Archive: January, 2012
As Peter Mucha's online story notes, Philadelphia will be flirting with records for warm overnights to end this month and to begin February.
We would add that with 99 percent of the votes counted, December and January will come in as the seventh-warmest Dec. 1-Jan. 31 period since record-keeping began with the winter of 1874-75.
Taken together, the two months are running better than 5 degrees above normal.
It didn't quite match the record of 65 set in Philadelphia in 1947, but the 62 recorded at 3:27 this afternoon represents serious warmth for the last day of January.
That's the normal high for April 9, 10, and 11, and close to the Jan. 31 normal for New Orleans.
As mentioned in our online story, Philadelphia does have a shot at a record for the highest minimum temperature for a Feb. 1.
For snow-lovers, this winter has been about as satisfying as watching a favorite sports team go through the motions in a stunningly listless performance. (Oh, you say you've been to those games?)
So the potential for a couple of inches of snow almost qualifies as a rally.
The latest National Weather Service accumulation map now has the city and adjacent South Jersey solidly in the 2-inch zone, with the 4 zone as nearby as central Bucks County.
It's possible that 2 inches of snow will accumulate in and around Philadelphia during the weekend slop-fest, according to the latest National Weather Service forecast.
You'll note on the map that the 2 inch line runs almost right through the National Park, N.J., official measuring site.
Also, if you look at the text forecasts on the website, you'll see a different accumulation forecast.
Past the halfway mark, based on the government latest outlook, January 2012 is in the running to join elite company.
You'll need to take a hard look at that forecast map to see a patch of blue on the Northwest coast, but most of the rest of the contiguous United States is basking in red.
In Philadelphia, the official January snow total stands at 0.2 inches, and in the period of snow records dating to 1885, we've found only nine Januaries with total snowfall of an inch or less.
We saw something on the National Weather Service site this morning that we haven't seen in some time -- blue.
Counties to the north and west outside the Philadelphia-regional ring are under a winter weather advisory for the possibility of some sleet and freezing rain tonight.
Right now, freezing precipitation isn't a threat in the immediate Philadelphia area, and precipitation should be all rain around here as it warms into the 50s tomorrow.
The combination of heavy rains and southeast winds overnight could bedevil some motorists this afternoon.
The National Weather Service has hoisted a coastal flood warning for all the areas along the Delaware River from Bucks to New Castle Counties.
High tide at Philadelphia is at 3:35 p.m., and roadway flooding along the likes of Delaware Avenue and the Admiral Wilson Boulevard is likely.
It's only a matter of days, we predict about 10, before we'll see the first media images of over-stuffed salt domes.
So far, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation has had only two call-outs in the region: One was Halloween weekend, and the other for a piddling event last week that affected only part of the region.
PennDOT's Charlie Metzger reports that so far the crews have used just 7,344 tons of salt, compared with 23,094 this time last year, and 35,150 the year before.