Fact or Folklore: Winter Weather Edition

Throughout history, people have devised ways to study natural indicators to predict long-term weather. Even with the technology of today’s modern meteorology, many people find that the “old ways” can still prove accurate. Though it may sound like nothing more than an Old Wives Tale, some weather buffs say that by observing the coloring of the Wooly Bear Caterpillar’s bands, we can gauge the severity of the winter weather ahead.

Just in case this colloquial wisdom rings true, let’s see your Wooly Bear Prediction Photos! Email your photos to BBBoringRFHC@usa.com and we might feature them on our site!

Freeze Watch Issued for Western Maryland

HAGERSTOWN, MD News (10/17/2022) – The National Weather Service has issued a Freeze Watch for portions of eastern West Virginia, northern and central Virginia, and central and western Maryland.

The Freeze Watch continues through 10 AM Tuesday. Frost or freeze conditions are possible in western Maryland during the nighttime and early morning hours Tuesday (10/18) night through Friday morning (10/21).

Hurricane Ian Cleanup: First temporary ‘Blue Roof’ installed in Fort Myers

FORT MYERS BEACH, Fla. (10/9/2022) – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers contractors in Fort Myers, Florida, installed the first temporary ‘Blue Roof’ the first home from the aftermath of Hurricane Ian.

Operation Blue Roof is a priority mission managed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) for FEMA. The goal of the Blue Roof program is to provide homeowners in disaster areas with fiber-reinforced, industrial-strength sheeting to protect storm-damaged roofs until homeowners can make permanent repairs.

Hurricane hunters are flying through Ian’s powerful winds to get the forecasts you rely on – here’s what happens when the plane plunges into the eyewall of a storm

As Hurricane Ian intensifies on its way toward the Florida coast, hurricane hunters are in the sky doing something almost unimaginable: flying through the center of the storm. With each pass, the scientists aboard these planes take measurements that satellites can’t and send them to forecasters at the National Hurricane Center.

Flood Watch in Effect for Washington County and Surrounding Areas

The National Weather Service has issued a flood watch through Saturday morning, as flooding caused by excessive rainfall continues to be possible. Widespread rainfall totals of 1-3 inches are expected through tonight, with localized totals up to 4 inches. This may lead to localized instances of flooding. Excessive runoff may result in flooding of rivers,Continue reading “Flood Watch in Effect for Washington County and Surrounding Areas”

A large solar storm could knock out the power grid and the internet – an electrical engineer explains how

On Sept. 1 and 2, 1859, telegraph systems around the world failed catastrophically. The operators of the telegraphs reported receiving electrical shocks, telegraph paper catching fire, and being able to operate equipment with batteries disconnected. During the evenings, the aurora borealis, more commonly known as the northern lights, could be seen as far south as Colombia. Typically, these lights are only visible at higher latitudes, in northern Canada, Scandinavia and Siberia.