September 4, 2013 |
It was not a happy crowd at Philadelphia's annual Labor Day parade Monday. And that's even overlooking the rain, which was impossible, since downpours soaked a bigger-than-usual crowd, turning Philadelphia's union members into a brigade of the plastic-ponchoed. Nothing builds labor solidarity faster than seeing how many union brothers and sisters, and their kids, can crowd under one umbrella, or squeeze under roof overhangs at the sheet metal workers union hall on Christopher Columbus Boulevard, where the group rallies for speeches before marching north to the annual picnic at Penn's Landing.
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.
July 31, 2013 |
Flights slowly returned to normal Monday at Philadelphia International Airport after record rainfall caused flooding and power failures, and delayed and canceled flights Sunday. Electricity was restored by 10 a.m. Monday in Terminal A-East, where operations ground to a halt and severe weather wreaked havoc on departures and arrivals airport-wide a day earlier. American Airlines said it canceled 10 flights Sunday and about a dozen Monday because of electrical and storm-related problems.
July 23, 2013 |
Four tiny, fluffy heads perked up in an oversized cardboard box, glancing around with wide eyes as people lined up to surrender them and other stray cats and dogs to the animal shelter. The kittens - one tan, one orange, two black-and-white - carried in by Sheena Ragin, 28, were among 134 animals that arrived at the Animal Care and Control Team (ACCT) of Philadelphia facility Saturday, 92 of which were cats. It's "kitten season," the annual, sudden surge of animals caused by mating feral cat colonies - whose numbers, by some estimates, exceed 350,000.
July 14, 2013 |
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.
July 14, 2013 |
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...
July 4, 2013 |
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.
July 1, 2013 |
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.
July 1, 2013 |
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.