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December 16, 2012
This has been a maddening few weeks for runners. One day, I'm out in shorts, tank top, and summer visor. The next, I'm pulling on gloves and my highlighter yellow vest so I don't freeze and/or get hit by a fog-draped car. The yo-yoing area temperatures are wreaking havoc on runners, in both how we run and how we breathe. If you have asthma, you know what I'm talking about. "This is very hard on the lungs when you have asthma," said Stanley Lane, head of allergy and immunology at Virtua Memorial Hospital in Mount Holly.
NEWS
July 16, 2013 | By Melissa Dribben, Inquirer Staff Writer
We find ourselves this week simmering in the geothermic core of July. It is hot. So hot that the sidewalk outside Payless on Chestnut Street makes melted cheese of your flip flops. So hot that to sit at the outdoor tables at Serafina's constitutes cruel and unusual punishment. So hot that, to keep his scalp from scorching as he hauled old windows into a Dumpster on Chancellor Street, union laborer Paul Bey packed his hard hat with paper towels, hosed down a blue microfiber towel, slapped the whole thing on his head and created one cool, fetching chapeau . "Sweating is OK," said Bey, 54, who has worked for Laborers Local 332 for 26 years in every extreme iteration of nature.
NEWS
July 7, 2012 | By Anthony R. Wood and Bob Warner, Inquirer Staff Writers
The hot spell that has been slow-cooking the region and much of the nation is about to achieve a rarefied position in local weather lore. By the time things finally cool down Monday, this will have become one of Philadelphia's longest heat waves since the government began keeping score in 1874 - exceptional even given the recent run of hot summers. The temperature hit 98 Thursday at Philadelphia International Airport, but before most people got out of bed, the city already had tied a record for overnight warmth, with a "low" of 81. On Saturday, the temperature could reach a feverish 103. So far, heat has been blamed for contributing to at least five deaths in the region since late May. No new deaths were reported Thursday, but health officials remain concerned about the effects of the tenacious heat on the elderly and people with health problems.
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January 19, 2014 | By Alan J. Heavens, Inquirer Real Estate Writer
  Question: My daughter and her 5-year-old sleep in a bedroom with a hardwood floor, filled with clothing and stuffed animals. She recently added a small table-top air filter and a humidifier that she activates every night, putting a half-gallon of water into the air in a 12-hour period. I already have a whole-house humidifier on the furnace, and I am concerned that she is going to cause a mold or mildew problem in the room, in addition to the unfinished attic and possibly adjoining bedrooms.
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May 25, 1994 | For The Inquirer / BOB WILLIAMS
Full to the sun, Allen Worth (left) and Vincent Ripchinski sit for a spell outside the Conshohocken Free Library. The temperature rose to 85 degrees yesterday and is expected to reach 88 today.
NEWS
January 6, 2014 | By Bob Fernandez and Vernon Clark, Inquirer Staff Writers
Flames from fire pits and charcoal grills licked the night air in parking lots at Lincoln Financial Field on Saturday after the sun set and the pregame temperature plummeted for thousands of Eagles fans awaiting the team's playoff game against New Orleans. "You can't waste a good fire when it's 20 degrees," said John Schwartz, tailgating with his two sons, John Jr. and Eddie. They brought steaks to grill, but while they waited, they piled the charcoals high and warmed their hands and feet over the open fire.
SPORTS
June 2, 2013 | By Jen A. Miller, For The Inquirer
Step outside lately? It's bad enough walking the dog right now, but running in this muck can be torture. "The primary issue is the impact the heat and humidity has on our body's core temperature," said Maria Simone, USATF-certified coach of the Absecon, N.J.-based No Limits Endurance Coaching. Normally, we're at 97 to 99 degrees. Run outside on a hot and humid day and you can push that core temperature up past 100. "Research suggests that as our core body temperature approaches 103 degrees, our bodies fatigue, pace slows, rate of perceived exertion increases, and we risk heat exhaustion or stroke if the core temp continues to rise even more," she said.
NEWS
July 19, 2013
A 57-YEAR-OLD Northwest Philadelphia man who was found dead early yesterday has been recorded as the city's first heat-related death of the year. City Health Department spokesman Jeff Moran said the man, whose name was not released, was found inside his home with a working box fan and an open window. An air-conditioning unit inside the home was not being used, Moran said. He said the man was last seen alive Tuesday by neighbors. Yesterday's temperature peaked at 99 degrees, marking five straight days of temperatures above 90. The temperature today is expected to reach the mid 90s. - Solomon Leach
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August 13, 1988 | By MELISSA VANETTE JOSEPH, Daily News Staff Writer
Weather watching is nothing if not different. Each month there's a new game. In June, you could keep track of the number of "rain-free" days for the season. In July, you could calculate the number of 100-degree days in the city. And in August, you can count consecutive days that the temperature reaches at least 90 degrees. Yesterday's high of 93 degrees was the 15th day in a row the city has felt 90 or above temperatures. It was also the 45th day this summer that the temperature has reached at least 90 degrees.
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July 22, 2015 | By Anthony R. Wood, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
January 9, 2015 | By Tricia L. Nadolny and Aubrey Whelan, Inquirer Staff Writers
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.
SPORTS
November 26, 2014 | BY JOHN McGONIGAL, Daily News Staff Writer mcgonij@phillynews.com
FROM BEATING Central Florida in the season opener on a last-gasp field goal to losing in poor form to Illinois on Saturday, the Nittany Lions have experienced a wide range of emotions this season. As Penn State's head coach, James Franklin must promote and/or weather those feelings, depending on the situation. He has done it all year, and with his team sitting at an uneasy 6-5 on the season, just barely bowl-eligible, the coach will continue to do so. "In a leadership position, that's what you have to do," Franklin said yesterday.
NEWS
November 21, 2014 | By Anthony R. Wood, Inquirer Staff Writer
With a record-tying low in the morning and temperatures near freezing in the afternoon, Wednesday officially became the coldest Nov. 19 in Philadelphia in 141 years of record-keeping. The low at Philadelphia International Airport was 20 and the high was 33, yielding an average temperature of 26.5, which was 19 degrees below normal. That beat out the long-standing record for the date, 28, set in 1936 - 16 days after President Franklin D. Roosevelt won a landslide reelection victory over GOP challenger Alf Landon.
NEWS
September 4, 2014
A ARON GOLDSTEIN, 20, and Collin Hill, 21, of University City, are co-founders of Fever Smart, which makes a smart, wireless, app-enabled thermometer that sends alerts if a child gets a fever. The two are juniors at Penn's Wharton School. Goldstein is a finalist for Entrepreneur magazine's College Entrepreneur of 2014 . Q: How'd you come up with the idea for Fever Smart? A: Collin was diagnosed at 19 with [blood cancer], had chemotherapy and his immune system was suppressed.
NEWS
July 11, 2014 | By Sandy Bauers, Inquirer Staff Writer
Given the history of climate change science - predictions that, no matter how draconian, are often so vague that the dangers are easily ignored or misinterpreted - the specificity of new research out Thursday from Children's Hospital of Philadelphia is intriguing: measurable rises in the number of kidney-stone cases at hospitals and doctors' offices that can be linked to increases, even small ones, in the average daily temperature. Their research suggests that both adults and children could be at a higher risk for the painful condition as the world warms.
NEWS
January 30, 2014 | By Seth Zweifler, Inquirer Staff Writer
Before heading out for his 8 a.m. shift at the University of Pennsylvania on Tuesday, security guard Luther Babb slathered his face with Vaseline. "It's the oldest trick in the book to fight this cold," said the 44-year-old from West Oak Lane. The temperature outside was 12 degrees, with a wind chill of 5 below zero. Frederick Thomas, who runs the taxi stand at 30th Street Station, stocked up on hand warmers. Hemo Abdelaziz, the owner of a University City food truck, held his bare hands above a grill for as long as he could - the only source of warmth in an otherwise freezing space.
NEWS
January 21, 2014 | By David O'Reilly, Inquirer Staff Writer
David Robinson doesn't wear a top hat or have a carrot for a nose. The role of New Jersey's chief snowman, after all, commands a certain dignity. But with rank comes responsibility. And so, when the New Jersey State Police Office of Emergency Management asked him in August whether the streets of East Rutherford - and its roofless MetLife Stadium - might be heaped in snow or frozen in ice when it hosts the Super Bowl on Feb. 2, Robinson obliged with a calculation. After all, this would be the first Super Bowl ever in a cold-weather, open stadium.
REAL_ESTATE
January 19, 2014 | By Alan J. Heavens, Inquirer Real Estate Writer
  Question: My daughter and her 5-year-old sleep in a bedroom with a hardwood floor, filled with clothing and stuffed animals. She recently added a small table-top air filter and a humidifier that she activates every night, putting a half-gallon of water into the air in a 12-hour period. I already have a whole-house humidifier on the furnace, and I am concerned that she is going to cause a mold or mildew problem in the room, in addition to the unfinished attic and possibly adjoining bedrooms.
NEWS
January 6, 2014 | By Jonathan Lai, Inquirer Staff Writer
A brief respite of above-freezing temperatures Sunday and Monday will come to an abrupt end Monday night, the National Weather Service said, when the roller-coaster thermometer takes another drop to single digits. Forecasters expected freezing drizzle to begin overnight Saturday and continue into Sunday morning, with conditions warming into the upper 30s. The region should get "a little subtle push of air that'll bring in a little bit of precipitation," said Jim Bunker of the National Weather Service in Mount Holly.
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