Thursday, July 19, 2012
The National Weather Service has created a video that shows how the drought has spread across the country including parts of Maryland.
Thursday, July 19, 2012
So far it's been a long, hot summer. But it's not just us that the heat is beating up. A drought is killing crops across the country drying up ponds and other waterways leaving costly damage in its wake. The National Weather Service (NWS) has been tracking the drought across the country for several months. More than 60 percent of the mainland U.S. is experiencing drought conditions as of this month, according to NWS. The above animation shows how the drought has spread across the country since January 2012.
Wednesday, July 18, 2012
While area residents experience another dangerous heat wave, the county continues to operate cooling centers.
Prince George's County will continue to operate its cooling centers this week as another heat wave endangers those without air-conditioning and with health issues. In addition to Prince George's County Memorial Library System locations acting as unofficial cooling centers, along with movie theaters, malls, and coffee shops blasting air-conditioning, the county will offer refuge at the following locations. Cooling Center for Senior Citizens from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.: Cooling Centers open for the General Public at the following County locations and hours: from 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. County residents can also use the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission’s recreational pools. For additional information, please contact …
Friday, June 29, 2012
During the week of June 19-25, 325 people in Maryland were stricken with heat-related illness.
With temperatures soaring past 100 degrees and expected to remain high over the next several days, state health officials have issued a heat advisory and activated the Maryland Heat Emergency Plan. The heat advisory and heat plan applied to all of Maryland on Friday, June 29, and will be in effect on Saturday, June 30 and Sunday, July 1, for all regions of the state, except western Maryland, according to officials. During the week of June 19-25, 325 people in Maryland were stricken with heat-related illness, according to the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. Data for heat-related illness this week won't be available until next Tuesday, according to health department officials. So far in 2012, there have been no heat-related…
Thursday, June 21, 2012
With a heat wave rolling through the county, officials are taking steps to keep residents comfortable.
Update, June 21, 11 a.m.: The county re-opened its cooling centers today. Information about the centers locations are below. Remember to stay hydrated as temperatures will again hit the high 90s. Patch has compiled a few articles about this heat wave, including one on how to stay cool and how to prevent heat-related illnesses. Original Post, June 20, 3 p.m.: Senior citizens and other residents in need of a comfortable place to spend the day can walk or drive to one of the many cooling centers opened by Prince George's County officials Wednesday. “Today is expected to be one of the hottest days of the year so far and I am encouraging all residents to be limit outdoor activity and stay hydrated,” Prince George’s County Executive Rushern L. …
Area residents weren't too dissuaded from enjoying the outdoors during the first scorcher of the summer. Perhaps they're used to it.