PPL Electric Hits Record High For Morning Power Use

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Allentown, PA based PPL Electric set a record for morning peak power consumption today between 7 a.m. and 8 a.m.  Record cold temperatures were the reason.  The company released preliminary numbers showing that 7,432 megawatts were delivered.  The previous record was set on February 11, 2008 when 7,163 megawatts were delivered for the same time period between 7 a.m. to 8 a.m.

PPL Electric’s all-time peak record was set for the 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. period on February 5, 2007, when 7,557 megawatts were delivered.

For a point of reference:

A standard household light bulb has a power rating of between 25 and 100 watts. 

A kilowatt is equal to 1,000 watts.  The average electrical energy consumption in the United States is 8,900 kilowatts a year, per household.  Your electric bill reflects your usage in kilowatt hours.

One megawatt of electricity is equal to 1,000,000 watts.

PPL is just one of 11 electricity suppliers in Pennsylvania!

AccuWeather Says Cold Temps To Last Until Christmas!

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AccuWeather is predicting this cold weather will last until at least Christmas.  We have two opportunities for snow this week.  There is a possibility we could have some snow tonight and again on Friday.  Friday seems to be the most likely of the two days for snow, depending on the temperature.  We will be experiencing highs in the 30’s and lows flirting with the teens!  Hopefully the prediction for a January thaw is correct!

Early And Cold Winter Predicted For East Coast

Forecasters are predicting an early and cold winter for our neck of the woods, however, another “snowmageddon” or “snowpocalypse” can be ruled out (Thanks be to God).

Temperatures will be normal or below normal for November and December.  Most of our snow will be early in the season.  A January warm-up is also expected. 

La Nina winters are dry but COLD!  Philly is predicted to have an average amount of snowfall.  We appear to be on the border of normal to above normal for temps.