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Archive: September, 2012

POSTED: Tuesday, September 18, 2012, 6:51 PM

The strong storms that soaked parts of the Pennsylvania suburbs and Philly are pummeling New Jersey.

The rains continue west of the river, but to the west the wire-ripping winds have calmed down considerably.

Meanwhile the Storm Prediction Center, in Oklahoma, has extended the tornado watch in South Jersey and in Kent and Sussex Counties, Delaware for two hours, until 9 p.m.

POSTED: Tuesday, September 18, 2012, 5:02 PM

For most of the day, most of the storm action has been focused to the north and west, however a line of strong storms is pressing eastward.

Here is the latest radar image.

A severe-thunderstorm warning is in effect until 5:15 p.m. for parts of Chester, Delaware, and Montgomery Counties, with 60 m.p.h. possible.

POSTED: Monday, September 17, 2012, 8:05 PM

The atmosphere is about to blow apart one of the most-tranquil periods of weather we can recall around here.

A potent front will approach the region tomorrow, and out ahead of it, powerful southerly and southwesterly winds could become strong enough to rip down power lines and make sport of patio furniture and trash cans.

The winds should be picking up during the day, says the National Weather Service, which expects gusts up to 47 m.p.h. during the evening, along with possibly heavy rains.  

POSTED: Friday, September 14, 2012, 4:10 PM

On a day that hasn't quite measured up aesthetically to recent predecessors -- not that we're spoiled -- the region is approaching a minor milestone.

Assuming any showers hold off until after midnight, this will become the sixth consecutive day without even a trace of rain having been detected at Philadelphia International Airport.

We haven't had such a stretch since April 5 through 10, back in the days when drought was a burgeoning concern.

POSTED: Tuesday, September 11, 2012, 3:34 PM

Despite the dryness of June and July and the summer heat, right now things are looking up for the fall foliage season.

That's the view of Marc Abrams, a Penn State professor who advised us last year -- correctly as it turned out -- that the 2011 season would be somewhat muted.

One reason for optimism is this week's weather. In Philadelphia, the official temperature this morning got down to 54, the lowest since June 4 when we were teased with a cool spell that raised false hopes for a pleasant summer.

POSTED: Monday, September 10, 2012, 3:38 PM

Just returned from a late-summer respite on a shockingly pleasant Monday, we didn't find it too surprising that the National Climate Data Center has ranked the summer of 2012 among the elite.

In the 48 contiguous states, the June-through-August period qualified as the third-warmest on record with an average temperature of 74.41 Fahrenheit.

It was not quite as warm as last summer, however, when the average came out to 74.49, No. 2 on the list. The all-timer was 1936, 74.64.

About this blog

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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