Wednesday was wettest March day on record
Preliminary readings from the rain gauge at Baltimore-Washington International Airport make Wednesday the wettest March day since record-keeping for Baltimore began in 1871.
Data posted by the National Weather Service's Sterling, Va. forecast office put the total at 2.56 inches, falling between about midnight and 6 p.m. Here are the closest contenders:
March 23, 2005 ... 2.56 inches
March 2, 1994 ... 2.48 inches
March 13, 1993 ... 2.45 inches
March 23, 1991 ... 2.36 inches
March 26, 1978 ... 2.31 inches
March 11, 1936 ... 2.10 inches
I find it interesting that the four wettest March days in the past 134 years have all occurred in the past 15 years. Global warming theory predicts that a warming planet would be expected to produce more extreme weather events - heavier rain and snow events, more severe droughts, floods, etc.
Whatever one's opinion on how much of the planet's warming can be blamed on human activity, there is little debate among scientists that it is warming. And perhaps days like Wednesday will become more common. Your thoughts?