Tuesday, September 23, 2014
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Near record warmth

This has been the toastiest day since before Thanksgiving.

Near record warmth

The temperature reached 66 this afternoon at Philadelphia International Airport, the highest reading since way back in Nov. 14 when everyone was expecting a mild winter.

That's just 2 shy of the record for the date set back in 1976 durnig a remarkable February in which the temperature went past 60 in Philly 12 times, hitting 70 once.

Expect another run at tomorrow's record, 69, set in both 1890 and 1891; we don't know if that touched off any global warming discussions.

After tomorrow, winter will try to make a comeback with a strong frontal passage and winds gusting to 45 m.p.h. Saturday.

Temperatures may not get out of the 30s on Tuesday, and some early-week snow remains a possibility.

Such wild temperature swings are more characteristic of March, and temperature contrasts are a big reason that March is the windiest month of the year.

But February also has a bi-polar side. On this date in 1958, after a paralzying snowstorm, the high for the day was 11.

 

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

Reach Tony at twood@phillynews.com.

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