Well, this sounds horrible:
Mild temperatures and a lack of rain will cause pollen counts to skyrocket, and they’ll just get worse as the next two weeks go on. This year’s allergy season will be shorter than most, but much more intense — leading some to call it a “pollen vortex.”
“It will be a shorter period by a number of weeks, but you will see it all hitting very intensely,” Dr. David Shulan, a fellow with the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology, told NBC News.
Don’t mind us. We’re off to take some Benadryl and sleep for a month or so. You can wake us up by cracking open what surely will be the thickest layer of eye boogers known to humankind. (NBC 10)
Bill Henley predicts snow in Philadelphia, late Tuesday into early Wednesday.
How shall we respond?
Apparently we’re either really warm or really cold in Philadelphia. Sunday and today will be warm, according to CBS Philly.
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It is a great day to be out and about in Philadelphia, as the temperature is currently, uh, 79? Seventy nine! That sounds wrong. Let’s check another site: Um, 75 degrees! Okay, I guess I’m finally convinced. It’s actually that warm today.
Although we’re expected to get storms tonight, the good people at Phillywx say we’re in for a stretch of nice days!
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It was such a snowy winter in Philadelphia…
How … Snowy … Was it?
It was such a snowy winter in Philadelphia that plowing the streets this winter cost taxpayers $18 million dollars — three times the normal amount. Streets Commissioner David Perri announced the number Tuesday at a City Council committee hearing. (Inquirer)
Want a visualization of just how bad this winter was for the East Coast? NASA has released this animation of satellite images showing the movement of winter storms from January 1 to March 24. Enjoy remembering how cold and wet you were all winter.
Yes, you read that headline correctly. There is more snow on the way, and it’s coming today. Per the good people at Phillywx:
Snow starts around 2 PM city and west, with rain and snow at the start at the Shore around 4 PM. Precip at Shore transitions to snow by evening, with steadiest snows falling between 7 and 11 PM along the coast. Snow ends in the city by Midnight, by 3 AM at Shore.
Phillywx says we should be getting about 1-2 inches on unpaved surfaces in the city, while the shore will get about 2-4 inches. Some forecasters think it could be a tad higher, but I’ll err on the lower side to make everyone feel better. It’ll be warm enough to keep the sidewalks and roads relatively clear along the I-95 corridor, though winds will be high tonight and tomorrow — making it seem much colder.
On one hand, this is nothing compared to other snowfalls we’ve had this year; we can handle it. On the other, it’s Match 25 and we’re about to get more. Bah.
NBC 10 says to get ready for the Nor’Easter:
Most of the day Tuesday, temperatures will be above freezing limiting accumulation to colder grassy areas. But as it gets colder Tuesday evening, snow is likely to stick to roads and sidewalks making for slippery condition into Wednesday morning.
Current models are indicating 1 to 3 inches of snow for our area.
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The latest iteration of FiveThirtyEight, baseball and politics geek Nate Silver’s quantitative journalism site, launched yesterday. And, in an article by Matt Lanza on this winter, there was a chart that showed this is the snowiest five-year average in recorded Philadelphia history.
Ugh. Let’s post the chart again, so we can be shaken by it.
Lanza didn’t point this out in the article, but what makes this chart amazing — and this winter so terrible, with 15 days below 15 degrees in Philadelphia – is how nice the previous two winters had been. When this cold weather started in December, I was angry at my friends for complaining. “It’s been cold for, like, a month over the past two years!” I’d say to no one in particular when we were at the bar or someone’s house. “You’re not allowed to complain about winter being winter!”
Of course, things did get worse, and I soon stopped complaining about, erhm, people complaining. And by the time it’s the dead of winter and I’ve been without enough sunlight for a few months, I’m pretty much a non-stop complaint machine myself.
But I think there is reason to be optimistic.
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