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By Scott Dance | March 7, 2012
I've had several readers ask the same question: What are degree days? The statistic is a measure of heating and cooling. It comes from the difference between the day's average temperature and 65 degrees. A high degree days value means your heat or air conditioning is cranking; zero means it's time to open the windows. Because this winter has been so mild, you shouldn't be surprised to learn that degree days to date are running lower than normal and lower than a year ago. That's good news for your heating bill.
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By Scott Dance, The Baltimore Sun | August 27, 2014
Temperatures could break into the 90s for the first time this month Wednesday under sunny skies. Highs are forecast in the lower 90s, and humidity is also forecast to rise, reaching moderately uncomfortable levels. Temperatures have not reached the 90-degree mark at Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport, the point of record for Baltimore, since July 23. Mostly sunny skies are forecast for much of the day, with some clouds possible in the afternoon. Temperatures and humidity are forecast to fall again Thursday, with highs in the mid-80s and more sunshine.
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By Scott Dance, The Baltimore Sun | September 17, 2012
Summer 2012 may have been the coolest in three years, but you nevertheless have likely paid slightly more to cool your house than you did a year earlier. The number of cooling degree days tallied so far this year is slightly ahead of where they were a year ago, at 1,505 versus 1,491 last year. Degree days are a measure of heating or cooling; in the summer months, they count up the amount by which average temperatures rise above 65 degrees. So, for example, it would take 75 days with an average temperature of 85 degrees to accumulate 1,500 degree days (20 degrees, for the difference between 65 and 85, times 75 days equals 1,500)
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By Colin Campbell, The Baltimore Sun | July 2, 2014
A New York woman faces animal cruelty charges after she allegedly left a 15-year-old Yorkshire Terrier in a car in an Annapolis parking lot for two hours Tuesday, police said. Monifa Ayadelle Pendelton, 44, ran into a Petco in the 2300 block of Forest Drive with her dog, Chloe, around 2:30 p.m., asking for help after realizing what she had done, police said. Police and Anne Arundel County Animal Control were called, and an animal hospital veterinarian later diagnosed the dog with extreme heat stroke and recommended it be put down, police said.
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By FRANK ROYLANCE and FRANK ROYLANCE,Sun Reporter -- Weather Blogger | December 27, 2006
Fred Weiss writes from Baltimore: "Why doesn't the Sunpaper report degree days on the Weather Page? Degree days are the best measure to compare one year's weather with another." I agree. It's a very useful tool, but one few people understand. "Degree days" are the difference between the day's average temperature and 65 degrees. Added up, they provide a handy gauge of monthly or seasonal demand for heating or cooling. Weather Page space is finite, but we listen. What would you drop to add degree days?
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By Scott Dance | May 10, 2012
The mild winter meant a dearth of heating degree days. Early in the cooling degree days season, the warm trend is having the opposite result. Degree days are a measure of how much energy is needed to warm homes to 65 degrees in winter. One degree day means a one-degree difference between a day's average temperature and 65.   The heating season was more than 1,100 degree days short of normal because the mild weather meant furnaces were given a break. The average temperature this winter was 5 degrees above normal, making it one of the mildest winters on record , and the 1.8 inches of snow was the least since 1972.
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By Scott Dance | July 17, 2012
Tuesday is recognized as the birthday of air conditioning -- be thankful this year, because you'll need it. Willis Carrier, an engineer in Buffalo, N.Y., is credited with planning a device to regulate heat and humidity in a Brooklyn printing plant. He drafted the plans for the device July 17, 1902. Carrier patented the invention four years later, and in 1915, he and six colleagues formed the Carrier Engineering Corp. The device contained a spray nozzle originally designed for insecticide and it controlled both temperature and humidity.
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By Candus Thomson, The Baltimore Sun | January 30, 2012
You don't need a groundhog to tell you which way winter is going. Temperatures are expected to climb into the 60s Tuesday and Wednesday - not into record-breaking territory, but enough to extend lunch breaks into the afternoon, confuse hibernating crocuses and cause Punxsutawney Phil to throw up his paws in disgust. "These are unpredictable times," said Debbie Ricigliano, a horticultural consultant for the University of Maryland Home and Garden Information Center. "I've been here since 1997, and I don't remember a time like this.
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By Scott Dance, The Baltimore Sun | August 27, 2014
Temperatures could break into the 90s for the first time this month Wednesday under sunny skies. Highs are forecast in the lower 90s, and humidity is also forecast to rise, reaching moderately uncomfortable levels. Temperatures have not reached the 90-degree mark at Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport, the point of record for Baltimore, since July 23. Mostly sunny skies are forecast for much of the day, with some clouds possible in the afternoon. Temperatures and humidity are forecast to fall again Thursday, with highs in the mid-80s and more sunshine.
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By Scott Dance, The Baltimore Sun | January 31, 2013
Wednesday's high at Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport was a balmy 70 degrees, two degrees shy of the day's record high in Baltimore of 72, set in 1914. That was despite clouds hanging over the region for most of the day. It fueled the heavy rains that were expected overnight as a cold front pushed through the area, bringing a chill today. Jan. 8, 2008, was the last time BWI hit 70 degrees in January. Temperatures across the country were among the warmest on record for January, fueling deadly severe weather across the southeast and heavy rains across the eastern half of the country.
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By Scott Dance, The Baltimore Sun | December 3, 2012
A surge of warm southern air and some sunshine brought Baltimore's first 70-degree December day in six years Monday, two degrees shy of setting a record. The mild weather is expected to continue until a cold front moves through early Wednesday, eventually bringing a return to normal temperatures. Beyond that, some weather watchers are eyeing even colder weather ahead. Southerly winds coming from the Gulf of Mexico began warming the air Sunday, and sunshine helped raise temperatures further Monday, said Jared Klein, meteorologist with the National Weather Service's Baltimore/Washington forecast office in Sterling, Va. Similar weather is forecast for the region Tuesday, with highs around 70 degrees.
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By Scott Dance, The Baltimore Sun | September 17, 2012
Summer 2012 may have been the coolest in three years, but you nevertheless have likely paid slightly more to cool your house than you did a year earlier. The number of cooling degree days tallied so far this year is slightly ahead of where they were a year ago, at 1,505 versus 1,491 last year. Degree days are a measure of heating or cooling; in the summer months, they count up the amount by which average temperatures rise above 65 degrees. So, for example, it would take 75 days with an average temperature of 85 degrees to accumulate 1,500 degree days (20 degrees, for the difference between 65 and 85, times 75 days equals 1,500)
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By Scott Dance | July 30, 2012
Baltimore surpassed its annual total of 90-degree days last week but is still equal to or behind tallies of hot days for the past two years. Twenty-one days in July have reached 90 degrees or above at BWI Marshall Airport so far this year. That makes 34 days at or above 90 so far this year -- four more than the annual norm of 30 days. At BWI, two days reached 90 in May and 11 did in June. But despite the seemingly high tally, 2012 is on pace with 2011 and won't meet the pace 2010 set through the end of July.
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By Scott Dance | July 17, 2012
Tuesday is recognized as the birthday of air conditioning -- be thankful this year, because you'll need it. Willis Carrier, an engineer in Buffalo, N.Y., is credited with planning a device to regulate heat and humidity in a Brooklyn printing plant. He drafted the plans for the device July 17, 1902. Carrier patented the invention four years later, and in 1915, he and six colleagues formed the Carrier Engineering Corp. The device contained a spray nozzle originally designed for insecticide and it controlled both temperature and humidity.
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By Scott Dance | May 10, 2012
The mild winter meant a dearth of heating degree days. Early in the cooling degree days season, the warm trend is having the opposite result. Degree days are a measure of how much energy is needed to warm homes to 65 degrees in winter. One degree day means a one-degree difference between a day's average temperature and 65.   The heating season was more than 1,100 degree days short of normal because the mild weather meant furnaces were given a break. The average temperature this winter was 5 degrees above normal, making it one of the mildest winters on record , and the 1.8 inches of snow was the least since 1972.
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By Scott Dance | March 7, 2012
I've had several readers ask the same question: What are degree days? The statistic is a measure of heating and cooling. It comes from the difference between the day's average temperature and 65 degrees. A high degree days value means your heat or air conditioning is cranking; zero means it's time to open the windows. Because this winter has been so mild, you shouldn't be surprised to learn that degree days to date are running lower than normal and lower than a year ago. That's good news for your heating bill.
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By Steve Kilar, The Baltimore Sun | February 22, 2012
February is coming to a close the same way it started — with unseasonable warmth — and climate experts say there is an increased probability that above-average temperatures will continue into summer. "It's going to be warm through the rest of the week," said Bryan Jackson, a National Weather Service meteorologist based in Sterling, Va. "We have low pressure to our north and to our west, and there's a storm approaching that should bring rain to the area on Friday. " By the month's end, Baltimore will likely have seen more days exceeding 50 degrees than during any other recorded winter season, measured from the first of December through the close of February.
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