Dry Start To The Week
By Geoff Bansen
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Despite some cloudier conditions, another dry weekend for most of the region. Those clouds helped to keep temperatures well below average for July.
We hope you didn’t get to used to it!
As a frontal boundary slowly passes to the south, the Delaware Valley will see mainly tranquil conditions today. Sunshine will mix with some afternoon clouds with highs in the mid 80s. The temperature and humidity will begin to increase heading through midweek, reaching the 90s by Wednesday.
Tuesday looks dry as well, albeit steamy. Wednesday, a cold front approaches from the west and will bring our next chance of some wet and stormy weather into Thursday.
Conditions should clear for Friday and Saturday.
Philly — 85
Shore — 78
Poconos — 77 *Slight chance of a popup PM shower
Today In Weather History:
1900 — A bolt of lightning from a morning thunderstorm struck very near Joshua Wilkins, a painter from Palmyra, NJ, while he was working on a house in Riverside. He died that afternoon. 4 members of the NJ National Guard, were injured when lightning struck their tent in Sea Girt as they were breaking camp.
1966 — The temperature at Philadelphia bottomed out at 51 degrees, the lowest July reading since official records began in 1870.
1975 — 6” of rain fell across Mercer Co, NJ in just 10 hours, causing the worst flooding in 20 years. Traffic was brought to a standstill, and railway service between NYC and DC was cut off for 2 days. Flooding left 1000 persons homeless, and caused an estimated $25 million damage. The Assunpink Creek at Trenton, NJ, rose to a record 14.6’ – Flood stage is 7.0’.
1979 — Parts of Lancaster Co and into the west central Chester Co, PA, region were hit with torrential rain during the morning, with most of the rain falling in about 5 hours. In Chester Co, Newlinville received 8.11” and Valley Township 7.56”. The Lukens Steel Co in Coatesville, Chester Co, sustained considerable damage from the flood waters, which reached 56” in the Lukens Steel offices.
1983 — An F2 tornado destroyed 2 trailer homes near Hartly, Kent Co, DE, during the early evening, killing 2 people and injuring 9 others. An F3 tornado hit Stafford’s Manahawkin section, in Long Beach Township, Ocean Co, NJ. It crossed Barnegat Bay and destroyed a bay-side home, and damaged others.
1987 — A late afternoon F2 tornado in Linwood, Atlantic Co, NJ, skipped along a ½ mile track uprooting and snapping off trees and ripping out a brick wall. Hail was also reported. 3 people were injured.