A cold morning, but no record here
Woke up this morning to a chilly 35 degrees out on the WeatherDeck in Cockeysville. Started out the door with a light jacket, and my wife stopped me. "Is that going to be enough?" she asked me?
Now, you need to understand that she works for the Baltimore County schools, where they turn off the furnaces on April 15. The staff at her school has been freezing for two weeks. (Sorry. No pay raises, and no heat either for the folks who teach our kids.) She can't wear enough clothes to stay warm in the classroom. It took her all evening at home to warm up again. And our furnace kicked on last night.
But I digress. I stepped outside, and it was cold alright. But I kept the light jacket. The sun was bright and warm, and the air has warmed up quickly this morning. Downtown, at Calvert & Centre streets, the overnight low was only 47 degrees - about normal for this time of year.
Out at BWI, the thermometer slipped to 36 degrees this morning. But as chilly as that was, it was just shy of the record low for an April 30 at BWI, which was 32 degrees, set back in 1961, during the Kennedy Adminstration.
Here are some other overnight lows reported this morning from around the region:
Forecasters are looking for a high this afternoon around 60 degrees, about 10 degrees cooler than the longterm average.
Here's the good news. This month's Goldilocks weather has saved us a bundle in both heating and cooling expenses. The total of heating degree-days for April at BWI ran 25 percent below the longterm averages, meaning a 25 percent savings in consumption, all else being equal. And cooling degree-days were also very scarce, running 40 percent below the norm.
That silence from the furnace and the AC compressors is like the jingle of change in your pocket. Enjoy it.