<![CDATA[NBC 10 Philadelphia - Philadelphia Weather News and Coverage]]>Copyright 2017http://www.nbcphiladelphia.com/weather/stories http://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/NBC10_40x125.png NBC 10 Philadelphia http://www.nbcphiladelphia.comen-usMon, 26 Jun 2017 10:01:43 -0400Mon, 26 Jun 2017 10:01:43 -0400NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Today's Forecast]]> Mon, 26 Jun 2017 08:03:20 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WXTeam_MAy17_1200x675.jpg

Another beautiful day today. Temperatures will climb to low-80s in Philadelphia and surrounding neighborhoods. Winds will be light to breezy and the humidity stays very low. 

There is a low chance of spotty showers later this evening for some of the northern and western suburbs and the Lehigh Valley and a slight chance of spotty showers during the day Tuesday.

Heat, humidity and the chance for thunderstorms return for the end of the week.

Today: Mostly sunny, comfortable. High 81

Tue: Partly sunny, a slight chance of showers. High 78

Wed: Mostly sunny. High 81

Thu: Mostly sunny and hot. High 90

Fri: Hot and humid, a chance storms. High 91

Sat: Hot and humid, scattered thunderstorms. High 90


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<![CDATA[Storm Damage Cleanup]]> Sat, 24 Jun 2017 19:23:32 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/214*120/Storm_Damage_Cleanup.jpg

Violent winds got Saturday off to a disastrous start. The intense weather damaged properties, ripping up trees and power lines. Utility poles and debris now block streets around the area. NBC10's Drew Smith has the story.

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<![CDATA[Glenn's Blog: You May Want to Change Your Saturday Plans]]> Fri, 23 Jun 2017 15:39:20 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Cindy+Clouds.jpg If you have outdoor plans early Saturday, you may want to change them a bit to avoid the downpours.

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<![CDATA[Remnants of Cindy to Impact Start of Weekend]]> Thu, 22 Jun 2017 14:12:18 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Bill+Henley+cindy+Blog+4.png The remnants of Tropical Storm Cindy could put a big damper on the start to the weekend. The NBC10 First Alert Weather Team is tracking details.]]> <![CDATA[Storms Topple Trees Throughout Region ]]> Wed, 21 Jun 2017 20:22:16 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Trees-Down-Lead-Photo.jpg Storms toppled trees throughout the Philadelphia region Wednesday. Check out these photos of the damage.

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<![CDATA[Storms Topple Trees, Leave Thousands in the Dark ]]> Thu, 22 Jun 2017 10:29:13 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Trees-Down-Lead-Photo.jpg

Thousands were left without power and trees were downed across the area after quick-moving powerful storms ripped through the region Wednesday.

A Severe Thunderstorm Warning was in effect for most of the region during the late afternoon through early evening.

Several trees toppled on roads throughout the area, including Falls Bridge and MLK Drive. A man was inside a car at that location when a tree came crashing down on his vehicle. The man was not seriously hurt however. Trees were also down on roads in the Logan section of the city, Northeast Philadelphia as well Montgomery County. 

Downed wires from strong winds also caused major damage and a fire at Joe Trombetta's home on Algon Avenue in the Rhawnhurst section of Philadelphia.

"It almost sounded like a freight train coming through or the house exploded," Trombetta said. "I jumped out of bed, made sure my wife was okay. She says the whole roof is off the house."

The wind ripped the wires down and sparks tore a hole through pavement.

"The fire was shooting up about 20 to 30 feet in the air," Trombetta said. "It was just a horrible experience."

The storms also caused thousands of power outages and even impacted SEPTA service. SkyForce10 was above a train that stopped between the Bryn Mawr and Haverford stations due to signaling issues caused by a tree falling on wires. Passengers were forced to walk along the tracks to get to the Bryn Mawr Station.

By midday Thursday only scattered outages remained with about 1,000 PECO customers in the dark.



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<![CDATA[Dos and Don'ts in Extreme Heat]]> Tue, 20 Jun 2017 16:13:16 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/DIT_NAT_EXTREME_HEAT_DOS_DONTS_062017_1-149798518809100001.jpg

When the temperatures begin to rise, it's important to know what you should and shouldn't do to keep you and your loved ones safe. Here are some tips.

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<![CDATA[Storms Cause Damage, Outages, Flooding, Possible Tornadoes]]> Tue, 20 Jun 2017 01:37:22 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Lightning-Generic2.jpg

Severe storms slammed the region Monday bringing heavy rain, lightning, power outages, downed trees, flooding and even possible tornadoes.

NBC10 issued a First Alert for the entire region ahead of the storm. Severe Thunderstorm Warnings, Flood Advisories, Flash Flood Advisories and Tornado Warnings were in effect for several parts of the area throughout the afternoon and night. They were later lifted.

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During the storms, tornado warnings were issued for Sussex County, the lower edge of Kent County and west of Berks County. The National Weather Service is investigating whether tornadoes touched down near Shartlesville, Berks County and Sussex County, Delaware. Videos surfaced showing what appeared to be a funnel cloud in Berks County though it's unconfirmed whether or not it touched down.

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Heavy wind toppled trees and power lines during the storm. In Kutztown, Pennsylvania, the wind knocked down several utility poles and caused low-hanging power lines. A farmer told NBC10 the downed power lines caused some sparks near a farm on Bowers Road.

in Wyomissing, Pennsylvania the storm knocked three trees down, each in a different yard, including Nick Fischetti's. 

"It only took about 30 seconds for all these trees to go over," Fischetti said. "Luckily our neighbors weren't home. We went over to see if they were okay."

Fischetti told NBC10 he was on his parents' patio when he saw a tree fall only a few feet away.

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"We heard a crack and it fell right over," he said. "When I woke up this morning I didn't expect to see a tree in our backyard and a tree across the street."

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Trees also fell in South Whitehall Township and Croydon.

In Chester County, several houses were struck by lightning, including one in Kennett Square where a fire occurred. Officials say lightning hit the chimney and started a fire in the basement that spread throughout the walls. A house sitter and cat were inside at the time but were able to get out safely. Officials say the fire caused about $1 million worth of damage to the home.

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The storms also led to flooding at the Jersey Shore. Roads and sidewalks were submerged in water on Ventnor Avenue in Margate as cars and buses moved through several inches of water.

Thousands of homes and businesses also lost power, including a Planet Fitness in South Philadelphia.

Officials with Philadelphia International Airport also say more than 150 flights were canceled Monday due to the weather.

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Power Outages

PECO

Bucks 184
Chester 165
Delaware County 48
Montgomery 117
Philadelphia 1845

Delmarva

New Castle County 254
Sussex County 498

PPL

Lehigh 101

PSE&G

Mercer 441

AC Electric

Gloucester County 128

The storms are expected to clear Tuesday morning giving way to a mixture of sun and clouds. Stay with the NBC10 First Alert Weather team for the latest updates on the storm.

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<![CDATA[NWS: Storm Spawned Tornadoes in Pa. & Del.]]> Tue, 20 Jun 2017 17:19:26 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/ezgif.com-crop+%281%29.gif

A tornado formed in southeastern Pennsylvania Monday and an EFO tornado may have grazed Delaware, according to the National Weather Service.

The NWS said Tuesday the severe storms that walloped muched of the Northeast spawned a tornado near Shartlesville in Berks County, Pennsylvania. A survey of the southern slope of Blue Mountain conducted after the storm found damage consistent with "tornadic damage," the NWS said.

"The most concentrated damage consisted of several large hardwood trees that were uprooted and snapped at a private residence off of nearby Mountain Road," the agency said. "The direction of the fallen trees exhibited a rotational pattern consistent with tornadic damage."

Several videos posted online showed what appeared to be funnel clouds near Shartlesville, about 75 miles northwest of Philadelphia. The NWS said the videos provided additional evidence of the tornado.

Meanwhile, an initial assessment of damage near Greeenwood, Delaware, appears to signal an EFO tornado. The NWS says the tornadic damage embedded in the larger straight line wind damage near Greenwood, Delaware. The initial assessment is that the tornado was an EF0.

Surveillance video from outside a warehouse under construction in Greenwood, Delaware, showed a sudden burst of wind and rain around 6:30 p.m. Debris from the site, located along Sussex Highway and owned by the Delaware Electric Co-Op, could be seen tossed around. The warehouse's roof and several trees were damaged.

Jeremy Tucker, spokesman for the electric company, said had the storm hit an hour earlier, construction workers could have been injured by the flying debris.

Several videos also surfaced showing what appeared to be a funnel cloud near Shartlesville, Berks County. It’s unclear from the videos however whether or not it touched down.

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During the storms, tornado warnings were issued in the area immediately west of Berks County, Pennsylvania, and Sussex County and the lower edge of Kent County in Delaware.



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<![CDATA[Severe Storms Strike Region ]]> Mon, 19 Jun 2017 20:11:51 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Severe-Weather-Lead-Photo.jpg Severe storms moved into the region Monday bringing in heavy rain, thunder, strong winds and hail. Check out these viewer photos of the storms.

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<![CDATA[Driving Through Flood Waters: Surviving the Danger]]> Mon, 19 Jun 2017 14:45:26 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/DIT_NAT_DRIVINGFLOOD_021717-148737801071600001.jpg

Flash floods are the number one cause of weather-related deaths in the United States. Learn what you should do if you are caught in the middle of a flash flood.

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<![CDATA[45 Years Since Pa.'s Worst Natural Disaster]]> Sat, 17 Jun 2017 09:52:21 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/AgnesSatellite.jpg

A MERE TROPICAL DEPRESSION OVER PENNSYLVANIA

Agnes made landfall near Panama City, Florida as a “minimal hurricane” (Category 1). It weakened to a Tropical Storm by the time it hit near New York City on June 23rd, 1972. And then it weakened to a mere Tropical Depression as it curved westward into Pennsylvania, eventually dying there. Doesn’t sound very threatening, does it? But it ended up being the worst natural disaster in Pennsylvania history. And I have a story to tell about it-and how it led me to team up with the late, great Jim O’Brien.

AGNES IN THE “DARK AGES” OF TV (What? No weather channel?)

If Agnes had just hit the Florida Panhandle and died as it went inland, no one would remember the name. It was early in hurricane season, and June storms are rarely intense and/or extremely damaging. I certainly wasn’t concerned about it-home in Philadelphia waiting for my upcoming Penn State graduation ceremony. There was plenty of free time, since my job coming out of college was going to start in September. Hard to believe, but there was no Weather Channel or internet back then, so we had to watch the local stations.

But as the storm threat increased, my frustration did as well. I had just struggled through four years of calculus, dynamic meteorology, differential equations, and even atomic and nuclear physics in order to get a B.S. degree from the biggest (and best, of course) meteorology department in the country. PSU was known as “The Harvard of Meteorology”. A Tropical Storm was headed right toward us, and yet I had to sit on my couch and watch non-meteorologists talk about the storm on TV.

Come on, how many times does Pennsylvania get threatened by a Tropical Storm? And I had just taken a course in Tropical Meteorology. I couldn’t tweet about it, or comment on my Facebook page, since those things wouldn’t be invented for decades. There was no internet or even computers to look at all the weather maps and come to my own conclusion about what would happen with the storm. It was just wait….and wait….and wait.

THE AGNES CURVE AND LOOP

Today, we’re familiar with what Tropical Storms and Hurricanes can do if they make left turns as they hit the coast. Sandy was the classic example. Sandy made a sharp left turn in 2012, but even a gentle left turn was very rare around here. Agnes weakened to a Tropical Storm shortly after making landfall in Florida, but when it went back over the ocean off the North Carolina coast, it re-intensified into a Tropical Storm (see map below). It weakened again after hitting near New York City-back to a Tropical Depression. That meant no wind or storm surge threat, but rainfall was a far different story.

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The tracking map above doesn’t show what happened after Agnes weakened over southern New York State, but the remnants did a little, very slow loop and ended up over Pennsylvania. The map below is more of a close-up, showing not only the surface track, but the track of the upper-air LOW, which is what caused Agnes to stall.

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The slow movement added to the days of rain that came before the storm. And the ground was already saturated and rivers already high from the unusually wet June.

Most of the state got 6 inches or more of rain, but 8-12 inches fell in the Susquehanna River Valley from Wilkes-Barre to Harrisburg. The map above shows the maximum rainfall in Schuylkill County-an incredible 19 inches! Record flood levels occurred along the Schuylkill River all the way to Philadelphia. Even though we didn’t get as much rain, the flood spread downstream. The flooding was especially disastrous at Reading and Pottstown. The Pottstown flood level was almost NINE FEET above the previous record.

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The flooding in Harrisburg was so bad that the Governor’s Mansion had to be evacuated. Governor Shapp and his wife even had to be rescued by boat. More than 100,000 people were evacuated from their homes in Pennsylvania. There were 128 deaths in total attributed to Agnes, 50 of them in Pennsylvania. Among those were reporter Sid Brenner of WCAU-TV, and three others in a helicopter sent out to show the extent of the flooding.

CANCEL THE GRADUATION

I was home watching the whole thing, still stewing in the fact that I couldn’t help in any way. And then Governor Shapp got on the radio asking that no one try to drive to Penn State for the graduation ceremony, because the roads were flooded. So, I missed my college graduation because of a hurricane. Kind of ironic, wasn’t it (“Hurricane” Schwartz missed his graduation because of a hurricane!).

In case you’re wondering: yes, we still get to have a diploma, even though it took a couple of weeks for them to mail it to me. And it has stayed on my office wall, no matter how many times I’ve moved over the years. And every time I notice it, I remember Agnes, and the horrible flooding. And I am so glad that younger generations are able to follow storms without the frustration of no information, or experts to watch as it approaches. Count your blessings, weather fanatics!



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<![CDATA[Tips for Dealing With Extreme Heat]]> Tue, 13 Jun 2017 13:24:21 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Tips_For_Dealing_With__Extreme_Heat.jpg

NBC10's Pamela Osborne shares some ways you can make Tuesday's high temperatures a little bit more bearable.

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<![CDATA[Troopers Save Tot, Pup From Hot Car After Grandma Locks Self Out]]> Fri, 16 Jun 2017 06:14:24 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/troopers+save+puppy.jpg

Two New Jersey State Troopers rescued a 2-year-old boy and a puppy after the child's grandmother accidentally locked the duo inside with her keys Sunday as temperatures topped 90 degrees across the tri-state

New Jersey State Police say the woman had put her grandson and the dog in the car after visiting some place in Hammonton Township's Batsto Village and went around to the driver's side to get in herself when she realized her keys were on the passenger seat and the doors were locked. 

The woman frantically called 911, authorities say. Troopers Jacob Sherry and Steven Hodge responded and immediately noticed the child was sweating. 

Hodge broke the window and Sherry pulled out the child and dog. 

The child was evaluated as a precaution; his vital signs were normal and he was not in distress, authorities say. The dog also appeared to be OK. 

"The appreciative grandmother taught us all a very valuable lesson: Secure your keys before placing children and animals in cars," NJSP posted on Facebook.



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<![CDATA[Possible Record Heat Impacts Schools, Plans]]> Tue, 13 Jun 2017 07:40:26 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Prepare_For_Record_Heat.jpg

NBC10's Pamela Osborne offers some advice on how to handle the extreme weather we are expecting Tuesday that caused some schools to close early.

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<![CDATA[Heat Causes Schools to Close Early]]> Tue, 13 Jun 2017 07:44:16 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Generic+Lockers+Generic+School+Generic.JPG

Heat is causing Philadelphia area schools to close early Tuesday.

The Philadelphia School District announced its closure Monday:

"Due to the high temperatures forecasted, all School District of Philadelphia schools will dismiss early at (noon), Tuesday, June 13," the district said. "All after-school activities including all athletic programs and professional development classes scheduled for Tuesday are canceled as well."

Temps pushed into the mid-90s Monday and were expected to get near record levels again on Tuesday as much of the region is under a Heat Advisory.


The last day of school in Philly is set for the following Tuesday, June 20. Temps aren't expected to break 90 again before then.

The district says it will post any updates about the heat to its website. You can also call 215-400-4636.

All Camden (closing at 1 p.m.) and Trenton (closing between noon and 1 p.m.) public schools also planned to close schools early Tuesday and cancel after-school activities due to the heat. Click here for school dismissals.

Check with your child's school to see if it will be remaining open as normal.



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<![CDATA[Air Quality Alerts Throughout Tri-State Region]]> Mon, 12 Jun 2017 14:35:38 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Air+Quality+Alert+Jersey.jpg

Blistering temperatures and humidity are bringing poor air quality to the region.

New Jersey issued a Code Orange air quality alert Monday for Atlantic and Cape May counties.

The state is warning that as temperatures enter into the mid-90s, pollution levels could be hazardous for at-risk populations. This includes children, the elderly and people suffering from asthma, heart and lung disease.

The National Weather Service has also issued air quality alerts throughout the tri-state region. Those in Philadelphia, Atlantic City and Dover are all being advised to avoid strenuous outdoor activity.

New Jersey’s Bergen, Essex, Passaic, Union, and Hudson counties are also on alert until midnight Monday.

The poor air comes with increased humidity in the region, as pollutants from power plants and cars react with the sunlight.



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<![CDATA[Blog: Tracking a Heat Wave to Start the Week]]> Mon, 12 Jun 2017 14:07:28 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Heat-Generic-Photo.jpg The heat is on as the week starts with possible record-breaking temperatures in the Philadelphia region. But how long will the heat last? And when will we get our next drenching rain?]]> <![CDATA[White House Sends Mixed Messages on Battling Hurricanes]]> Fri, 09 Jun 2017 14:10:20 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/hurricane8.jpg

As hurricane season begins, and scientists predict the Atlantic Ocean could see another above-normal year, the White House is sending contradictory messages about whether it supports funding for better weather forecasting.

On the one hand, President Donald Trump in April signed a bipartisan Congressional bill that protects improvements to hurricane forecasting and tsunami warnings from budget cuts.

On the other, the president's proposed budget for 2018 fiscal year, released in May, would slash funding for those very programs, operated by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and its National Weather Service. NOAA accounts for much of the 16 percent reduction to the Commerce Department, of which it is a part.

"This budget would ensure that (NOAA's National Weather Service) becomes a 2nd or 3rd tier weather forecasting enterprise, frozen in the early 2000's," said David W. Titley, a retired rear admiral who oversaw the satellite and weather programs at NOAA and is now a meteorology professor at Penn State School of International Affairs. "This budget is the opposite of making America great:  It will make us more vulnerable and less prepared to face extreme weather in a changing and never-experienced climate."

The bill signed by Trump, the Weather Research and Forecasting Innovation Act, requires that NOAA protect its Hurricane Forecast Improvement Program, establish a plan to improve tornado warnings and develop meteorological forecasts for varying time frames, from two weeks to up to two years. 

But the proposed budget, in the broadest terms, halts NOAA's cutting edge work, such as trying to extend weather predictions beyond 14 days, and makes large cuts in its tsunami warning system, its climate research and its efforts to develop and test unmanned aircraft and undersea vehicles, among other areas, Titley said.

U.S. Sen. John Cornyn of Texas, the second ranking Republican in the Senate, in May called Trump's budget proposal "dead on arrival." Such proposals are more statements of priorities than legislation, he said, and both Republicans and Democrats criticized the cuts as too steep and questioned the accounting.

But if the budget has little chance of passing Congress, it does indicate the White House's priorities.

Rick Spinrad, a former chief scientist for NOAA, said that the cuts to research in particular would virtually guarantee that the United States would see little or no progress in the ability to improve forecasts of hurricanes' intensity or tracks.

"If we are satisfied that the current forecast capabilities are adequate, and that we are willing to accept the consequent losses of lives and property, then these cuts will be without consequence," Spinrad said. "More realistically, of course, without the needed improvements in observational systems, research on hurricane physics, and investment in high performance computing we will continue to see coastal communities and businesses suffer devastating losses."

Another former NOAA scientist, Scott Weaver, who is now a senior climate scientist at the Environmental Defense Fund, said Trump's budget disregards science and its ability to protect lives and property.

One example: a $5 million cut to programs for more reliable weather and storm forecasts through advanced modeling. It would slow the transition from models to real-life warning systems, hurting families and business owners preparing for severe storms, Weaver said. 

"Weather is essentially bi-partisan," Weaver said. "Improving weather forecasts, there's really broad agreement that that's something that no matter what political background you come from is important and necessary. So that is why this budget is so striking in that context — because it's just so outside the bounds, it's unbelievable."

The United States has lagged in accurate weather forecasting — the European model, for example, predicted Hurricane Sandy's trajectory correctly while the America model put it out to sea — and the cuts would derail U.S. efforts to catch up, Weaver said. 

In response to the criticism, the White House Office of Management and Budget countered that the budget was consistent with the intent of the Weather Research and Forecasting Innovation Act and recognized the value of accurate and reliable weather forecasts to American businesses and communities.

"That is why the 2018 budget preserves the proper and appropriate weather forecasting capabilities for the National Weather Service (NWS)," it said in a statement. "This includes continued support for the current generation of weather satellites that provide critical data to weather models and targeted increases in funding for the systems NWS personnel rely on to produce and disseminate forecasts to the public."

Weaver said, however, that although the budget for maintaining the adminstration's current satellites increases slightly, the Trump administration will review the programs for 2019 and beyond.

"And so basically what that's saying is that in the later years, we're not going to be interested in developing any new satellite missions to replace our aging satellite infrastructure," he said.

The budget and the Weather Research and Forecasting Innovation Act appear to be in agreement on the satellite programs. The act requires NOAA to consider buying commercially provided weather satellite data rather than launching government satellites.

One of Florida's U.S. senators, Democrat Bill Nelson has sought backups for NOAA's fleet of aircraft designed to fly in and around hurricanes. The Weather Research and Forecasting Innovation Act does require NOAA to have a reliable alternative but the budget does not fund it.

"The administration's budget is literally betting the house on there not being a big storm this year," Nelson said. "By cutting money to improve hurricane forecasting and failing to invest in a backup for the hurricane hunters, it's a risky and reckless bet that could endanger lives and property."

Florida's second senator, Republican Marco Rubio, and the mayor of Miami-Dade County, Carlos Gimenez, did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

For this year's hurricane season, which began on June 1 and continues through Nov. 30, forecasters from NOAA predict a 45 percent chance of an above-normal season, a 35 percent chance of a near-normal season and only a 20 percent chance of a below-normal season.

An average season produces 12 named storms, six of which become hurricanes, three of them major with winds of 111 miles per hour or higher, according to NOAA.

Forecasters this year predict a 70 percent chance of 11 to 17 storms powerful enough to be named. Five to nine could become hurricanes, and two to four of them major hurricanes.

"The outlook reflects our expectation of a weak or non-existent El Nino, near- or above-average sea-surface temperatures across the tropical Atlantic Ocean and Caribbean Sea, and average or weaker-than-average vertical wind shear in that same region," Gerry Bell, the lead seasonal hurricane forecaster with NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center, said in a statement.

How climate change is affecting hurricanes is still under study. In a report released in March, NOAA's Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory said it was premature to conclude that human activities, and in particular the greenhouse gas emissions that cause global warming, have already had a detectable effect on Atlantic hurricane or global tropical cyclone activity.

But it also said human activities might have caused changes not yet detected, because they were too small or because of observational limitations or not yet modelled. 

Climate warming will likely cause hurricanes in the coming century to be more intense globally and to have higher rainfall rates than present-day hurricanes, it said.



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<![CDATA['Hurricane' Schwartz: Stay Calm, Forecasts Are Improving]]> Fri, 09 Jun 2017 09:37:07 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/hurrAP_13053102341.jpg

We just celebrated the anniversary of the D-Day forecast, June 6, 2017 — the most important forecast in history. The Allied forecasters were right, and the German forecasters were wrong. It’s amazing that anyone got the forecast right, considering how primitive weather forecasting was at the time.

Obviously, people have been trying to predict the weather for a long time. It probably goes back to caveman days, when some clever person looked up at the clouds and figured out that rain was coming soon. But it was an amateur business until around the time of World War II. That makes weather forecasting a very new science, compared to almost all of the others.

What turned weather prediction into a true science? It was the development of computers — even before the public knew there was such a thing. Fighting a war from the Arctic to the Tropics, and from the Atlantic to the Pacific, the Allies needed to know what was going on. Were our ships going right into a typhoon? Would the D-Day invasion be ruined by a strong front? The demand became so great that scientists were pulled out of other specialties in order to focus on this new field.

(I happen to know a little about this, since I got to work with some of these converted meteorologists when I interned at The National Hurricane Center back in the 1970s. A person who dedicated his life to physics was pulled aside and told: “You are now a meteorologist.” They were trained for a couple of months and then thrown out into the middle of the war.)

COMPUTERS-LOVE THEM & HATE THEM

The atmosphere is so complex that it is impossible for scientists to calculate changes by hand. The first attempts took days to make a forecast for just a few hours ahead of time. So, they would figure out the forecast for this afternoon by sometime next week. Not exactly helpful!

The only way to make thousands (and eventually millions) of calculations was with computers. During the time of the D-Day forecast, secret machines were moved into secure rooms to print out some answers. The original machines were as big as a whole room. Philadelphia TV weather legend Wally Kinnan told me once that his job in World War II was to plot and analyze upper-air maps of the Pacific. Then he would take them down the hall and slip them under a door. He had no idea what was behind the door, but later found out it contained a top-secret, primitive computer.

I’ve seen incredible changes in computer models in my 40+ years as a meteorologist. Back in the old days, the models were so coarse that it couldn’t even detect huge afternoon sea breezes, or the “urban heat island” of Philadelphia, let alone a line of thunderstorms. One of the first models was called the LFM. We used to call it the “LUM”, for “Limited Usefulness Model”. It was easy to beat the computers, but we could only predict out to about 3 days with “skill” (better than just predicting “average”).

Take a look below at the improvement in National Weather Service forecasts since I started forecasting. The average error for a 2-day forecast in the 1970s was more than 4 degrees! Thirty-five years later, we could predict out to 5-days with more accuracy than that. And 7-day forecasts are as good as 3-day forecasts used to be.

HOW ABOUT HURRICANE FORECASTS?

It’s hard to imagine a hurricane becoming a complete surprise to an area. That’s just what happened in 1938. It was called “The Long Island Express”, and hit with NO warning. Flooding at the coast and wind damage inland was unbelievable! The so-called experts at the time couldn’t even tell there was a hurricane threat, let alone warn people. This kind of thing used to happen regularly before weather satellites allowed us to track storms, and sophisticated computer models showed us where the storm was headed (most of the time).

The cool graphics below (from AP) show how much hurricane forecasts have improved since the 1970s. The first one shows track errors in 24-hour forecasts, and the second shows 72-hour errors. The farther away the dots are from the center, the worse the forecast track forecasts were. Even into the 1980s, some 24-hour forecasts were off by hundreds of miles. But in the current decade, those dots are clustered pretty close to the center (which would be an error of zero).


The toughest part of hurricane predictions is intensity. The National Hurricane Center and the most sophisticated computer models showed virtually no improvement in 24-hour forecasts from the 1970s through the 1990s as the graph below shows. There was slight improvement in 48 and 72 hour forecasts. This was an area of great frustration for forecasters and researchers alike. But there seems to have been a big drop in intensity errors since about 2008. This is an extremely important (and encouraging) development.

SO WHY DO SO MANY PEOPLE THINK FORECASTS ARE JUST AS BAD AS THEY USED TO BE?

Forecasts are clearly better. We can clearly go out farther into the future with some skill. And hurricanes are no longer surprises when they hit our coasts. So, why is there a belief that forecasts have not improved?

Here’s my theory: When I made a forecast on a Wednesday in the 1970s for the upcoming weekend, people were interested in hearing it, BUT DIDN’T BELIEVE IT ENOUGH TO CHANGE THEIR PLANS. So, if the forecast was wrong, they didn’t care. If I do the same thing on a Wednesday now, people have enough confidence in our forecasts that they DO CHANGE THEIR PLANS. AND IF THE FORECAST IS WRONG, THEY GET REALLY MAD!

The developments in social media allow people to give us their opinions much quicker and more easily than in the past. It takes just a few seconds to send a Tweet: “You guys stink! (Or worse)

This overconfidence in forecast accuracy can be a dangerous thing-and not just for our egos. Let’s say a hurricane warning covers hundreds of miles of coastline, and we live near the southern end of the warning area. The forecast track takes the storm to the middle of the warning area. A lot of people mistake that line for a precision forecast, and may not take the proper actions to protect life and property.

Hurricane Charley in 2005 was a perfect example of this. 

The dotted line that goes to Tampa was the official forecast track, while the red line was the actual track-just north of Ft. Myers, FL. The hurricane warning did include Ft. Myers, and the county to the north (Charlotte Co.). But many people-way too many people, felt they were not in danger, since the storm was headed to Tampa.

But Charley not only made a bit of a sharper right turn, but it intensified just before landfall, putting 150 mph gusts on the coast. Still, an area under a hurricane warning got hit by a hurricane, and lots of people were still angry about the forecast.

The science part has clearly gotten a lot better over the years. But how much better has the communication of those forecasts gotten? That’s the subject of a future blog.



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<![CDATA[D-Day, The Most Important Forecast, Ever]]> Tue, 06 Jun 2017 14:54:47 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-494127267+%281%29.jpg

THE ULTIMATE FORECAST

Although it happened 73 years ago, it is still considered the most important forecast of all-time. There were more than 100,000 soldiers stationed along the English coast, waiting for the chance to cross the English Channel to take France back from the Germans. An invasion of some sort was expected by the Nazis, but they didn’t know exactly where or when it would happen. Secrecy was crucial, but how long could they hide tens of thousands of soldiers and all the tanks, landing craft and other equipment needed? They had to go as soon as possible, but only when the weather was favorable. Thousands of lives depended on an accurate forecast.

Of course, the Germans had weather forecasters, too. They knew that there were certain dates an invasion was possible. The Allied generals wanted a specific moon and tide phase. So, there were “windows” three days long for the possible invasion. The dates in June were the 5, 6, 7, and again 19, 20, 21. The German forecasters told their generals (led by the famous Rommel) that the weather would be too stormy for the early June window. So Rommel and others went to Paris for a brief break from the war.

The Allied forecasts were better. First of all, General Eisenhower felt the forecast was so important that he put together THREE different forecast teams and ordered them to work independently. Then, the man in charge, James Stagg of the RAF (Royal Air Force), would make the final decision on the forecast. Then Eisenhower would make the final decision on a “go” or “no go” for each potential night. 

ENGLISH CHANNEL WEATHER

The weather over the English Channel is often stormy. And the minimum conditions for an invasion were not often found in that area. They needed good visibility, limited cloud cover, and modest winds for the ships, landing craft, aircraft, and paratroopers. Periods of bad weather could last for days, leaving no room between storms. One such possible period was during the early June window. The 5th was the first choice originally, but it was quickly called off because of bad weather. Would there be enough time between the storm on the 5th and the next one? The German forecasters had said “no”.

Stagg ended up telling Eisenhower that the weather would improve for the 6th, but conditions still wouldn’t be ideal. And no one had any idea what the next window in June would be like (it turned out to be too stormy). Since secrecy was so important, Eisenhower decided to “go”. The seas were still choppy, and there was lots of sea sickness. And there was too much cloud cover. But the surprise made up for the less than perfect weather. The invasion succeeded. 

WHY THE BETTER FORECAST?

The big advantage the Allied forecasters had were observations. Since weather moves from west to east in that part of the world, it was crucial to know as much as possible about weather conditions over as far an area as possible. The Germans didn’t have access to weather specifics over the British Isles, or most of the Atlantic Ocean, since the Allies were in control there. The old saying about computers, “garbage in, garbage out” applies to humans as well. The lack of specific data prevented the German forecasters to see the break between the storms.

The rest is history.



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<![CDATA[Blog: Rainy, Cooler Days on Tap]]> Mon, 05 Jun 2017 13:43:21 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Generic+Rain+Generic+Umbrella+Generic+Rainy.jpg You likely are going to need your umbrella and possibly a light jacket some days this week. NBC10 First Alert Weather meteorologist Krystal Klei looks to a rainy start to the work week.

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<![CDATA[Sky High Fun at the Jersey Shore]]> Fri, 02 Jun 2017 21:40:57 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Sky_High_Fun_at_the_Jersey_Shore.jpg

NBC10's Ted Greenberg takes a tour above the water to preview all the fun in store at the Jersey Shore.

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<![CDATA[Fun at the Jersey Shore]]> Fri, 02 Jun 2017 17:25:05 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Beautiful_Weather_Opens_up_Fun_at_the_Jersey_Shore.jpg

People are already getting out to the Jersey shore to enjoy the warm weather. NBC10's Ted Greenberg chats with locals about the fun times 'down the shore'.

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<![CDATA[When Will a Storm be Named After You?]]> Thu, 01 Jun 2017 21:28:13 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/183*120/GettyImages-76170840.jpg

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<![CDATA[Hurricane Season is Here]]> Thu, 01 Jun 2017 21:26:13 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Hurricane_Season_is_Here.jpg

Hurricane season is here and that means the threat of tropical storms and hurricanes return to our area. NBC10's First Alert Meteorologist Krystal Klei went to the National Hurricane Center to find new ways to stay safe this season.

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<![CDATA[Blog: Welcome to Hurricane Season]]> Thu, 01 Jun 2017 14:21:11 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/060116+hurricane+generic.jpg How many hurricanes? How strong might they be? The National Hurricane Center's predictions are out for the 2017 Atlantic Hurricane Season and NBC10 First Alert Weather chief meteorologist Glenn "Hurricane" Schwartz explains what it means to you.]]> <![CDATA[Bill's Blog: Tracking Storm Threat]]> Wed, 31 May 2017 14:42:11 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Bill+Henley+Blog+Wed+6+Storms.png What does the weekend forecast look like after some afternoon storms Wednesday?]]> <![CDATA[NASA to Color Bomb the Sky]]> Thu, 01 Jun 2017 15:05:56 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/196*120/NASA+Tracer+agent+Rocket+Launch.JPG

If you look up to the sky early Thursday you may see some unusual colors. But don’t worry, it’s not an alien invasion or a hallucination, only a NASA test.

The Wallops Flight Facility originally planned to launch a two-stage Terrier-Improved Malemute sounding rocket early Wednesday but weather pushed the launch window to Thursday then Friday between 4:26 to 4:41 a.m.

"The early morning skies along the Mid-Atlantic coast will light up with luminescent clouds as NASA tests a new system that supports science studies of the ionosphere, and aurora with a sounding rocket launch," NASA said in a news release.

The launch of the canister-filled rocket — this one will deploy its 10 canisters, each the size of a soft drink can, about four to five minutes after launch from the Eastern shore of Virginia — will give scientists the chance to view vapor tracers "formed through the interaction of barium, strontium and cupric-oxide," 96 to 124 miles high.

"It creates glowing clouds, they may be green or they might be slightly red," Franklin Institute chief astronomer Derrick Pitts told NBC10. "What this allows the ground observers to do is trace the motion of the different layers of the earth's atmosphere."

"They are interested in learning more about the dynamics of the atmosphere at that level," Pitts added. "It's going to allow the scientists to gather a lot more information over a larger area."

"(Scientists) want to make sure it's a contrasting color that's not normally seen," he said.

"If you're on the outside looking up, you're going to look up and you'll see some odd-colored clouds," Pitts said. "You'll immediately identify this as not being normal."

In the past, when people have seen the clouds they've called local police departments, NASA and others about the sights in the sky, Pitts said.

NASA and Pitts both said that the artificial clouds pose no hazard to anyone on the ground below.

The observation of artificial clouds dates back decades.

"This is not new, NASA has been doing this for a long, long, long time," Pitts said while adding that the Internet age has increased access to programs like this.

The delivery method of the rocket’s 670-pound main payload may be fairly new, however.

“The development of the multi-canister or ampule ejection system will allow scientists to gather information over a much larger area than previously allowed when deploying the vapor just from the main payload,” NASA said.

While clear skies aren’t necessary for launch, NASA could delay the rocket as the launch window runs through June 6.

The vapor tracers may be visible in Philadelphia but due to light interference, less populated areas closer to the coast might make for better viewing.

"Hopefully you'll be able to see something if it's a clear night," Pitts said. "If you're someplace where the sky is much darker — say if you're over in South Jersey... I'm almost certain you'll be able to see this," Pitts said. He added that the area around Vineland could be the best for viewing.

You can also watch online or in person at the NASA Visitor Center at Wallops

Click here for more on NASA’s Sounding Rockets program.



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<![CDATA[Memorial Day Weekend Forecast]]> Fri, 26 May 2017 19:41:29 -0400 A dry Memorial Day weekend? Forget it.
But it also won’t be a nasty, chilly washout, which has happened before. This year, we’re expecting more of a mixed bag, with temperatures a bit below normal. And the onshore winds guarantee that the Jersey Shore and Delaware Beaches will be MUCH cooler than they were Friday. With an ocean temperature of only 60 degrees, the sea breezes should keep the beach areas in the 60s.]]>
A dry Memorial Day weekend? Forget it.
But it also won’t be a nasty, chilly washout, which has happened before. This year, we’re expecting more of a mixed bag, with temperatures a bit below normal. And the onshore winds guarantee that the Jersey Shore and Delaware Beaches will be MUCH cooler than they were Friday. With an ocean temperature of only 60 degrees, the sea breezes should keep the beach areas in the 60s.]]>
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<![CDATA[Full Circle Rainbow Over DC Kicks Off Memorial Day Weekend]]> Fri, 26 May 2017 17:17:55 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/DIT_NAT_CIRCULAR_RAINBOW_052617-149582953329500001.jpg

Chopper4 in Washington, D.C., captured footage of this circular rainbow over the city.

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<![CDATA[Cisco, the Great White Shark, Swims Into Delaware Bay]]> Sat, 27 May 2017 22:02:36 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/228*120/Cisco+Shark+Cape+May+Delaware+Bay.jpg

UPDATE: Mary Lee the Shark also pinged near the Jersey Shore and Delaware. New details HERE


As folks flock to the Jersey Shore and Delaware beaches this Memorial Day weekend, a great white shark has joined them.

According to the non-profit shark-tracking group OCEARCH, Cisco — weighing around 362 pounds and measuring 8-feet, 7-inches — pinged around 4 a.m. Friday at the mouth of the Delaware Bay, slightly closer to Lewes, Delaware than Cape May, New Jersey.

In the past month the immature shark — one of the few male white sharks tagged by the research group — has made its way up from off the coast of the Outer Banks in North Carolina to the Delaware Bay. He was originally tagged off the coast of Nantucket, Massachusetts in October and named for a nearby beach and brewery, OCEARCH said.

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OCEARCH expedition leader Chris Fischer said Cisco is important to the group's mission of gaining data about the white shark population in hopes of protecting fish in the ocean.

"Cisco is a really interesting shark," Fischer said via phone from his home in Park City, Utah. "He's likely just coming in (the Delaware Bay) to forage."

Factors such as fish and water temperature (they like it around 60 to 65 degrees) can draw sharks to the Atlantic Coast this time of year, he said.

"The life of the male white shark was a complete mystery and we really started cracking the code on that just last year," Fischer said, adding that the information gathered on Cisco and two other male sharks have been critical to this new understanding.

He also said people shouldn’t fear a shark being in local waters — rather they should celebrate it because of what a shark means to the ocean ecosystem.

"People should be terrified of an ocean that's not full of sharks, they keep everything in balance," Fischer said. "So, if we want to make sure that our great grandchildren can eat fish sandwiches, we need lots of big sharks."

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Cisco isn’t the first great white to make waves along the Jersey Shore.

Mary Lee — far off the coast of Ocean City, Maryland on Thursday night — kept popping up off the coast of New Jersey in 2015.



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<![CDATA[Meet Glenn 'Furricane' Schwartz]]> Fri, 26 May 2017 09:38:38 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000020993267_1200x675_953983043540.jpg

A loyal NBC10 viewer sent us a picture of her cat named "Furricane" after NBC10 First Alert Weather chief meteorologist Glenn "Furricane" Schwartz.

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<![CDATA[Glenn's Long-Range Summer Outlook]]> Wed, 24 May 2017 09:24:49 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Glenn-Summer-Outlook-Part-6.jpg NBC10 First Alert Weather Chief meteorologist Glenn "Hurricane" Schwartz reveals his long-range summer outlook so that you can make your summer plans. ]]> <![CDATA[Bill's Blog: Wet Start to the Work Week]]> Mon, 22 May 2017 11:09:34 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Bill+Henley+May+22+1+Monday+Forecast.png NBC10 First Alert Weather meteorologist Bill Henley looks at a damp and dreary start to the work week and toward the Memorial Day Weekend forecast.

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<![CDATA[Getting in Exercise Before the Heat]]> Thu, 18 May 2017 09:10:59 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Now_Is_the_Time_to_Excercise.jpg

If you've been waiting for the reasonable workout weather, Thursday morning was the time to get out and exercise. NBC10's Katy Zachry provides tips on how to exercise while avoiding the scorching heat including working out before the sun heats temps into the 90s.

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<![CDATA[Glenn's Blog: May Weather Stories]]> Thu, 18 May 2017 07:20:01 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/ok_tornado_raw_1200x675_945563715985.jpg

GOOD NEWS FOR ALL

With all the partisan fights in Congress, for just about every subject, have you heard the great weather news?

Can you believe it? A bi-partisan bill, already signed into law? You probably haven’t heard about it from most radio and TV news outlets since there was no controversy, no threats, and no lawsuits about it. It is known as the “Weather Research and Forecasting Innovation Act of 2017, H.R. 353, and it became law April 18th.

“This bill requires NOAA to prioritize weather research to improve weather data, modeling, computing, forecasts, and warnings for the protection of life and property and the enhancement of the national economy”

The law is designed to improve things such as:

* Tornado warnings-better “lead times”

* Hurricanes-better forecasts of rapid intensification (a current weakness)

* Hurricanes-better forecasts & communication of storm surges

*Communication research for WATCH and WARNING products

* Longer-range predictions (from two weeks to two years ahead)

Now all we need is more money and smarter planning to get U.S. computer models on par with the world-leading European model. But this is a good start. 

WORSE SPRING STORMS DUE TO WARM GULF OF MEXICO?

There has already been a very active start to the 2017 Tornado Season.

The first four months of 2017 have ALL been WAAAY more active than normal for the number of tornadoes. According to the numbers from the Storm Prediction Center, 650 tornadoes have been reported in the U.S. from January 1 to April 30th. That is almost three times the average of the prior three years average of 239! 

There are several factors that could help explain that big increase. Weather patterns change all the time, so there can be big differences from year to year in the number of tornadoes. But one constant has been the record warm water temperatures in the Gulf of Mexico. A southerly wind over warm waters leads to record warmth and humidity. Those are two of the ingredients in many tornado “outbreaks”-when large numbers of tornadoes hit in a single day or two.

A common measure of the energy that can lead to severe storms is called CAPE (Convective Available Potential Energy). A higher CAPE is an important ingredient. Here is a great graphic that shows how a warm Gulf leads to high CAPE values, which in turn can lead to an increase in tornadoes.

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If a record warm Gulf of Mexico can lead to a huge increase in tornadoes in 2017, what can the continued warming of the Gulf do in the future? Some studies have suggested that there may not be more total DAYS with tornadoes in our warmed future, but that there may be more tornadoes in the big outbreak days. That’s bad news, because many of the strongest and deadliest tornadoes occur on “outbreak days”. 

TROUBLE IN THE ARCTIC

After a record warm year for the globe in 2016, many experts predicted that the rate of Arctic ice melt would slow down in 2017. So far, that hasn’t happened. A lot of ice is melting this year, even without the major El Nino that boosted global temperatures last year. Here’s the latest: 

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If you’ve heard or read about Arctic ice “recovering” at some time in the past few years, it’s just a myth. It can change somewhat from year to year, but the overall trend is clear: down….way down. The extra melted ice does not add to sea level by itself (like an ice cube melting in water doesn’t raise the water level). But more heat is absorbed by the water than the ice that used to be there. That warms the area. And that melts more ice. Which leads to more warming. Which melts even more ice.

It takes a lot of unseasonable warmth to melt so much ice, and they’ve experienced temperatures as high as FIFTY DEGREES above normal this past winter!

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What about the ice at the other end of the world-in the Antarctic? You may have heard about increases in that area. Not this year. Record low ice coverage has been reported there, too. 

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That’s more than just a small drop. And since Antarctica is a land mass, ice melting there does impact sea level rise.

IT’S SHORE BAD TIMING WITH DUNES

I’ve written about dunes several times in the past, and firmly believe that they help protect both the beach and the houses nearby. Margate, NJ has been in the news for years, trying to refuse the offer of free dunes from the state and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. They lost that battle (as they should have). But are they, and neighboring beaches being punished for the trouble they caused?

When is the worst time to do a beach replenishment/dune project? In the middle of summer, of course. And guess when this is going to happen? I know Margate caused a lot of aggravation with their protests, but what has Ventnor done to have part of their summer ruined? (A personal note: my father lives in a hi-rise on the beach in Ventnor). 

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(The beach in Margate: totally flat, with no dunes. Picture courtesy, me)

Originally, the beach project in Ventnor was scheduled for early fall, but now the period covers much of June and part of July. Yes, the part that includes the 4th of July. According to philly.com, “thousand-foot stretches of beaches will be closed at a time, and the noisy pumping of sand through snaking pipes will continue day and night.” Sounds like fun, doesn’t it?

The project in Margate is scheduled after the 4th of July weekend, but will occur during part of the peak of the summer season. The New Jersey DEP (Department of Environmental Protection) says the inconvenient schedule has nothing to do with the expensive court battle waged by Margate. Regardless, it probably will feel like punishment to residents and visitors.


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<![CDATA[Blog: Here Comes the (Possibly Record) Heat]]> Mon, 15 May 2017 15:02:30 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Bill+Henley+May+1+Monday.jpg It will be feeling like summer as temps soar by midweek. Here's what you can expect including possible record-breaking highs.

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<![CDATA[Blog: Mother's Day Wash-Out Unlikely]]> Sat, 13 May 2017 23:17:34 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/rain+kearny+umbrella+2.PNG A wet Nor’easter the First Alert NBC10 Weather team had been forecasting hit the region Friday evening as rain drenched the area. The heaviest rain fell Saturday morning, and lasted through the evening hours. Record rainfall for May 13 fell in the Philadelphia region, with more than 1.6 inches.

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<![CDATA[Rain to Hit Dad Vail Regatta]]> Fri, 12 May 2017 13:39:35 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Rain_to_Hit_Dad_Vail_Regatta.jpg

Expect steady and sometimes heavy rain to begin moving into the area Friday and last well into Saturday. NBC10 First Alert Weather meteorologist Erika Martin has details.

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<![CDATA[NBC10 Celebrates Weather Education Day at CBP]]> Wed, 10 May 2017 18:12:23 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Weather+Education+Day+Phillies+_23563730.jpg

Some fake clouds, some food coloring, and the NBC10 First Alert Weather team made for a fun-filled day at Citizen's Bank Park on Wednesday to celebrate Weather Education Day.

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<![CDATA[Citizens Bank Weather Education Day at Phillies Game]]> Wed, 10 May 2017 19:55:43 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/PHILLIES+WEATHER+DAY+FINAL.jpg

The Phillies, Citizens Bank and the NBC10 First Alert Weather Team are inviting students to the third annual Weather Education Day event taking place at Citizens Bank Park on Wednesday, May 10.

Join NBC10 First Alert Weather Team members - Bill Henley, Krystal Klei, Glenn "Hurricane" Schwartz and Tammie Souza as they provide an educational experience focused on weather that all students will enjoy. Then stick around to see the Phillies take on the Seattle Mariners. Students of all ages will enjoy this ultimate field trip experience filled with both learning and fun!

For event details or to book tickets, click here.

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<![CDATA[Mother's Day Weekend Nor'Easter]]> Tue, 09 May 2017 16:34:08 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/191*120/rain-generic-umbrella-raindrops.jpg Taking a look ahead at the weekend nor'easter that could put a damper on your Mother's Day plans.

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<![CDATA[Cool Temps in This Week's Forecast]]> Mon, 08 May 2017 14:52:27 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Bill+Henley+May+Blog+5+Temp+Trend.png We're in for some beautiful spring weather this week, but it will feel more like the beginning of April, than May, as temperatures will stay well below normal.]]>