Chamber of Commerce weather
Not a lot to write about when the weather is like this. Sunny, in the 60s, with trees in blossom everywhere. Thought you'd like to see what a beautiful day in Maryland looks like from the other side of the atmosphere. Here's a shot (click on the photo at right), snapped at midday Thursday by NASA's Terra Earth Observing Satellite, showing the eastern United States from orbit. Clear skies prevailed over Maryland. Looks like a bit of ice remaining in Lake Erie. Clouds to our south and west. You can even see the spring green-up moving our way from the South. For a closer look, click here, and then on the image. Rest your cursor over the picture when it pops up, then click on the enlarger button that appears at lower right.
The forecast shows some showers moving in for much of the weekend. The barometer has been falling sharply since late this morning. But temperatures will remain pleasant.
Forecasters looking ahead well into next week, however, see a new invasion of cold air from the Canadian arctic. That's got a few prognosticators watching computer models that suggest a storm system running along the edge of that cold air could bring an Easter snow to the Midwest, or Tennessee, the Appalachians or the Middle Atlantic states. Here's AccuWeather's Henry "Always-Ready-to-Predict-Snow-for-the-East-Coast" Margusity on the prospects. But all that's a long way off. Lots can change.
On the other hand, if you think snow is impossible in Maryland in April, here's something from the NWS you should read:
"April 27-28, 1928: A late season heavy snow storm struck western Maryland. A nor'easter brought heavy snow, sleet and rain to Frederick, Washington, and Allegany Counties with rain and gale force winds east of there. The Allegheny Mountain highlands received 25 to 30 inches of snow. Oakland reported 16 inches. It all melted within two to three days causing the upper Potomac River to flood. Telegraph, telephone and electric services were completely knocked out. Damages to these services were estimated at $200,000 (1928) dollars. High winds accompanied the storm. In Middletown, Frederick County, a number of houses were unroofed and many trees were uprooted, signs and outbuildings blown down, and the baseball park grandstand was demolished. In Baltimore, the press stand at the stadium was unroofed, several plate glass store windows blown in, signs and billboards blown down, and trees were uprooted."