Philly Public Schools to Dismiss Early on Friday Due to Heat

Philadelphia School District headquarters

Photo | Jeff Fusco

Classes began on Wednesday, but Philadelphia public school students are already getting a little time off — all district schools will dismiss early on Friday due to heat.

Temperatures are forecast to be 90-plus degrees for the third straight day, and most city schools do not have air conditioning. Nearby cities like Trenton and Reading have closed schools early this week as well. Read more »

Oppressive Philly Heat Wave Causes 3 Deaths This Weekend

iStockphoto.com | red_spy

iStockphoto.com | red_spy

Philadelphia’s fifth excessive heat wave of the summer claimed three lives this past weekend.

A 59-year-old man from North Philadelphia died yesterday, a spokesman for the city’s Department of Health told the Inquirer. A 67-year-old woman from Brewerytown and an 82-year-old woman from Port Richmond died on Saturday.

All three deaths were the cause of heat complications in addition to pre-existing health issues. Both deaths that occurred Saturday were related to heart disease, while Sunday’s death was also caused by diabetes, the newspaper reports. The names of the victims have not yet been released.  Read more »

After Storms Wash Out Speeches, Green Party Rallies Under I-95

Jill Stein speaks under I-95 in South Philadelphia

Jill Stein speaks to supporters under I-95 in FDR Park after thunderstorms forced the Green Party to halt its rally. | Photo: Dan McQuade

Thunderstorms were starting to roll in around 6:45 on Monday night, and the Green Party seemed in disarray.

There was feedback on the microphone. Organizers were running on and off the stage, trying to figure out what to do next. Rapper Mic Crenshaw did a song, then stalled for time by doing another one. He’s pretty good, so this wouldn’t have been a problem except for the rain that was starting outside the rally tent in FDR Park in South Philadelphia.

The heat index had reached 109 degrees. There was a 10-minute delay to fix the microphones and get someone in the crowd medical assistance. Then professor and philosopher Cornel West, the biggest celebrity in attendance, came on stage. He introduced Jill Stein.

“We say to the DNC, we say to Hillary: No thank you,” Stein said to a crowd of several hundred under the tent and outside it. “The demise of the movement inside of the Democratic party leads to a new movement being born.” She called for a $15-an-hour minimum wage, free higher education, the legalization of marijuana, and a “new green deal.” She urged Sanders to withdraw his endorsement of Clinton and collaborate with the Green Party. (He didn’t.)

Still, she plowed through her speech. Longtime Philadelphia activist Cheri Honkala, Stein’s running mate in 2012 who had organized a march to FDR Park before the rally, grabbed the microphone and began to speak. She was promptly cut off as organizers told everyone to run from the approaching storms. Read more »

Flash Flood Warning Issued for Philadelphia Area as DNC Begins

iStockphoto.com MihailUlianikov

iStockphoto.com MihailUlianikov

The National Weather service has issued a flash flood warning for the Philadelphia area as of 7:17 p.m., as thousands have descended upon the city for the first day of the Democratic National Convention.

When the warning was issued, two inches of rain had already fallen in and around the city. The warning is in effect until 11:15 p.m. In addition to Philadelphia, the warning is in place for parts of Bucks, Chester, Delaware and Montgomery counties in Pennsylvania and parts of Burlington and Camden counties in New Jersey. Read more »

AccuWeather Claims It Can Predict What the Weather Will Be 90 Days from Now

AccuWeather says it won't rain on the Fourth of July. (Screenshot from AccuWeather.com)

AccuWeather says it won’t rain on the Fourth of July. (Screenshot from AccuWeather.com)

Each year, as winter approaches, we have a bit of fun when the local weather folks deliver their long-range winter outlooks, attempting to tell us that they have a clue what kind of weather we’ll be experiencing by the time we get to February. But those reports are nothing compared a new service being offered by AccuWeather, the 54-year-old State College-based weather forecasting company that’s used by Channel 6 and countless other outlets across the country. Read more »

Spring Could Bring One Last Snow to Philly

January 2016 snowstorm

Photo | Dan McQuade

Yes, it’s been unseasonably warm lately — heck, it’s been unseasonably warm all winter — but don’t say Nature doesn’t have a sense of humor: Spring starts Sunday, and it could see the arrival of one last snow.

It’s still just a possibility, but Accuweather is forecasting a cold, wet weekend: “As the storm begins to turn the corner on Sunday, a cold rain will fall in southern and eastern areas of Virginia, Maryland, Delaware and New Jersey. The rain could change to wet snow in part of this area,” the service says, and adds: “The potential wet snow area will graze the swath from Washington, D.C., to Baltimore, Philadelphia and New York City.” Read more »

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