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Archive: November, 2010

POSTED: Tuesday, November 30, 2010, 10:54 AM

When the temperature reached 32 at 2:30 a.m. Sunday at Philadelphia International Airport, it ended a 245-day stretch in which the official reading failed to hit the freezing mark.

We've mentioned that this represented the longest wait for a 32 reading in 71 years in Philadelphia, and those 245 days represented the 10th-longest interval between freezes in the 137 years of recordkeeping.

The so-called growing season evidently has grown considerably in the last 30 years.

POSTED: Monday, November 29, 2010, 11:47 AM
Snow briefly fell in Philadelphia on Thanksgiving, then a few days later, the freezing mark was hit for the first time this season. (David Maialetti / Staff Photographer )

As Peter Mucha noted in our online story, the stubborn thermometer at Philadelphia International Airport finally cracked the freezing barrier during the weekend.

This constitutes the longest wait for the first official 32-degree or lower reading in 71 years in Philadelphia.

Back in 1931, when the National Weather Service's official thermometer was at 10th and Chestnut, and in 1939, when it was a block away at the old Custom House, the first freezing reading didn't show up until December.

POSTED: Monday, November 22, 2010, 6:09 PM

The region is in for one more day of October-like temperatures, but then will start to feel the cold breath of the coming season, at least for a few days.

Big questions remain about just how strongly and how soon the winter of 2010-11 will come on, but the outlook for the next few days calls for a dispelling of the balm and weather more appropriately associated with stuffing than Easter eggs.

Temperatures are heading into the 60s again Tuesday, but on Wednesday they will have a hard time getting past 50, although it should be a decent travel day.

POSTED: Thursday, November 18, 2010, 5:59 PM

The global temperature for the first 10 months of 2010 is in a dead heat with 1998 for the warmest Jan. 1-Oct. 31 period ever, according to government data going back to 1880.

The combined land-sea surface temperatures for both years came in at 58.53, the National Climate Data Center reported this afternoon. Last month ended up being the eighth-warmest October ever. 

In both years, the global temperatures received a boost from anomalous warming in the tropical Pacific, or El Nino. 

POSTED: Thursday, November 18, 2010, 5:36 PM

During yesterday's leaf blizzard, a gust of 45 m.p.h. was recorded at Philadelphia International Airport. That's hardly a record, but worth noting.

That topped the peak 44 m.p.h. gust measured on Sept. 30 during the soaking coastal storm that got extra juice from the remains of Tropical Storm Nicole.

We realize that more than 30,000 folks lost power, and it certainly was not a good hair day, but they weren't entirely ill winds for those of us who are connoisseurs of bare trees.

POSTED: Wednesday, November 17, 2010, 5:53 PM

As predicted, the 2010 Atlantic hurricane season has been a busy one. As no one predicted, for the United States it has been stunningly uneventful.

A total of 12 hurricanes have formed, double the long-term average. As we've stated, this is the first time in the period of record that 10 or more hurricanes developed without a U.S. landfall.

How could this happen? The paradox of a hyperactive season and the lack of a single U.S. landfall may have a connection with the record snows in the Philadelphia-Washington corridor last year. 

POSTED: Wednesday, November 17, 2010, 5:17 PM

Thunderstorm gusts ripped through the region during the early morning hours, and the atmosphere got a second wind this afternoon.

Gusts of 41 m.p.h. were reported at the official automated station at Philadelphia International Airport at 2 and 3 p.m., and 40, at 4 p.m.

A wind advisory remains in effect until 8 p.m., but the National Weather Service expects the gusts to calm down after dark. The gust reading was down to 37 at 5 p.m.

POSTED: Tuesday, November 16, 2010, 7:19 PM

The remnants of the region's brilliant foliage are hanging tough, but the vistas could become considerably more muted by Thursday.

The National Weather Service has a wind advisory in effect for tomorrow, with gusts up to 45 m.p.h. possible.

In other words, if you live with or near trees, a serious raking situation looms.

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