Environment

December 10, 2018 | Deirdre Byrne

Hypothermia Alert Issued Through Tuesday Afternoon

Montgomery County issued a Hypothermia Alert through Tuesday until 11 a.m. Montgomery County has activated the Extreme Cold Plan for a Hypothermia Alert from 5:00 pm Mon, 12/10 to 11:00 am Tues, 12/11.Expect the wind chill to be below 32°.Wear layers if you go outside.Take extra precautions if you spend significant time outdoors: https://t.co/jMV4anGEFq pic.twitter.com/U8bQRGLsWp […]

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November 16, 2018 | Deirdre Byrne

Bethesda McDonald’s Recognized For Pushing Ecological Boundaries

Kari Swenson and Kenneth Foster, who own the McDonald’s on River Road in Bethesda, won the Montgomery County Green Business Innovator of the Year Award on Wednesday. The award recognizes leaders of change in Maryland, who use ecologically integrated business practices in the services they offer the public. Swenson and Foster own the first McDonald’s […]

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November 14, 2018 | Mitti Hicks

National Weather Service Issues Winter Storm Watch

The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm watch that will remain in effect until Thursday evening. A Winter Storm Watch means there is potential for significant snow, sleet or ice accumulations that may impact travel. According to the NWS, snow, ice, and sleet accumulations of one quarter inch or greater are possible throughout […]

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November 8, 2018 | Staff Writer

Takoma Park City Council Approves Replacing Streetlights With LED Lights

The Takoma Park City Council voted unanimously to replace more than 1,500 streetlights with new high-efficiency LED streetlights. Replacing the old lights with LED lights will save the city up to $100,000 per year, while reducing light pollution and municipal carbon emissions, according to a news release. Currently, the city pays approximately $233,000 per year […]

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November 5, 2018 | Staff Writer

Montgomery Parks Temporarily Closes Some Trails Due to Rainfall

Montgomery Parks has closed all natural-surface trails and the bike pump track at South Germantown Recreational Park to the public due to excessive rainfall. In a news release, officials stated that, “The recent weather conditions have left trails wet and muddy creating potentially dangerous conditions for trail users and can also adversely affect the integrity […]

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October 29, 2018 | Mitti Hicks

County Announces New Initiatives to Combat Winter Weather

There are conflicting predictions on what kind of weather to expect this winter. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration predicts warmer than average temperatures, but the Farmer’s Almanac announced that residents should colder-than-normal temperatures, earlier this year. Either way, Montgomery County leaders said it’s no problem. During the county’s Annual Snow Summit, Montgomery County Executive […]

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October 8, 2018 | Staff Writer

National Weather Service Issues Dense Fog Advisory for Montgomery County

The National Weather Service (NWS) has issued a dense fog advisory for Montgomery County until 10 a.m. Monday morning. Areas of dense fog will cause sudden reductions in visibility and rapidly changing conditions. Motorists should be aware that when encountering a patch of dense fog visibility will be reduced to less than one-quarter mile. The NWS advises […]

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October 5, 2018 | Mitti Hicks

Report: Maryland Ranks As Top 10 ‘Energy Efficient States’

For the eighth year in a row, the state of Maryland has received a top ten ranking in energy efficiency by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy. The ACEEE’s annual report evaluates states on six areas including: appliance standards, buildings, combined heat and power (CHP), state government, transportation, and utilities. Maryland received a perfect score […]

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October 1, 2018 | Staff Writer

Motorists Urged to Stay Alert for Deer During the Fall Season

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) urges drivers to be alert for deer wandering onto local roadways as they look for food or mates. Last year, their were 3,364 deer-vehicle collisions on roadways in Montgomery County, according to the Maryland Annual Deer Report by the DNR. This fall, officials with the Maryland Department of […]

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September 13, 2018 | Carolyn Raskauskas

Sue Palka Celebrates 33 Years With FOX5 DC

FOX5’s chief meteorologist and Montgomery County resident Sue Palka is our area’s longest-running weather forecaster. The 33-year veteran tells MyMCMedia how technology has changed over time, and why she can confidently forecast the weather for our area.

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