January 26, 2014
When Rob Rogers woke up the morning of Dec. 8 and looked at an ominous weather forecast predicting several inches of snow or the threat of freezing rain, he knew exactly where he wanted to be. The 24-year-old Hampden resident rushed to his computer, navigated to Stubhub.com and saw that ticket prices for that afternoon's game between the Ravens and Minnesota Vikings were dropping. He snapped up tickets for himself and three friends and threw on long underwear, warm clothes, a winter jacket and, of course, his No. 82 Torrey Smith jersey and was off to M&T Bank Stadium.
January 6, 2014
With the polar votex on its way, pets need extra consideration. Just as dogs and cats and bunnies can't be left out in the heat of the summer, cold and snowy days pose their own risks to beloved pets. The experts at the MD SPCA offer the following tips for pets and cold: - Pets shouldn't be left outside for extended periods of time when it's cold. If it's too cold for you, it's too cold for your pet. - Watch for cats! Outdoor cats sometimes seek shelter near warm car engines and sleep under the hoods of vehicles.
January 1, 2014
The Baltimore region could see the first snow of 2014 - possibly a couple of inches - beginning around the afternoon rush hour Thursday, according to a National Weather Service forecast. It could start as a rain-snow mix midafternoon Thursday but should change to snow in the evening, most likely 1 to 3 inches across the area. But Greg Schoor, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Sterling, Va., said that it's unlikely to significantly hamper the evening commute because the snow probably will melt when it hits the ground, which will remain a few degrees warmer than the air. "Flakes will start to fly Thursday afternoon, but we may not see any accumulation until after 8 p.m.," he said.
December 4, 2013
Hypothermia was a factor in the death of a man in Prince George's County recently, prompting state health officials to warn the public about the dangers of cold weather Wednesday. The man, aged 45-64, died some time between Nov. 26 and Dec. 2, according to the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. No other details on the death are being released for privacy reasons, officials said. Health officials caution those spending extended periods outdoors to be wary of hypothermia and frostbite, as well as poisoning from carbon monoxide produced by stoves, generators and fires.
November 27, 2013
The 11th season of the Grassroots Crisis Intervention Center's cold-weather shelter program got underway last week and will continue through March 30 at alternating Howard County faith communities. The shelter program is designed for people who cannot find emergency shelter when Grassroots is full. Grassroots is located at 6700 Freetown Road in Columbia. For information, call 410-531-6006, or go to http://www.grassrootscrisis.org. The 24-hour crisis hot line is 410-531-6677.
March 1, 2013
There were more cold days in this winter than last, so Central Maryland residents should expect to receive higher energy bills, Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. said Friday. "Although BGE's commodity prices have remained stable … extreme weather generally triggers significant increases in energy usage, which in turn can lead to higher-than-expected bills," said Jeannette M. Mills, vice president and chief customer officer for BGE. "Even when the thermostat is kept at the same temperature, heating units must work harder to maintain the set temperature," Mills said.