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Weather forecasting and analysis, space and historic events, climate information

8:30 AM | Not done with the "atmospheric fire hose" yet, but improvement is coming

Paul Dorian

6-Day Forecast


Mild with occasional showers and thunderstorms, some of the rain will be heavy at times, flash flooding remains a serious threat, highs in the mid 70’s


Occasional showers and thunderstorms, some heavy at times, flash flooding remains a threat, mild, lows in the mid 60’s


Mostly cloudy, still the chance for a few showers and thunderstorms, warm, near 80


Partly sunny, chance for a couple of showers and thunderstorms, warm, near 80


Partly sunny, chance for a shower and thunderstorm, mild, upper 70’s


Partly sunny, mild, upper 70’s


Mostly sunny, warm, highs near 80


We are not quite done with the “atmospheric fire hose” yet as there are more heavy showers and strong thunderstorms possible today as a result of the remains of Tropical Storm Lee. The heavy rain that developed overnight in this tropical air mass dumped on parts of our region and has since moved to the northeast of us, but more showers and storms are lining up to our south and west. The rainfall totals have been quite amazing as we are probably living through an historic 6-week period for rainfall around here. More than 3 inches of rain fell overnight at Philly Airport and since this latest prolonged significant rain event began early Monday there has been nearly 6 inches at Philly Airport, more than 15 inches in Harrisburg, and more than 8 inches in York and Lancaster. Since August 1st, there has been more than an incredible 25 inches recorded in South Philly at the airport with rain occurring on 21 of the past 39 days. Improvement will come tomorrow as the rainfall will become much more scattered and it should become mainly rain-free this weekend although a shower or thunderstorm cannot be ruled out on either day. There are more tropical troubles brewing, however, and we’ll have to monitor the progress next week of Tropical Storm Nate in the Gulf of Mexico and Tropical Storm Maria in the Atlantic.