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Archive: June, 2012

POSTED: Monday, June 25, 2012, 4:53 PM

We're prepared to go out on a limb and predict that places such as Springer's ice cream parlor in Stone Harbor are going to have one banner weekend.

Just in time to chase folks off the mainland, the second heat wave of the season is due to get cooking Friday and continue at least through Sunday.

This one will be a shade different from last week's. For one, the temperatures aren't expected to be quite as hot.

POSTED: Friday, June 22, 2012, 1:00 PM

The high temperature has hit 90-plus for the third consecutive day in Philadelphia, meeting the government criterion for a "heat wave" for the first time in 2012.

At noon, the reading at International Airport was 92, after back-to-back daytime highs of 97.

Meanwhile, the winds of change are approaching. A severe thunderstorm is pounding Long Beach Island, and convection has been firing up elsewhere.

POSTED: Friday, June 22, 2012, 10:24 AM

At 9 this morning, the surf temperature off Cape May was 78.4 degrees.

Not only is that 9.4 degrees above the normal level for the date, its 4.4 degrees above the normal water temperature for any day in summer.

What's going on out there?

POSTED: Friday, June 22, 2012, 9:58 AM

The heat certainly has the media's attention, and just about everyone else's.

Part of the reason is the ferocity of the warmth; back-to-back highs of 97 in Philadelphia constitute serious heat.

But, this is June, after all, and we like to tell our editors that this would be a much bigger deal if it were happening in February.

POSTED: Thursday, June 21, 2012, 2:36 PM

By 2, the official temperature at Philadelphia International Airport had nudged up to 96, within 3 of the record for the date.

But one mild, if not quite pleasant, surprise was that the humidity levels have stayed low enough to drop the dewpoint into the mid-60s.

As a result, the dreaded heat index was around 98, not quite as ferocious as foreseen yesterday, but certainly not what one would call comfortable.

POSTED: Thursday, June 21, 2012, 7:07 PM

At 3:46 p.m., officially the temperature topped out at 97 at Philadelphia International Airport, impressively hot, but 2 shy of the June 21 record, 99.

Not that it was a pleasant day, but the heat index was a shade less ferocious than anticipated, maxing out at 100 in the hourly observations.

Next up will be a mighty uncomfortable overnight, with the forecast low a sultry 80. That would be a record-high minimum for the day.

POSTED: Wednesday, June 20, 2012, 10:14 AM

Regardless of just how hot it gets this afternoon, it's likely that Philadelphia will set a temperature record of some kind during this hot spell.

First, about the nights.

The National Weather Service is forecasting an overnight low of 78 for tomorrow morning. The all-time high minimum for a June 22 is 80 at Philadelphia International Airport, so that would be a close call.

POSTED: Wednesday, June 20, 2012, 9:47 AM

Our musical tastes notwithstanding, reading Jackie Urgo's piece this morning about Kenny Chesney's beach gala reminded us of that we wouldn't mind getting a face-full of ocean on a day like this.

It also called to mind what an amazing phenomenon the Wildwood beach represents. We've been to many, many beaches, and have never seen the likes of Wildwood's.

It goes on and on and on, the only place we're aware of that has a beach big enough for a mega-concert.

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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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