It's not always sunny in Philadelphia.

In fact, a lot's gone so far in 2023! I don't mean to be a pessimist here, but... jeez, can Philadelphia catch a break this year??

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Credit: Nick Fewings on Unsplash
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Now it's 2023's halftime, and things don't seem to be going exactly without a hitch in Philadelphia. From Philly sports, to dangerous weather, to city-wide warnings, and more shenanigans coming out of left field, this year has been kind of nuts so far. We need to speak to a manager!

Let's take a breath. And assess. Here's what gone wrong in Philly so far this year.

Philadelphia Eagles Lose the Super Bowl LVII

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After the Phillies lost the World Series in November, Philadelphia was eager, even confident that the Eagles would pull out a W in Super Bowl LVII. Alas, it was a close, devastating loss against the Kansas City Chiefs in February. After a whole season riding high, the Birds lost Super Bowl LVII in a hard-fought 38-35 game. At least we got to see Rihanna.

The Philadelphia Water Crisis

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I almost forgot this happened! For a few days in March, Philadelphia residents were warned against drinking and using the Philly tap water after a chemical spill occurred in Bristol, PA. Philadelphians were flocking to the grocery stores buying stacks of water bottle packs in a way that was reminiscent of 2020.

The April Tornadoes

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On April 1, Mother Nature played a little April Fool's trick of her own in the Philadelphia/New Jersey regions. What started as a beautiful sunny day with clear skies turned into mayhem by sundown. An intense storm blew through, forcing us into a tornado watch. Several properties were damaged by the strong winds and tornadoes that touched down. Tornados in the Northeast... who'da thunk?

The 76ers Eliminated from NBA Playoffs

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Another Philly sports loss. The Phildelphia 76ers were eliminated from the NBA Playoffs in a crushing loss against the Boston Celtics, 114-104. Days later, former head coach Doc Rivers was fired.

Smoky Air from Canadian Wildfires

A code red air quality alert was issued to Philadelphia and other areas in the Northeast like New York and New Jersey as a result of smoke blowing in from the Canadian wildfires. All outdoor activity was strongly advised against. For the second time this year, we saw 2020 behavior again as the face masks came back out. The sight of thick, hazy, orange skies and a blood-red moon was a bizarre sight before the smoke cleared up.

I-95 Collapses

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This is perhaps the most bizarre freak incident that's happened in Philadelphia this year - maybe even ever! A huge portion of I-95 collapsed after a tanker truck caught fire underneath an overpass near Cottman Avenue. The wreckage is stunning. This will disrupt and alter commuter routes in Philadelphia for weeks - likely months- to come. Everything else we can handle, but this?? Not I-95!

This was minutes before it came collapsing down! Really scary.

Did we miss anything? Let's hope the second half of 2023 is a lot kinder to us!


 

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