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Philly's hottest day ever?

The highest official temperature ever recorded in Philadelphia was 106ºF, on August 7, 1918. NWS and Accuweather predicted a high of about 103, which would set a record for this day. Of course the local media hyped the living daylights out of this possibility. This afternoon on the way home from work, after the little historical segment where they talked about the hottest day ever, the girl on the radio announced, "we're at 96 degrees right now, headed for a high of 106," which was NEVER the prediction.

The actual official high today was 102 or 103. But before heading out to the pool I checked NOAA's Philadelphia tidal station, and sure enough it spiked up to 105.8:



However, I do not think this station has the official temperature for Philly.
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Seems it's always the airport temp that they announce. The city itself is always hotter. I'ts senseless to even try anything outdoors related unless it's to do with swimming. No way I'm going to get on my boat until Monday at least!

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Denise,

You realize that Ulladh is planning to bring his boat upriver this week?

I think the "city" temperature that's usually reported is Independence Hall, and it is typically lower than at the airport during the summer. The NOAA station is just south of Penns Landing, right at the seawall with some grass and trees around, so the radiant effect of blacktop does not appear to be so great:





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I don't know the official temperatures, but I noticed that the sole of the boat we live on, everywhere it's in contact with the hull - is HOT. So I checked the water temperature today, on the shaded side of the boat - it read 97 degrees (Lerch Creek of the West River South of Annapolis.) I've never seen water temp that high.

Someone posted on Facebook today, "The devil called... he wants his weather back."

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It cooled off a little here to 101. Tomorrow's high is 105. At least there was a breeze today.
I washed the boat down today while sitting on a life jacket in the water. Scrubbed the deck then jumped back into the water. This weather is pissing me off.

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I just came in from the beach where we had a big roaring fire going to stay warm. One of the nicest evenings we've had so far this "summer". Current temp is 59F, I think it hit 66F for the high today. You'd think that you guys could spread a little of that heat around a bit:-))

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Sailing related thread? I don't know. I've paid good money to fly to warm weather and rent a boat. I'm not complaining.

I'm just happy the newscasters are fully distracted by chasing their butterflies... the weather. When they try to cover real news, they always misstate or mislead the facts, its just a question of whether it was intentional.

edit: Since they only make money if you watch and they sell commercials, I say that plucking your strings is intentional.
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Its about 10 deg cooler in the lower bay than in Philly, but still hot and humid.

I chickened out and will wait for cooler temperatures, 80's to low 90's above Delaware City. Rational thought is difficult after 8 hours in sun and humid high 90's, after trying to sleep on the boat in the 90's.

Once I accepted my limitations, other priorities/opportunities surfaced, so another week or two of day sails in the lower bay.

High water temperatures last August lead to a menhaden fish kill in the lower bay,it looks like we will get a repeat this year. Local authorities cleaned up the fish kill on the beaches and the crabs cleaned up the rest on the creeks and inlets.

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Wise decision!

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...Local authorities cleaned up the fish kill on the beaches and the crabs cleaned up the rest on the creeks and inlets.
Hopefully those crabs became fat, dumb, and happy!

Denise - speaking of crabs, I've always gotten mine at Hadfield's Seafood in Chadds Ford, PA. They have another location in New Castle, DE where I found #1's for $36/dozen a few weeks ago. You had inquired about this a few weeks ago on another thread, but I can't seem to find it now.


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