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By Douglas Birch and Douglas Birch,Sun Staff Writer | July 29, 1994
A swarm of tornadoes that raked the Chesapeake Bay region Wednesday, some as strong as the strongest twisters ever to hit Maryland, sprang from a weather pat tern more typical of the Midwest's infamous "Tornado Alley" in May than of the Tidewater in July.Meteorologists said yesterday that a mass of cool, dry air setting low-temperature records in the Midwest stalled in the eastern foothills of the Appalachians and clashed with warm, moist marine air along the Eastern Seaboard.This volatile brew, brought to a boil by the heat of a July afternoon, produced a complex of unusually strong thunderstorms.
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By Scott Dance, The Baltimore Sun | May 22, 2013
Forecasters no longer expect to issue a severe thunderstorm watch, but strong storms are possible late Wednesday for an area along and west of Interstate 95, according to the Storm Prediction Center. Damaging winds and large hail are possible in an area stretching from Virginia's Blue Ridge Mountains to Central Pennsylvania, including Carroll County and parts of Howard and Baltimore counties. The center had expected about a 40 percent likelihood of a severe storm watch, which would mean conditions could be ripe for such storms, but has since removed that area of concern from its forecast maps.
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By Chris Kridler and Chris Kridler,SUN STAFF | March 22, 1998
It's a May evening in the Texas panhandle, and daylight is running out. To the north, a towering storm cloud sprouts up and over our heads, hung with the little pockets of water vapor called mammatus, the hallmark of a violent storm. But that storm isn't the one we're after. We're after the tornado.We're storm-chasing, and this, although we don't know it, is the best chance we'll have in a two-week tour to see a twister. Brilliant bolts of lightning are hitting nearby as our leaders jabber excitedly over the CBs, trying to figure out which storm to chase.
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By Scott Dance, The Baltimore Sun | May 21, 2013
What causes tornadoes? In Tornado Alley, where a tornado killed at least 24 people in Moore, Okla., Monday, the disasters are relatively frequent when moist air from the Gulf of Mexico meets dry, cool air from the Rocky Mountains. Instability caused by such differences in air temperatures fuels even common thunderstorms. But in the case of the Moore tornado, the severity was increased because of a particularly strong blast of cool air from the jet stream mixing with warm Gulf air that built up over the weekend, explained AccuWeather.com's Henry Margusity . The moist air moves in low to the ground, without any geographic obstructions over the flat Midwest.
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By ROBIN RAUZI and ROBIN RAUZI,LOS ANGELES TIMES | June 4, 2006
NEWELL, S.D. -- The first time we leave the van for anything other than gas, food or sleep is in a field in western South Dakota. We are maybe 100 miles from the geographic center of the United States, which looks and feels a lot like the middle of nowhere. F We've been cooped up so long that simply getting out to look at the sky is like arriving at Disneyland. The horizon is dark, except for one hole, through which pink light seeps. Five or six miles off is a yellow curtain that is probably hail.
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By Mary Corey and Mary Corey,Staff Writer | June 16, 1993
Paradox. Club Orpheus. 14Karat Cabaret.Don't look for these in the Fodor's guide to Baltimore. If you want the lowdown on the city's coolest hip-hop hangout, techno haunt and drag queen den, turn instead to the July issue of Details magazine.There you'll find 23 glossy pages featuring "the 300 best nights out in America" -- six of which can be found right here in Maryland.Local couch potatoes may experience culture shock after reading that the state is home to a disco that doubles as the Miss Gay Maryland Pageant site (The Hippo)
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By Scott Dance, The Baltimore Sun | September 26, 2012
Tornado activity across the country is running well below normal so far this year, with the spring and summer severe weather seasons behind us. But in Maryland -- a "top tornado state" according to one list -- the year has been normal, if not above-average. There have been 757 tornadoes across the country, according to a preliminary tally by NOAA's Storm Prediction Center. That is about 400 tornadoes behind what would be expected at this point in a normal year. The annual average number of tornadoes across the country is about 1,300, though there were about 1,700 in 2011.
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By Scott Dance, The Baltimore Sun | May 21, 2013
What causes tornadoes? In Tornado Alley, where a tornado killed at least 24 people in Moore, Okla., Monday, the disasters are relatively frequent when moist air from the Gulf of Mexico meets dry, cool air from the Rocky Mountains. Instability caused by such differences in air temperatures fuels even common thunderstorms. But in the case of the Moore tornado, the severity was increased because of a particularly strong blast of cool air from the jet stream mixing with warm Gulf air that built up over the weekend, explained AccuWeather.com's Henry Margusity . The moist air moves in low to the ground, without any geographic obstructions over the flat Midwest.
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By Scott Dance, The Baltimore Sun | May 22, 2013
Forecasters no longer expect to issue a severe thunderstorm watch, but strong storms are possible late Wednesday for an area along and west of Interstate 95, according to the Storm Prediction Center. Damaging winds and large hail are possible in an area stretching from Virginia's Blue Ridge Mountains to Central Pennsylvania, including Carroll County and parts of Howard and Baltimore counties. The center had expected about a 40 percent likelihood of a severe storm watch, which would mean conditions could be ripe for such storms, but has since removed that area of concern from its forecast maps.
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By Stephanie Shapiro and Stephanie Shapiro,SUN STAFF | November 28, 1995
It stalks America's prairie land, a whirling menace hell-bent on destruction. Dad tracks the monster's approach with the camcorder while his wife and kids quake in the closet. It's worth it. If the family survives, they'll pitch their souvenir home horror video to the Weather Channel.In five years, the proliferation of video cameras, bad weather and storm chasers has formed an increasingly popular low-pressure and low-budget phenomenon: the tornado movie.Today, anyone in Kansas can make "The Wizard of Oz" if they're in the right place at the right time.
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By Scott Dance, The Baltimore Sun | September 26, 2012
Tornado activity across the country is running well below normal so far this year, with the spring and summer severe weather seasons behind us. But in Maryland -- a "top tornado state" according to one list -- the year has been normal, if not above-average. There have been 757 tornadoes across the country, according to a preliminary tally by NOAA's Storm Prediction Center. That is about 400 tornadoes behind what would be expected at this point in a normal year. The annual average number of tornadoes across the country is about 1,300, though there were about 1,700 in 2011.
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By ROBIN RAUZI and ROBIN RAUZI,LOS ANGELES TIMES | June 4, 2006
NEWELL, S.D. -- The first time we leave the van for anything other than gas, food or sleep is in a field in western South Dakota. We are maybe 100 miles from the geographic center of the United States, which looks and feels a lot like the middle of nowhere. F We've been cooped up so long that simply getting out to look at the sky is like arriving at Disneyland. The horizon is dark, except for one hole, through which pink light seeps. Five or six miles off is a yellow curtain that is probably hail.
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By Frank D. Roylance and Frank D. Roylance,SUN STAFF | May 5, 1999
The devastating outbreak of tornadoes that raked Oklahoma and Kansas on Monday night is expected to rank among the worst in history.One monstrous Oklahoma twister -- among the 76 in one unofficial count -- was up to a mile wide. It churned across some of the state's most densely populated communities for four hours.But despite dramatic TV images, meteorologists say there is no evidence that such deadly outbreaks are becoming more severe or more frequent as a result of global warming or some other factor unique to our times.
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By Chris Kridler and Chris Kridler,SUN STAFF | March 22, 1998
It's a May evening in the Texas panhandle, and daylight is running out. To the north, a towering storm cloud sprouts up and over our heads, hung with the little pockets of water vapor called mammatus, the hallmark of a violent storm. But that storm isn't the one we're after. We're after the tornado.We're storm-chasing, and this, although we don't know it, is the best chance we'll have in a two-week tour to see a twister. Brilliant bolts of lightning are hitting nearby as our leaders jabber excitedly over the CBs, trying to figure out which storm to chase.
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By Stephanie Shapiro and Stephanie Shapiro,SUN STAFF | November 28, 1995
It stalks America's prairie land, a whirling menace hell-bent on destruction. Dad tracks the monster's approach with the camcorder while his wife and kids quake in the closet. It's worth it. If the family survives, they'll pitch their souvenir home horror video to the Weather Channel.In five years, the proliferation of video cameras, bad weather and storm chasers has formed an increasingly popular low-pressure and low-budget phenomenon: the tornado movie.Today, anyone in Kansas can make "The Wizard of Oz" if they're in the right place at the right time.
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By Douglas Birch and Douglas Birch,Sun Staff Writer | July 29, 1994
A swarm of tornadoes that raked the Chesapeake Bay region Wednesday, some as strong as the strongest twisters ever to hit Maryland, sprang from a weather pat tern more typical of the Midwest's infamous "Tornado Alley" in May than of the Tidewater in July.Meteorologists said yesterday that a mass of cool, dry air setting low-temperature records in the Midwest stalled in the eastern foothills of the Appalachians and clashed with warm, moist marine air along the Eastern Seaboard.This volatile brew, brought to a boil by the heat of a July afternoon, produced a complex of unusually strong thunderstorms.
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By Frank D. Roylance and Frank D. Roylance,SUN STAFF | May 5, 1999
The devastating outbreak of tornadoes that raked Oklahoma and Kansas on Monday night is expected to rank among the worst in history.One monstrous Oklahoma twister -- among the 76 in one unofficial count -- was up to a mile wide. It churned across some of the state's most densely populated communities for four hours.But despite dramatic TV images, meteorologists say there is no evidence that such deadly outbreaks are becoming more severe or more frequent as a result of global warming or some other factor unique to our times.
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By FRANK ROYLANCE and FRANK ROYLANCE,Sun Reporter -- Weather Blogger | June 24, 2007
The June 13 tornado near Butler in northern Baltimore County stirred Barry Brown of Sparks to write: "Has anyone other than myself realized that this problem is exacerbated by urban/suburban sprawl? It seems because of over-development of this area, that `tornado alley' is moving north." I don't buy it, Barry. If sprawl triggered tornadoes, we'd see far more in New Jersey than in Kansas. But as more people move to, and build in, the Hereford zone, we do have more people to witness funnel clouds and sustain wind damage.
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By Mary Corey and Mary Corey,Staff Writer | June 16, 1993
Paradox. Club Orpheus. 14Karat Cabaret.Don't look for these in the Fodor's guide to Baltimore. If you want the lowdown on the city's coolest hip-hop hangout, techno haunt and drag queen den, turn instead to the July issue of Details magazine.There you'll find 23 glossy pages featuring "the 300 best nights out in America" -- six of which can be found right here in Maryland.Local couch potatoes may experience culture shock after reading that the state is home to a disco that doubles as the Miss Gay Maryland Pageant site (The Hippo)
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