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POSTED: Tuesday, February 24, 2015, 2:21 PM
Ice flows at New York harbor; records fell Tuesday at two N.Y. airports. (AP)

In all 40, records were tied or broken in the East on Tuesday, according to the National Weather Service.

In addition to ones in Scranton, Mount Pocono (-15 Fahrenheit), and Allentown, stations reporting new lows included those at Dulles, Kennedy, and LaGuardia Airports; Islip, N.Y.; Newark, N.J.; Bridgeport, Conn.; Hartford; Binghamton, N.Y.; Burlington, Vt. (-19 Fahrenheit); Portland, and Concord, N.H. (-21).

As mentioned, officially the low at Philadelphia International Airport was a relatively balmy 7, but for our money, the tenacity of this February cold is far more impressive than any individual record.

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POSTED: Tuesday, February 24, 2015, 1:24 PM
Snow blanketing region on Saturday; one restaurant found a way to capitalize. (Jessie Fox /

Over the years restaurant owners have complained to us that a snow forecast – regardless of what actually happens – is poison to their business.

Fred Kellermann, chef-owner of Elements, in Haddon Heights, might have come up with the antidote.

As we and others reported last week, for every inch of snow Kellermann was offering his Saturday-night customers $2 in certificates for return meals.

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POSTED: Tuesday, February 24, 2015, 10:21 AM
Icing on Delaware, hard evidence of a tenacious late-season cold snap. (Elizabeth Robertson / Staff Photographer)

One of the most-intense late February cold spells on record reached new heights (or depths) this morning.

In all 40, records were tied or broken in the East on Tuesday, according to the National Weather Service, including a -21 at Concord, N.H., and -19 at Burlington, Vt.

At Mount Pocono, the thermometer got all the way down to 15 below zero Fahrenheit, smashing the record of 14 below set 101 years ago.

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POSTED: Monday, February 23, 2015, 6:17 PM
Jersey damage from Sandy. Experts: East Coast hurricane hits once were more frequent. (TOM GRALISH / Staff Photographer)

Compared with the period of offical  records, of hurricane activity along the U.S. East Coast was far friskier in the era of Michelangelo and da Vinci, before the waves of European settlements populated the New World.

That’s the conclusion of a team of researchers who pored through sedimentary evidence from Salt Pond on Cape Cod to reconstruct a hurricane climatology for the last two millennia.

You can read how they went about it here, but to simplify, they pored through layers of sand deposits upon which hurricanes leave distinct signatures.

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POSTED: Monday, February 23, 2015, 1:13 PM
Allison Neff of South Philadelphia braves the cold weather on South Broad Street on Thursday, Feb. 19, 2015. ( STEVEN M. FALK / Staff Photographer )

Daylight-savings time begins March 8, a week from Sunday, when the sun will be setting at 7, and enough light for baseball practice will linger for a good 30 to 45 minutes longer.

Evidently, however, the clock change will do nothing to fast-forward the seasons, as the longer-term outlooks now see below-normal persisting through at least through the first 10 days of March.

Sunday broke a streak of 11 consecutive days of below-normal official temperatures in Philadelphia, thanks to several hours of snow-and-ice melting sunshine.

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POSTED: Friday, February 20, 2015, 11:34 AM

February cold is nothing new – we’d like to say this would be a bigger story if this were happening in July – but the intensity of this late-month cold is somewhere between unusual and rare.

As we’ve written, this will be the coldest Feb. 20 in the 141-year period of record by a comfortable (or uncomfortable) margin.

After a low of 2, just missing the record of 1 set in the bitter winter of 1979, the official average temperature for Friday will come in at about 10, beating the old record, set in 1893, by a cool 4 degrees.

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POSTED: Thursday, February 19, 2015, 12:05 PM
Ice floes drift by the Race Street Pier on the Delaware River Waterfront Feb. 17, 2015. (TOM GRALISH / Staff Photographer )

Despite the ever-growing power of the February sun, ice continues to build on the region’s waterways and that is likely to continue into the weekend, thanks to one of the harshest late-season cold outbreaks in the period of record.

So far, no major navigation problems have been reported, but the U.S. Coast Guard is restricting traffic north of the Betsy Ross Bridge to steel-hulled vessels, said spokesman Lt. Nick Woessner.

Woessner said while the river is covered with “a good amount, it’s all drift ice,” as opposed to packed.

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POSTED: Tuesday, February 17, 2015, 11:47 AM
View from Pier 3 on the Delaware River on the morning of Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2015. (Al Borden/ reader)

Temperatures have averaged close to 7 degrees below normal so far this month in Philadelphia, and the Delaware River is showing the effects.

The National Weather Service reports that as of Sunday, ice was extending about 100 feet from the east shore at Cinnaminson.

A few days earlier, it reported ice reaching about 100 feet from the west shore at Trenton.

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