December 28, 2010 |
Football fans in Minnesota were berating Philadelphians as weather wimps Monday after snows forced postponement of the Eagles' Sunday night game against the Vikings. But by the time the snow had stopped falling, residents were shoveling, driving, and slip-sliding through a foot of white stuff - Philadelphia's 17th-heaviest one-day snowfall on record, according to the National Weather Service. Coming in from the south on winds that gusted as high as 62 m.p.h. at Wilmington's airport, the storm left accumulations of just two to six inches to the north of the city, but dropped 26 inches on parts of Cape May County, piled 30 inches on Brick Township, Ocean County, and paralyzed New York City and much of New England.
December 6, 2002 |
Bah, humbug! That's Martha Issod's attitude toward this season's first snowfall. She hopes it's also the sentiment of the 20,000 visitors anticipated for tonight's 13th annual Dickens Festival in historic Medford Village - about the number, Issod estimated, that attended last year. The free festival brings a sprinkle of Dickensian ambience to downtown Medford, with strolling musicians, rides on Victorian trolleys and horse-drawn carriages, carolers, and other seasonal entertainment.
February 18, 2003
After all the fretful glances outside, all the phone calls to cancel plans, all the clicking between newscasts and rubbing of shovel-weary shoulders, one word summed up the President's Day snowstorm of 2003. Wow. Mother Nature finds inventive ways to remind us who's boss. This time, she made her point with a subtle relentlessness. The last huge snowstorm to hit the Philadelphia region, in 1996, was a Cecil B. DeMille production: black skies, fearsome winds pelting snow horizontally, sheets of ice. By contrast, this storm began calmly, as fat, photogenic flakes fell steadily Sunday morning, without causing panic.
March 12, 2001 |
Depending on their age, people might measure snow by how much time it adds to their commutes, or by whether there is enough of it to warrant a ride down the ol' sledding hill. Then there are the people who measure the white stuff in another way: in terms of the green stuff. Snow costs money, and the officials who watch over municipal and state budgets are keenly aware that accumulations this year have been above average in most of New Jersey and the Philadelphia region. In Bucks County, Newtown Township has exceeded its $15,000 allotment for employee overtime by $2,000, though it still has plenty of rock salt to sprinkle on its 70 miles of roads.
February 4, 1996 |
John Pruzina of Egg Harbor Township, N.J., adjusts 3-year-old son Kyle's hood. Kyle was getting ready to go sledding Friday at Mainland Regional High School, Linwood. The storm produced wide variations in area snowfall, with the highest totals in extreme South Jersey.
February 27, 1993 |
Leroy Smith, a part-time tire changer, shovels off the walk at a business on Ridge Avenue near 19th Street as the city received yet another snowfall yesterday. Actually the storm that brought our latest covering delivered considerably more snow to areas south and east than to the city.
October 29, 2011 |
Manayunk tried to throw a Halloween party this afternoon. The only problem was that outside, it was beginning to look a lot like Christmas. "Can you believe it?" asked the incredulous hostess, Jane Lipton, head of the Manayunk Develolpment Corp., as snow and sleet coated the neighborhood's perilously hilly streets with a slippery sheen of slush. The organizers had prepared for rain, or even light snow, but not a wintry scene that was borderline hallucinatory. But the storm did more than ambush Halloween parties.
February 17, 2010
I TAKE ISSUE with two points in your "City's Got the White Stuff" editorial: 1. When roads are salted, sodium and chloride ions lower the freezing point of water, making it liquefy below the normal freezing point (not "raising its temperature"). 2. The problem with Dr. Jeff Masters' explanation of global warming for increased snowfall is that the Weather Underground is a green advocacy group that has also claimed that a lack of snowstorms is proof of global warming. If contradictory evidence (less snowfall and more snowfall)
February 20, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - With scant snowfall and barren ski slopes in parts of the Midwest and Northeast the last couple of years, some scientists have pointed to global warming as the culprit. Then, when a whopper of a blizzard smacked the Northeast with more than two feet of snow in some places earlier this month, some of the same people again blamed global warming. How can that be? It's been a joke among skeptics, pointing to what seems to be a brazen contradiction. But the answer lies in atmospheric physics.
October 4, 2012 |
Expect temperatures 6 degrees colder than last winter's, and a six-fold increase -- or more -- in snowfall. In short, if Accu-Weather's winter outlook turns out to be right, the coming season will be whole lot more like a typical winter than in 2011-12. In the forecast released this morning, an update and elaboration of an earlier outlook, the commercial weather service in State College, Pa., is calling for near-normal temperatures this winter, with above-normal snowfall. In addition, Accu-Weather believes Philadelphia will have an above-average number of days -- perhaps seven -- with snowfall of an inch or more, said long-range forecaster Paul Pastelok.