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PHILADELPHIA (RN) — A cold front will reach the Delaware Valley on Wednesday 25th in the afternoon, bringing some storms and showers to the area.

Wednesday will have some sunshine at sunrise, but the clouds will increase through the day. As the front gets closer, the best chance for storms and showers will be late afternoon and during the night. With all of the humidity in the atmosphere, some heavy raining is possible during the evening. Highs on Thursday will be near average in the mid-eighties.

Behind the front, a lingering rain is possible early on Friday. Then clearing skies and drier air will return by Thursday morning with warm highs in the upper eighties but with lower moisture. Temperatures will stay near the average with clouds and sun Saturday, right on into the weekend, with a small chance of a pop of rain on Saturday.

The US Soccer National Team takes on Germany on Thursday morning, so if you plan on attending an outdoor World Championship viewing event, conditions should be have improved just in time. Keep an eye to the sky for a leftover rain, but otherwise we can expect a clear sky and a warm temperature.

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Hurricanes during June – Atlantic Hurricane Season is here

Atlantic hurricane season

Atlantic hurricane season

The Atlantic hurricane season is the time in a year when hurricanes typically form in the Atlantic Ocean. Tropical twisters in the North-Atlantic are called hurricanes, tropical storms, or tropical depressions. Furthermore, there have been numerous storms over the years that haven’t been fully tropical which are categorized as subtropical depressions and subtropical storms.

Global, tropical cyclone action peaks at the end of summer, when the difference between temperatures in the air and sea surface temperatures is the highest. However, each specific basin has its very own cyclical patterns. On a global scale, May is the least active month, while September is the most active. In the Northern Atlantic Ocean, a different hurricane season occurs from June first to November 30, abruptly peaking from late August through September; the season’s climatological peak of action occurs around September ten each season.

Tropical turbulences that reach tropical storm strength are named from a pre-defined list. On average, ten named storms occur each season, with an average of six becoming hurricanes and two and a half becoming major hurricanes (Category 3 or bigger). The most active season was 2005, during which twenty eight tropical cyclones formed, of which a record fifteen became hurricanes. The least active season was the 1914, with only 1 recognized tropical cyclone emerging during that period. The Atlantic hurricane season is a period when most tropical cyclones are expected to grow across the northern Atlantic Ocean. It’s presently defined as the time frame from June first through November thirty, though in the past the season was defined as a smaller time frame. During that time, regular tropical weather reviews are distributed by the National Hurricane Center, and co-direction between the Hydrometeorological Prediction Center and National Hurricane Center happens for patterns which haven’t shaped yet, but could develop in the next 3 to 7 days.

Supercellstorm Forms in Wyoming

WRIGHT, Wyo. — Storm chasers in Wyoming captured amazing photos and video of a supercell thunderstorm forming May 18, 2014.

Supercellstorm

Courtesy: Basehunters.com/YouTube.

Basehunters, a stormchasing group from Norman, Okla., posted the timelapse video above on YouTube.

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Cold Bike Ride Into the Storm

Angry Sky Precedes the Storm.When cold rain stops falling and the sky overhead suddenly turns cold and angry, and wind gusts reach 35 mph, its time for a cold bike ride into the storm. Just a little preparation will enable you to have an entertaining ride that will be a lot more fun than running on the treadmill and doing strength training instead. You’ll benefit from adding more riding days in the winter months when you can withstand the weather – your fitness won’t drop off as much and you’ll keep your exercise routine going.
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Take a Trip to the Moon

Craters of the Moon in IdahoTake a trip to the moon right here on Earth. Craters of the Moon National Monument and Preserve in West Central Idaho was formed by a series of volcanic eruptions and massive lava flows between 15,000 and 2,000 years ago. The 618 square mile park so similarly resembles the moons surface that astronauts for Nasa, Alan Sheperd, Edgar Mitchell, Eugene Cernan, and Joe Engle, trained in the park for their missions in 1969. Although the area appears benign, activity along the fault lines and historical eruptions approximately every 2,000 years indicate the area is due for another eruption very soon. [Read more…]

Fire Danger for Travellers

Drought MonitorAs temperatures rise to record levels and water tables drop to record lows in the Western United States, adventurers and tourists alike must factor potential fire danger into their travel plans. The cozy campfire and smores you might have been imagining for your backpacking trip may be banned in the area you planned to explore. [Read more…]

11 Services Airlines No Longer Offer

Air travel has changed significantly over the last 50 years. What once was a luxury event for which customers dressed to the 9’s is now little more than the shuffling of human cattle through gates and crammingAirplane Services them into tiny uncomfortable seats for their journey.

In this funny article, 11 Things We No Longer See on Airplanes, Kara Kovalchik recounts some of the more luxurious services that were once common place for air travel. [Read more…]

3 Ways to Experience the Buffalo Roundup in Custer State Park

Buffalo RoundupEvery year in South Dakota’s Custer State Park there is a 3 day festival of arts that kicks off with a buffalo roundup. The buffalo are rounded up each year and thinned to maintain a strong and healthy herd. The roundup itself is only a few hours of the first morning of the festival, but getting to witness over 1,000 prehistoric beasts running cross the plains and [Read more…]

The Grand Canyon

The Grand Canyon in Arizona is a popular attraction in the Southwest that everyone should go see. The South Rim of the Grand Canyon is located about 230 miles north of Phoenix and 80 miles north of Flagstaff. The North Rim is located 352 miles north of Phoenix and 210 miles north of Flagstaff. Approximately 4 million people a year get to experience the Grand Canyon and all of its many activities. The Canyon is close to 300 miles long with the river going through it, it gets 18 miles wide and it is about a mile deep.Grand Canyon South Rim [Read more…]

Helicopter Ride in Hawaii

Akaka Falls HawaiiA helicopter ride in Hawaii is an experience like no other. It was so very different for me because I have only ever flown in airplanes. It was much less of a process to take off and land- one minute we were on the ground, and the next we were 100 feet above the ground! A helicopter is significantly more maneuverable and turns very easily, allowing us to see in every direction to enjoy the many different sights. Within minutes I was thousands of feet above Hapuna, Hawaii and I could see for miles across the Big Island. We could see all the sugar cane fields, all of the houses on the hillside, and the tops of Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa– the Big Island’s two largest volcanoes. [Read more…]