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By Scott Dance | May 25, 2012
Sporadic rains have helped moderate drought conditions that had spread across most of the state, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor . As of May 22, all of the Baltimore region was considered “abnormally dry” except for southern Anne Arundel County. It had previously been under moderate drought conditions. Most of the Eastern Shore remains under moderate drought conditions, however. Five days out of every seven in May, at least a trace of rain has fallen at BWI Marshall Airport.
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June 28, 2014
The Sun's recent editorial on climate change ( "The economic climate," June 24) looks like it was written by a student at the Community College of Baltimore County taking Obamanomics 101 - and should have received a "C. " Where is mention of what the impact is of natural climate change (if you read this with an IQ of less than 50, you would think the U.S. had never had a drought, flood, hurricane, tornado or even a thunderstorm prior to 10 years...
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By Scott Dance | August 6, 2012
Maryland environmental officials have placed the Eastern Shore under a drought warning, encouraging water systems, residents and businesses to restrict water use. The warning is based on rainfall levels slipping to 70 percent of normal and well levels dropping well below normal. Some streams measured as indicators are at less than 5 percent of normal flow, considered "emergency" levels, according to the Maryland Department of the Environment. Central Maryland, not including the area tapped into Baltimore's water system, remains under a drought watch.
SPORTS
By Jon Meoli and The Baltimore Sun | June 17, 2014
J.J. Hardy has, in some senses, had the luckiest season he's had at the plate since he joined the Orioles, and his batted ball percentages are almost identical to his career averages. So, how are the Orioles nearing the All-Star break without seeing their All-Star caliber shortstop hit a home run? The folks at Fangraphs went deep on the topic last week , and came up with a few explanations. But first, let's look into some of the positives of Hardy's season so far. All along, as the wait for his first home run has continued, Hardy's batting average has been cited as something of a saving grace for his season.
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By Scott Dance | June 8, 2012
Maryland environmental officials sustained "drought watch" status for most of the state based on data through May 31, but conditions have improved, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor. The drought watch still doesn't extend into the area served by Baltimore City reservoirs, but does cover Carroll and Harford counties, northern Baltimore County and all of western Maryland and the Eastern Shore. It is based on rainfall, stream flow, groundwater and reservoir levels, monitored by the Maryland Department of the Environment.
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By Frank D. Roylance, The Baltimore Sun | July 12, 2010
Significant rain on Saturday and on Monday came too late to reverse deteriorating crop conditions across Maryland last week, with more than half the state in moderate drought or worse. The U.S. Department of Agriculture Monday reported 50 percent of the state's corn crop was in "poor" to "very poor" condition last week, up from 38 percent the week before. Soy beans in similar shape went from 42 percent to 51 percent. The news isn't all bad. Ninety-eight percent of apples and 94 percent of peaches are in good to excellent condition.
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By Scott Dance | April 13, 2012
The Eastern Shore is under a drought watch, according to the Maryland Department of the Environment. Below-normal snow- and rainfall has the MDE closely observing precipitation, stream flow, groundwater levels and reservoir storage. But there are no restrictions being placed on water usage -- at least not yet. MDE encourages people to be aware of their water use and to use less water. Local water jurisdictions could place restrictions, but haven't yet, according to the department.
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By Scott Dance, The Baltimore Sun | April 19, 2012
A developing drought across the eastern half of Maryland could worsen without a few periods of soaking rain, and drizzle like that seen Wednesday won't be enough to cut the rainfall deficit. At Carter and Draper Farms on the Eastern Shore, John Draper is used to dealing with a summer drought once every few years. But rarely has he been in his current predicament: There has been so little spring rain, he fears if he plants 225 acres of corn as planned, it quickly will die. A few inches into the sandy soil, there is moisture.
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By Scott Dance | May 8, 2012
The Maryland Department of the Environment on Tuesday extended a drought watch to western Maryland and parts of central Maryland. A drought watch was already in effect for the Eastern Shore since April 13. The drought watch includes all of Harford and Carroll counties and parts of Baltimore and Howard counties, as well as Frederick County and points west. It doesn't include areas that get water service through Baltimore city. MDE issues a drought watch when at least two indicators show developing drought conditions.
BUSINESS
By Gus G. Sentementes, The Baltimore Sun | January 24, 2011
The federal Small Business Administration said Monday it would make loans available to businesses in Carroll and Frederick counties that were affected by last summer's drought. Small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives and nonprofit organizations can apply for loans of up to $2 million, with interest rates ranging from 3 to 4 percent. Farmers were not eligible for the SBA program, but they received support last fall from the USDA Farm Service Agency. Potential applicants to the SBA program can visit the agency's secure website to apply: https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela/.
SPORTS
By Edward Lee, The Baltimore Sun | June 9, 2014
A six-year absence from the NCAA semifinals would usually sound the alarm at Johns Hopkins, where national championships are not a dream but almost an expectation. It's the longest drought in program history and one that has not escaped the notice of coach Dave Pietramala. But rather than hide from the disappointment, Pietramala is meeting it head-on. “That's the goal, and you want to meet your goals,” he said of reaching the Final Four. “We re-established the standard and raised the bar a little bit [by reaching the quarterfinals last month after sitting out the NCAA tournament in 2013]
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By David Horsey | February 11, 2014
The severe drought in California and much of the West is a reminder that civilized life is a paper-thin veneer that overlays the deep upheavals of nature. Humans carry on blithely, holding fast to the illusion that the natural world can be tamed and exploited with no unavoidable consequences, and then we get slammed by a hurricane, a flood, a tornado, a wildfire, a drought or a freezing polar vortex that lets us know how wrong we are. Yet, after each disaster, we forget again -- which is the reason so few of us give any sustained attention to the climate change peril.
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By Edward Lee, The Baltimore Sun | May 18, 2013
Dylan Donahue scored just one goal, but it might have been the most important one of the season for the Syracuse men's lacrosse team. The redshirt freshman attackman converted a feed from senior midfielder JoJo Marasco with 13 seconds left in the fourth quarter to help the top-seeded Orange escape past Yale, 7-6, in an NCAA tournament quarterfinal before an announced 3,939 at Byrd Stadium on Saturday. Syracuse, which has captured more Division I national championships (10) than any other program, improved to 15-3.
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By Scott Dance, The Baltimore Sun | March 1, 2013
The Baltimore area may get one more chance at a significant snowfall next week, but if it fails to materialize, the region could be wrapping up a record two-year snow drought. No back-to-back winters have posted as little snow as last winter and this winter, to date, since 1883. So far this winter, 4.8 inches of snow have fallen at Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport. If that figure stands, it would rank as the No. 11 least-snowy winter in Baltimore on record.
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By Jacob S. Sherkow | February 18, 2013
As the economy continues to flounder, many cities are looking for ways to replicate Silicon Valley's financial success. When seeking to catch the magic of those biggest successes - Apple, Google and Facebook - the word "innovation" gets thrown around frequently. And as intellectual property is taking on a larger and larger role in how companies do business in the Bay Area, many have equated innovation with patents. A recent Sun article about innovation in Baltimore and Maryland focused on just that.
SPORTS
By Todd Karpovich, For The Baltimore Sun | December 19, 2012
The last time Coppin State won a game at the Towson Center, Fang Mitchell was in the seventh year of his 26-year reign as the Eagles head coach and on the way to an undefeated season in conference play and a second NCAA tournament. The Eagles ended the 20-year drought Wednesday night by making some clutch shots in the closing seconds for a 64-61 victory. Coppin State's Michael Murray, who entered the game second in the nation with seven double doubles, finished with 15 points and nine rebounds.
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By Edward Lee | November 17, 2011
Ravens free safety Ed Reed is dealing with an eight-game streak of zero interceptions, but the seven-time Pro Bowler insisted that he has no concerns about this current drought. “No, man. I've been playing ball, being where I'm supposed to be,” Reed said Wednesday. “To be perfectly honest, they haven't thrown my way. That's the game plan that some teams come with. So plays will come. I'm not worried about that. We have a winning record, we've been winning, and if me not making a play [means]
NEWS
By Scott Dance | August 2, 2012
The area of drought covering nearly two-thirds of the country shrunk only slightly as drought intensified in the Midwest and Great Plains, according to the latest weekly update from the U.S. Drought Monitor. Conditions meanwhile worsened in parts of Maryland, but could improve, according to forecasts. Sixty-three percent of the continental U.S. is in at least a moderate drought, down one percentage point from a week ago. In comparison, a year ago, 30 percent of the continental U.S. was in at least a moderate drought.
SPORTS
Sports Digest | October 20, 2012
Soccer D.C. United can end 5-year playoff drought tonight By defeating or tying the Columbus Crew tonight at RFK Stadium, D.C. United would end a five-year Major League Soccer playoff drought. Even with a loss, United would clinch if the Houston Dynamo falls to the Philadelphia Union. A Dynamo tie wouldn't seal the deal for United but would ease some of the pressure entering the finale. What United would like to avoid is a decisive game on the last weekend. The squad closes next Saturday Oct. 27 at playoff-bound Chicago, while New York, Houston and Columbus face noncontending teams.
NEWS
By Scott Dance, The Baltimore Sun | October 12, 2012
Maryland has returned to normal conditions as far as any summer drought is concerned, according to the Maryland Department of the Environment. At least one region of the state has been in a drought watch or warning since March under MDE's drought status indicators, but one drought watch that has lingered on the Eastern Shore has been lifted based on data as of Sept. 30. Stream flow level is still considered below normal east of the Chesapeake Bay, and rainfall is still below-normal in the southern region.
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