On February 2nd, the famous weather prognosticator Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow and proclaimed six more weeks of winter. Little did we know how bitter cold and snowy it would be. According to a Baltimore Sun article, February 2015 was the second coldest on record with an average temperature of 25.3 degrees, the coldest since 1934. Though we haven’t seen record snow falls, what we have seen along with the cold temperatures have lead to hard winter for the greater Baltimore region. The most recent snowfall left six to 10 inches through out the area. Creating work and nuisance for some, and a reason to get out and play for others. In addition, it also created beautiful scenic landscapes. Here are some of the best photos from that storm.
The first snow storm of 2014 hit not only Maryland, but much of New England, the Midwest and the Atlantic Coast, with some regions receiving as much as two feet of snow. Several airports were closed, while flights elsewhere were delayed. Schools closed up and down the East Coast on Friday, while sub-zero wind chills took effect, leaving many to shovel themselves out in the frigid air, including New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio.
As of Monday night, nearly 10,000 were reported dead in Tacloban city alone, with thousands more reported missing. The United Nations expects the death toll to rise sharply as more remote areas are accessed. Millions have been affected, and relief efforts have begun across the world.
Super typhoon Haiyan killed at least 10,000 people in the central Philippines, according to a senior police official, and destroyed about 70 to 80 percent of structures in its path.
As rescuers struggled to reach villages along the coast, survivors foraged for food or searched for lost loved ones.
WARNING: Some photos contain graphic content.
As of 2:10 p.m. EDT, the number of confirmed deaths has risen to 30 in the U.S. while millions continue to struggle with flooding, fire and power outages as a result of Superstorm Sandy.
During Superstorm Sandy, Ocean City, Md. was one of the worst hit communities in the state. Sun photographer Karl Merton Ferron captured startling images from the seaside resort town. Emergency workers responded to 231 calls for help Monday and moved about 50 residents who had ignored a mandatory evacuation. About 100 feet of the Ocean City Fishing Pier was wiped out. Crews are assessing the damage today.
As of 11 p.m. EDT: Sandy made landfall in southern New Jersey around 8 p.m. and impacted communities all along the East Coast. Millions of people in the path of the 1,000-mile-wide storm are watching and waiting. More than 2.8 million are without electricity.
The storm’s powerful winds and rains were blamed for at least 65 deaths in several Caribbean countries, including 51 in Haiti.
After the Orioles’ victory on Friday night and the post-game fireworks show, my compatriots and I took refuge from the impending storm in a nearby establishment. We watched from inside as the trees blew sideways and the rain soaked the streets in the Ridgely’s Delight neighborhood. After making our way up the JFX onto Northern Parkway and then Falls Road, we saw fallen trees, branches and construction cones scattered through the streets, like a video game obstacle course. The damage caused by Derecho was hard to navigate in the absence of street lights as I weaved my car through the wooded and winding section of Cross Country Boulevard. There wasn’t much I could film that late and not knowing what kind of situation I could find myself in with fallen trees and broken power lines, I called it a night.
After about a 4-hour nap, I was back out at 6 a.m. with my camera at hand shooting photos and video. Here’s the scene from Mt. Washington, Roland Park, and Pikesville.