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By Scott Dance | March 13, 2012
If this week's weather is any indication, spring may be here for good a bit earlier than normal. Normal highs are about 53 degrees this time of year. The best chance for setting a new record comes Thursday, when the current record is 82 degrees, set in 1990. A record for the highest daily low is more within reach, with records of 54 degrees and 56 degrees Wednesday and Thursday. Thursday morning is forecast to start out at 53 degrees, while Wednesday could be a bit colder with a 48-degree low. A record could be close.
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By Scott Dance, The Baltimore Sun | April 18, 2014
Mostly cloudy skies, light breezes and highs in the upper 50s are forecast Friday before a sunny and warm weekend. A frost advisory was in effect west of Interstate 95 Friday morning, with lows expected in the mid-30s. Clouds are expected to thin out by midday Saturday, with highs in the upper 60s, followed by lows in the upper 40s. Sunny skies and highs in the mid-60s are forecast for Easter Sunday, with overnight lows in the lower 40s into Monday. Temperatures are expected to surge back into the 70s next week, with cloudy skies Monday and a chance for rain Tuesday.
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By Scott Dance | March 17, 2012
Farmers and backyard gardeners may be tempted to plant early this year. But it's risky, said one agriculture expert. The mild winter and early spring weather has flowers and trees in bloom several weeks earlier than usual. But even if soil has warmed, there is still too high a risk of frost or cold rain, said Robert Kratochvil of the University of Maryland Extension . Crops like wheat and barley that have gone further in their reproductive cycle because of the warm weather could especially be at risk, he said.
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By Scott Dance, The Baltimore Sun | April 11, 2014
As temperatures rise consistently into the 60s and 70s, spring blooms are bursting around the region -- elevating levels of tree and grass pollen. Tree pollen -- including cedar, maple, elm, poplar, beech, sycamore, willow and oak -- surged to high levels of concentration Friday, according to readings taken by allergists Drs. Golden & Matz LLC . The tree pollen count hit 620, a measure of the number of pollen spores per cubic meter. Grass pollen reached a count of 7 and weeds reached 16, both in the moderate range.
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By Scott Dance | March 8, 2012
We topped 70 degrees on this springlike day, with highs of 73 degrees at the Sun weather station and 72 at BWI Airport. (Does it even make sense to say "springlike" at this point? The season seems to have all but arrived.) Thursday morning picked up where Wednesday left off, starting from an overnight low of just 54 at BWI Airport and 55 at the Sun weather station downtown. Normal lows this time of year are about freezing, with highs expected around 50. But clouds and gusty winds were expected to move into the area by the afternoon.
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By Scott Dance, The Baltimore Sun | September 30, 2013
The calendar says fall is here, but temperatures are forecast to bounce back closer to the norm for late August than for early October this week. Highs are forecast in the lower 80s through the week, with lows around 60 degrees. By this time of year, it's more common to see highs in the upper 60s, with average lows dropping into the 40s. Dew points are forecast in the 50s up into the lower 60s, meaning humidity will be well below August's oppressive levels, but the air won't be quite as crisp as it has been in recent weeks.
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By Scott Dance, The Baltimore Sun | April 11, 2014
As temperatures rise consistently into the 60s and 70s, spring blooms are bursting around the region -- elevating levels of tree and grass pollen. Tree pollen -- including cedar, maple, elm, poplar, beech, sycamore, willow and oak -- surged to high levels of concentration Friday, according to readings taken by allergists Drs. Golden & Matz LLC . The tree pollen count hit 620, a measure of the number of pollen spores per cubic meter. Grass pollen reached a count of 7 and weeds reached 16, both in the moderate range.
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By Scott Dance, The Baltimore Sun | January 2, 2013
What weather will 2013 bring in Maryland? It's impossible to know, but that doesn't stop forecasters from making (educated) guesses. The Climate Prediction Center in College Park is forecasting long-term trends that suggest another warmer-than-normal year for the mid-Atlantic. The center expects equal chances of a warm, normal or cold winter, but after that, predictions skew warm. At least a 40 percent chance of above-average temperatures is forecast for most of the continental U.S. in the spring . The same goes for summer 2013 , and, for Maryland and a smaller share of the nation, in the fall months . In 2012, all months but November were warmer than average at BWI Marshall Airport, ranking the year among the top five warmest on record in Baltimore.
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By Scott Dance, The Baltimore Sun | October 4, 2013
Highs are forecast to reach the upper 80s today in the Baltimore area, a fourth consecutive day above 80 degrees. Mostly cloudy skies are forecast throughout the day. Lows were expected to struggle to drop into the 60s downtown overnight, falling to the lower 60s in the suburbs. Normal lows this time of year are in the upper 40s, with highs in the upper 60s. Today's date is fall's earliest on which a sub-freezing temperature was recorded in Baltimore. Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport reached 31 degrees Oct. 4, 1974.
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January 13, 2014
Harford County Public Library collected handmade hats and scarves during December to donate to local Faith Communities and Civic Agencies United (FCCAU) shelters before the holidays. More than 500 donations poured in from library staff, customers, knitting groups and local crafting groups. Shelter clients received the items wrapped in gift bags during the week of Christmas.
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By Susan Reimer, The Baltimore Sun | March 12, 2014
If you were hoping that this winter's freezing temperatures had sent the hated stink bugs packing, you are out of luck. Turns out, they have the good sense to come in from the cold. "I would be nice to think that winter killed them," said Stanton Gill of the University of Maryland Extension, where he specializes in integrated pest management. "But I doubt it. They are good at finding places to hunker down. " While one researcher recently found that nearly 98 percent of brown marmorated stink bugs died in the cold outside his lab, other experts expect to find no more than a 50 percent death rate over the winter.
NEWS
January 13, 2014
Harford County Public Library collected handmade hats and scarves during December to donate to local Faith Communities and Civic Agencies United (FCCAU) shelters before the holidays. More than 500 donations poured in from library staff, customers, knitting groups and local crafting groups. Shelter clients received the items wrapped in gift bags during the week of Christmas.
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By Mike Giuliano | January 9, 2014
You can visit Spain without crossing the county line, courtesy of the Howard County Concert Orchestra's "Spanish New Year's Celebration" on Sunday, Jan. 12, at 4 p.m., at St. John's Episcopal Church in Ellicott City. As with a Viennese New Year's-themed concert that the orchestra did in the past, this Spanish New Year's concert deliberately occurs well into January. Howard County Concert Orchestra music director Ronald Mutchnik explained, "It's not so much that it's specifically about New Years so much as thinking that as we head into the middle of winter why not extend the New Year's festivities into the new year.
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By Mary Carole McCauley, The Baltimore Sun | October 26, 2013
To find out what she needed to discover about the life-changing matters that her parents didn't discuss, Isabel Wilkerson interviewed 1,200 people over 18 months. She re-created one man's harrowing 1,500-mile car trip from Louisiana to California. She picked cotton by hand. She visited quilting clubs, senior centers and hospitals, took bus trips and attended funerals. She scoured census data and tracked down 75-year-old research reports. It took her 15 years to finish "The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America's Great Migration," which picked up the National Book Critics Circle award for nonfiction.
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By Scott Dance, The Baltimore Sun | October 4, 2013
Highs are forecast to reach the upper 80s today in the Baltimore area, a fourth consecutive day above 80 degrees. Mostly cloudy skies are forecast throughout the day. Lows were expected to struggle to drop into the 60s downtown overnight, falling to the lower 60s in the suburbs. Normal lows this time of year are in the upper 40s, with highs in the upper 60s. Today's date is fall's earliest on which a sub-freezing temperature was recorded in Baltimore. Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport reached 31 degrees Oct. 4, 1974.
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By Scott Dance, The Baltimore Sun | September 30, 2013
The calendar says fall is here, but temperatures are forecast to bounce back closer to the norm for late August than for early October this week. Highs are forecast in the lower 80s through the week, with lows around 60 degrees. By this time of year, it's more common to see highs in the upper 60s, with average lows dropping into the 40s. Dew points are forecast in the 50s up into the lower 60s, meaning humidity will be well below August's oppressive levels, but the air won't be quite as crisp as it has been in recent weeks.
ENTERTAINMENT
By J. Wynn Rousuck | August 20, 1998
"The Fever of Warmth and Darkness," the final play in this year's Baltimore Playwrights Festival, opens tonight at Fell's Point Corner Theatre's upstairs Sokal Theatre.Written and directed by and starring Tim Marks, the play focuses on "an amoral man who is unable to resist the lure of a new seduction," according to the playwright, who also describes it as "the most uncomfortable play I have written." It is being produced by Uncommon Voices Theatre Company, a new local company that sprang up, in part, out of a strong belief in this play.
NEWS
By TRB | January 10, 1991
FROM A PROFILE of A.S. Byatt, author of the best-selling British novel, ''Possession'', on the Wall Street Journal Leisure & Arts page several weeks ago:''Ms. Byatt . . . says her editors at Random House insisted she make her main character . . . a sexier guy. So early in the novel, British readers learn 'Roland was a small man, with soft startling black hair and small regular features.' American readers get several additional sentences, mentioning, among other things, 'Roland's smile of amused friendliness and pleasure,' which often 'aroused feelings of warmth, and sometimes more, in many women.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Tim Smith, The Baltimore Sun | September 17, 2013
If we can believe the story -- and, really, what stories about thisĀ  megalomaniacal guy can't we believe? -- Wagner called "Tristan und Isolde" a "wonder," and declared: "I shall never be able to understand how I could have written anything like it. " There's still something dismaying about this transcendent fusion of music and drama, propelled by revolutionary harmony, heated by a rare, poetic urgency. There's something a little dismaying, too, about Washington National Opera's season-opening production of "Tristan," one of its greatest efforts the company has made in the past dozen or so years.
NEWS
By Jonathan Pitts, The Baltimore Sun | September 12, 2013
The Rev. Mark Stanley loves his work as rector of St. Paul's Episcopal Church on North Charles Street, but during his first eight years on the job, he had a problem. The lighting in the historic building was so poor, the color of the walls and ceiling so drab that he could barely make out his congregants from the pulpit. "You want to be able to see people's reactions. The whole place just felt dark and dreary," he said. "That's not what you want in a place of worship. " Now the building, 157 years old this year, has a new look and feel.
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