January 5, 1999 |
A homeless man, who declined to be identified, moved his belongings to a spot on 23d Street, just north of Market, yesterday. The city issued a "code blue" Thursday for the duration of the cold snap. When the wind chill falls below 10 degrees, extra teams are sent out to coax homeless people into shelters.
December 15, 1989 |
There's not going to be anything sweet about this weekend. In fact, it going to be downwhite bitter. Kicking it off this afternoon is still another snowstorm, followed by "bitter cold" whipped up by a wind chill of below zero. Accu Weather's Chuck Jones said the snow starting this afternoon will continue until the wee hours of tomorrow morning. By then there should be 2 to 4 inches on the ground in the city and immediate suburbs. In a switch from the usual pattern, there will "probably" be less ("an inch or two")
January 15, 2000 |
Winter breathed its worst frigid air of the young year yesterday and blasted Philadelphia, killing two homeless men. And despite a weekend respite, temperatures are expected to drop again by Monday, and the freeze could last from six to 10 days, said Accu-Weather forecaster Brett Anderson. "This is January the way it's supposed to be," Anderson said. "It's been above normal for most of the winter. We've had it easy. " But with frigid temperatures comes death. The first to die was Yancie Atkins, 69, who was found lying on the sidewalk at 9th near Poplar streets at 6:41 a.m. yesterday.
December 29, 2004
Cold snap ON A RECENT Monday morning: "It's 10 degrees outside. " "You mean wind chill. " "No. The wind chill is 11 below. The temperature is 10 degrees. " Just then KYW radio said it again, so there was no dispute. It's 10 degrees outside. The cold brought with it a certain calmness. There was still the mall and traffic - but the cold of Monday gave such a clear view of the warmth on Saturday. There was still street crime and international war, but when I stepped outside and felt that it was actually 10 degrees, it gave me an extra reason to find warmth in the world.
March 6, 1989 |
Here we go again. Only this time it appears to be on the level. There's a snowstorm - accompanied by a wind chill of zero tonight - blowing in from eastern Tennessee that has Philadelphia written all over it. And by tomorrow, there's an outside chance that meteorologists could be writing "I told you so" in a foot of snow. Half that much or less, however, is more realistic. Sure, you say. What about a week ago when the city was supposed to be blanketed? All we got were flurries.
February 20, 1993 |
President Clinton couldn't have picked a more appropriate spot for his morning jog yesterday - CHILL-icothe, indeed. The President, in town for a Q&A with taxpayers about his economic plan, logged three miles at a local park, undaunted by toe-numbing cold. "Yeah, it's 3 degrees," Clinton shrugged when shivering reporters exclaimed about the temperature, which felt like 6 below with the wind chill. "Which I suppose means I don't have enough sense to be President," he quipped later at the session with townspeople.
December 21, 1993
Yesterday was supposed to be the busiest mail day of the year. That's what the Postal Service was predicting last week, given the track record of Christmases past. It's the day, typically, when folks face the music, as it were, and dump off the last of those rubber-banded stacks of cards and boxes lovingly stuffed with goodies for grown children who can't make it home for the holidays. To give you an idea of just how overwhelming the crunch is, the Postal Service delivers about 80 million pieces on a normal day. Around this time of year, the haul can soar up around the 300 million mark.
February 16, 1987 |
It was indeed colder than an Arctic igloo overnight. But it didn't break a record. The low of nine degrees at Philadelphia International Airport, which hung on for the three hours between 4 a.m. and 7 a.m., was still warmer than the record two above zero set in 1888. The uniformly single-digit readings throughout the area forced scores of homeless people off the streets. The National Weather Service reported lows of seven degrees in Willow Grove, Harrisburg and Bader Field in Atlantic City, four in Allentown and, coldest in the country, 30 below in Watertown, N.Y. Shelters and police stations took in the homeless yesterday, when temperatures ranged between 9 and 21 degrees and winds averaged 15 mph, at times reducing the wind chill factor to minus 28 degrees.
January 6, 1988 |
City workers dispatched emergency fuel and tried to coax the homeless off the streets last night as bitterly cold weather settled in for what looked like a lengthy stay. The National Weather Service predicted near-record lows overnight and said it would remain cold - though sunny - today with a high of 15 to 20, followed by a second night of near-zero cold. Winds out of the west at 10 to 20 m.p.h. will cause a wind chill of 20 below zero, and the weather service advised anyone going outdoors to dress warmly.