Archive: September, 2013
Overnight the temperature sank all the way to 42 in Pottstown and Millville, and 44 in Mount Holly and Doylestown.
But at Philadelphia International Airport, it didn’t get below 52.
The overnight conditions provided an almost ideal environment for show-casing how humans can affect the overlying atmosphere.
The weather community howled like the March wind when AccuWeather announced in August that it was issuing 45-day daily forecasts.
By our own scoring system, the first forecast we saw actually fared a tad better than we expected, with the caveat that our expectations were about as low as the December sun at 4 p.m.
And we can assure our readers that in any event, beyond 10 to 14 days the atmosphere’s secrets are still safe from AccuWeather, and everyone else as far as we know.
Humberto still was a few puffs away from becoming the first hurricane of the Atlantic season, weighing in with peak winds of 70 m.p.h. as of 4 p.m. – 4 m.p.h. shy of the minimum threshold for qualifying as a Category 1.
What was forecast to be a wild season has been a coastal resident’s dream so far.
In the era of satellite reconnaissance – and that’s a critical distinction – this already has become the second-longest wait for a hurricane to form in the Atlantic Basin, consisting of the Atlantic, Caribbean Sea, and Gulf of Mexico.
We haven't heard many complaints from coastal residents or property owners, but for a hurricane season that everyone agreed would be "active," so far this one has been uneventful.
Seven named storms -- those with winds of 39 m.p.h. or better -- have formed in the Atlantic Basin since June 1, the official start of the season.
That's about average. But not one of them has become a hurricane -- with peak winds of at least 74 m.p.h. -- not even a single Category 1.
We're not sure if this is some kind of record in and of itself, but today marked the sixth time in three months that a daily rain record was set in Philadelphia.
Officially, 1.89 inches of rain landed in the rain gauge at the airport, a few splashes better than the 1.48 of Sept. 2, 2006, now No. 2 on the list.
Daily precipitation records also were set on June 7; June 8; June 10; July 23, and on July 29, the heavy-wet champ as the rainiest day ever, with 8.02 inches measured.