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Archive: October, 2012

POSTED: Friday, October 19, 2012, 4:50 PM

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.

POSTED: Tuesday, October 16, 2012, 5:24 PM

With slightly above-normal temperatures in the tropical Pacific, the planet's average temperature in September came in at 61.21 degrees, or 1.21 degrees above 20th Century averages, according to the National Climate Data Center.

Thus, September 2012 tied 2005's as the warmest in the period of record, dating to 1880.

The  Northern Hemisphere was a shade toastier than the southern half of the planet, which is well into its spring.

POSTED: Friday, October 12, 2012, 5:51 PM

As Peter Mucha's online story points out, the first nine months of 2012 constituted the warmest such period in the contiguous United States in 118 years of recordkeeping,

This was not a big surprise, given the sequence of warm months since the first of the year across the country.

March and July were the warmest on record, May was No. 2, April, 3, and January, 4, according to the National Climate Data Center's scorecard.

POSTED: Thursday, October 11, 2012, 4:49 PM

The government has a complicated nomenclature to advise us of various atmospheric perils from heat waves, to snowstorms, to that holiday favorite -- the wintry mix.

Sometimes we wish that for days like this the National Weather Service had a parallel ssytem to alert us to weather we should savor -- perhaps "Sky Blue Advisory," or "Savor Day" alert.

We see nothing of that sort on the weather service site this afternoon, but the agency has posted a "freeze watch" for late tomorrow night and early Saturday for most of Pennsylvania, including Bucks, Chester, and Montgomery Counties.

POSTED: Wednesday, October 10, 2012, 5:30 PM

On Oct. 10, 1979, 2.1 inches of snow was recorded officially at Philadelphia International Airport, the early measureable snow ever in the City of Brotherly Love.

In fact, that record appears to be one of the safer ones in the books.

You might remember that last year, measureable snow -- all 0.3 inches of it at the airport -- fell on Oct. 29, but that missed the record by a hefty 19 days.

POSTED: Tuesday, October 9, 2012, 2:56 PM

By the end of next month, you probably will be seeing catchy blurbs, or perhaps read a serious piece or two, about the dangers of over-indulging during the holidays.

Actually, the real danger period for the weight-conscious already is under way, according to one landmark study.

And on a chilly, dreary day such as this, with clouds again creasing the sky and the reality of change in the air is inescapable, many of us may be experiencing a notable uptick in hunger.

POSTED: Tuesday, October 9, 2012, 2:33 PM

For the 12th consecutive year, September temperatures worldwide finished above long-term normals, according to the latest NASA satellite report.

In the 34-year period of satellite record, last month was the third-warmest September on record, said the University of Alabama's John Christy, co-keeper of the data.

The global temperature came in at 0.61 degrees Fahrenheit above normal, with the warmth about evenly distributed between the Northern and Southern Hemispheres.

POSTED: Thursday, October 4, 2012, 5:06 PM

While it had an otherwise unexceptional career as a forgettable fish storm, Tropical Storm Nadine will be remembered for its tenacity.

 The National Hurricane Center, which announced Nadine’s demise today, said it will be an all-timer for duration, surviving 21.25 days. It entered that gray, impalpable world of non-name-dom after its winds fell below the 39 m.p.h. threshold.

Pending a post-storm analysis, Nadine would finish in a second-place tie with Ginger – 1971 – among the longest-lasting storms in the Atlantic.

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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