Report: Superstorm Sandy Second-Costliest Weather Event Since 1970

Yes, still. Compared to the absolute destruction on many North Jersey beaches, where homes are still empty and entire blocks have been bulldozed, our South Jersey shores fared relatively well (and I say relatively because some people here lost everything). Still, climate change isn't going away, and neither are issues of flood zones and flood insurance, nor the debate of whether or not our barrier island beach towns will be here for the long haul, and what we can do to protect them (i.e. dunes — the Margate resistance to dunes should continue to be nasty). We'll hit the two-year anniversary in October, but expect this to be affecting policy for a long time. I still hear people talking about the Storm of '62. Sandy will be on our lips more than 50 years from now, too.

According to a new report published by the World Meteorological Organization, the $50 billion in economic damage inflicted by Superstorm Sandy ranks second only to Hurricane Katrina’s nearly $147 billion among the costliest weather events since 1970. Storms in the U.S. took five of the top 10 slots (above), while the events with the most fatalities tended to occur in less-developed countries.

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Flash Flood Watch Through Late Tonight in Philly, Surrounding Counties, Tri-State Area

Screen Shot 2014-06-13 at 4.14.04 PMProceed with caution as you make your way home this evening, as the National Weather Service in Mount Holly has issued a flash flood watch in Southeastern Pennsylvania, South Jersey and Northern Delaware (full list of affected areas below) through late tonight.

“Variable rainfall overnight between one half and 2.5 inches in a large portion of the watch area along with flooding in Southeastern Pennsylvania and far Northwest New Jersey this morning has set the stage for the potential for new flooding,” says the NWS.

“The flash flood threat in Eastern Pennsylvania and far Northern Delaware is mostly this afternoon and evening while in New Jersey the primary risk for flash flooding is between 3 p.m. and midnight”

How to proceed? “Do not drive your vehicle into areas where the water covers the roadway. The water depth may be too great to allow your car to cross safely. Move to higher ground,” advised the NWS about an earlier flood advisory.

About the flash flood watch, it adds, “conditions may develop that lead to flash flooding. Flash flooding is a very dangerous situation. You should monitor later forecasts and be prepared to take action should flash flood warnings be issued.”

Be alert.

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Golf Ball-Sized Hail Falls in Pennsylvania

Action News meteorologist Adam Joseph posted this photo to his Facebook page of incredibly large hail in reading. Enjoy your evening commute, everyone!

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Schuylkill River, Areal Flood Warnings in Effect

Heads up: It’s extremely wet out there, with no signs of letting up.

The Weather Channel has issued a river flood warning for the Schuylkill River through Friday morning:

THE FLOOD WARNING CONTINUES FOR THE SCHUYLKILL RIVER AT PHILADELPHIA. * UNTIL FRIDAY MORNING… OR UNTIL THE WARNING IS CANCELLED. * AT 5:31 PM WEDNESDAY THE STAGE WAS 10.2 FEET. * FLOOD STAGE IS 11.0 FEET. * MINOR FLOODING IS FORECAST. * FORECAST… RISE ABOVE FLOOD STAGE BY THIS EVENING AND CONTINUE TO RISE TO NEAR 12.9 FEET BY TOMORROW MORNING. THE RIVER WILL FALL BELOW FLOOD STAGE BY EARLY FRIDAY MORNING. * IMPACT… AT 13.0 FEET… MAIN STREET IN MANAYUNK IS CLOSED FROM RIDGE AVENUE TO LEVERINGTON STREET.

As a result, Lincoln, Kelly and MLK are all experiencing closures due to flooding:

The Philadelphia Police Department has issued a weather advisory:

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In Philadelphia, It’s the Worst Winter for Potholes — Ever

Utility trench or Pothole at 18th and walnut rittenhouse

On the heels of yesterdays’ news of our snowiest half-decade ever, there’s an interesting fact in this story by PlanPhilly’s Christine Fisher: The Philadelphia Streets Department has filled more potholes this winter than any one in history. Like, probably dating back to 1682 or something.

“It’s been an unusually tough winter, and with potholes being repaired at a record pace an increased investment in paving is being made in this capital budget,” said Andrew Stober, chief of staff at the Mayor’s Office of Transportation and Utilities.

The Streets Department has already repaired more than 12,200 potholes.

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37 Lessons From the Philadelphia Winter That Won’t End

City Hall snowfall

I know, I know. There’s still a month left in one of the toughest winters ever. I don’t know about you, but this winter’s been pretty good for me so far. Why? Because I’ve learned a lot of new things and I want to share them with you. For example:

1. You can pretty much have your dog poop anywhere you want – it all turns into rock-like pellets that, within minutes, you can just kick it into your neighbor’s yard.

2. Forget about Twitter, WhatsApp and Facebook — some smart kid can make a boatload of money figuring out how to solve the pothole problem.

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The Scariest Storm Prediction Images on Facebook

Storm Snow arrival times via  accuweather.com

Storm Snow arrival times via accuweather.com

For many of you planning to turn President’s Day weekend into a quick get-away from this winter o’ cold ’n’ doom ’n’ horrors, the impending nor’easter has likely thrown a big clunky wrench into your travel plans. 

While on hold last night trying to swap a Thursday morning flight for a Friday departure, a scroll through my Facebook feed filled me with abject dread. We’ve all had our share of terrifying (and vaguely/not-vaguely phallic) storm front imagery this winter, but there’s something about this latest batch of storm prediction shots that’s especially terrifying (and not-vaguely phallic).

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