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Old 08-21-2018, 08:21 AM
 
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Days of gentle rain seem to be less. What we get now is a ton of rainfall at a time. Big ass downfalls like we're in the tropics.

Slightly OT. Where are the birds? Are there scattered sonic devices that are driving them off? Center City used to have lots of pigeons. Now? Very few. I see some sparrows but only a few of them too.
Yes, the amount of rain is absolutely the difference. I'm not sure if we get more in Mt Airy than in Center City (or vice versa), but I can say the ground is incredibly saturated.

The birds have been out a lot here until this past week. I don't know if it has something to do with the weather, but we were noting it in conversation yesterday.
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Old 08-21-2018, 09:09 AM
 
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It seems to often be sunny and nice down the shore when it is rainy in Philly--I was just down there over the weekend and Sunday was overcast but the rest of the time was sunny and beautiful.


I agree though-this Summer has felt soo rainy. I think it feels worse because it has rained so much on the weekends. There have been many times this Summer where it was sunny and beautiful all week while I'm stuck in the office but as soon as the weekend comes it turns cloudy and rainy.
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Old 08-21-2018, 10:10 AM
 
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My first Philly summer was 2008, what the Inquirer (not known for its poetic turn of phrase) called "The Emerald Summer." Not entirely sure what that meant, but it sounded nice, and it was really pleasant - a good intro to the North.
Yeah this summer's been a stinker, but according to JcWeather this is only the 25th wettest year (up to Aug 21) on record, and two of the wetter ones were in the last 5 years. Maybe we're talking the same way about rain like we do about snow. Some years, we have more or less average amounts of snow but it's all bundled up into a couple of storms. Then there are "death by a 1000 cuts" years - there was one 2-3 years ago - where it's a tick above normal but there was snowfall after snowfall after snowfall (I think at the end of the season there were 17 "snow events" in Philly). So maybe it's the frequency that's bothersome.
I'll say this, too: I used to live in the piedmont region of North Carolina, and the summers sucked. Heat/humidity from as early as April till as late as the end of September. Even though what we have this summer isn't great, I'll take it over any summer day in the South.
I think it depends on where you are in the Philadelphia metro & where you are in the piedmont of NC a lot of times. It's been rainy for much of the summer in the 85/95 corridor, although I'm not sure of the weather south of NC or north of Philadelphia. Part of it is the jet streams.
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Old 08-22-2018, 06:44 PM
 
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Yeah.... And apparently the mosquitoes are really bad right now with an increased danger of West Nile.

But would you prefer being out west with wild fires? I have friends outside of San Diego. They're older than me and I always think about the fire dangers.

I hate summer, btw. There is such a thing as reverse seasonal disorders where one's physiology is more attuned to, and prefers, colder temperatures. That's me.

So right now I am borderline miserable because the minute the sun re-appears I'm freaking out over the humidity. Ugh and ewww.

We have had rainless summers though.
Yeah, but there have been a number of cloudy days with 90% humidity. It wasn't terribly hot. That's when I suffer.
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Old 08-22-2018, 07:05 PM
 
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I agree that it should have been posted in the South Jersey forum....jeez.



....and yes, this summer has been pretty bad.....about the wettest I can recall.
Is the weather in Jenkintown or Riverton that much different? No, it's not.
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