Below is yesterday’s (March 12) forecast from the National Weather Service for the Baltimore/Washington D.C. area as per Wired.com.
It’s a keeper.
WE SOMETIMES SAY THE FORECAST HAS SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE. I THINK WE CAN
TAKE THAT LITERALLY AT THE MOMENT . . . AS THIS FORECAST HAS ALMOST
EVERY POSSIBLE WEATHER TYPE/HAZARD . . . IN THE FIRST 36 HOURS. STRONG
TO SEVERE STORMS . . . SNOW . . . WIND CHILLS. . . STRONG WINDS . . .
UNSEASONABLY WARM TEMPS . . . UNSEASONABLY COLD TEMPS . . . POTENTIAL
FIRE WEATHER CONCERNS . . . MINOR COASTAL FLOOD POTENTIAL . . . THERE IS
NOT MUCH LEFT.
Today’s (Feb. 5, 2014) ice storm knocked out power to about 200,000 customers in the Philadelphia area reports PECO Energy. The juice went off in Springfield, Delaware County at about 8 a.m. and came on in the Brookside Road neighborhood at noon.
PECO says they had 1,000 crews on the street working to resolve the matter.
As bitterly cold winter weather again strikes the region, it is important to keep in mind several tips to stay safe this season, reports state Rep. Jim Cox (R-129).
It is a good idea to pack an emergency kit for a vehicle in case a driver becomes stranded. Transportation officials suggest a basic kit include non-perishable food, water, blanket, a small snow shovel and warm clothes. It is also recommended drivers include a flashlight with batteries and a candle with matches.
To help prevent breakdowns and crashes, be sure vehicles are in good shape by checking all fluid levels, lights, wiper blades and tire condition, and removing as much snow and ice as possible.
In addition, be sure to follow these guidelines when encountering a plow truck:
• Stay at least six car lengths behind an operating plow truck and remember that the main plow is wider than the truck.
• Be alert since plow trucks generally travel much more slowly than other traffic.
• When a plow truck is coming toward a motorist, move as far away from the center of the road as is safely possible, and remember that snow can obscure the actual snow plow width.
• Never try to pass or get between several trucks plowing side by side in a “plow train.” The weight of the snow thrown from the plow can quickly cause smaller vehicles to lose control and create a hazard for nearby vehicles.
• Never travel next to a plow truck since there are blind spots where the operator can’t see and they can occasionally be moved sideways when hitting drifts or heavy snowpack.
• Keep lights on to help the operator better see a vehicle. Also remember that under Pennsylvania law, vehicle lights must be on every time a vehicle’s wipers are on due to inclement weather.
The 15.8 inches of snow dumped, Feb. 9-10, on Delaware County — as measured at the Philadelphia International Airport much of which is in Tinicum — has made the season of 2009-2010 the snowiest on record with a total accumulation of 72. 1 inches according to weather authorities. This breaks the previous record set in 1995-96 in which 65.5 inches fell.
The Feb. 6 snowfall was 28.5 inches of snow as measured at National Park, N.J., which is across the Delaware River from the airport
The streets were carless and the sky was starless and the Christmaslights made Springfield Pa seem something painted by Thomas Kinkade. Sixteen inches of snow have fallen with another four expected beforethe storm’s end. It’s a record for December for the Philadelphia areaand winter doesn’t even start for another 37 hours.
And the people of Windsor Circle would like to thank Brian and Andrew for clearing the sidewalks and driveways with their snowblowers.