February 1, 2009
Wes Orem in Catonsville asked for "the temperatures and number of days in January 1977 that were below freezing, which caused the Chesapeake Bay to freeze." Icebreakers moved the shipping, but that month is still the coldest January on record for Baltimore. Eighteen days failed to reach 32 degrees. Twenty-four days had lows below 20. Five nights reached single digits, and Jan. 17 sank to minus-2. Brrrr!
February 11, 2007
FLOATING RESORTS. YOU CAN KEEP THEM. You know the kind of cruises I mean: tropical cocktails, gift-shop islands, sun-and-deck chair afternoons. When I'm at sea, I want adventure. Cresting waves, puffs of wind, the works. This is why I find myself onboard a Russian icebreaker that is hardened to cut through icebergs and glaciers and is churning north. Next stop: the Arctic Circle and the coast of Greenland. Polar bears will be there, I hope, and maybe some whales and snowy owls. If we make it, I will down a shot of Smirnoff with the crew, not a pina colada.
October 4, 2002
Downtown Baltimore's first car dealership in decades, planned for the ground floor of a high-profile parking garage at Pratt and President streets, won't be your typical auto showroom. Anyone walking on the south side of Pratt will be able to peer through the tinted windows and watch the mechanics at work, in much the same way diners at some trendy restaurants can observe chefs in action. If that's not catchy enough, Antwerpen Automotive Group plans to stock more than the latest Volkswagens.
June 27, 2002
ST. PETERSBURG, Russia - Trapped aboard a cargo ship in the howling depths of an Antarctic winter, scores of Russian scientists and technicians saw hopes of a quick rescue vanish yesterday. "Of course I am worried," said Vyacheslav Martyanov, leader of the scientists on the Magdalena Oldendorff, in an interview over a satellite telephone. "Because the distance is long, the daylight is short and the weather is bad." The ship lies snug against a 13-story wall of ice in a bay off the Antarctic coast, waiting as efforts to reach it falter.
July 6, 2001
The Orioles' in-house home run race picked up speed yesterday when Chris Richard came off the disabled list after a 15-day absence from the lineup. Richard hadn't played since June 19 because of swelling in his right knee that resulted from running into the center-field fence. He had fluid drained from the knee on Monday before testing it with some pain-free sprints in the outfield that eased any concerns over his availability this week. To make room for Richard on the active roster, the Orioles optioned rookie outfielder Larry Bigbie to Double-A Bowie after five starts, the last coming against five-time Cy Young winner Roger Clemens during Wednesday's loss to the New York Yankees.
March 22, 2000
At 420 feet long and 16,000 tons, the Coast Guard cutter Healy has the power to ram through Arctic ice 4 1/2 feet thick at a speed of 3 knots. It also has 4,200 feet of lab space for scientific study. This combination of strength and technology makes the Healy the Coast Guard's premier icebreaker, one of three in its class. "The Healy is a state-of-the-art, world-class ocean vessel," said Commander George DuPree, chief of the Coast Guard's ice-breaking division, a passenger on the Healy, which docked last night at Pier 4 at North Locust Point Marine Terminal.