Tornado threat

At last look on radar, that strong line of storms marching across Pennsylvania still appeared to be a few hours away, although the skies are looking more ominous.

It's possible that the Phillies will be able to get tonight's game with the St. Louis Cardinals under way, but if you're going to Citizens Bank Park, take a poncho, a book, and a lightning rod if you have one handy.

A tornado watch remains in effect until 11 p.m. in Chester County, and the Storm Prediction Center has the rest of the region in the "slight risk" zone for severe weather.

So far, this has been a rather quiet tornado season across the nation, although it got off to a rollicking start in January.

The nation's tornado numbers for March were way down from last year -- 18, compared with 154 last year, and 75 the year before, according to the storm center's data.

It also has been quite dry around here the last two months, as The Inquirer story by Walter Naedele and Ed Colimore noted today.

In Chester County, the precipitation numbers for the last 60 days are about two-thirds of normal.

Those numbers should improve tonight -- even if the weather doesn't.