While many burrowed indoors the third week of November as extreme record-breaking cold impinged upon life across the Mid-Atlantic, the snow machines at Wisp Ski Resort were busy whirring and churning out a base layer of snow for the upcoming winter.
The Regional Atmospheric Measurement Modeling and Prediction Program or RAMMPP, comprised of University of Maryland researchers and students, has helped the Maryland Department of the Environment improve regional air quality since 1999 by tracking how the ingredients for smog can originate from upwind states.
Due to Maryland’s geography and size, the state’s air quality is often affected by what is coming out of smokestacks upwind.
Traffic, development density and proximity to water — particularly the Chesapeake Bay and Atlantic — also contribute to the state’s dirty air.
This year, early October’s record heat kept people, boats and mosquitoes busier outside and air conditioning on longer. Baltimore Washington International Airport’s blistering 98 degrees broke the 89-degree daily record set in 1986. It also shattered a 97-degree monthly record for the airport set on Oct. 5, 1941.
Maryland lifeguards and emergency managers kept a close eye on possible threats from coastal flooding and rip currents as Hurricane Dorian meandered up the mid-Atlantic coast Friday afternoon and began a projected arc out to sea.