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

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 »

Gov. Wolf Requests Federal Disaster Money for January Snowstorm

January 2016 snowstorm

Photo | Dan McQuade

January’s snowstorm was so bad, Tom Wolf wants federal money to help recover from it.

Pennsylvania’s governor announced today he has requested federal disaster assistance for the storm, dubbed Winter Storm Jonas by the Weather Channel.

“Our numbers so far show that municipal, county and state agencies spent more than $55 million to respond to this storm,” Wolf said in a release. “In many places, it wiped out an entire year’s budget for snow response and removal, and winter isn’t over yet.” Read more »

NWS Calling for 3 to 4 Inches of Snow in Philly; More in Western ’Burbs


While we didn’t see much snow in Philly last night or today (city officials even resumed trash service), we may not be in the clear just yet. As of 4:30 p.m., the National Weather Service was predicting 3 to 4 inches of snow in Philadelphia and anywhere from 4 to 8 inches in parts of the surrounding counties with bigger accumulations forecast in the western suburbs. A winter weather advisory remains in effect until 6 a.m. Wednesday morning in Philadelphia, Montgomery and Bucks counties. A winter storm warning is in effect until 6 a.m. in Delaware and Chester counties.

While the flurries intensify over the city and the suburbs, the coast is dealing with flooding. Read more »

WATCH: Cory J. Popp’s Breathtaking “Blizzard in Philadelphia”

A few weekends ago, thick blankets of snow brought Philly to a screeching halt. It shut down schools and transportation, and forced most people to stay inside. But local video producer Cory J. Popp set out to capture the city’s beauty, and how Philadelphians interacted with it as the flakes fluttered down.

“What I wanted to show was the bright side of Philly’s winter weather, what Philadelphians were doing when the snow was still falling, and how they were enjoying it,” Popp told Philly Mag. “I was surprised, but there were actually a ton of people outside despite the weather warnings, and everyone I saw was having a blast, which is really evident in the video.” Read more »

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