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May 8, 2007

OK, maybe a little rain

National Weather forecasters have begun to slip some rain and possible thunderstorms into their forecast for Baltimore, chopping up what had looked like a perfect, sunny week ahead.

The culprit is an odd storm system spinning off the coasts of Georgia and the Carolinas - almost like a little tropical storm system, except that it doesn't have a warm core like a tropical storm would.  Here's a look at the satellite view. And here's the satellite loop. You can see the storm's outer clouds moving into southern Maryland. That swirling low will shove some clouds and drizzle our way tonight as the storm moves slowly toward the coast. 

The National Hurricane Center is watching the storm to see whether it develops tropical qualities. If it does, and it gets strong enough, it could become Tropical Storm Andrea nearly a month before the official opening of the 2007 Hurricane Season. 

The good news, I suppose, is that the clouds will keep us from getting quite as cold tonight as it was last night - 48 here at Calvert & Centre streets.

The bad news is the moisture will hang around long enough to impose a "slight" risk of thundershowers for the next few days. And more moisture will move in on us ahead of a cold front as the weekend approaches. Rain chances jump to 50 percent Friday night and Saturday. Sunday looks better from here, but there's more rain on tap for early next week.


Posted by Frank Roylance at 5:05 PM | | Comments (0)
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This site is the Maryland Weather archive. The current Maryland Weather blog can be found here.
Frank Roylance is a reporter for The Baltimore Sun. He came to Baltimore from New Bedford, Mass. in 1980 to join the old Evening Sun. He moved to the morning Sun when the papers merged in 1992, and has spent most of his time since covering science, including astronomy and the weather. One of The Baltimore Sun's first online Web logs, the Weather Blog debuted in October 2004. In June 2006 Frank also began writing comments on local weather and stargazing for The Baltimore Sun's print Weather Page. Frank also answers readers’ weather queries for the newspaper and the blog. Frank Roylance retired in October 2011. Maryland Weather is now being updated by members of The Baltimore Sun staff

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