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Maryland Weather Meteorology, astronomy and climate conditions in the Baltimore region
More severe storms possible Tuesday afternoon, evening

Brief thunderstorms burst through the region Tuesday morning, but forecasters say more storms are possible this afternoon and evening.

The National Weather Service said scattered storms are expected, with some possibly becoming severe, bringing potentially damaging wind gusts and hail before 8 p.m. Storms are expected to hit hardest east of Interstate 95.

After Tuesday morning's storm, more than 700...

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Flash flood warning expires

A flash flood warning declared for the Baltimore area expired at 6 p.m. Wednesday, the National Weather Service said.

Showers and thunderstorms can be expected Wednesday evening, mainly before 8 p.m., with high temperatures and humidity to carry into Thursday, the service said.

Areas that could see flooding include: Clifton Park, Cockeysville, Union Square, Pikesville, Guilford, Gwynns Falls, Howard...

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This week's full moon will be blue -- sort of

This month's full moon is a "blue" one by one definition, but not according to the traditional definition of a blue moon.

The moon will be full at 6:43 a.m. Friday, so it will be at its brightest in our night sky Thursday night into Friday morning. July's full moon is known as the Buck Moon or the Thunder Moon.

Because it is the second full moon this month -- the first was July 1 -- it can be considered...

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Latest Pluto data shows Earth-like glaciers, rapidly thinning atmosphere

Pluto's "heart" contains shifting glaciers of frozen nitrogen, methane and carbon monoxide, and its atmosphere is both deeper and disappearing more rapidly than scientists predicted, New Horizons mission leaders said Friday.

Close-up images of Tombaugh Regio, the large heart-shaped formation near Pluto's equator, show the smooth, brightly colored area flowing around mountains and filling craters....

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Has Baltimore's hottest day of the year already passed?

On average, the hottest day of the year for most of Maryland comes in mid-July, according to U.S. climate data.

The average date is between July 11 and July 15 across the state, except for far northeastern and far western Maryland, according to an analysis by the National Centers for Environmental Information.

Areas where the hottest day of the year also typically comes during that window include...

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Where is Kepler-452b?

You can't see it, but the latest Earth-like planet found by astronomers is out there in the night sky, within the feature known as the Summer Triangle.

The planet Kepler-452b is 1,400 light years away within the constellation Cygnus, the swan. It is about 6 billion years old, 1.5 billion years older than Earth, and 60 percent larger in diameter than our home planet, NASA officials announced Thursday...

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