Thursday, July 2, 2015

POSTED: Wednesday, July 1, 2015, 3:25 PM
Ominous swirling cloud in the Struble Lake area of Honey Brook Township, where tornado was confirmed. (Credit: Chester County Department of Emergency Services)

The National Weather Service has confirmed that an EF-1 tornado did touch down in Honey Brook Township, Chester County, on Tuesday afternoon.

After a team surveyed the area, it determined that the top wind speed was 95 m.p.h. and that the twister had traveled about 1.5 miles.

The damage path was 100 yards wide, the weather service said.

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POSTED: Wednesday, July 1, 2015, 12:20 PM
In Paris Wednesday, tourists brought their own shade; temperatures crept toward 100.. (Associated Press)

Officially the temperature at London’s Heathrow Airport reached 98.1 Fahrenheit on Wednesday, a July record for the United Kingdom, according to the UK Met Office.

It fell short of the highest reading ever in the United Kingdom, according to UK Met’s Laura Young. That distinction belongs to the official site in Faversham, in Kent – 100.9, recorded in 2003.

She said official records date back over 100 years.

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POSTED: Wednesday, July 1, 2015, 10:11 AM
Citizens Bank Park after Saturday's washout; that wasn't the only day it rained in June. ((Hunter Martin/Getty Images))

The 2014-15 fiscal year ended with quite a splash in parts of the region, including at Philadelphia International Airport.

By midnight, a total of 1.5 inches had fallen into the National Weather Service’s official rain gauge, boosting the monthly total to 8.88 inches and pushing June into an elite category for wetness.

Only two other years in the period of record, dating to 1872, were rainier: Two years ago, 10.36 inches cascaded in June, and in 1938, 10.06.

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POSTED: Friday, June 26, 2015, 6:01 PM
High waters in Manayunk from Irene in 2011; lately, area rivers have stayed well within banks. (DAVID SWANSON/Staff Photographer)

The National Weather Service has posted a flood watch for Philadelphia and Chester, Delaware and Montgomery Counties from noon Saturday until 5 a.m. Sunday.

As Glenn Schwartz has been telling us, heavy rains are likely on Saturday, and the weather service says the totals could be greater than 2 inches.

The weather service says that could cause the more-volatile streams to slosh over, and poor-drainage flooding is all but a given.

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POSTED: Thursday, June 25, 2015, 5:38 PM
John Opdenaker, 36, of Glen Mills battling the storm's aftermath; a rainy month about to get rainier. (( CLEM MURRAY / Staff photographer ))

As Glenn Schwartz has just informed us, computer models are seeing 1 to 3 inches of rain for the weekend, with a decent slug of that late Saturday afternoon into Saturday night.

This has been quite a rainy month, starting with 2.26 inches on the first and second – that’s officially at Philadelphia International Airport.

And measureable rain has fallen on 13 of the first 24 days, and that could become 14 of the first 25 tonight.

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POSTED: Wednesday, June 24, 2015, 6:01 PM
Tree damage in Philly; winds were potent, but no tornadoes have been confirmed. (ALEJANDRO A. ALVAREZ/Staff Photographer)

Despite multiple reports of funnel clouds during Tuesday’s severe-storm outbreak, the National Weather Service hasn’t confirmed any actual tornados.

A straight-line wind estimated at 85 m.p.h. caused significant damage in Gloucester County, according to Gary Szatkowski, head of the National Weather Service Office in Mount Holly.

However, Szatkowski tweeted, it wasn’t a tornado.

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POSTED: Wednesday, June 24, 2015, 3:06 PM
The orange sky after the storm on June 23, 2015. ( Joseph Kaczmarek / For the Inquirer )

Driving home after nature’s mass-pruning operation Tuesday, we had to negotiate a hazard that had nothing to do with closed roads or dead wood.

The drama in the western sky was so mesmerizing that we had trouble focusing on the road.

We have seen sunsets at the Grand Canyon, in Hawaii, on Cadillac Mountain in Maine, and this might well have trumped them all. We regret only that some folks to the east, where the rains arrive later, missed out.

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POSTED: Wednesday, June 24, 2015, 10:38 AM
Winds starch the flags in Hammonton: gusts yesterday were among highest ever measured.. (TOM GRALISH / Staff Photographer)

The 72 m.p.h. gust measured at Philadelphia International Airport on Tuesday was just 2 m.p.h. shy of hurricane force.

It was the fourth-strongest official wind speed on record, according to the National Weather Service.

No. 5, by the way, was just two months ago, a 71 m.p.h. gust from a downburst on April 22.

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Everyone talks about the weather, and here we write about it.

When we’re around and conditions warrant, we’ll keep you updated about what’s coming, but we will do our best always to discuss weather and climate developments in context and remind you that nothing in the atmosphere happens in a vacuum.

Tony Wood has been writing about the atmosphere for The Inquirer for 26 years.

Reach Tony at twood@phillynews.com.

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