Trump Picks Philly-Native Businessman to Run Federal Weather Agency

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In typical fashion, President Donald Trump has picked the wealthy CEO of the for-profit Pennsylvania-based AccuWeather to oversee the National Weather Service.

Trump tapped Philly-native Barry Myers to lead the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the country’s top agency for weather, climate and ocean research. The organization runs the NWS, which is tasked with providing the public with the most current weather forecasts and warnings.  Read more »

Here’s How You Can Help Puerto Rico After Hurricane Maria

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A family helps clean the road after Hurricane Maria hit the eastern region of the island, in Humacao, Puerto Rico, Tuesday, September 20, 2017. (AP Photo/Carlos Giusti)

Hurricane Maria plunged the already-pummeled Puerto Rico into total darkness on Wednesday, knocking out the island’s power grid with category 4 winds up to 155 mph.

In Philly, those with ties to the island prepared to ramp up support for its residents, who already suffered a devastating blow from Hurricane Irma just two weeks ago.

Dr. Carmen Febo San Miguel, executive director of North Philly’s Puerto Rico and Latino arts organization Taller Puertorriqueño, said people in Philly are reeling from the news and trying to get in touch with loved ones on the island.  Read more »

[UPDATE] Jose Now Predicted to Bypass Jersey Shore

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Due to a production error, the original version of this post featured a graphic showing the track of Hurricane Sandy in 2012. It has been updated with the latest NOAA prediction graphic for Hurricane Jose, dated 11 a.m. on September 16th. The Jersey shore is no longer within the predicted path.

If you thought we were safe from Tropical Storm Jose, you might want to check again.

The latest predictions from the National Weather Service show the storm on its way to the coastal Northeast – including the Jersey Shore.  Read more »

As NJ Lifeguard Season Winds Down, Watch Those Irma Riptides

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Forecasters warn that Hurricane Irma will bring dangerous riptides to the Jersey Shore this weekend.

The category 5 storm devastated the Caribbean islands on its way to Puerto Rico and Florida this week. It’s too soon to gauge if or how we’ll feel the hurricane’s wrath as its path develops – but one effect on Atlantic Ocean beaches is already clear: according to a signature all-caps alert from the National Weather Service, “SWELLS FROM IRMA WILL LIKELY MAINTAIN ROUGH SURF AND A HIGH RISK OF RIP CURRENTS INTO THE WEEKEND.”  Read more »

It’s Going to Pour This Weekend

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Have plans outside or at the Jersey Shore this weekend? Hopefully you don’t mind the rain.

The National Weather Service has issued a flash flood watch from 2 p.m. Friday through Saturday afternoon. Forecasters say showers and thunderstorms starting Friday night could bring between 2 to 4 inches of rain through Saturday morning. Some areas, however, like the Jersey Shore, could see higher amounts.  Read more »

Prepare for Torrential Downpours Today

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Expect a gloomy start to the workweek, Philly: we’re in for lots of rain today.

The National Weather Service has issued a flash flood watch for the area, beginning at noon and lasting until midnight.

Forecasters predict isolated showers between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m., when heavier storms are expected to roll through. The NWS says some storms could be severe, with large hail, damaging winds and heavy rain.

Storms are expected to subside around 1 a.m. Tuesday. Most nearby regions will likely see between two and three inches of rain accumulation through tonight.

The temperature is expected to reach a muggy 89 degrees Fahrenheit today. The low tonight will likely hover around 70 degrees.

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The Best Reactions to Philly’s Tuesday Heat Wave

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It’s a scorcher, folks.

Today’s the third (and final) day of an excessive heat wave that brought highs in the 90s, a heat advisory until 7 p.m. tonight, a code orange air quality alert and early school closures.

Some people love the early summer weather. Some people hate it. Some just want to seek AC stat – and we have a guide for that.

Either way, we’ve rounded up some of our favorite reactions to the high temps. Read more »

Scenes of an Early Summer in Philly

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Spring has sprung, Philly.

You got your free Rita’s in March – on the first official day of the season – and now, finally, it’s time to break out the shorts and/or T-shirts: the temperature will likely surpass 80 degrees today, and if it gets up to 84 degrees, we may have record-breaking heat on our hands.

The winter may have been mild, but that’s no reason not to celebrate. We’ve rounded up some of the finest Philly posts about spring today – enjoy!  Read more »

City Warns Residents of Falling Ice

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Ah, snow. The first day, it’s quite pretty. Then for the next week it’s a blot on our fine city. From snow piles that make crossing the street a game of King of the Mountain to slippery floors inside buildings and train stations, it’s been a rough couple of days walking around Philly.

There is also the danger of falling ice. And now the city is warning residents and building owners to beware. Read more »

A Majority of SEPTA Bus Routes Are Suspended

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SEPTA has suspended all but 35 of its bus routes due to the winter storm today, general manager Jeff Knueppel said at a press conference this afternoon.

“This storm has really become more about sleet and freezing rain than snow totals,” he told reporters at a presser at 1234 Market Street, SEPTA headquarters. “Icing of overhead wires and third rail and slippery road conditions have created significant service impacts.”

Those impacts initially caused SEPTA to suspend 88 of its 123 bus routes today at midday; some have come back online in the meantime. The Norristown High-Speed Line was also suspended, but service resumed after 1 p.m. The Route 101 and 102 trolleys are currently suspended.

The bus routes that are running tend to connect to the SEPTA lines that are running: The Green Line trolley routes are running, as are the Broad Street Subway and Market-Frankford Line. Regional Rail is operating on an “enhanced Saturday schedule,” with delays expected. Read more »

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