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By Scott Dance | April 29, 2012
Weather radios have been the de facto means of weather emergency communication for decades, but the National Weather Service is bringing its warnings into the 21 st Century. Starting in May, the agency will begin texting tornado, flash flood and other warnings to wireless users in the affected county. There is no need to sign up for the alerts, but not all cell phones are capable of receiving them. The alerts will have special tones and vibrations that will be repeated twice, and they will display messages of up to 90 characters.
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By Colin Campbell, The Baltimore Sun | July 15, 2014
A series of severe storms blew through the Baltimore region Monday evening, bringing heavy rain, lightning and strong winds that factored into at least one death, officials say. The storms are expected to last through Tuesday. Natural Resources Police found a 42-year-old woman dead Monday in the water in Anne Arundel County where she had been boating during the storm with a 40-year-old Pasadena man, who is missing, spokeswoman Candy Thomson said. The two left Sunday between 10 a.m. and noon, and their boat was found washed up on the rocks at Sparrows Point, Thomson said.
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By Scott Dance, The Baltimore Sun | August 2, 2012
Policies to change building codes in flood plains and on shorelines, construct offshore wind turbines and manage suburban sprawl could gain political traction, officials hope, as recent extreme weather renews a conversation on climate change in Maryland and nationally. State efforts to adapt to what officials are calling a "new normal" climate took center stage in a U.S. Senate hearing on climate change Wednesday, the first in 21/2 years. The state plans to begin integrating expectations of higher sea levels and more violent weather into government programs and policies by year's end. Such changes are necessary, officials said, as Maryland and the nation endure a hot, dry summer, the latest in what seems like a surge in severe weather.
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By Julie Scharper, The Baltimore Sun | July 12, 2014
A mass of cold air is expected to swoop down from Canada early next week, sparking the potential for strong storms and plunging temperatures to unseasonable lows.  "The ingredients are there for strong to severe thunderstorms," said National Weather Service meteorologist Dan Hofmann.  Sunday and Monday will bring hot, muggy weather, with highs in the low to mid-90s, Hofmann said.  Scattered showers and thunderstorms are possible Sunday afternoon and evening. The mass of cool, dry air will sweep into the region some time between Monday afternoon and Tuesday evening, bringing high winds and the potential for intense storms, he said.  Baltimore's Office of Emergency Management warned residents Saturday to prepare for strong storms.  " Early reports say very severe weather is possible Monday & Tuesday.
FEATURES
September 18, 2012
Generating a solution to power outages With all the crazy weather lately, I'm worried that a big storm or deep freeze could leave us without power for a few days. Even if the worst doesn't happen, I want to be prepared. I know there are different kinds of generators out there — which type is best for a home? Disasters aside, a generator can be handy even for short outages; nobody likes throwing away spoiled milk! You essentially have two choices: an automatic standby model or a portable gasoline generator.
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By Jessica Anderson, The Baltimore Sun | June 4, 2012
Baltimore County residents can now sign up to receive emergency alerts from the county on their cell phones and through email, officials announced Monday. The county's emergency notification system provides information in emergency situations, such as severe weather, incidents involving hazardous materials, and utility outage notifications. The system, which has been operating since 2007, previously allowed the county to send alerts only to residents with Verizon or Comcast land lines.
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By Jessica Anderson, The Baltimore Sun | May 19, 2011
A 16-year-old teen driving a three-wheeler died after striking a tree in Havre de Grace Wednesday night, according to the Harford County Sheriff's Office. Tyler Lee Hickman lost control of the Honda three-wheeler, causing him to hit a pine tree and be thrown from a vehicle, sheriff's deputies said. Deputies arrived shortly before 8 p.m. to the 2400 block of Old Robin Hood Road, where they found Hickman, who had landed in a rocky embankment 10 to 15 feet away from the tree and was suffering from a large laceration to the back of his head.
BUSINESS
By Meredith Cohn, The Baltimore Sun | June 14, 2014
Storms that pummeled the Baltimore region Friday meant headaches for travelers at Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport as flights were cancelled and delayed throughout Friday event. As of this morning, flights at BWI had returned to a normal schedule. Southwest Airlines, the dominant carrier at BWI, reported that about a dozen flights were cancelled, out of 205 scheduled departures. But because most other flights were full, they could not be rebooked Friday.
NEWS
May 6, 2014
No matter who or what is ultimately deemed responsible for last week's dramatic landslide that caused a major portion of East 26 t h Street to collapse onto adjoining CSX tracks, it's clear that unusually heavy rains played a role. The hillside was destabilized, at least in part, by a torrential downpour that brought as much rain in a few days as Baltimore normally sees in the entire month of April. What's worrisome is that this vulnerability - a city's aging infrastructure pitted against unusually severe weather - is likely to become an even greater problem in the future.
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By Scott Dance, The Baltimore Sun | July 4, 2012
Utility crews whittled the number of Baltimore-area power outages below 100,000 Wednesday for the first time since the weekend, but the continuing storm cleanup made for an unusual Fourth of July for the unlucky remainder without electricity making the best of a holiday in the heat. Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. reduced the outages to 67,000 by 7 p.m., from a peak of more than 675,000 after Friday's storms. More severe weather expected Wednesday night could disrupt crews' projects, as well as Independence Day picnics and fireworks shows.
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By Meredith Cohn, The Baltimore Sun | June 14, 2014
Storms that pummeled the Baltimore region Friday meant headaches for travelers at Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport as flights were cancelled and delayed throughout Friday event. As of this morning, flights at BWI had returned to a normal schedule. Southwest Airlines, the dominant carrier at BWI, reported that about a dozen flights were cancelled, out of 205 scheduled departures. But because most other flights were full, they could not be rebooked Friday.
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By Scott Dance, The Baltimore Sun | June 11, 2014
Severe storms were moving south and west of the Baltimore area Wednesday evening, expected to bring threats of hail, damaging winds and isolated tornadoes. A tornado watch has been issued for Allegany, Carroll, Charles, Frederick , Garrett, Howard, Montgomery, Prince George's and Washington, D.C. until 9 p.m. A special weather statement cautions of severe weather in Anne Arundel, Baltimore and Harford counties and Baltimore City. Severe thunderstorm warnings were issued across central and northern Virginia on Wednesday afternoon, and a tornado warning was issued in south central Pennsylvania, north of Cumberland.
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By Scott Dance, The Baltimore Sun | June 4, 2014
Meteorologists are closely watching an expected severe weather outbreak in the Ohio and Tennessee valleys Wednesday to see if it might hold together and bring damaging winds and hail to Maryland. Storms could bring isolated tornadoes and damaging wind gusts and hail across Kentucky, according to the Storm Prediction Center in Norman, Okla. Smaller threats of severe wind and hail extend into Maryland, according to the center's forecasts. Tornado watches were issued Wednesday afternoon from Missouri to West Virginia.
NEWS
May 6, 2014
No matter who or what is ultimately deemed responsible for last week's dramatic landslide that caused a major portion of East 26 t h Street to collapse onto adjoining CSX tracks, it's clear that unusually heavy rains played a role. The hillside was destabilized, at least in part, by a torrential downpour that brought as much rain in a few days as Baltimore normally sees in the entire month of April. What's worrisome is that this vulnerability - a city's aging infrastructure pitted against unusually severe weather - is likely to become an even greater problem in the future.
NEWS
April 1, 2014
Rising sea levels and more severe weather may be the two effects of climate change that have gotten the most press, but as the latest report from the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change makes clear, the impact will be far more widespread and disastrous, and the world remains ill-prepared to deal with that new reality. That's not to downplay what impact coastal flooding and more powerful storms or worsened droughts will have on the world; they are potentially disastrous.
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By Scott Dance, The Baltimore Sun | March 11, 2014
Instead of wintry precipitation, Maryland could see severe storms Wednesday as a potent weather system moves across the country. Storms were expected to develop as a strong cold front moves across the country, meeting relatively mild and moist air building over the region Tuesday and early Wednesday. Highs could reach the upper 60s by late Wednesday afternoon before the front moves through. A chance of storms was expected between midday and early evening, according to the National Weather Service.
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By Scott Dance | April 17, 2012
Destructive and devastating tornadoes have grabbed the weather headlines so far this year, with the 416 tornadoes observed through April 9 about one-fourth more than normal. But does the apparent spike in severe weather, also including hail and damaging thunderstorms, mean added risk for Maryland? Not according to the National Weather Service and AccuWeather.com severe weather blogger and meteorologist Henry Margusity. Granted, last week Maryland marked "Severe Storms Awareness Week" to get residents mindful of severe storm preparation.
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By Scott Dance | May 14, 2012
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration earlier this month launched a more accurate weather forecast model it says improves predictions of quickly developing severe weather, and it was developed in part in Maryland.  The model is called “Rapid Refresh” and was developed at NOAA centers in Camp Springs and Boulder, Colo. Like its predecessor, it will adjust forecasts hourly based on changing conditions, but it will use a more advanced weather prediction model that has shown to more accurately pinpoint areas of severe weather.
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AEGIS STAFF REPORT | August 26, 2013
This year's hurricane season is expected to be busier than ever and Harford emergency managers are urging residents to be prepared. While Harford was spared from much of the wrath of Superstorm Sandy, images of it and the damage it caused are still fresh in people's minds. Six to nine hurricanes are predicted during the peak hurricane season, which runs from mid-August through mid-October, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). "Hurricane season is upon us," Harford County Emergency Manager Rick Ayers said in a press release.
NEWS
By Scott Dance, The Baltimore Sun | June 26, 2013
The heat is expected to ratchet up further in Baltimore on Wednesday, with highs in the upper 90s and the heat index reaching around 100 degrees, according to the National Weather Service. Overnight lows dropped into the upper 60s after storms passed through Tuesday night, cooler than the upper 70s that had been predicted. Sunshine through partly cloudy skies was forecast to bring temperatures above 90 degrees by midday. Dew points were expected in the upper 60s, making the air feel thick and moist and bringing the heat index to 100 degrees or higher in the afternoon.
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