July 22, 1988 |
Powerful summer thunderstorms with severe lightning, gusts of wind and drenching rain moved through the Philadelphia area last evening, causing power blackouts and flooding some major highways. Operations at Philadelphia International Airport - along with other East Coast airports - were disrupted, and SEPTA used shuttle buses on the Broad Street Subway to avoid flooded areas on the tracks. "We're having delays all over the place," an airport spokesman said at 10 p.m. He said planes were taking off during breaks in the storm.
August 21, 1993 |
An early evening thunderstorm pounded the Philadelphia area yesterday, interrupting all of SEPTA's regional rail service, closing several roads and knocking out power for about 20,000 customers. The storm, which swept through in advance of a cold front approaching from the northwest, affected the entire region and dropped up to an inch of rain in certain areas, according to David Houk, a meteorologist with Accu-Weather. The storm, he said, was "pretty strong but nothing you don't expect this time of a year with a cold front moving through.
June 26, 2012 |
A severe thunderstorm watch has been lifted for Philadelphia and its neighboring suburban counties, but remains in effect till 2 p.m. for South Jersey and northern Delaware. This morning, storms brought heavy rain, lots of lightning and even hail to some areas, especially from Bucks County eastward across New Jersey. Flights to the New York City area from Philadelphia International Airport reported delays. A watch, suggesting severe weather is possible, is less severe than a warning, which regards hazardous weather as likely, under the National Weather Service's alert system.
July 24, 1991 |
Philadelphians can expect a break from the heat today with slightly lower temperatures and, most important, lower humidity, according to Accu-Weather. But make no mistake about it, it's still going to be hot. Accu-Weather meteorologist Kevin DeGroodt said today's temperature should peak at 90 degrees, down from 99 degrees yesterday. By tomorrow, the temperature should be down to 86 degrees, about normal for this time of year, he said. The real break, however, is in the humidity.
September 1, 1988 |
When the great elm beside Richard McNeil's farmhouse split apart during a windy thunderstorm Aug. 24, more than a tree was lost, the Warminster resident says. "It is something that was ours from the past," McNeil said of the 350- year-old tree whose girth spanned more than 20 feet. "I don't know any other community that has a tree of that size locally. " The elm, whose splintered remains littered McNeil's front lawn Tuesday, is listed in the Bucks County Conservancy's Registry of Historic Trees, he said.
July 21, 2010 |
The National Weather Service has issued a severe thunderstorm watch as the Philadelphia area began what could be the sixth heat wave of the season. The watch is in effect until 9 p.m. in all of Southeastern Pennsylvania and Camden, Burlington and Gloucester Counties in South Jersey. The NWS says the storms could generate damaging gusts, hail and heavy downpours. The watch was issued as the temperature at the Philadelphia International Airport hit 91 degrees before 2 p.m. Believe it or not, the fifth heat wave to bake the Philadelphia area this summer officially ended Tuesday after a five-day run when the high at the airport was 86 degrees.
July 28, 2012 |
A series of powerful thunderstorms swept across Pennsylvania and New Jersey before nightfall Thursday, knocking out electricity for tens of thousands of homes and killing a woman in northwestern Pennsylvania. Linda Button, 66, died when a falling tree crushed her car in Genesee Township, Potter County, as she sought refuge at a campsite. In the Philadelphia region, gusts exceeded 60 m.p.h. as thunderstorms produced scattered downpours, thousands of lightning strikes, and three-quarter-inch hail near Nazareth, Pa., according to the National Weather Service.
July 19, 1995 |
Delivery of mail funneled through the Southeastern Processing and Distribution Center in Devon was delayed yesterday after a violent early morning thunderstorm knocked out power in the area, forcing workers to sort thousands of pieces by hand. Under emergency lighting, with thunder pounding in the background, workers went through the laborious manual sorting process, working overtime into the morning. The center dispatches mail for areas in Bucks, Montgomery and Chester Counties and handles from 3.5 million to 4 million pieces a day, according to Min Kwan, manager of plant support at the center.
August 8, 2002 |
I've always loved thunderstorms. I've frequently gathered my children in a huddle, perched safely on the steps of our garage, to watch Mother Nature's free light show. We'd view the awesome display and enjoy the cool breeze that often accompanies sudden storms. That cozy feeling, however, disappeared with a personal taste of Mother Nature's wrath. In an angry storm, lightning bolts crackled and thunder boomed at a frenzied pace. My house rocked from a bolt that danced just a little too close.
April 27, 1994 |
They waited for hours to say goodbye: the now-elderly members of the Silent Majority in veterans' caps and white shoes; middle-aged men and women who 25 years ago filled the streets in rage over Vietnam; young people who had never known firsthand the anguish of Watergate. To some, Richard Milhous Nixon will always be the great statesman whose name was stained by a single mistake. To others, even in death, he was still "Tricky Dick," the political personification of evil. Yesterday, the debate over Nixon's place in history continued as thousands of people, both friends and foes, lined up beneath stormy skies to pay their respects as Nixon's body was returned to lie in state near the small clapboard house where he was born 81 years ago. "He was a great man. Maybe he had his faults, but he was the country's greatest leader," said Robert Caton, a retired accountant who drove from nearby Whittier with his wife, Mary, to pay their respects.