Archive: September, 2011
Giving the quality of pitching, the Phillies-Cardinals opener is unlikely to be a slug fest.
But nature is going to give the hitters exactly what they don't need. It's going to side with the pitchers.
At game time, temperatures will be in the upper 50s with a healthy 12 m.p.h. wind blowing in from left field.
Heralded by a frightening and darkening skies, a nasty line of thunderstorms is pounding parts of the northern and western suburbs.
Heavy rain and thunder were reported from Pottstown to Conshohocken. At last look, the sound and fury was heading toward the city.
Here is the latest radar image.
For those keeping track of the incredible record run of rain, here is where stand:
--The total for September, 10.08, is No. 3 in the period of record dating to 1872.
--With a quarter of the year remaining, the combined August-September precipitation total, 29.39, is better than the 12-month totals for the years 1922 and 1965.
Substantial rain -- perhaps an additional 1.5 inches -- is in the forecast for tomorrow and Wednesday, and why are we not surprised?
Through yesterday, officially 51.56 inches of precipitation had been measured at Philadelphia International Airport since Jan. 1.
Without one more drop between now and 11:59:59 Dec. 31, 2011 would become the seventh wettest year ever.
The heavy rains spared the morning rush in the immediate Philadelphia area, but this isn't looking like the lunch hour to be eating outside.
Around 11, National Weather Service radar indicated that over an inch of rain had fallen in some parts of the area in the previous hour.
Radar was indicating more where that came from, a flood advisory was in effect for the entire region, and it appears that we're in for an afternoon of it.
The flood watch remains in effect for the entire region, but we have noticed a subtle trimming back of the forecasts for the higher-end amounts.
So far, the heaviest rains have picked on areas south and east of Philadelphia; Millville, for example, has picked up 0.2 inches in just an hour.
The totals have been paltry on the Pennsylvania side, with Philly measuring just 0.04 inches in the last 24 hours. Some heavier rains finally moved into the region around 9.
As noted, our precipitation totals since Aug. 1 transcend the concept of "extreme."
The running tally at Philadelphia International Airport for the 52 days stands at 28.87 inches, or within a half-inch of the amount of precipitation during the entire calendar year in 1922.
The rainfall since Aug. 1 is more than quadruple the normal total, which would be 6.5 inches.
On Sunday, May 22, the deadliest single tornado in U.S. history devastated Joplin, Mo., killing 159.
Both the government's Storm Prediction Center, in Norman, Okla., and the local Springfield, Mo., National Weather Service office provided plenty of warning.
However, it appears that most people in the area didn't respond to the first siren warnings that day, according to a post-storm report released today by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.