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By Joanne E. Morvay and Joanne E. Morvay,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | March 18, 2001
Imagine never having to shovel snow again. Never having to drag out the snow blower. Never having to depend on the neighborhood kids to clear your walk. And never, ever having to worry about slipping on that "invisible" patch of ice that brings you down every time you go out to get the mail during the winter. No, we're not moving you to Florida. We're talking about one of the newest trends in snow removal, ThermaProducts Inc.'s "portable snow and ice elimination systems." We have to warn you, this kind of convenience comes with a price.
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By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | March 7, 2014
For Rick Farrell, all this winter's snow and ice have meant about $1 million in contract work with the city of Baltimore — the welcome return on an investment inspired by 2010's "Snowmaggedon. " Farrell, of Ellicott City, incorporated his commercial power-washing business, Columbia-based Corporate Maintenance Group, in 2004, focusing on shopping centers and parking garages and eventually providing sweeping and other services for the same facilities. Then the "hellacious back-to-back snow storms" of 2010 hit, and the company took a chance, he said — renting every plow and salt-spreader it could get its hands on, installing them on its trucks and picking up work.
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January 9, 1994
A snow and ice storm caused the postponement of Navy's basketball game at Army yesterday. The game was tentatively rescheduled for Feb. 28.
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Susan Reimer | March 5, 2014
My husband the philosopher/sportswriter does not believe there is bad weather or good weather. There is just weather, he says, usually with a shrug. The temperature and precipitation are neither evil nor a blessing, neither brutal nor refreshing. They are just there . He will comment on the weather, acknowledging that it is hot outside or cold. And he will warn me about the weather - watch out for ice patches on the roads; take a break from the heat. But he doesn't judge it or curse it or praise it. He simply exists in it. I wish I had his equilibrium.
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By FRANK ROYLANCE and FRANK ROYLANCE,frank.roylance@baltsun.com | January 24, 2009
Will Baltimore ever get a decent snowfall? Some forecasters believe they're seeing a shift in continental weather patterns that could send more storms our way, starting next week. We'll be sandwiched between cold air to the north and moist air to the south. Storms tracking eastward along the boundary will throw the wet air into the cold, making snow and ice. Kids! Pajamas inside-out!
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By Dan Berger | January 6, 1999
There's a sure way to speed up the impeachment trial. Omit the defense.Actual snow and ice are not required to paralyze Bawlamer and Washington. The very thought suffices.Delaware has its own quarter. It always was a two-bit state.Madeleine told Peter the O's may play in Havana, but somebody better check it out with Fidel.Pub Date: 1/06/99
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January 2, 1996
The Hampstead town code requires property owners to shovel their sidewalks free of snow and ice within six hours of a snowfall.If that is not possible, sidewalks must be cleared by 10 a.m. the next day.Town officials ask that property owners be considerate of others by clearing sidewalks as promptly as possible.Information: 234-7408.
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December 6, 2000
Do you know? Does the arctic fox shiver? Answer: The fox is very comfortable in the cold and only starts shivering at minus 70 degrees Celsius. Learn more! Visit the arctic foxes at The Baltimore Zoo. Read "Ice Bear and Little Fox" by Jonathan London. WILD FACTS 1. Artic Foxes have small ears to reduce heat loss. 2. Another heat saver? The arctic fos has warm, furry feet in winter. Furry feet also help the fox to keep from slipping on snow and ice. THE BALTIMORE ZOO
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February 18, 1993
Snow and ice toppled from the roof of a school bus and shattered the windshield of a trailing car, spraying the car's driver with glass about 11 a.m. yesterday.Lois Ann Witty, 38, 1200 block of Guadelupe Drive near Westminster, told Tfc. Richard Wolfe she was behind the bus southbound on Route 27 near Hampstead Mexico Roadwhen the snow and ice flipped into the air and crashed on the windshield and hood of her car.The impact caused the windshield to shatter and pop out of its frame.The Westminster medic unit was dispatched to the accident and treated Ms. Witty for minor cuts on her face and hands, but she refused hospital treatment.
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January 20, 1994
Snow, sleet, freezing rain and frigid temperatures have made driving on Carroll's roads as exciting as a ride on a roller coaster and as nightmarish as an evening with the Joker. Even though Monday's storm is a now a memory, its legacy of ice-encrusted roads and sidewalks remain. These thick patches of ice refuse to disappear. Warmed by the radiant heat of the sun, compacted snow and ice liquefy during the day and freeze solid at night.To remove the snow and ice from the roads, county and town governments have crews plowing and spreading thousands of tons of salt on the roads.
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Editorial from The Aegis | March 4, 2014
When discussions turn to the government, they usually relate to a cast of elected officials ranging from town council member to president of the United States. Invariably, everyone with a knowledge of the comings and goings of these people who have been elected to office has a view of government that is deeply colored by impressions left by the people entrusted by the voters - reasonable or otherwise - to be at the top of the managerial pyramid. Meanwhile, there's a government that operates where the rubber meets the road, and this harsh winter has left some of those public servants with few opportunities to take a breath.
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EDITORIAL FROM THE AEGIS | March 12, 2013
Football season's over and baseball spring training games often don't rise to the level being topic for casual conversation, so last week's big snow that wasn't quickly became fodder for plenty of commentary at many levels. A major target when stormy weather hits is the leadership of the local public school system, which made the call before 6 a.m. to close schools last Wednesday, thus keeping buses packed with children off potentially dangerous roads. It was an understandable call.
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By Edward Lee, The Baltimore Sun | March 4, 2013
The annual game between UMBC and Maryland will go as planned despite models calling for the possibility of more than five inches of snow for the Baltimore-Washington area. The Retrievers are scheduled to travel to College Park and face the top-ranked Terps on Wednesday at 5 p.m. at Byrd Stadium. “Our plan is to play as scheduled,” a Maryland spokesman said in a text message Monday afternoon. “Our facilities and grounds staffs are monitoring the situation and are preparing to play as scheduled.” The winter storm projected to strike as early as Tuesday night has already changed another game involving state rivals.
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By Arin Gencer | March 2, 2009
State road crews prepared for a late-season storm that began with wet flakes about 7:30 p.m. yesterday. Forecasters were predicting the storm could hit Maryland with anything from a few inches to a foot of snow. Predictions of heavier accumulations east of Baltimore led Anne Arundel County officials to announce last night that public schools would be closed today. More than 2,700 personnel and 324,000 tons of salt are "on the ready" for the storm, Gov. Martin O'Malley said, as are more than 2,400 pieces of equipment from the State Highway Administration and Maryland Transportation Authority.
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By FRANK ROYLANCE and FRANK ROYLANCE,frank.roylance@baltsun.com | January 24, 2009
Will Baltimore ever get a decent snowfall? Some forecasters believe they're seeing a shift in continental weather patterns that could send more storms our way, starting next week. We'll be sandwiched between cold air to the north and moist air to the south. Storms tracking eastward along the boundary will throw the wet air into the cold, making snow and ice. Kids! Pajamas inside-out!
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By GARRISON KEILLOR | March 28, 2008
Here we are, ignorant peasants in our mud huts at the base of the volcano of finance, begging the gods to spare us as the ground shakes beneath our feet and economists examine the entrails of pigeons and the shamans of the Federal Reserve fling handfuls of sacred powder into the steaming crater. We live with a system rejiggered by Republicans - freedom from regulation, but when the manure hits the ventilator, the Feds step in with a few hundred billion to rescue the players - and nobody can tell us ignorant savages how rough the upheaval might be. Nobody knows.
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BY A SUN STAFF WRITER | December 27, 1999
Snow emergency plans were put into effect yesterday in Allegany and Garrett counties, where snow and ice caused minor traffic accidents and forced the closing of Interstate 68 temporarily.Up to 2 inches of snow was forecast for the region, but state police said icy conditions caused problems last night, forcing the closing of I-68 for about a half-hour."We have had a lot of minor accidents but nothing major," said Cpl. Jim Pyles of the Cumberland barracks in Allegany County. He said snow started to fall about 8 p.m.Flurries fell throughout Central Maryland, including Baltimore, where today's forecast calls for partly sunny skies with highs in the low to mid-30s.
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By Stephen Henderson and Stephen Henderson,SUN STAFF | January 20, 1999
The next time snow and ice make for a slippery commute in the Baltimore area, city schools chief Robert Booker says he will have more people observing weather conditions, consider delayed school openings and communicate better with parents and students through the system's cable channel.At a public forum last night in the Hamilton Middle School gym attended by 200 parents and school staff members, Booker admitted that he "made a mistake" Thursday when he opened schools after snow, ice and freezing rain had closed every other metropolitan area school system.
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By Frank D. Roylance and Frank D. Roylance,sun reporter | February 22, 2008
Marylanders faced the grim prospect of an ice storm today, with sleet and freezing rain predicted to fall throughout the day on top of a few inches of overnight snow. It's the latest in a series of small but troublesome storms this season that have vexed the forecasters assigned to pinpoint when and where the precipitation will fall - and how much - in all its forms. "These storms are fun to forecast, but also very stressful to forecast," said Marisa Ferger of the Pennsylvania State University Weather Communications Group in State College.
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By Nicole Fuller and Nicole Fuller,sun reporter | February 15, 2007
It only takes a little bit of snow and ice in Baltimore to produce a big mess. Just 1.3 inches of snow and a half-inch of ice fell yesterday at Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport in the worst winter storm to hit Central Maryland this year, according to the National Weather Service. But the aftermath - including power outages, school closings, flight cancellations and delays, and the inevitable fender-benders - told the real story. About 90,000 homes and businesses served by Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. in the Baltimore metropolitan area lost electricity - more than 65,000 of them in Anne Arundel County, and mostly because of snow and ice-laden tree branches falling on power lines, said company spokeswoman Linda Foy. More outages were expected as forecasters predicted wind gusts up to 40 mph overnight.
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