WAMU 88.5 : News

Will This Winter Be As Bad As Last Year's?

Play associated audio

Last winter was historic in the D.C. region. Authorities are now preparing in case it happens again.

Keith Compton is the head of Montgomery County's highway maintenance team, which includes snow removal. He says last winter's historic weather means very little when preparing for this winter.

"You really don't form a game plan for this year based on what happened last year. Last year was historic. It exceeded 100-year expectations," he says.

But there will be a few changes this winter. The county will have more snow plow routes, as Compton felt some of the routes last year were too long. There will also be a new online map so residents can see which streets have been plowed. But how much will they be needed this winter?

"My right knee and my left hip tells me that it's going to be a fairly mild. We're thinking right now, probably less snowfall than average," he says.

But Compton does say he expects a few large ice storms this year, which he says can be more treacherous than snowstorms.

NPR

Chinese Dissident Artist Ai Weiwei Restricted To 20-Day U.K. Visa

Ai says he was denied a six-month visa because U.K. officials said he didn't list a criminal conviction in his application. Ai was imprisoned in China, but he notes he was never charged with a crime.
NPR

Humans Aren't The Only Ones To Go Ape Over Diets: Chimps Detox, Too

A group of Ugandan chimps has found a great way to boost their mineral intake and neutralize bitter compounds in their diet: by eating clay.
WAMU 88.5

The Politics Hour - July 31, 2015

Join us for our weekly review of the politics, policies, and personalities of the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia.

NPR

Debris Found In The Indian Ocean May Be From Missing Malaysia Airlines Jet

Investigators believe a piece of debris found on the French island of RĂ©union in the Indian Ocean could be from Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, which disappeared in March 2014.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.