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Archive: February, 2013

POSTED: Monday, February 25, 2013, 10:10 AM
Five-year-old Alyssa Humphries catches snowflakes on her tongue during a Christmas snowfall in Anniston, Ala., Saturday, Dec. 25, 2010. (AP Photo/The Star, Stephen Gross)

The morning bird song is getting ever louder, the midday sun is toasting the insides of cars, and the light is becoming brighter by the day.

But the surest sign we’ve seen that the meteorological winter will end with a whimper this week is the relative quiet  we see on the American Weather Forums chat board.

For most of the region this has been a dud of a winter, but we can’t recall the last time we saw a week begin without so much as a storm rumor.

POSTED: Thursday, February 14, 2013, 8:25 AM
Abdullah Bamajboor, 18, a Saudi exchange student, takes his first photos of snow at Temple.

At the halfway point of February, snow has been observed officially in Philadelphia on 10 of the 14 calendar days.

Yet not one February snow has been able to topple the reigning snow champion of the winter of 2012-13 -- the 1.5 inches measured at Philadelphia International Airport/National Park on Jan. 25.

And that one was almost a freak of nature, squeezed out of a paltry amount of precipitation.

POSTED: Tuesday, February 12, 2013, 5:22 PM
FILE - In this Jan. 3, 2013 photo, a beach front home that was severely damaged by Superstorm Sandy rests in the sand in Bay Head, N.J. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)

Sandy reached the New Jersey coast with hurricane-force winds, but technically it was not a hurricane.

That was one of the conclusions in the government's 150-plus page post-mortem on a storm that has taken its place among the most-destructive and costliest on record.

The full report is available here.

POSTED: Friday, February 8, 2013, 11:11 AM

The snow-accumulation forecasts include a lot of wiggle room, but don't be surprised if the actual results vary even more wildely than the forecasts suggest.

We wouldn't be shocked if the totals called in by National Weather Service spotters in Philadelphia and the surrounding counties tomorrow ranged from 2 to 10 inches. And the differences won't necessarily be along the traditional lines, southeast to northwest.

At this writing, it appears that no one near Philadelphia will see significant accumulating snow during the day, and the region should skate through the afternoon commute without much trauma.

POSTED: Friday, February 8, 2013, 4:25 PM

So far today the region's weather has been uneventful, and while snow is still expected tonight, forecasters are backing off on amounts.

A winter-storm warning remains posted for Bucks County, but the National Weather Service has taken down the warnings in Chester and Montgomery Counties.

The latest forecast is calling for 1 to 2 inches in the city, and 2 to 4 to the north and west from the backlash of the storm that still is forecast to bash New York and New England.

POSTED: Thursday, February 7, 2013, 2:21 PM

As mentioned, the earlier forecast of 1 to 2 inches in and around Philadelphia, looked to be on the conservative side.

The National Weather Service has now upped the projected amount to 2 to 4 in the city, and 4 to 6 in some of the northern and western suburbs.

We expect some winter weather advisories and watches to go up with the afternoon forecast packages.

POSTED: Thursday, February 7, 2013, 1:11 PM

While we wait for computer models to resolve their differences on the coming storm -- and for the atmopshere to have the last laugh -- we note that Philadelphia evidently is approaching a snow record.

Officially, a trace of snow was detected yesterday at Philadelphia International Airport, the seventh straight day snowflakes have been observed.

Not that the shovels and plows are getting a workout. The official total for the entire seven days stands at 1.2 inches, the seasonal total at an anemic 5.4.

POSTED: Thursday, February 7, 2013, 3:58 PM
This undated handout photo provided by NOAA shows Louis Uccellini. The federal government Thursday selected Uccellini, an expert in winter storms to be the next director of the National Weather Service, just as a massive blizzard threatens New England. (AP Photo/NOAA)

In a rather dramatic shift from this morning, the National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning for all of Montgomery and Bucks Counties and part of Chester County for 4 to 8 inches of snow late tomorrow into Saturday.

In the immediate Philadelphia area, the call is for 3 to 5 inches, with the changeover from to snow coming later.

When the change to snow occurs, forecasters are saying the precipitation will come fast and furious, perhaps at a rate of an inch or 2 an hour.

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Everyone talks about the weather, and here we write about it.

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Tony Wood has been writing about the atmosphere for The Inquirer for 26 years.

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