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September 15, 2011

At last! A new, local phone number for weather

Baltimoreans! Do you miss the old Verizon weather line for checking the weather forecast? Do your Weather phonefingers still want to dial WE-6 1212 whenever the skies look threatening?

The number was disconnected in June, and since then we've been limited to Verizon's Washington line and the DC forecast, or the BGE/Fox45 number (410 MOB-WACK) and its ads. 

Well, you're in luck. The National Weather Service has found a way to hook up a phone line to its NOAA Weather Radio forecast for Baltimore.

And you can call it now, at 410 500-4450. It's a robot, but he sounds like a nice enough guy. And there are no ads.

(SUN PHOTO: Frank Roylance)

Posted by Frank Roylance at 1:13 PM | | Comments (5)
Categories: Notes to readers


Does anyone remember the other service for time?
"At the tone the time will be.....3....49....PM and ten seconds"
Ah better times for sure...

FR REPLIES: Sounds like you're referring to WWV, the time signal on shortwave radio.

The phone company had a time number (410-TI4-1212) in addition to the weather number. It went away at the same time as the weather number.

I'm really pleased to have the new weather number, Frank. I'm not connected to a computer or watching TV all the time, and I like to get the forecast before dressing in the morning. So it's really useful. Thanks!

844-1212 for time. 936-1212 for weather. keeping them separate was nice. easier for updates at the time. with automation it is no longer an issue.

The 844-1212 number gave the time as in the 1st post. Yes WWV also gives it that way. When I was younger and interested in Astronomy couldn't always pick up the WWV station,but could dial that number

Glad to read about this. Don't have a working home computer and my TV only works as a DVD player, so I'm calling the BGE line. I can't stand the BGE commercials between the time and temp and forecast though--everything is a sales pitch with them.

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Frank Roylance is a reporter for The Baltimore Sun. He came to Baltimore from New Bedford, Mass. in 1980 to join the old Evening Sun. He moved to the morning Sun when the papers merged in 1992, and has spent most of his time since covering science, including astronomy and the weather. One of The Baltimore Sun's first online Web logs, the Weather Blog debuted in October 2004. In June 2006 Frank also began writing comments on local weather and stargazing for The Baltimore Sun's print Weather Page. Frank also answers readers’ weather queries for the newspaper and the blog. Frank Roylance retired in October 2011. Maryland Weather is now being updated by members of The Baltimore Sun staff

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