Blue Spruces are dying of Needle Cast and Cytospora Canker, which has been exacerbated by the disorbitant rainfall in the Mid-Atlantic Region. Practical management of both of these diseases is difficult because the infection period can extend from spring through fall depending on rainfall. Therefore, fungicide sprays are impractical for most homeowner trees. Severely diseased trees should be removed and replaced with better adapted conifers for the mid-Atlantic region.and links, or connect to data from your collection.
Very heavy rainfall caused widespread flooding in Frederick city and county in both 2018 and 2019. Slow moving, very dense storms dropped significant rainfall in the Frederick area, flooding downtown streets and low lying areas across the county.
Impacts included flooded basements, submerged intersections, road cave ins, streets that became rivers, and widespread traffic snarls.
Current flood infrastructure in place in downtown Frederick helped to keep the damages in that area from being even worse, but more will be needed as extreme weather events like these occur more frequently and increase in intensity...
The Frederick City Watershed and other watersheds of Frederick County provide an abundant water supply to The City of Frederick. However, this abundance can fluctuate as seasonal precipitation historically varies throughout the course of a year (Frederick County Planning Commission 2010). In the past decade, Maryland has experienced both its wettest and driest years on record (Boesch 2008). It is predicted that in a dry year in the Blue Ridge foothills, where the Fishing Creek Reservoir of The Frederick City Watershed lies, the total water availability would be reduced to half of that of an average year (Frederick County Planning Commission 2010). As climate change continues, it is possible record precipitation and drought events could occur more frequently. One report suggests Maryland will likely experience overall increased precipitation throughout the year, but with greater seasonal variability (Boesch 2008). For example, over the course of the next century the historically driest months of the year are expected to remain dry while more rainfall, as well as more rain per rain event, is expected in the wettest months, specifically during the winter (Boesch 2008). Current emission scenarios for Maryland suggest a 3-10 percent increase in storm events with over five inches of rain by 2100 (Boesch 2008).