Monday, August 27, 2012

Weather Rewind: August 19-25, 2012

Temperatures last week in Philadelphia averaged out to a degree above where they should in late August -- comfortable, tolerable for the most part.  Even with a 90 degree day occurring on Friday, it didn't feel that terribly hot out as humidity levels were could also be mere tolerance of heat after having 37 days at or above 90 around here.  Regardless, it was a pretty nice week for the latter stages of summer despite a couple of unsettled days on Sunday, Monday (showers/storms mostly west of us), and again on Saturday.

Despite a general lack of rain locally in Philadelphia this past week, Thursday's pop up shower notwithstanding, places to our south picked up as much as several inches of rainfall overnight from a coastal low that developed off of the Carolina coastline and slowly moved northwestward into Virginia and Maryland.   While the graphic below only shows rainfall as a percentage through Friday, Saturday's rains will shave a significant chunk (or all of it in spots) out of the rainfall deficit that has plagued Southern Delaware most of this summer. There was also some rainfall and thunderstorm activity that fell last Monday to the city's north and west, bringing as much as a quarter inch of rain to some parts of the Lehigh Valley and Berks County.