July 23, 2016 |
While other experts think mostly about optimal indoor temperatures for day-time settings like offices and malls, Ilene Rosen spends her time thinking about the night, a source of conflict in many households. "The best temperature for great sleep is between 60 and 68," said Rosen, a Penn Medicine sleep specialist who is president-elect of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine. "The temperature of the world drops at night and [our ancestors] slept in a cave. This is why your bedroom should be like a cave, dark and cool because core body temperature need to drop.
July 19, 2016 |
DEAR ABBY: With summer here, many families will do at least some traveling, which involves spending significant amounts of time in the family car or truck. I'd like to remind your readers that it is now illegal in many states to leave a child, a disabled person or a pet unattended in a vehicle for ANY length of time. The reason is that temperatures inside a vehicle - especially with the windows rolled up - can rise to dangerous, even deadly, levels very quickly. Tests by the National Weather Service have shown that when it's 80 degrees Fahrenheit outside, the interior of a vehicle with the windows rolled up, or just cracked open, can reach 123 degrees within 60 minutes!
July 10, 2016 |
Philadelphia entered an official heat wave Friday as the temperature hit 90 degrees for the third consecutive day. And the heat isn't about to make a quick exit. The mercury reached 90 before noon at Philadelphia International Airport, setting the region up for another hot day, following the two warmest of the year thus far. An excessive heat warning is in place until 6 p.m., with heat index values expected to be around 100 degrees. Heat warnings were also in effect Wednesday, when the temperature reached 95 degrees, and Thursday, when the high hit 94. The heat wave is the second in Philadelphia this summer; the temperature also hit 90 three days in a row early in the season, from May 26-28.
March 11, 2016 |
What is so rare as a day in June, the poet James Russell Lowell once mused. How about a June day on March 9? The official temperature rocketed to 82 at 2:47 p.m. Wednesday - the normal high in Philadelphia for a June 13. That's also 31 degrees above the normal high for a March 9; nine degrees above the old record for the day, 73, set in 2000; and in records dating to 1874, the highest reading for the first 10 days of March. If you can stand Wednesday's weather, you'll probably be able to tolerate Thursday's.
February 29, 2016 |
Question: My wife and I recently purchased a 2007 Honda Fit with 103,000 miles on it. Unfortunately, the car gets crappy gas mileage: 22 miles per gallon in mostly city driving, 30 on the highway in warmer weather. The car appears to be in good overall condition, starts easily, and runs smoothly. I've replaced the air filter and the spark plugs; neither had any effect. The tires are inflated to specs. The coolant temperature was 172 degrees when the car was warmed up. We have twice had it checked out by our mechanic and he finds no codes on the scanner.
January 21, 2016 |
While the region braces for its first unofficial snow panic of the season, the government is about to announce that 2015 was the warmest year on record worldwide - probably by a comfortable margin. Officials at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and NASA's Goddard Institute for Space Studies say they will release their annual reports Wednesday. While the final piece - official December climate data - has not been made public, the first 11 months of the year were so historically balmy that the declaration of 2015 as the world's warmest year, surpassing 2014, is all but a certainty, weather watchers agree.
January 12, 2016 |
The warm, soggy weather that dampened Christmas spirits in Philadelphia returned on Sunday - for one day only - before diving into the 30s on Monday and perhaps, just perhaps, bringing a sprinkling of snow Tuesday night. Temperatures had reached 62 at 11 a.m. in the city, according to the National Weather Service in Mt. Holly, one degree shy of the 1950 record for Jan. 10. Reading broke its 1939 record of 58 degrees with a temperature of 61 before noon. As for the soggy part, an inch of rain fell in the city overnight while twice as much drenched Monmouth County New Jersey, causing moderate tidal flooding all along the Jersey coast.
October 25, 2015 |
The 2015 college football season reaches the halfway point with this weekend's games, and we've been sitting here for hours trying to figure out what topics to discuss. We could talk about the four preseason top-10 teams - Auburn, Oregon, Southern California, and Georgia - that have tumbled out of the top 25. Or we could discuss the teams (hello, Temple!) who began the season in Nowheresville and are now in the rankings. Who would have thought in August that the order of Pennsylvania's three FBS teams on the fourth Saturday of October, in terms of season record, would be Temple, Pittsburgh, Penn State?
July 22, 2015 |
The region has had hotter days than Monday - when it hit a steamy 95 at Philadelphia International Airport - but not many hotter nights. In fact, the overnight low of 81 was the highest minimum temperature for a July 20 in Philadelphia since official record-keeping began 1874, beating the old record of 78 and missing the all-time mark of 83, set in 2010 and 2011. Temperatures on Tuesday were forecast to go no lower than the mid-70s, but the heat wave should be rather unexceptional history by Wednesday.
January 9, 2015 |
Note : This story was updated Thursday morning. Area residents woke up Thursday to the winter's first single-digit day, as the temperature at 5 a.m. plunged to 9 degrees, with the winds at the time making it feel like minus 5. And besides the physical misery, the cold caused delays on commuter rail operations around the region - SEPTA, PATCO and NJ Transit RiverLine - and resulted in some packed trains. It hasn't been this cold since Jan. 24 of last year. But hang in there.