March 6, 2012
Your weather forecast is about to get more accurate. The Sterling, Va., office of the National Weather Service (which covers the Baltimore area) in late February received equipment that uses what is known as dual-polarization technology. What that means is the office has upgraded from two-dimensional to three-dimensional radar that sweeps the skies on both a vertical and horizontal plane, giving it a clearer picture of rain, snow or hail before it reaches the ground. That means better estimates of rainfall rates, hail presence and size, and the location of the line between rain and snow.
September 9, 2010
When Paul Azinger took the job as U.S. Ryder Cup captain four years ago, he did so only after wrangling an overhaul of the roster process that doubled his wild-card picks and set a later selection date. Azinger wanted the hottest players going to Valhalla, suggesting he would even take a Nationwide Tour guy if he scored back-to-back wins right before selection day. That never came into play, but the philosophy paid off when Azinger's team of upstarts ended Europe's streak of three wins.
February 17, 2013
Baltimore transportation officials have set high expectations for the city's new speed cameras, telling state lawmakers the devices won't be susceptible to errors that plagued the system over the past three years. "We won't have this problem moving forward," said Barbara Zektick, acting deputy transportation director, at a recent briefing for the city's legislative delegation. "The new cameras have tracking radar," said Frank Murphy, the agency's acting director. But radar experts say tracking radar isn't necessarily the cure-all it might seem.
December 29, 2011
Based on a 2011 campaign of a career-high 13 sacks, six forced fumbles and two interceptions, Terrell Suggs has been regarded as one of the top candidates to be named the NFL Defensive Player of the Year. But the Ravens outside linebacker said that achievement is the last thing he is worrying about. “I just ask myself how many Defensive Players of the Year - with the exception of [Green Bay Packers cornerback] Charles Woodson - have Super Bowl rings,” Suggs said Wednesday.
March 8, 2013
When a program captured five national championships - most recently in 2011 - it's almost impossible to be ignored. But that's how Virginia has been feeling this season. Despite a 5-1 record, the No. 13 Cavaliers have been coasting through February and March without much media scrutiny or fanfare. And that doesn't bother coach Dom Starsia one bit. “This is a year in which we're better served to be able to work on ourselves for a while before we step out,” he said Friday morning.
June 24, 1993
The local Westinghouse Electronic Systems Group announced the sale of its first wind shear detection radar to a commercial airline yesterday.Miami-based cargo carrier Arrow Air and parent International Air Leases Inc. have ordered 20 MR-3000 radar systems from the Westinghouse unit based in Linthicum, with an option for 100 more.Arrow President Richard Haberly said the units cost about $100,000 each, and the full order would likely exceed $10 million. He said the radar warns pilots when they are flying into wind shear conditions in time to change their course.