Thursday, July 24, 2014
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Weather alert: Spectacular days ahead

With foliage peak imminent, an atmospheric October-fest.

Weather alert: Spectacular days ahead

We are quick to alert our readers to impending atmospheric mayhem, so now we are delighted to inform that the rains have left a sheen of polish on the changing leaves, and that it's only going to get better.

Pennsylvania's foliage specialists have predicted peak color this weekend for the immediate Philadelphia area.

We think that timetable is a big frisky, but based on what we've seen of yellows and reds north and west of the city, it won't be long.

The weather evidently has been cooperating, with generally sunny days and cool, but not freezing, overnights.

Saturday and Sunday should be spectacularly sunny, with near-seasonal temperatures in the 60s.

That will change during the workweek, and arguably for the better. Daytime temperatures are forecast to reach at least 70 in Philly at least through Thursday.

So far this month, temperatures have been uncharacteristically near normal.

But that coming warm spell is likely to keep an impressive streak intact: Philadelphia hasn't had a month of significantly below-normal temperatures since January 2011.

Meanwhile, rainfall for the month has been well below normal. The 0.36 inches measured today at the airport equaled the total that fell the first 18 days of the month.

Tony Wood Inquirer Weather Columnist
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.

Tony Wood Inquirer Weather Columnist
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