While the chill of the "polar vortex" and some snowy weather are forecast to return this winter, meteorologists don't expect them to have the same persistence as they did last winter, according to two seasonal forecasts issued Thursday.
Two solar flares that occurred this week are speeding toward Earth, possibly causing minor disruptions for radio technology and power grids, and also making the aurora borealis appear much further south than normal.
The U.S. Coast Guard's shipyard in Curtis Bay has nailed down some new work in the next five years, signing a memorandum of understanding to provide ship maintenance for the Atlantic fleet of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
For Maryland's two largest cities on the Chesapeake, flooding that once occurred just a day or two in any given year is increasingly common – more so than anywhere else in the country, according to a recent National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration study.
Eighty miles southeast of Ocean City, scientists aboard the federal research vessel Henry B. Bigelow are exploring a lush underwater landscape that until recently few would have imagined —colorful corals clinging to the rocky slopes of deep-sea canyons.
The average number of days Annapolis and Baltimore see flooding that causes road closures or overwhelmed storm drains has grown ten-fold over the past 50 years, the largest increase in the nation, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
The Tred Avon is targeted for a $14.3 million oyster restoration effort, jointly underwritten by Maryland and the federal government, to begin later this year. NOAA has been fishing the river monthly from spring through fall since last year to see how many fish and crabs also hang out in the water near Oxford.
The latest forecasts for Tropical Storm Arthur show it well off the coast of the Delmarva peninsula as it passes by on the Fourth of July, but before that it could strike the Outer Banks as a Category 1 hurricane.
The Obama administration announced on Tuesday an initiative to track every fish sold in the United States — a move designed to crack down on illegal fishing, mislabeling of seafood and related problems.
Tuesday was Baltimore's coldest day in three decades, with temperatures cold enough to shatter two records, strain the region's electricity supply, fill homeless shelters and even render fire hydrants near a South Baltimore blaze useless.
University officials say that as the institution has leapt ahead in rankings and prestige, the city of College Park has lagged behind and that the status quo could stymie recruitment of talented faculty and students.
Maryland is changing the way it lets striped bass be caught for sale, ending decades of regulating the popular Chesapeake Bay fish by limiting the times when it can be harvested. Starting Jan. 1, commercial fishermen will have individual quotas of striped bass they can catch most any time, not just in the relative handful of days permitted this year.
As Congress considers legislation to provide back pay to furloughed federal workers, far less attention has been paid to contract employees — many of whom work side by side with their agency counterparts.
A possible government shutdown starting Tuesday would cause federal agencies in Maryland to close or seriously cut back operations, resulting in significant hardship for federal workers, as well as declining economic output and lower tax revenue for the state.
By By Robbie Feinberg and Christopher Neely and Peter Sclafani
The season's seventh tropical storm, to be named Gabrielle, could form within the next few days off the west African coast, but the hurricane season is meanwhile falling increasingly behind its typical pace.
Scientists believe a virus similar to measles in humans is responsible for an unusual die-off in bottlenose dolphins along the Mid-Atlantic coast. The death toll has continued to rise in August and could remain a threat to the dolphin population through next spring, the scientists said.