekend could be rain-free. That would be quite a change.
SPORTS
July 1, 2013 | Associated Press
SPARTA, Ky. - Steady rain washed out the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Quaker State 400 on Saturday night at Kentucky Speedway. The race was rescheduled for noon Sunday. With a 60 percent chance of rain Sunday, NASCAR officials are hoping that the storms cruise past instead of interrupting track-drying efforts. If NASCAR can't get the race in Sunday, it likely would try again Monday.
NEWS
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.
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