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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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National Weather Service Has Issued a Weather Alert for Parts of Southern Maryland

National Weather Service Has Issued a Weather Alert for Parts of Southern Maryland

HAZARDOUS WEATHER OUTLOOK NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BALTIMORE MD/WASHINGTON DC 226 PM EST WED FEB 24 2016 ANZ530>543-DCZ001-MDZ011-013-014-016>018-508-VAZ052>057-251330- CHESAPEAKE BAY NORTH OF POOLES ISLAND MD- CHESAPEAKE BAY FROM POOLES ISLAND TO SANDY POINT MD- CHESAPEAKE BAY FROM SANDY POINT TO NORTH BEACH MD- CHESAPEAKE BAY FROM NORTH BEACH TO DRUM POINT MD- CHESAPEAKE BAY FROM...
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UPDATED: Flood Watch Issued February 16 at 3:24AM EST until February 16 at 5:00PM EST

UPDATED: Flood Watch Issued February 16 at 3:24AM EST until February 16 at 5:00PM EST

Event: Flood Watch Alert: …FLOOD WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT THROUGH THIS EVENING… THE FLOOD WATCH CONTINUES FOR * PORTIONS OF MARYLAND…THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA…VIRGINIA AND NORTHEAST WEST VIRGINIA…INCLUDING THE FOLLOWING AREAS…IN MARYLAND…ANNE ARUNDEL…CALVERT…CARROLL…CENTRAL AND SOUTHEAST HOWARD…CENTRAL AND SOUTHEAST MONTGOMERY… CHARLES…FREDERICK MD…NORTHERN BALTIMORE…NORTHWEST HARFORD…NORTHWEST HOWARD…NORTHWEST MONTGOMERY…PRINCE GEORGES…SOUTHEAST HARFORD…SOUTHERN BALTIMORE…ST. MARYS AND WASHINGTON. THE DISTRICT OF...
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UPDATED: Winter Weather Advisory Issued February 15 at 7:21PM EST until February 16 at 10:00AM EST

UPDATED: Winter Weather Advisory Issued February 15 at 7:21PM EST until February 16 at 10:00AM EST

Event: Winter Weather Advisory Alert: …WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY IN EFFECT UNTIL 10 AM EST TUESDAY… …WINTER STORM WARNING IS CANCELLED… THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BALTIMORE MD/WASHINGTON HAS ISSUED A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY FOR SLEET AND FREEZING RAIN… WHICH IS IN EFFECT UNTIL 10 AM EST TUESDAY. THE WINTER STORM WARNING HAS BEEN CANCELLED....
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Weather Related Closings, Delays, and Information for Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Weather Related Closings, Delays, and Information for Tuesday, February 16, 2016

St. Mary’s County: St. Mary’s County Public Schools: Closed on Tuesday, February 16, 2016. Employee Code 2:All St. Mary’s County Public Schools are closed for Tuesday, February 16, 2016 with a Code 2 for employees. Code 2 means that 10 and 11 month employees do not report to work. 12 month employees report to work up...
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State Highway Administration Crews Plowing and Salting To Keep Roads Passable and Prevent Icing

State Highway Administration Crews Plowing and Salting To Keep Roads Passable and Prevent Icing

The Maryland Department of Transportation’s State Highway Administration (SHA) crews are plowing and salting highways as a winter storm system is passing through the State. SHA will continue winter operations into the evening and tomorrow morning depending on weather conditions. As crews treat highways, it can take an hour to complete their assigned route...
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Wind Chill Advisory Issued February 13 at 11:55AM EST until February 14 at 9:00AM EST

Wind Chill Advisory Issued February 13 at 11:55AM EST until February 14 at 9:00AM EST

Event: Wind Chill Advisory Alert: …WIND CHILL ADVISORY NOW IN EFFECT FROM 6 PM THIS EVENING TO 9 AM EST SUNDAY… * WIND CHILLS…0 TO 5 DEGREES BELOW ZERO. * WINDS…NORTHWEST 20 TO 30 MPH WITH GUSTS UP TO 45 MPH. WINDS DECREASING TO 10 TO 15 MPH TONIGHT. * TEMPERATURES…FALLING INTO THE SINGLE...
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Wind Advisory Issued February 12 at 1:13PM EST until February 13 at 6:00PM EST

Wind Advisory Issued February 12 at 1:13PM EST until February 13 at 6:00PM EST

Event: Wind Advisory Alert: WIND ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM 3 AM TO 6 PM EST SATURDAY… THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BALTIMORE MD/WASHINGTON HAS ISSUED A WIND ADVISORY…WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM 3 AM TO 6 PM EST SATURDAY. * TIMING…LATE TONIGHT THROUGH SATURDAY. GREATEST WIND THREAT IS SATURDAY MORNING THROUGH MIDDAY. * WINDS…NORTHWEST...
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State Highway Administration Warns of Potential Snowfall During Afternoon Rush Hour

State Highway Administration Warns of Potential Snowfall During Afternoon Rush Hour

The Maryland Department of Transportation’s State Highway Administration (SHA) is warning motorists of the potential for snow squalls to arrive just in time for the Friday evening commute. Any precipitation that coincides with rush hour (3/4 p.m. to 7/8 p.m.) periods is extremely hazardous since plow/salt trucks are unable to treat pavements in the...
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Special Weather Statement Issued February 10 at 5:28PM EST until February 11 at 7:00PM EST

Special Weather Statement Issued February 10 at 5:28PM EST until February 11 at 7:00PM EST

Event: Special Weather Statement Alert: SNOW SHOWERS MAY PRODUCE A COATING OF SNOW THIS EVENING… SNOW SHOWERS ARE DEVELOPING ACROSS SOUTHERN MARYLAND AND PARTS OF EASTERN VIRGINIA. SOME AREAS MAY RECEIVE A COATING OF SNOW. ROADS ARE STARTING WARM BUT SOME ICY PATCHES MAY DEVELOP AS TEMPERATURES COOL. MOTORISTS SHOULD USE CAUTION AS WE...
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Snow, Wintry Mix Expected in Charles County Later Tonight

Snow, Wintry Mix Expected in Charles County Later Tonight

Forecasters are expecting snow and a wintry mix to begin in Charles County starting after midnight tonight. The National Weather Service (NWS) is currently forecasting approximately a half foot of snow in central and northern Maryland. Locally, NWS expects Charles County will likely receive less than 1 inch of snow, along with rain, and...
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Expected Precipitation of Rain/Snow Could Cause Problems During Rush Hour Today and Tomorrow Morning

Expected Precipitation of Rain/Snow Could Cause Problems During Rush Hour Today and Tomorrow Morning

The Maryland Department of Transportation’s State Highway Administration (SHA) is preparing for the next winter storm of the season, with precipitation expected to begin during today’s afternoon rush hour and continue all day Tuesday. While precipitation is forecasted to begin as rain in the Baltimore and Washington metro areas, it is expected to change...
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Weather Related Closings, Delays, and Information for Friday, February 5, 2016

Weather Related Closings, Delays, and Information for Friday, February 5, 2016

St. Mary’s County: St. Mary’s County Public Schools: Delayed opening of two hours Friday, February 5, 2016. A.M. Pre-Kindergarten and A.M. Head Start students will not have school. However, there will be classes for P.M. Pre-Kindergarten and P.M. Head Start students. We will continue to monitor the weather situation and update accordingly. Employee Code 1: St....
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