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POSTED: Friday, June 29, 2012, 6:54 PM

With 99.99 percent of the votes counted, we are declaring this to be the warmest first half of a year since official recordkeeping began in Philadelphia in 1874.

The January through June temperature will end up at 54.8, assuming that tomorrow's blistering forecast is correct.

That would beat 1991 by 0.4 degrees. We also note that seven of the 10 warmest January-June periods have occurred since 1990.

POSTED: Thursday, June 28, 2012, 4:48 PM

By 3 this afternoon, the temperature at Philadelphia International Airport had hit 92, and although the dewpoints still were in the 50s, it's safe to say the heat wave is under way.

The National Weather Service has posted an "excessive heat warning" for noon tomorrow through 8 p.m. Sunday.

It's turned up the official forecast slightly, now calling for a high of 99 tomorrow in the city, with heat index values up to 103. The record high for the date is 102, set in the Dust Bowl era of 1934.

POSTED: Wednesday, June 27, 2012, 12:39 PM

On Monday and Tuesday the temperature reached 105 in Denver, and those weren't only records for the dates -- 105 matched the highest reading ever recorded in Denver.

It won't get that hot here, but the core of the heat over the Plains is making its move eastward, and we'll start to feel it tomorrow.

The National Weather Service sees it getting into the mid-90s Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, thus the "excessive heat warning."

POSTED: Wednesday, June 27, 2012, 11:57 AM

This morning, WSI Corp., the commercial weather service in Massachusetts, tweaked its hurricane outlook in light of two very different developments.

First, since the season is off to a frisky start, with four tropical storms worthy of a name, the company bumped up the forecast for named storms from 11, to 12.

More significantly, WSI now believes the season will be losing steam at a critical time, in September and October, when storms born off the African coast can crash into the U.S. East Coast.

POSTED: Tuesday, June 26, 2012, 11:40 AM

One of the great mysteries of life is why we are denied a sense of well-being when we believe we fully deserve it, and why we get it when we don't deserve it.

All we can say is that life is unfair, and sometimes it works to our advantage, even though we tend to forget those times.

Which brings us to a day in which the atmosphere has delivered an energizing air mass almost too good to be true for a June 26.

POSTED: Tuesday, June 26, 2012, 5:32 PM

Tomorrow should be wonderfully comfortable once again, and we strongly advise everyone to savor it, or bottle it if possible.

The heat is coming on sooner than expected, and evidently will be more intense than foreseen earlier.

The National Weather Service has seen enough to post an "excessive heat watch" for the period from Friday afternoon through Sunday night, with the potential for 100 degree heat-index readings.

POSTED: Tuesday, June 26, 2012, 5:22 PM

At 5, the National Hurricane Center reported that Debby had made landfall near Steinhatchee, on northwest Florida's Gulf Coast.

And as you may have seen on video images, Debby has been a super-soaker. Abby Sallenger, a U.S. Geological Survey geologist in St. Petersburg, Fla., says he measured 14 inches of rain at his house as a result of tropical storm Debby.

For those of you who were around here in September 1999, that total would top the rains wrought by Floyd in the Philadelphia region.

POSTED: Monday, June 25, 2012, 11:41 AM

A gust near 70 m.p.h. was reported at Dewey Beach, Delaware, this morning, but for most of the region the severe-storm watch evidently is on its last legs.

The National Weather Service has taken down the watch for all areas west of the Delaware River, and radar affirms that decision. The weather service says if any other strong storms pop up, southern Delaware is the favored target.

Rain totals have been paltry in most places, just a few hundreds of an inch in Pottstown and Doylestown, but Wildwood weighed in with 0.35 inches between 9 and 10.

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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.

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