NBC10 says to take an umbrella to work today: You’ll need it for the trip home as remnants of Tropical Storm Karen hit the area. “The rain will begin to fall in the Philadelphia region at 3 p.m. on Monday and last until around 11 p.m. NBC10′s Brittney Shipp says the heaviest rainfall will occur around 6 p.m. during the commute home from work.”
States of emergencies have been declared in Louisiana and Mississippi, as Tropical Storm Karen–the first storm of the season–is set to make landfall there tomorrow. By Monday, it’s expected to smack the northeast, and potentially the Delaware Valley. Which, by the way, has been unseasonably dry as of late. As CBS 3 notes: ”If your outdoor plants have been pretty dry the last couple weeks, it’s not your imagination. There hasn’t been a drop of rain for a while in the region.” You know, I’ll take dry plants and pass on the tropical storm, thanks.
NBC 10 reports:
Humberto became the first hurricane of the 2013 season as it continued to travel over the far eastern Atlantic Wednesday morning, according to the National Hurricane Center in Miami.
Humberto was a Category 1 hurricane with maximum sustained winds of 75 mph as of 5 a.m. Wednesday. It was moving north-northwest at 8 mph about 310 miles west-northwest of the southernmost Cape Verde Islands at that time.
The good news? Humberto is not expected to threaten land. So, phew. It’s nice to be stronger than the storm, but we’d rather avoid it entirely.
As we pass the point of hurricane season where storms historically are at their worst (the middle, naturally), our weather has been nothing to write hysterically home about. Good right? As it turns out, no:
Lead hurricane forcaster at AccuWeather, Senior Meteorologist Dan Kottlowski says, “And that’s what we’re worried about. This season may be one of those seasons that go way into October.’
Last year Sandy struck at the very end of October, and statistically, the back half of the hurricane season tends to be stronger than the front half, “because the water temperatures are still very, very warm,” Kottlowski says.
So let this be a lesson, Philadelphians: Don’t let your guard down just yet. There could be a hurricane lurking around the next corner. [CBS]
Hurricane season is upon us, and it looks like the weather gods are eager to get started with the first storm of the Atlantic season.
Dubbed “Humberto” (Hashtag Humberto?), meteorologists expect this budding formation to transform into 2013′s kickoff storm. Don’t worry, though: It’s no direct threat to the US coastline. Besides, they’re so cute when they’re young:
Here’s a little solace for those of you stuck in Shore traffic last night (or those of you with your cars flooded): You were part of history!
A record all-time daily rainfall of 8.02 inches fell Sunday at Philadelphia International Airport, according to the National Weather Service…More than 7 inches of rain fell during a 4-hour period — helping to exceed the previous all-time record for a single day rainfall set during Tropical Storm Floyd. That total of 6.63 inches was measured on September 16, 1999. Records go back to 1872.
The total rainfall in July–13 inches–also represents a new high for July, the third-highest ever. The 19 inches in August, 2011 (remember Irene?) will be tough to beat. (Yeah, global warming, that’s a challenge.) [NBC 10]
Update, 10:30 a.m.: Now with some delightfully scary shots from the flight-delaying/traffic-snarling/XPN Fest-ending madness.
A manhole geyser at PHL:
The drains couldn’t keep up with the rain at the Susquehanna Bank Center:
Federal Street in Camden flooded:
An impromptu slip-and-slide:
Non-amphibious vehicles in Pennsauken, waiting out the storm at the Linc, and the mess that was returning from the shore on 42, all from Weatherboy’s Facebook page:
We sent Philadelphia magazine photo intern Eddy Rhenals-Narvaez out into the haze this week with one directive: With a massive heat wave bearing down on the region, find out of how Philadelphians are beating the heat.
(All photos by Eddy Rhenals-Narvaez)
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I say it every year, but this year I mean it: It’s too hot to live. Seriously, screw Philadelphia. I’m getting out of this insufferable furnace of a city and joining the closest nudist beach colony. Or maybe I’m going to the mall, to sleep at the Sharper Image.
Whatever the breezy destination, all that’s on my mind during the summer is escape. Of course, escape has gotten complicated. I am now two years into my carless existence, and every summer, I grapple once more with being stuck inside this hotbox metropolis. Unless I can get a ride, the Shore might as well be Florida. The Mega- and Bolt Busses are fine, but my urge to flee the city can’t be satisfied by a quick jaunt to equally godforsaken D.C. or New York.
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I’ve been out of school for 35 years now, but while my work world runs straight through the calendar, I’ve never stopped thinking of summer as “vacation.” It’s strange how the languor of having the warm months off continues to linger. Nothing seems quite as serious in summer — or should I say “cirrus”? These are days for lying on one’s back in long grass and staring up at the sky. I’m evidently not the only one who thinks so, judging by last Friday’s Wall Street Journal article about an increase in worldwide interest in clouds. Read more »
This June brought more rainfall to Philly than any other June in recorded history. And as Axis Philly observed, much of the torrential downpouring seemed to be occurring in the late afternoon and early evening. Typical? Atypical? Analyzing information collected since 1990 by 24 rain gauges throughout the city, Axis found that the most common period of rainfall was in July, from 7-8 p.m. In total, during that time frame, the city has accumulated 7.2 inches of rain over the past 23 years.
Why? As a meteorologist told Axis, thunderstorms are more common during summer months, due to humid air rising throughout the day. And because God hates Center City Sips. [Axis Philly]