Tuesday, September 4, 2012
The National Weather Service has issued a hazardous weather outlook for the DC Metro region and most of Maryland.
It may be a messy commute this afternoon in Prince George's and Montgomery counties, when heavy traffic could create gridlock on the Beltway and heavy rain could close roads due to flooding. Experts are warning that areas along the East Coast could see flash flooding Tuesday and Wednesday as the remnants of Isaac send bouts of heavy rain our way. In the forecast are scattered showers and thunderstorms through Wednesday. NWS forecasters believe there's a 40 percent chance of rain that will occur before 10 p.m. The National Weather Service has issued a hazardous weather outlook for much of the Baltimore/Washington region, including Prince George's and parts of Montgomery counties. Are there areas you know of that regularly flood with …
Monday, August 13, 2012
Are you sad to see the Olympics go? What did you think of the closing ceremony?
The 2012 Summer Olympics officially ended last night with memorable performances from The Who, George Michael and of course, a Spice Girls reunion. Olympians have returned home – some, like Bethesda swimmer Katie Ledecky, with gold medals. Other Montgomery County Olympians, like rhythmic gymnast Julie Zetlin and Darnestown kayaker Caroline Queen, may not have taken home a medal, but they still made Olympic history in their own ways. Zetlin, another Bethesda native, was the first U.S. rhythmic athlete to compete at the Olympics since 2004 and the only American in this year’s competition. Queen wrote in a personal essay that though she wished she had finished better, she was still honored to compete in the games. Overall the U.S. had a …
Friday, August 3, 2012
Should the state pass stricter requirements when it comes to regulating and treating student athlete concussions?
Sports practices for public schools in Prince George's and Montgomery counties start up soon—but new state regulations may mean changes for athletes and coaches. The state school board passed new requirements last week that say athletic coaches in Maryland must be trained in identifying serious head injuries, The Baltimore Sun reports. Thomas Hearn, a Montgomery County parent, spoke to the state school board in May after his son sustained a concussion, and pushed for members to consider limiting the number of contact practices in a week, The Sun reported. Hearn also plans to continue pursuing even stricter requirements than those passed by the state from Montgomery County’s school board, according to The Sun. Earl Hawkins, the director …
Thursday, August 2, 2012
After one week, an Arlington, VA, killer remains at large, and police are requesting the help of neighboring communities.
A two-year zero-homicide streak for Arlington County, VA, ended last week and police are asking Montgomery and Prince George's county residents for help in locating the killer of jewelry store owner during business hours on a busy street. Police say 52-year-old Tommy Wong was killed during an armed robbery of his Columbia Pike jewelry store, Capital Jewelers, and his killer remains at large. Capital Jewelers is on Columbia Pike between Walter Reed Drive and Glebe Road. At 4 p.m. on a Friday, when investigators believe Wong was killed, it's a busy area — particularly with a popular Thai restaurant next door to the jewelry store. Now, local investigators are reaching out to their counterparts in Prince George's and Montgomery counties to …
Tuesday, July 31, 2012
Pepco's recently released report on outages following last month's storm is mainly in defense of the company's response.
Pepco has released a report largely defending its response to outages caused by last month’s derecho. According to the report, at its peak, the storm caused power loss to over 483,639 Pepco customers, including 252,018 in Montgomery County and 158,210 in Prince George’s. One week later, the report shows 4,411 Montgomery County Pepco customers were still without power, as were 424 Prince George’s customers. It took Pepco nearly 10 days to fully restore power to all its customers. That occurred at 4:30 a.m. on July 8, according to the report. Read the full report PDF on the right. In the self-assessment, Pepco defends its response, writing that forecasts did not predict that the storm would hit the area hard, but “when the Derecho crossed …
Friday, July 13, 2012
The average gas price in Maryland is $3.39 per gallon.
When I was 17 years old, gasoline in New Jersey was 95 cents a gallon. I could fill up my 1988 Chevy Beretta for about $15. Now that 15-gallon tank would cost over $45 to fill up for $3.39 per gallon, which currently is the average price of gasoline in Maryland. According to AAA, gas prices continued their upward tick for the second straight week, following 11 consecutive weeks of declines, inching up 6 cents nationally since the beginning of July. The $3.39 national average price for regular grade gasoline was up 3 cents for the week, yet down 15 cents from month-ago prices and down 26 cents from a year ago. However, prices remain 72 cents lower than the record high of $4.11 set four years ago this week. So we want to know how much gas …
Wednesday, July 4, 2012
It will feel like it's more than 100 degrees this Fourth of July.
Whether you're at a pool, at the beach or planning on attending a Fourth of July parade and fireworks show, it's going to be hot day. The entire Washington, DC, metro region, including Montgomery and Prince George's counties, are under a heat advisory, according to the National Weather Service (NWS). Although temperatures will remain between 90 and 100 degrees across the region, the heat index could reach 105 degrees. The heat advisory will remain in effect until 9 p.m. Wednesday evening. "The combination of hot temperatures and high humidity will combine to create a situation in which heat illnesses are possible," the forecasters wrote. NWS asks people to stay out of the sun, stay hydrated, cool off in air-conditioning where available …
Saturday, June 30, 2012
Winds are expected to be around 10 mph.
We aren't out of the woods yet. After Friday night's pummeling, both Montgomery and Prince George's counties faced another storm Saturday night. It's predicted there will be widespread showers and thunderstorms developing by 5 p.m., according to the National Weather Service. Luckily, temperatures are expected to drop into the mid 70s, after highs in the upper 90s midday Saturday. Winds will only be between five and 10 miles per hour, which will be a relief from the 70 mph winds that uprooted trees Friday night.