June arrives with promise of warmer weather
After one of the coolest Mays on record in Baltimore, Marylanders can be forgiven if they look forward to June - which arrives tomorrow - even though summer in these parts usually means some highs in the 90s (or worse) with humidities to match.
For now, the week ahead looks like more springtime weather. The highs will linger in the 70s for a few more days, before the weekend brings us afternoons, at last, in the 80s. That should hit the spot for many. I know my mother-in-law doesn't take off her sweater until the mercury hits the 80s. There's a chance for some showers late Wednesday and Thursday, but the rest of the week looks dry.
In June, the average high temperatures at BWI rise from 79 degrees to 86 degrees by month's end. The average lows climb from 57 to 64 degrees.
The record highs are in the 90s and 100s, with an all-time June record of 105 degrees, set on June 29, 1934. Imagine that day in a Baltimore rowhouse before air conditioning! No wonder they slept in the parks on hot summer nights back then. Anybody remember that? Leave a comment and tell us about it.
The record lows for the month are in the 40s and 50s. The all-time chilly morning in June was a 40-degree surprise on June 11, 1972. That was the same June when the remains of hurricane Agnes (click here and scroll to the bottom of the page that appears) struck Maryland, with disastrous effects. The storm dropped more than 6 inches of rain at the airport on June 21-22. It also contributed to the wettest June on record here - 9.95 inches. (The driest June was in 1954, when the airport recorded barely .15 of an inch of rain.
June also brings the opening of the Atlantic hurricane season. But the peak in hurricane activity is in late summer - from late August through September. The season ends Nov. 30. Dr. William Gray's latest predictions for the season are looking more dire. For the good doctor's latest forecast from Colorado State University, just out today, click here.