Weather

Elevated Risk of Wildfires in Maryland

Elevated Risk of Wildfires in Maryland

With this fall’s high winds and dry foliage, the Maryland Department of Natural Resources advises citizens to use caution in outdoor fire activities and postpone unnecessary open-air burnings. Wildfires occur in every month in Maryland but generally peak in the spring and fall. Firefighters spent hours battling a 7-acre blaze Sunday just west of Thurmont in Frederick County....
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State Highway Administration Gears up for Winter Weather in Maryland

State Highway Administration Gears up for Winter Weather in Maryland

The Maryland Department of Transportation’s State Highway Administration (SHA) is prepared for the upcoming winter season. No matter which forecast you read, the truth is the winter of 2016/2017 could leave Maryland covered in snow, pelted with sleet or encrusted in freezing rain any given day. With millions of people trying to get to...
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A Flash Flood Watch Has Been Issued for Southern Maryland

A Flash Flood Watch Has Been Issued for Southern Maryland

Flash flood watch from 2 a.m., edt thu until 8am edt Fri …flash flood watch in effect from late Wednesday night through Friday morning. The national weather service in sterling Virginia has issued a flash flood watch for all of Southern Maryland. Anne Arundel Calvert Charles St. Mary’s Prince Georges From late Wednesday night...
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Check Out Frankie’s Weather Forecast for Southern Maryland (and leave him some positive comments)

Check Out Frankie’s Weather Forecast for Southern Maryland (and leave him some positive comments)

Frankie MacDonald is a young man from Sydney, Nova Scotia, in Canada who loves to make his own videos of weather reports for the USA and Canada. Frankie also loves to get positive comments on his videos. See his “Be Prepared – the Weatherman Song” video HERE so you can leave him some encouraging and positive comments. You...
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Governor Larry Hogan Declares State of Emergency for Southern Maryland

Governor Larry Hogan Declares State of Emergency for Southern Maryland

Governor Larry Hogan today signed an Executive Order declaring a state of emergency in Caroline, Cecil, Dorchester, Kent, Queen Anne’s, Somerset, Talbot, Wicomico, Worcester, Calvert, Charles, and St. Mary’s Counties beginning Friday, September 2 in anticipation of heavy rains, strong winds, and potential flooding associated with Tropical Storm Hermine. The Executive Order will allow...
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Tropical Storm Warning In Effect for St. Mary’s County

Tropical Storm Warning In Effect for St. Mary’s County

Tropical Storm Warning In Effect A Tropical Storm Warning means Tropical Storm wind conditions are expected somewhere within this area and within the next 36 hours. Locations affected. St. Marys County Wind. Latest Local Forecast: below tropical storm force wind. Peak wind forecast: 20-30 mph with gusts to 45 mph. Current threat to life and...
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Metcom Advises Customers to Prepare for Hermine

Metcom Advises Customers to Prepare for Hermine

A tropical storm warning has been issued for southern Maryland indicating that tropical storm force conditions are likely. Therefore, the St. Mary’s County Metropolitan Commission (MetCom) encourages all customers to prepare for associated high winds, heavy rains and localized flooding. Please visit the National Weather Service at HERE for local weather updates. In the event of severe weather...
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St. Mary’s County Government Press Release as Tropical Storm Hermine Strengthens

St. Mary’s County Government Press Release as Tropical Storm Hermine Strengthens

The Department of Emergency Services & Technology is closely monitoring the activity of Tropical Strom Hermine. The department is advising residents to closely follow weather reports and prepare for the possibility of its impact in the region over the next few days. Threats: Possible Impacts from Tropical Storm Hermine, primarily Freshwater Flooding Timing: Saturday – Monday; September...
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Prepare for Weather-Related Outages

Prepare for Weather-Related Outages

With the potential heavy rains and high winds facing Southern Maryland this weekend, area residents are urged to take steps to prepare for possible weather-related power outages. Southern Maryland Electric Cooperative (SMECO) is monitoring weather forecasts, and co-op crews are prepared to restore power if outages occur. According to SMECO spokesperson Tom Dennison, “Whenever...
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Tropical Storm Hermine Could Impact Southern Maryland this Weekend.

Tropical Storm Hermine Could Impact Southern Maryland this Weekend.

It appears Tropical Storm Hermine could impact Southern Maryland this Labor Day weekend. Below are some tips on Emergency Preparedness. Gather Emergency Supplies If a disaster strikes in your community, you might not have access to food, water, or electricity for several days. You may think that you will have enough time to run...
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Heat Advisory Remains in Effect Until 8:00 p.m. this Evening

Heat Advisory Remains in Effect Until 8:00 p.m. this Evening

Heat index values between 105 and 109 expected, due to temperatures in the mid to upper 90’s, and dewpoints in the mid 70’s A heat advisory means that a period of high temperatures is expected. the combination of high temperatures and high humidity will create a situation in which heat illnesses are possible. Take...
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Cooling Centers in Calvert County Available During Sweltering Temperatures

Cooling Centers in Calvert County Available During Sweltering Temperatures

With temperatures expected to soar to 100 degrees today and throughout the weekend and the heat index reaching even higher, residents are reminded there are several places in Calvert County to visit if they need to cool off. The county’s community centers and the Calvert Library’s Prince Frederick Branch will be open during regular...
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Understanding Heat Waves

Understanding Heat Waves

With temperatures projected to exceed 100 degrees this weekend, citizens are urged understand the meaning of an advisory, watch or warning and to exercise caution during the heat wave. In recent years, excessive heat has caused more deaths than all other weather events, including floods. A heat wave is defined as a prolonged period...
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Outdoor Pools Hours in Charles County Extended Over Weekend Due to Extreme Heat

Outdoor Pools Hours in Charles County Extended Over Weekend Due to Extreme Heat

Due to the expected extreme heat this weekend, the Department of Recreation, Parks, and Tourism is extending the outdoor pool hours on Saturday, July 23 and Sunday, July 24 to 8 p.m. Cool off this weekend and make a splash in a Charles County pool. Outdoor pools: Thomas Stone High School (3785 Leonardtown Road,...
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Calvert County Residents Are Urged to Prepare for Weekend Temperature Spike

Calvert County Residents Are Urged to Prepare for Weekend Temperature Spike

Outdoor temperatures are expected to spike this weekend, and the Calvert County Department of Public Safety reminds residents there are several places in the county offering respite from heat. The county’s community centers are open during regular hours and safe drinking water is available in each of them. Residents who need to take refuge...
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Cooling Centers Available in Calvert County During Sweltering Temperatures

Cooling Centers Available in Calvert County During Sweltering Temperatures

With temperatures expected to soar to the upper 90s today and the heat index reaching even higher, residents are reminded there are several places in Calvert County to visit if they need to cool off. The county’s community centers and the Calvert Library’s Prince Frederick Branch will be open during regular hours and safe...
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Citizens Urged to Use Caution as Temperatures Rise

Citizens Urged to Use Caution as Temperatures Rise

The warmest weather of the season is in the forecast for this week. Temperatures are expected to climb into the 90s today and tomorrow. On Friday, temperatures will rise into the mid-90s with heat index values of between 100 and 105 + degrees. Saturday is also expected to be hot and humid, with the...
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Cooling Centers in Charles County Available During Summer Months

Cooling Centers in Charles County Available During Summer Months

When the summer heat begins, it is important to stay cool and hydrated. The public buildings listed below are open during regular business hours for use by residents as cooling centers throughout the summer: Capital Clubhouse  3033 Waldorf Market Place, Waldorf Richard R. Clark Senior Center 1210 Charles Street, La Plata Nanjemoy Community Center ...
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Near-Normal Atlantic Hurricane Season is Most Likely this Year

Near-Normal Atlantic Hurricane Season is Most Likely this Year

NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center says the 2016 Atlantic hurricane season, which runs from June 1 through November 30, will most likely be near-normal, but forecast uncertainty in the climate signals that influence the formation of Atlantic storms make predicting this season particularly difficult. NOAA predicts a 70 percent likelihood of 10 to 16 named...
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Hurricane Season Begins June 1: Are You Prepared?

Hurricane Season Begins June 1: Are You Prepared?

Maryland Hurricane Preparedness Week is May 15-21 this year. Prepare for the Atlantic hurricane season that begins June 1 and lasts until Nov. 30.  Hurricane hazards come in many forms: storm surge, high winds, tornadoes, and flooding.  Preparation is the best protection against the dangers of a hurricane. Take the time today to ensure...
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Charles County Department of Emergency Services Reminds Citizens that Spring Marks the Start of Tornado Season

Charles County Department of Emergency Services  Reminds Citizens that Spring Marks the Start of Tornado Season

Now that tornado season is here, the Charles County Department of Emergency Services encourages residents to be prepared.  Tornadoes are violent by nature and capable of completely destroying well-made structures, uprooting trees and hurling objects like deadly missiles.  A tornado appears as a rotating, funnel-shaped cloud that extends from a thunderstorm to the ground...
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Start of Spring Brings Threat of Extreme Weather

Start of Spring Brings Threat of Extreme Weather

With spring in full swing, the region can experience extreme weather that can include high winds, heavy rains, lightning, hail and the formation of tornadoes. The Calvert County Department of Public Safety’s Division of Emergency Management encourages all residents to be prepared. This week is also Maryland Severe Storms Awareness Week and Calvert County...
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National Weather Service has Issued a Red Flag Warning

National Weather Service has Issued a Red Flag Warning

The National Weather Service has issued a RED FLAG WARNING for all of Southern Maryland, which is in effect from 10 a.m. This morning to 8 p.m. this evening. A RED FLAG WARNING means that critical fire weather conditions are either occurring now, or will shortly. A combination of strong winds, low relative humidity, and...
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UPDATE: Winter Storm Warning Issued March 03 at 10:43PM EST until March 04 at 10:00AM EST

UPDATE:  Winter Storm Warning Issued March 03 at 10:43PM EST until March 04 at 10:00AM EST

Alert: …WINTER STORM WARNING IN EFFECT UNTIL 10 AM EST FRIDAY… THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BALTIMORE MD/WASHINGTON HAS ISSUED A WINTER STORM WARNING FOR SNOW…WHICH IS IN EFFECT UNTIL 10 AM EST FRIDAY. THE WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY IS NO LONGER IN EFFECT. * PRECIPITATION TYPE…SNOW. * ACCUMULATIONS…3 TO 6 INCHES. * TIMING…LOCALLY MODERATE...
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Register Now for National Weather Service’s SKYWARN Tropical Class

Register Now for National Weather Service’s SKYWARN Tropical Class

The St. Mary’s County Department of Emergency Services & Technology is hosting a SKYWARN – Tropical training session on Thursday, May 5, 2016 from 6 – 9 p.m. in the commissioners meeting room inside the Chesapeake Building. The address is 41770 Baldridge Street in Leonardtown. Many Americans feel the effects of severe weather every year. To...
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