Wednesday, December 17, 2014

POSTED: Thursday, November 13, 2014, 12:48 PM

We’ve noted in article recently that just about every issued so far has been bullish on a cold eventful winter.

Glenn Schwartz, the NBC10 chief meteorologist, and Kathy Orr at CBS3, couldn’t agree more.

In his annual winter forecast, Schwartz sees temperatures well below normal and snowfall totals of 40 to 45 inches, about double the average.

POSTED: Thursday, November 13, 2014, 12:39 PM

As noted in our online story, in the morning forecast discussion the National Weather Service in Mount Holly said the region might experience a “skiff of snow.”

Never mind that a “skiff” is a small boat; we give props to the author, Walter Drag, for invoking what poet Robert Frost called the “sound of sense.”  

We can’t find “skiff” in any meteorological dictionary, but we get the drift.

POSTED: Wednesday, November 12, 2014, 1:42 PM

The computers and the meteorologists are in rock-solid accord that temperatures during the next several days are going to come in at 10 to 15 degrees below normal.

And just to add a dash of drama, they see a chance for some wet snow during the early-morning hours on Friday.

That might seem punitively early, and it probably is.

POSTED: Tuesday, November 11, 2014, 11:57 AM

Snow is a polarizing phenomenon: We’ve noticed through the years that some in the region can’t get enough of it, and others view it as a punitive experience, if not life-threatening.

For whatever reasons, when it comes to drawing web traffic, on a good (or bad) day,  the term “snow” can go toe-to-toe with “Wing Bowl.”

We can’t remember a fall in which so many people have said they “heard” this was going to be a snowy winter.

POSTED: Friday, November 7, 2014, 2:24 PM

Some readers have asked whatever happened to the melodious voice of meteorological  poet laureate Elliot Abrams on KYW Newsradio.

Ending a relationship that dates to the 1970s, the early days of both the station’s venerable all-news format and AccuWeather, KYW’s weather now is exclusively in-house.

Steve Butler, KYW’s news director, says the move had nothing to do with money.

POSTED: Friday, November 7, 2014, 12:24 PM
Chill is coming next week, but not "Day After Tomorrow."

The remnants of powerful Typhoon Nuri will have an indirect affect on the region’s weather (see the John Bolaris post), and the ferocious polar vortex is due to plunge into the central United States.

For those of us in the Philadelphia city-state, however, the sound and fury will signify little more than regular, unleaded November chill next week.

“It’s not the end the end of the world coming,” said Tom Kines, meteorologist with AccuWeather, in State College. Sorry, catastrophists.

POSTED: Thursday, November 6, 2014, 6:50 PM
Joggers in the snow last December. (MICHAEL S. WIRTZ / Staff Photographer)

Back in June forecasts saw an 80 percent probability that an El Nino would ripen in the tropical Pacific in fall and winter, when sea-surface temperatures would hold significantly above normal.

Now, the experts are not so sure. Today the Climate Prediction Center and the International Research Institute for Climate and Society bumped down the probability of El Nino conditions to 58 percent.

They say that even if one does develop, it would be weak.

POSTED: Wednesday, November 5, 2014, 4:20 PM
Snow in Barrow, Alaska, last month: Fall snow cover in Northern Hemisphere has been robust. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

Worldwide, last month tied for the warmest in the period of satellite temperature record, dating to the late 1970s, according to NASA data released this week.

Perhaps incongruously, however, the Northern Hemisphere snow cover last month was the third most-extensive for an October in the period of observation, which begins in 1967, as tabulated by the Rutgers University Global Snow Lab.

This followed quite a snow-covered September, and last month we posted on the possible link between that and the Philly winter.

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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