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Archive: March, 2012

POSTED: Thursday, March 8, 2012, 12:03 AM

Accu-Weather just released its belated spring outlook, and ... oh ... you say, you thought it was spring already.

Actually, the equinox still is 12 days away, but the meteorological spring began March 1, and it's not quite clear why the "outlook" wasn't issued until March 8.

In any event, meteorologically, spring is already cooking. As Accu-Weather's Jack Boston said, "We are literally a month ahead of time."

POSTED: Wednesday, March 7, 2012, 5:48 PM

A major disturbance on the sun's surface could result in a disruptive geomatic storm, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration warns.

The so-called coronal mass ejection occurred last night, NOAA said, and the fall-out could have widespread impacts come tomorrow morning.

Already, according to NOAA, a related "radiation storm" has set off high-frequency radio blackouts at the Poles and in other regions.

POSTED: Tuesday, March 6, 2012, 2:23 PM

We received our first pollen count of the season this morning from Dr. Donald Dvorin at the Asthma Center.

It's not that the numbers were off the charts in terms of volume -- they weighed in at the "moderate" level -- it's just that they were off-the-charts early.

The first count was about 10 days ahead of schedule. As we wrote in our story, Dvorin fast-forwarded the counting season because his office was stuffed with stuffy noses in February.

POSTED: Tuesday, March 6, 2012, 12:44 PM

In weather lore, the great coastal storm of 1962 became known as the "Ash Wednesday Storm."

Wednesday, March 7, actually was Day Two of that siege, which began ferociously on Fat Tuesday, the day of the worst winds, according to the Coast Guard log that was kept at the Long Beach Island station.

As we noted in our Sunday story, the storm was blamed for killing 22 and ripping apart the Jersey Shore.

POSTED: Monday, March 5, 2012, 1:26 PM

We have fond beach memories of being buried in the sand, and of building hopelessly soggy and wholly unsatisfactory sand castles.

We had no idea that we were risking our health.

A recent study by researchers from the Environmental Protection Agency, John Hopkins University, and the University of North Carolina found that those who dig -- or get buried in -- sand are at a higher risk of contracting stomach ailments.

POSTED: Monday, March 5, 2012, 12:04 PM

Climatologists, even those who have been telling us that the world is getting warmer and that humans are contributing, caution that no single anomalous event should be given too much significance.

Given what has happened here this winter, compared with what's occurred elsewhere in the world, that is more than reasonable caution.

As we've reported, Philadelphia just completed its fourth-warmest December-through-February period in 138 years go records.

POSTED: Monday, March 5, 2012, 11:45 AM

As we observed in our Sunday story, the great Ash Wednesday nor'easter of 1962 remains the benchmark storm for the Jersey Shore.

The Army Corps of Engineers, which became heavily involved in beachfill after the storm, has posted some extraordinary photos, which you'll find here.

It was a sobering experience for residents and property owners along the Midatlantic Coast and was blamed for killing 22 people.

POSTED: Monday, March 5, 2012, 10:32 AM

With such a gentle winter -- and on only four days has it failed to get above freezing -- it is natural to expect to pay a price at some point.

Despite that cold wind this morning, that point is not in evidence.

The big 7-0 isn't out of the question for Thursday, and the latest two-week outlook by the government's Climate Prediction Center favors warmth everywhere east of Oregon.

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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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