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February 20, 2011

Final tally on Saturday's winds

Some windstorm. Trees, branches down, wildfires and building fires get stoked and keep fire fighters on the run.

We were in Manhattan for most of it. There were times when it was all we could do to prevent the gusts from knocking us down as they funneled through the urban canyons. And temperatures had dropped into the 30s. Brutal.

Wildfire MarylandAnd every bit of trash buried by the heavy snows up there over the past couple of months, and exposed by recent mild weather, was suddenly airborne. It was amazing. Driving to our hotel in NJ Saturday night was a wrestling match. We were pelted by trash. And on the drive home Sunday, the amount of tree debris and trash along the roadsides, and plastic bags snared by fences and trees, was monumental.

Apparently Baltimore experienced the same thing. We saw this appeal today from the city's Public Works Department:

"Public Works Director Alfred H. Foxx asked Baltimore City residents to assist city crews today in cleaning up the debris resulting from yesterday’s high winds. 'The winds that swept through our area yesterday caused many problems including blowing trash along our streets and alleys. We have crews out today going to major problem areas and working with DOT and Recreation and Parks on medians and parks. We are also going to address business districts, corner cans, and dirty streets and alleys.'

"Director Foxx emphasized the need for help from City residents. 'We can’t do it alone. We are asking residents to help by just spending 15 minutes to a half an hour cleaning up in front and rear of their homes, including the gutter, and along the street. Make sure you put the trash in a trashcan and keep it for your next scheduled trash day.'

"Residents can also assist by calling 311 to report problem areas, especially dirty streets and alleys. Many problems yesterday resulted from trash bags left on street corners. Baltimore City law requires the use of trashcans. Trash and recycling needs to be stored until the next regularly scheduled collection day."

Good luck with that.

Below, on the jump, is a pretty comprehensive rundown on peak wind gusts during the storm Saturday, from the National Weather Service. Flint, in Frederick County, takes the gold ring, at 63 mph. Parole, in Anne Arundel County, reported a gust at 60 mph. BWI topped out at 55.

(SUN PHOTO: Amy Davis, Feb. 20, 2011)


   3 NNE OLDTOWN           48   907 PM  2/18  MESONET
   WESTERNPORT             46  1009 AM  2/19  MESONET

   1 NNW PAROLE            60   305 PM  2/19
   1 E EASTPORT            58   910 AM  2/19  BUOY
   1 W GLEN BURNIE         57  1114 AM  2/19  MESONET
   1 N BALT-WASH INTL A    55   858 AM  2/19  ASOS
   1 W HARMANS             52  1014 AM  2/19  MESONET
   2 N NORTH BEACH         49  1245 PM  2/19  MESONET
   1 NNW EASTPORT          48   954 AM  2/19  ASOS

   1 E BAY RIDGE           53   902 PM  2/18  MESONET

   3 E CALVERT CLIFFS      53   200 PM  2/19  COVE POINT BUOY

   3 W SPARROWS POINT      55   400 PM  2/19  BUOY

   1 N BALTIMORE MARTIN    52   845 AM  2/19  AWOS
   1 NNW LUTHERVILLE       48   232 PM  2/19  MESONET
   2 NNW GLYNDON           47   719 PM  2/18  MESONET

   1 ENE BALTIMORE         55   934 AM  2/19  MESONET
   1 SW BALTIMORE          48  1149 PM  2/18  MESONET

   CHESAPEAKE BEACH        52   250 PM  2/19  MESONET

   1 W ELDERSBURG          55   904 AM  2/19  MESONET
   1 SE MANCHESTER         55   850 AM  2/19  MESONET
   2 ESE WESTMINSTER       52   824 AM  2/19  MESONET

   2 W NORTHWOOD           57   234 PM  2/19  MESONET
   1 WSW LA PLATA          50   329 PM  2/19  MESONET
   2 NNE POTOMAC HEIGHT    49  1208 PM  2/19  HOLLIS POINT
   1 SW HUGHESVILLE        46   844 AM  2/19  MESONET

   2 SW FLINT              63  1023 PM  2/18  AWOS
   MIDDLETOWN              56  1034 PM  2/18  MESONET
   1 E BRUNSWICK           55  1254 AM  2/19  MESONET
   3 NNW IJAMSVILLE        50   909 AM  2/19  MESONET
   2 ESE FREDERICK         49   943 AM  2/19  AWOS
   1 W PLEASANT WALK       48   357 AM  2/19  MESONET
   2 ENE PETERSVILLE       48  1257 AM  2/19  MESONET
   GRACEHAM                47   959 PM  2/18  MESONET

   1 ENE JOPPA             49   939 AM  2/19  MESONET
   1 ENE FALLSTON          47   859 AM  2/19  MESONET

   1 ENE COLUMBIA          56   154 PM  2/19  MESONET
   1 N SCAGGSVILLE         55  1044 AM  2/19  MESONET
   1 NNE GLENWOOD          51   634 PM  2/19  MESONET
   2 N ELLICOTT CITY       49   411 PM  2/19  MESONET
   2 WNW COLUMBIA          49   239 PM  2/19  MESONET
   1 SSW ILCHESTER         47   530 AM  2/19  MESONET

   1 SE CLARKSBURG         54   939 AM  2/19  MESONET
   2 NNE NORBECK           52   929 AM  2/19  MESONET
   1 WNW HILLANDALE        50   909 AM  2/19  MESONET
   2 SE GAITHERSBURG       50   940 AM  2/19  MESONET
   1 SSE BROOKEVILLE       49  1014 AM  2/19  MESONET
   1 NNE GERMANTOWN        48   934 PM  2/18  MESONET
   2 SW DAMASCUS           46   239 AM  2/19  MESONET

   1 E LAUREL              56  1249 PM  2/19  MESONET
   SPRINGDALE              55   559 PM  2/19  MESONET
   2 ENE BELTSVILLE        55   944 AM  2/19  MESONET
   1 E MORNINGSIDE         53   253 PM  2/19  KADW
   1 S LAUREL              52  1139 AM  2/19  MESONET
   3 NW NORTHWOOD          50   244 PM  2/19  MESONET

   2 ENE PATUXENT RIVER    55  1133 AM  2/19  AWOS
   3 SE HOLLYWOOD          48   418 PM  2/19  BUOY

   1 ENE FOREST PARK       62   320 PM  2/19  MESONET
   3 NE SMITHSBURG         57   710 PM  2/18  PUBLIC
   1 NE MAUGANSVILLE       53   753 PM  2/18  ASOS
   1 E HAGERSTOWN          49  1135 PM  2/18  MESONET
   1 N MAUGANSVILLE        48   219 PM  2/19  MESONET
   1 WNW FUNKSTOWN         48   649 PM  2/18  MESONET

Posted by Frank Roylance at 7:05 PM | | Comments (1)
Categories: By the numbers


5 big bags of leaves and trash after 2 storms by Memorial Stadium. Not just my wee yard, though. Did most of the block. Wish I knew where the leaves came from!

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