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Archive: November, 2010

POSTED: Monday, November 15, 2010, 5:55 PM

The 2010 hurricane season ends officially on Nov. 30. Unofficially, it is very much over.

It has been almost unimaginably kind to U.S. taxpayers, and in the process has made some history.

In the post-mortem on their 2010 outlooks, William M. Gray and Philip J. Klotzbach at Colorado State University note that while 12 hurricanes formed in the Atlantic Basin, not a single one made U.S. landfall.

POSTED: Monday, November 8, 2010, 5:24 PM

A spectacular sunset that rouged the skies has ended yet another day of below-normal temperatures in the region.

And while the recent chill has been nowhere near a record, it is nonetheless noteworthy.

This marks the eighth straight day in which the official average temperature in Philadelphia has failed to register above normal.

We haven't had a stretch like this since we were knee-deep in snow, back in February.

From Feb. 6 through Feb. 17, when over 45 inches of snow was measured for Philadelphia, temperatures averaged below normal each day. (On the 5th, the day that 28.5-incher began, the average temperature actually was tad above normal.)

Once those snows were gone, nature turned on the burner.

Astonishingly, temperatures on more than 80 percent of the days in the March 1 through Sept. 30 period registered above climate normals. Only 40 of the 214 days finished below.

If this months seems to be off to a cool start, it is. Given what's happened around here since March, it may seem even cooler.

POSTED: Tuesday, November 2, 2010, 8:48 PM

Not long after the polls opened this morning, unbeknownst to voters deciding the midterm fate of the Republic, the government issued a chilling proclamation.

At 7:44 a.m., the National Weather Service issued a statement declaring an official end to the local growing season, citing the freezing temperatures across the region that had layered car windshields with ice.

Officially, it didn't quite make freezing at Philadelphia International Airport, where it got down to 34, but it did hit 32 at Northeast Philadelphia Airport.

It went down to 30 in Wilmington and Mount Holly, and 29 in Pottstown.

It was not known if the government [declaration would have any impact on the plant life, most of which evidently has noticed the change of seasons.

POSTED: Tuesday, November 2, 2010, 6:19 PM

A scraper-worthy frost coated parts of the region overnight, with a repeat possible by tomorrow morning.

The icy reminder of the approach of winter notwithstanding, the first 10 months of 2010 have been extraordinarily warm, locally and globally.

Even though October was the coolest month of the year, according to the most-recent satellite data, it was the second-warmest October in the period of record, which goes back about three decades.

Data-keeper John Christy at the University of Alabama said in the race for the warmest year on record, 2010 was in a statistical dead-heat with 1998, the reigning warm king.
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