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By Julie Scharper, The Baltimore Sun | December 14, 2010
With temperatures in the low 20s and wind gusts of 30 miles per hour, Baltimore officials declared the season's first "Code Blue" day Tuesday, extending hours at the city's shelter and opening an additional facility to offer the homeless a respite from the elements. Forecasts called for the bitter conditions to continue Wednesday, with lows in the low 20s and gusts again of up to 30 miles per hour. City officials announce a Code Blue day when temperatures are expected to be below 25 degrees with winds of 15 miles per hour or higher, when temperatures are less than 20 degrees, or during other periods of intense winter weather.
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By Scott Dance, The Baltimore Sun | January 27, 2014
After a brief and somewhat unexpected warm-up early Monday, bitter cold and blustery winds were returning to the Baltimore area, prompting renewed calls to limit energy usage and look out for the homeless. Temperatures climbed to 47 degrees by 11 a.m. at Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport, as much as 10 degrees warmer than had been expected, before a front carrying chilling polar air began moving across the state. The thermometer dipped by midday, to 37 degrees by 2 p.m., with wind gusts up to 30 mph. A wind chill advisory was set for 1 a.m. to 10 a.m. Tuesday, with temperatures expected to plunge to the lower teens downtown and the lower single digits in the suburbs and wind chills as cold as 10 degrees below zero.
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The Baltimore Sun | January 3, 2012
The National Weather Service is calling for Tuesday to be mostly cloudy in the Baltimore area, with occasional flurries before 1 p.m., a high near 33 and northwest winds of 13 to 18 miles per hour, gusting as high as 30 miles per hour. No snow accumulation is expected. Because of the cold temperatures, Baltimore has activated its Code Blue program , which offers additional services to the homeless. A gale warning is in effect Tuesday for the Maryland portion of the Chesapeake Bay between Sandy Point and Smith Point, including all inlets.
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By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | January 22, 2014
Residents across Maryland haven't felt the last wintry bite of the snow that lashed the state Tuesday: Its impact will linger through the weekend due to frigid temperatures. Much of the snow, which measured 7 inches at BWI Tuesday night and topped 11 inches in other areas, will turn to ice. Visibility will be reduced as high winds swirl whatever doesn't freeze back into the air. "We're used to dealing with the snow. …This is extreme cold combined with precipitation, so it's the not-so-perfect storm," said Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake after a briefing on citywide emergency operations.
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By Erica L. Green, The Baltimore Sun | December 26, 2010
Baltimore City's health commissioner, Oxiris Barbot, has declared a Code Blue alert and announced that 10 emergency shelters will extend their hours. Anticipating plummeting temperatures, the city issued the alert Saturday and urged the city's homeless and those living without heat to retreat to the 10 emergency shelters. According to the National Weather Service, temperatures will be in the high 30s today, dipping to the mid- to low 20s tonight. City officials announce a Code Blue when temperatures are expected to be below 25 degrees with winds of 15 miles per hour or higher or during other periods of intense winter weather.
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By KENNETH BURKE | April 19, 1992
Anna Richardson is eighty three years old. She is not unlike many patients in the autumn of their lives; she has collected a vast number of illnesses associated with aging. She has high blood pressure, cataracts, and severe arthritis; she is unable to walk without assistance. Anna -- the name, of course, is not real -- also suffers from senile dementia.Anna does not know where she is, nor who are her visitors; she has been unable to comprehend these simple things for many years. Her dementia is advanced to the point that she even forgets sometimes that she is eating; hours later you may find her in bed, still holding food in her mouth, forgetting to swallow.
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By Scott Dance and Carrie Wells, The Baltimore Sun | January 22, 2013
As the area copes with a blast of Arctic air this week, weather forecasters are predicting wintry precipitation for Friday. The temperature downtown was expected to drop to 18 degrees Tuesday night, with the wind chill making it feel like 5 degrees, according to the National Weather Service. Temperatures in the area are not expected to rise much above 30 degrees until Monday. Forecasters predict Friday and Saturday nights will be especially cold, with low temperatures in the teens.
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By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | January 22, 2014
Residents across Maryland haven't felt the last wintry bite of the snow that lashed the state Tuesday: Its impact will linger through the weekend due to frigid temperatures. Much of the snow, which measured 7 inches at BWI Tuesday night and topped 11 inches in other areas, will turn to ice. Visibility will be reduced as high winds swirl whatever doesn't freeze back into the air. "We're used to dealing with the snow. …This is extreme cold combined with precipitation, so it's the not-so-perfect storm," said Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake after a briefing on citywide emergency operations.
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By Doug Donovan and Doug Donovan,SUN STAFF | December 18, 2003
The city Health Department and the Oliver Community Association announced yesterday that they have agreed to work together to run an emergency cold-weather homeless shelter in the East Baltimore neighborhood. The agreement, announced at a news conference by city health officials and neighborhood activists, resolved a dispute over plans to locate the shelter at the Oliver Recreation Center at 1400 E. Federal St. Community association leaders complained last month that city officials had not adequately consulted them before choosing the center, which will house homeless people on extremely cold nights that are declared "code blue" by the Health Department.
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By Doug Donovan and Doug Donovan,SUN STAFF | January 8, 2004
The street is no place for a 24-year-old single mother and her four daughters - especially with below-freezing temperatures. But that is the situation Melissa Ray found herself in last night after she and her children were forced to leave her friend's East Baltimore apartment because of a landlord's threat of eviction. Ray said she has been in Baltimore for two weeks since fleeing South Carolina on a Greyhound bus to escape an abusive boyfriend. When her housing fell through yesterday, she was forced to find a place to stay, a search that led her to the city's Code Blue emergency shelter at 1400 E. Federal St. last night.
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By Nayana Davis, The Baltimore Sun | January 22, 2014
Baltimore officials transported 37 homeless people to an emergency overflow shelter Tuesday after a heavy snowstorm struck the region. "We had 55 encounters," said Connor Scott, a spokesman for the city's Office of Emergency Management. "Eighteen refused to come with us. " The city issued a Code Blue alert Tuesday after the storm dumped up to 11 inches in parts of the Baltimore metro area, which prompted officials to open the shelter in the 200 block of Guilford Avenue. The shelter had last opened earlier this month when the polar vortex brought an extreme cold snap to the region.
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By Jean Marbella, Kevin Rector and Carrie Wells and The Baltimore Sun | January 21, 2014
As snow started to fall across Maryland, highway officials urged people to stay off the roads, schools and offices closed, and flights were delayed. By early afternoon, multiple accidents and backups were reported throughout the area. The National Weather Service forecast calls for up to 10 inches of snow in some outer suburban areas and up to eight inches in Baltimore, with a wind chill as low as 10 degrees below zero at night. Snow will be heaviest in the late morning into the afternoon, but it will be constant, according to the weather service.
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By Cal Thomas | January 18, 2014
BELFAST, Northern Ireland -- While the Obama administration offers life support to its Affordable Care Act, in the UK a growing number of people are asking whether it's time to pull the plug on the National Health Service (NHS), which is in critical condition. For many years the UK media have carried stories that not only bode ill for the future of government-run health care, but also continue to serve as a "code blue" warning to the U.S. as to what might be in our future if we decide to go down that road.
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By Scott Dance, The Baltimore Sun | January 4, 2014
Baltimore came within two degrees of breaking a record for cold temperatures Saturday morning, with a chance for freezing rain ahead Sunday and more single-digit lows forecast next week. Temperatures fell to 6 degrees at Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport early Saturday. The record low for Saturday's date is 4 degrees, set in 1918. It was only the fifth time single-digit temperatures were recorded at BWI and the coldest temperature measured there since January 2009.
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By Scott Dance and Carrie Wells, The Baltimore Sun | January 22, 2013
As the area copes with a blast of Arctic air this week, weather forecasters are predicting wintry precipitation for Friday. The temperature downtown was expected to drop to 18 degrees Tuesday night, with the wind chill making it feel like 5 degrees, according to the National Weather Service. Temperatures in the area are not expected to rise much above 30 degrees until Monday. Forecasters predict Friday and Saturday nights will be especially cold, with low temperatures in the teens.
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By Andrea K. Walker | January 22, 2013
The Baltimore City Health Department has issued a code blue cold weather alert for the rest of the week because of frigid temperatures with the potential to cause health problems, such as hypothermia. Under the alert, which runs through Sunday, city emergency shelters will extend hours and private shelters will be encouraged to do the same. Emergency workers will reach out to the homeless, elderly and other vulnerable residents to make sure they have shelter and heat. City health officials are also minding residents with a heart condition not to exert too much physical activity.
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By Steve Kilar, The Baltimore Sun | December 7, 2011
It will now need to feel at least 7 degrees colder on a winter day for the mayor's Code Blue program — which requires the city to offer additional homeless services and encourages private organizations to do the same — to be activated, a health official said Wednesday. "There are jurisdictions north of us that have fewer [cold emergency] days even though they're colder than us," said Brian M. Schleter, a spokesman for the Baltimore City Health Department, explaining that the decision to adjust the Code Blue criteria was made in part to keep Baltimore's actions in line with other cities on the eastern seaboard.
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By Jill Rosen and Jill Rosen,SUN STAFF | December 1, 2004
With winter approaching and temperatures falling, the city announced yesterday that its cold-weather shelter is ready for business should weather conditions turn severe. The "code blue" shelter will open for its third year to take in the homeless should the temperature fall below 25 degrees with sustained winds of 15 mph. This will be the shelter's second year in the Oliver neighborhood, on the second floor of the Oliver Recreation Center at 1400 E. Federal St. Last winter the shelter opened on 22 nights, shielding 3,780 people from the elements.
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The Baltimore Sun | January 3, 2012
The National Weather Service is calling for Tuesday to be mostly cloudy in the Baltimore area, with occasional flurries before 1 p.m., a high near 33 and northwest winds of 13 to 18 miles per hour, gusting as high as 30 miles per hour. No snow accumulation is expected. Because of the cold temperatures, Baltimore has activated its Code Blue program , which offers additional services to the homeless. A gale warning is in effect Tuesday for the Maryland portion of the Chesapeake Bay between Sandy Point and Smith Point, including all inlets.
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By Steve Kilar, The Baltimore Sun | December 7, 2011
It will now need to feel at least 7 degrees colder on a winter day for the mayor's Code Blue program — which requires the city to offer additional homeless services and encourages private organizations to do the same — to be activated, a health official said Wednesday. "There are jurisdictions north of us that have fewer [cold emergency] days even though they're colder than us," said Brian M. Schleter, a spokesman for the Baltimore City Health Department, explaining that the decision to adjust the Code Blue criteria was made in part to keep Baltimore's actions in line with other cities on the eastern seaboard.
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