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POSTED: Wednesday, September 17, 2014, 12:24 PM

For East Coast residents and property owners, admiring Hurricane Edouard's fearful symmetry might be akin to sitting near a cozy fire with a cup of hot chocolate while a winter storm rages outside.

Yesterday Edouard became the most-powerful hurricane of the season, a Category 3 with winds reaching 115 m.p.h.

While Odile, a Pacific storm, is threatening parts of the Southwest with torrential rains, Edoaurd is spinning almost it the center of the North Atlantic, hundreds of miles from any land masses.

Edouard was a concern for shipping interests, obviously, and not a good day to be fish out that way.
POSTED: Friday, September 12, 2014, 5:09 PM

Rain, but not much, is in the offing for tomorrow, and of late we’ve noticed a pattern of actual rain not measuring up to promises.

As the National Weather Service observed in its afternoon discussion, "our forecasts have been too wet" this week. So far this week, officially at Philadelphia International Airport not a drop has fallen.

During the last 30 days, just over an inch and a half of rain has been measured throughout Philadelphia, according to the National Weather Service, or about 38 percent of normal.

POSTED: Friday, September 12, 2014, 10:10 AM

The preseason consensus was that the 2014 hurricane season in the Atlantic Basin would be a relatively quiet one, and so far this one has been all but silent.

A swirling mass in the far eastern Atlantic earned the name "Edouard" last night with peak winds of 40 m.p.h., barely qualifying for the naming threshold of 39 m.p.h. winds.

It thus became only the fifth tropical storm of the season in the Basin, which includes the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean Sea.

POSTED: Tuesday, September 9, 2014, 3:27 PM

Marc Abrams, a Penn State professor and forest ecologist, has been watching the leaves change colors for 28 years, and in the early going this year he has noticed a change of another sort.

“We often times get some early color,” he said, “and there seems to be more this year.”

We’ve noticed sporadic media reports of early color changing, and already we’ve seen some dramatic color in New England.

POSTED: Thursday, August 21, 2014, 4:54 PM

While not a scientific phrase, “Dog Days” generally refer to the period from early July to mid-August that coincides with the warmest times of the year in the Northern Hemisphere.

That also happens to be the period in which Sirius, “the dog star,” rises in conjunction with the sun.

We are told that some ancient types believed that the added heat of Sirius contributed to making conditions more oppressive. (Siriusly?)

POSTED: Wednesday, August 20, 2014, 11:40 AM

That team from Las Vegas that has rolled over opponents might be in for something a bit different tonight – and we’re not talking about Mo’ne and the Taney Dragons.

Meteorologists are calling for thunderstorms, with up to three-quarters of an inch of rain in Williamsport. That’s more rain than Las Vegas typically experiences during an entire summer.

The National Weather Service has a 73 percent likelihood of rain at 7, with probabilities not dropping much during the next few hours.

POSTED: Monday, August 18, 2014, 4:35 PM

El Nino appeared to be all but a sure thing a few months back, and while above-normal warming still is likely over a large area of the tropical Pacific, it is no sure thing.

Today’s weekly update from the Climate Prediction Center sees a 65 percent likelihood of El Nino during the fall and winter, down from 80 percent two weeks ago.

If it does happen, be “weak” or “low moderate,” said Anthony Barnston, scientist at the International Research Institute, affiliated with Columbia University.

POSTED: Thursday, August 14, 2014, 10:24 AM

A colleague asks if this summer is setting some kind of record for the lack of 90-plus days in Philadelphia.

Actually, no. Coming into August, the high temperature at Philadelphia International Airport had hit 90 on 15 days, reasonably close to the normal of 17.

As for overall temperature, the average since June 1 is ever-so-slightly below normal, similar to last summer’s.

About this blog

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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