July 19, 2014 |
Odds are 1 in 12,000 that a person will be struck by lightning in his or her lifetime. But if you find yourself in the shoes of David Bodkin-Parris, 14, who was hit by a bolt of bad luck Monday in Glenolden, it can change your life forever. Michael Utley knows this all too well. In May 2000, Utley, 63, was golfing in Cape Cod, Mass., when it happened. Rain and hail began to fall as the siren blared, alerting golfers to get off the course. Severe weather was coming. As Utley headed inside, a bolt hit him. "My buddies saw me fall to the ground," Utley said.
November 20, 2013 |
The final figures for damages, deaths, and confirmed tornadoes won't be known for months, but Nov. 17, 2013, was certifiably one of the most devastating tornado days of the year. Occurring so late on the calendar, and so soon after the unimaginable destruction of the typhoon in the Philippines, some reasonable people are asking whether the human fingerprint of global warming finally is showing its hand. The ferocious Midwest storms leveled buildings in 12 states on Sunday - and so far has been blamed for killing at least eight people.
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.
June 14, 2013 |
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.
February 1, 2013 |
CAPE MAY - When the agenda was planned for the 2013 Delaware Estuary Science and Environmental Summit - a biannual gathering of scientists, academics, and government officials - Sandy hadn't devastated the New Jersey Shore. But the storm that struck Oct. 29 was at the forefront of conversations and some workshop discussions during the four-day conference, titled "Weathering Change - Shifting Environments, Shifting Policies, Shifting Needs. " "So much has happened within the environment since our last summit in 2011, coming in on the heels of what perhaps is the worst natural disaster in the mid-Atlantic in modern times," said Jennifer Adkins, executive director of the Partnership for the Delaware Estuary, which has hosted the event every two years since 2005.
September 27, 2012 |
Rain could fall in the Philadelphia area every day through Monday, suggesting Phillies and Eagles fans should dress accordingly. Temperatures should remain fairly normal for the next week, with highs in the 70s and lows mostly in the upper 50s. Today could be the warmest day for a week, with a high in the upper 70s and a low in the low 60s. The odds of rain vary widely, with the highest at 60 percent for Friday and Friday night. Those are the only periods when rain is considered "likely," according to the National Weather Service.
September 22, 2012 |
A cold front could bring some rain and even thunderstorms starting Saturday afternoon. That's the one gloomy stretch in what seems likely to be another week of nice weather, with highs in the 70s under dry skies every day but Saturday. So far, the chance on Saturday seems to be slight for anything like the heavy rain and strong gusts that knocked out power for tens of thousands around the region Tuesday afternoon and evening. In Philadelphia, cloudy but dry skies Saturday morning could last into midafternoon or even evening, when the chance of rain rises to 60 percent.
September 18, 2012 |
After a sunny day with a high hear 80, the weather will take a soggy, even stormy turn overnight. By Tuesday afternoon, the rain could begin to get heavy, with possible strong gusts and thunderstorms. Some rain is highly likely - an 80 percent or higher chance at times - from a system that, this morning, was already soaking most of Tennessee, Kentucky and West Virginia. A couple of inches or more of rain could fall in parts of the Philadelphia region by daybreak Wednesday, especially to the north and west of the city.
September 9, 2012 |
Unsettled weather in the northeastern United States prompted the National Weather Service to issue warnings for New Jersey and parts of Pennsylvania. Most of New Jersey was under the threat of severe thunderstorms, while a tornado watch was in effect for Bergen, Essex, Hudson, Passaic and Union counties. Philadelphia, Delaware, Chester, Montgomery and Bucks Counties also are under a severe thunderstorm watch through 10 p.m. on Saturday. The National Weather said there could be heavy rains, damaging wind and frequent lightning.
August 11, 2012 |
Showers and thunderstorms are a worry today and Saturday, but how severe they could be was still unclear this morning. Heavy rain, localized flooding, strong gusts, lightning and small hail are all possible around the region today, with the probabilities for severe weather peaking in afternoon and early evening, according to the National Weather Service. A morning flood advisory kept moving eastward, until, at noon, it covered just Bucks County in Eastern Pennsylvania, and most of New Jersey, as the intensest line of storms had crossed eastward into South Jersey.