By Geoff Bansen
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — You may be waking up on July 30th, but it’s going to feel more like early September!
The record low for today of 58º was set back in 1981. It didn’t get quite as cool this morning, but Philadelphia came within 5 degrees of it; other Delaware Valley locations also came very close to their respective records. From the amount of temperature malcontents out there (you know who you are), I can’t imagine this being a problem!
All in all, Wednesday will be very similar to Tuesday. Temperatures will eventually warm up into the low 80s – still several degrees below average for late July – and brilliant sunshine will mix in with some afternoon clouds (daytime warming combining with cooler air aloft). A deep upper level low spinning north of the Great Lakes will trigger some afternoon showers and thunderstorms, and an isolated few could impact extreme north and west areas up in the Poconos.
Looking out in the tropics, an area of interest that could become the next named storm of the 2014 Hurricane Season (Bertha) continues to hold together and even show some eye test characteristics of a tropical storm. The earliest model indications point to this remaining relatively weak and curving out to sea before it reaches the eastern seaboard. There is no dry air or wind shear in the immediate path of this disturbance, so we will continue to monitor it over the next several days.
Thursday and Friday will feature the threat of an afternoon thunderstorm, with more clouds on Friday. The weekend isn’t looking great *GASP!* We’ve definitely been spoiled with all of the nice early summer weekends, but it may be time to pay the piper. Expect lots of clouds and the threat for showers and thunderstorms each day.
Philadelphia – 81
Shore – 79
Poconos – 73
Today in Weather History
1960 – Tropical storm Brenda formed in the NE Gulf of Mexico, moved up the coast just
inland, passed over the eastern counties of NJ then over NYC. Philadelphia received only 0.02″
of rain on the 29th, but 2.23″ fell on the 30th. As the center passed near Philly, the
pressure fell to 29.43″, the 2nd lowest July reading.
1979 – Torrential downpours between midnight and 4 am caused considerable flooding in
in Bucks County, with Southampton Township receiving 6.3″ of rain.