Tuesday, July 29, 2014
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POSTED: Wednesday, July 9, 2014, 11:42 AM

That line of thunderstorms that plowed through the region last night generated gusts up to 62 m.p.h., and in some households no doubt it kick-started the emergency generators.

In all, PECO reported 260,000 service interruptions – what we loosely call power outages -- as a result of last night’s storms, according to PECO’s Cathy Engel-Menendez.

On Thursday night, the eve of the holiday, about 150,000 customers lost power, but meteorologically the events were quite different.

POSTED: Monday, July 7, 2014, 4:19 PM

Understandably, this wedding photo and several others, taken in Canada's spacious Saskatchewan Proviince has created quite a media buzz.

It was posted on the Facebook site of photographer Colleen Niska, and we must admit that we were skeptical.

For one thing, who poses for wedding pictures in the middle of deserted highway?

POSTED: Wednesday, July 2, 2014, 12:21 PM
"Looks Mean," U.S. astronaut Reid Wiseman wrote in post of this photo of Tropical Storm Arthur taken from the International Space Station.

 Up to 3 inches of rain could fall between late Wednesday afternoon and lunchtime on Independence Day, the National Weather Service says, and don't be surprised to see flood watches go up Thursday.

The Storm Prediction Center, in Norman, Okla., has placed the region in the “slight risk” zone for severe storms this afternoon and tonight.

Meanwhile, Arthur, last seen meandering off the mid-Florida coast, is forecast to grow into a Category 1 hurricane by late Thursday night, with peak winds at 80 m.p.h., as it approaches North Carolina.

POSTED: Tuesday, July 1, 2014, 11:45 AM

With the 11 a.m. advisory the National Hurricane Center declared that the swirling mass off Cape Canaveral has become Tropical Storm Arthur.

Its maximum winds were 40 m.p.h., a mere 1 m.p.h. above the minimum for a storm to earn a name.

Tropical-storm watches are up for the Florida east coast, and the latest track map has Arthur approaching the Outer Banks as a hurricane Friday morning, as in July Fourth, with 80  m.p.h. winds.

POSTED: Friday, June 27, 2014, 1:31 PM
The blazing sun of a heat wave keeps many people indoors - and their fans or air-conditioners running. (Bill Uhrich / Reading Eagle)

For the first time in seven years, June will have run its course before Philadelphia experiences its first official heat wave – as in three consecutive days of 90-plus temperatures.

Based on the extended forecasts posted Tuesday on the website of  AccuWeather -- which supplies the daily weather package for The Inquirer  -- summer was going to turn serious in July.

Blistering heat was due to bake the region for nine days starting on Tuesday, with a forecast high of 95, followed by 90-pluses for seven of the next eight days. This got our attention.

POSTED: Tuesday, June 24, 2014, 12:31 PM

The ocean temperatures off the Jersey Shore were running several degrees above normal – 76.1 off Cape May this morning, compared with an average of,  69, and 73.4 off Atlantic City, where the average is  64.

The best explanation would be persistent southerly winds over the last several days, says Kristin Klein at the National Weather Service office in Mount Holly.

That would the result of the “Bermuda high” centered over the North Atlantic; since winds circulate clockwise around highs, the Shore would be getting winds predominately from the south.

POSTED: Wednesday, June 18, 2014, 5:30 PM

Gloomy skies aren’t  for everyone, but if we can believe a recent study, they brighten the romantic prospects for a certain type of male.

In an article in Personality and Individual Differences, a team of European researchers concludes that “Machiavellians” fare better with women on cloudy days than the less-duplicitous competition.

The researchers call it the “Veil of Darkness” hypothesis; they link the term Machiavellian (which gives us pause, by the way) with “immoral, pragmatic, and cynical thinking.”  

POSTED: Friday, June 13, 2014, 1:05 PM

When the sun made an appearance this morning, the light re-animating  the lush foliage reminded us of just how deeply gloomy the last few days have been.

Unfortunately, on a day like this the concept of the atmosphere as an “ocean of air” feels like more than a metaphor.

An additional 2.5 inches of rain is possible this afternoon and tonight in some areas, and thus the National Weather Service has posted a fresh flash-flood watch for the region until 2 a.m.

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.

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