Over at Philly.com, John Bolaris is forecasting the arrival of winter air this week, followed by a winter storm next week.
Last year’s winter was quite bad: We got more than 60 inches of snow. The temperature was 15 degrees or colder for 15 days. “It may be hard to remember after the winter we’ve just been through,” I wrote in April, “but things haven’t always been this bad.” I had to look at data to be reminded of what warmth was!
Apparently people are still traumatized by the weather. Because today, a 2013 NJ.com story about a possible March 2013 snowfall has people on social media believing snow is in the forecast for this weekend.
Before we go any farther: Don’t worry. It’s not.
It has been a very mild summer here in Philadelphia, but if AccuWeather’s predictions for next week are correct, you may not want to break out the fall wardrobe just yet. Read more »
“Hurricane Bertha has formed in the Atlantic off the U.S. East Coast but isn’t expected to be a threat to land,” AP reports. “The second hurricane of the Atlantic season had maximum sustained winds near 80 mph (130 kph) with little change expected in the next 24 hours. It was forecast to start weakening Tuesday.”
My name is … Cecily Tynan. I had a Great-Uncle Cecil in England, and they just added the “y.” My parents actually thought they invented the name, but I’ve met some other Cecilys since, including some named after me, which is very flattering.
I am a … perfectionist.
My standard Wawa order … is a turkey Shorti, wheat.
When I turned 45 this year … I felt better than I did when I was 25.
I live in … a stone house with a pool and a lot of woods for our three dogs to run.
Before I go on TV each night, I always … check my teeth. I like to eat spinach salads and pistachios, and let’s just say those aren’t good things to eat right before you go on the air.
On Sunday mornings … I love to cook bacon and eggs for my family, but I have to ration the bacon. My kids are big bacon eaters.
I am perpetually … 10 minutes late. But never for newscasts.
Each summer, I love to … water-ski. Slalom waterskiing is my new obsession. I am really sore every Monday morning in the summer.
If I weren’t doing this … I would probably be working at an animal shelter. I’m tempted to buy a big farm so I can adopt more, but I don’t think my husband is going to let that happen.
My worst subject in high school was … geometry. I still have nightmares about it.
I shouldn’t tell you this about Jim Gardner, but … he can sing most Broadway show tunes.
The first album I ever bought … was Bryan Adams. The one with “Summer of ’69” on it.
I drive … a Lexus SUV with close to 220,000 miles on it. I’m very practical.
One food I love to eat but shouldn’t … is I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter! spray. I have to say, I like it on everything. I consider it liquid gold.
My workout routine … is a mix of running, boot-camp class and boxing.
I love buying … clothes for my kids at the Target across the street from the studio. My son likes anything Shaun White, and my daughter likes anything Hello Kitty. I buy a pound of coffee and a cart full of clothes.
My secret talent … is that I can write pretty well in cursive with my toes. But I have really horrible feet, because I went from ballet dancing to running. I have E.T. toes.
The farthest I’ve ever run … is 50k, 31 miles. It was years ago in Maryland, my first and only ultra. I won it because it was two loops, and after the first loop, all the other women kept going, but I stopped and had a peanut butter and jelly sandwich and a Gatorade. Well, all the women in front of me bonked, and the peanut butter won the race.
The truth about predicting the weather … is that we are right most of the time. People say, “If I could be wrong 90 percent of the time and still have my job, I would love that.” But the truth is that we are almost always right.
Originally published in the August 2014 issue of Philadelphia magazine.
Last night, strong thunderstorms rocked the Philadelphia area, even going so far as to interrupt The Bachelorette for weather alerts. (Philadelphia missed portions of Andi’s hometown dates!)
Well, more storms could be headed this way: The National Weather Service says thunderstorms could come as early as this afternoon. A flash flood watch is in effect until late tonight.
Strong storms have already developed in Central Pennsylvania. In addition to an 80 percent chance of rain Monday, the NWS also forecasts a 70 percent chance of rain on Tuesday night. A flash flood watch (details below) has been issued for Philadelphia and surrounding counties through Tuesday evening.
Violent storms whipped through the Philadelphia area last night, knocking out power to hundreds of thousands of customers. Winds gusted as high as 60 miles an hour.