It only seems cold
Quit complaining, Baltimore. We've been spoiled. Actually, the weather yesterday and today has been pretty close to normal for this time of year - warmer, even. And from here through the weekend, we will likely return to the above-average temperatures we've seen throughout the month of January. Here's how it shakes out:
After the cold front blew through, Tuesday produced a high of 49 degrees at BWI and a low of 29. That yields an average of 39 degrees, which is 7 degrees above normal for the date. (The average high and low for Jan. 25 are 41 and 23 degrees.)
Wednesday's high was 43 and the low was 34. That, too, averages out to 39 degrees, also 7 degrees above average for the date. Warm, right?
The forecast high and low for today are 41 and 20, which is pretty darm close to normal (41 and 23). But even if it's a shade below normal, it would be just the second below-average day in the whole month. (The other was Jan. 7, when the high of 38 and the low of 21 put us a slim 2 degrees below average for the date. Every other day this month has been warmer than the 30-year average - 12 of them by double-digit-degree margins.) We're still running better than 9 degrees above normal for the month.
We had nice, clear skies today. Here's how we looked from space. And the weekend promises more (relatively) mild weather. They're calling for highs between 47 and 57 degrees through Monday, and lows from 26 to 38 degrees.
What's made it feel much colder, of course, has been the wind. It's been gusting to more than 30 mph at BWI, off and on, since Wednesday morning. Plus, we've grown used to the mild weather and to the lack of snow that's persisted since mid-December.
There's no snow in the forecast, either. If that holds through Tuesday - and it should - we'll close the month with no more than a trace of snow at Baltimore-Washington International Airport. As we've noted here before, that would make January 2006 only the sixth January since 1883 to end with no measureable snowfall for Baltimore at all. (There was no snow, period, in January 1937. And they measured only a trace four other times - in January 1913, 1914, 1934 and 1973.)
So, we've apparently slipped unscathed through what is typically the coldest, snowiest month of the year in Baltimore. February could bring a harsh shift in the weather. But the statistics, at least are with us.