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Archive: July, 2012

POSTED: Wednesday, July 25, 2012, 5:53 PM

On July 25 in an oppressively hot month, the atmosphere has shown a splendidly benign side today, and if you have a chance to spend some time outside, by all means do so.

Tomorrow, the atmosphere returns to Summer of 2012 -- and Summer of 2011 and Summer of 2010 -- mode.

Yet again, the National Weather Service has issued an excessive heat warning for Philadelphia and all the neighboring counties.

POSTED: Tuesday, July 24, 2012, 11:44 AM

July 2012 has spent the last three weeks breathing down the neck of July 2011, in the books as the warmest month ever in Philadelphia.

With the cool-down late last weekend, this month's average temperature has fallen to 82.0, 0.4 behind July 2011.

Still, it has been impressively hot, with the temperature hitting 90 degrees 18 times already -- including today -- at Philadelphia International Airport.

POSTED: Tuesday, July 24, 2012, 6:20 PM

The temperature shot up to a surprisingly toasty 97 this afternoon at Philadelphia International Airport, just missing the record for the date, 98, set last year.

This also marked the 18th of the 24 days of July that the high has reached at least 90, a milestone reached seven times in June, and once in May, for a 2012 total of 26.

The official "normal" value, based on 30-year averages, would be 27 days of 90 or better for an entire year.

POSTED: Tuesday, July 24, 2012, 4:38 PM

Yet again today, strong showers are popping up on radar, and yet again they are missing the immediate Philadelphia area by a wide margin.

We noticed that the Shore points of Cape May County, the one anomaly in the region in that July precipitation has been above normal, stood to get creamed.

The rain gauge at Philadelphia International Airport, however, once again was an excellent place to be if you didn't want to get wet.

POSTED: Monday, July 23, 2012, 11:43 AM

Comedian George Carlin, echoed by legions of others, once remarked famously that no one lived at the airport.

So why are so many official measuring stations located at major airports?

A whole lot of folks fly in and out of aiirports, and they are rather important to our economy, so the tradition has some logical basis.

POSTED: Monday, July 23, 2012, 5:29 PM

A severe thunderstorm warning is in effect for the western half of Chester County and parts of Montgomery.

And the National Weather Service has just posted a severe thunderstorm watch for the entire region until 11 p.m.

An 18-mile long line of storms, from about 6 miles north of Reading to 12 miles south, was pressing toward the region.

POSTED: Friday, July 20, 2012, 10:15 AM

Overnight, heavy rains pounded parts of the region, with the National Weather Service reporting as much as 2 to 3 inches in South Jersey.

On the other side of the river, Pottstown picked up well over an inch between midnight and 5, but Philadelphia International Airport was all but shut out.

After daybreak, the rains continued their capricious behavior.

POSTED: Friday, July 20, 2012, 6:00 PM

The official high temperature at Philadelphia International Airport didn't get past 74 today, the coolest maximum since the 73 of June 18.

That brought the monthly average down to 82.8, but so far this has been one blistering month.

You may recall that last year was the warmest July on record in Philadelphia.

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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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