Record breaking cold weather hits Philadelphia

A pedestrian battles the subzero temperatures and high winds in on the South Street Bridge on Tuesday. Credit: Charles Mostoller/METRO
A pedestrian battles the subzero temperatures and high winds in on the South Street Bridge on Tuesday. Credit: Charles Mostoller/METRO

Philadelphia and several other local communities today have seen record cold temperatures — some breaking records dating back to 1912.

But don’t call the cold front a “polar vortex” — that’s a little dramatic.

“I would call it more of a cold snap,” said Jim Bunker, observing program leader for the National Weather Service in Mount Holly. “It’s not anything out of the ordinary; it’s just unusual. There’s an Arctic high that set up and it’s brought down a pretty good dose of arctic air.”

There were several locations that did break records for Jan. 7 — mostly from 1988 but some dating back even farther. The low this morning in Philadelphia was 4 degrees, beating a record set on this date in 1988 of 7 degrees.

Wilmington also saw 4 degree temperatures they haven’t seen since a cold front in 1988 and one in 1942 where temperatures had gotten to 10 degrees.

Temperatures were even lower in Trenton, New Jersey. It got to a morning low there of 2 degrees, beating a record set in 1912 of 6.

Mount Pocono didn’t even get out of the negatives this morning. The low there earlier today was -8. The previous record was in 1988 when it was -5.

Fortunately, you don’t have to get too used to the subzero weather. It will still be this cold overnight with temperatures around 5, but feeling like -9. Then, “temperatures are going to start moderating out,” said Bunker.

“By Friday,” he said, “we should be getting up in the upper 40s or around 50. Saturday, there’s going to be some rain with temperatures around 50. We’re going to start getting back up there for temperatures.”


Brooklyn man charged in roommate's stabbing death

A Brooklyn man accused of violently stabbing his roommate to death on Monday is in police custody and faces murder charges.


Dinosaurs could have survived asteroid strike

It turns out there is a good and a bad time for the planet to be hit by a meteor, and dinosaurs were just unlucky.…


OkCupid admits to Facebook-style experimenting on customers

By Sarah McBrideSAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - OkCupid, a top U.S. matchmaking website, intentionally mismatched users to test its technology, the IAC/InterActive Corp service said on…


MTA fares still increasing 4 percent in newly…

The agency said the 4 percent increases, previously announced in December, will remain steady even as the MTA deals with increasing labor costs.


Interview: Brendan Gleeson on the way 'Calvary' depicts…

Brendan Gleeson talks about how his new film "Calvary" began over drinks and how his character here is the opposite of the lead in "The Guard."


'Get on Up' producer Mick Jagger on the…

Mick Jagger, a producer on the James Brown biopic "Get on Up," talks about the time had to tell the singer some bad news and his favorite JB record.


'Glee' star Lea Michele to appear on 'Sons…

"Glee" star Lea Michele has been confirmed as a guest star in the final season of "Sons of Anarchy."


TV watch list, Monday, July 28: 'The Bachelorette'…

See Andi Dorfman make her big choice on tonight's 'Bachelorette' finale.


Angelo Cataldi: Ryan Howard deserves better from Phillies

Just last week, Ryan Howard endured the embarrassment of a benching that was inevitable, and yet still shocking.


Larry Donnell has inside track in Giants tight…

Little-known Larry Donnell of Grambling State currently has the inside track, as the second-year player has received the bulk of the first-team reps.


Computer to Jets: Start Michael Vick over Geno…

Jets general manager John Idzik says the choice of who starts between second-year quarterback Geno Smith and veteran Michael Vick will be a “Jets decision.”


Yankees looking to trade for Josh Willingham: Report

CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman reported Sunday the Yankees are interested in Twins outfielder Josh Willingham.


Glasgow: Hey, hey, the gangs aren't here

This European city has done a good job getting rid of its more violent residents and revitalizing with artists.


Babson College tops list of best colleges for…

Money magazine has just released its inaugural list of "The Best Colleges for Your Money" -- and the answers have surprised many. Babson College, which…


NYC teens learn how to develop apps during…

Through a program sponsored by CampInteractive, the high schoolers designed their own community-focused apps.


The Ministry of Silly Walks app is both…

Monty Python have dug into their back catalogue for cash-ins once more, but with the Ministry of Silly Walks app, they've made something that's fun too.