Record heat possible today
With a big, intense high pressure system to our south and east, pumping hot air up from the South, forecasters out at Sterling are looking for highs around 95 degrees in Baltimore this afternoon. If they're right, that could set a new record for the date and BWI.
UPDATE: The high today at BWI was 91 degrees, so no record was broken. Ninety-degree weather in September is not all that unusual. There were six days in the 90s in September 2007, and three days in October 2007. The hottest was 94 degrees on Oct. 9, which set a record for the date (as did the 91-degree reading the day before.) Previous post resumes below.
The high is the same one that steered Hurricane Ike across the Gulf into Texas, and then turned it toward the north, and now the northeast. The storm was just being swung around the southern, and then the western rim of the high's clockwise circulation. Now, the same system is carrying Ike's remnants north and east along the cold front at the top edge of the high, and across the Great Lakes. Looks like my mother-in-law in Erie, Pa. will get soaked. But not us. We won't be seeing a lot of rain tomorrow from Ike's remains as had been forecast late last week.
Instead, tomorrow we get partly sunny skies and highs in the 80s. There's no significant rain at all in the forecast for the week ahead. The cold front that's due to drop past us tomorrow will send our daytime temperatures back into the 70s, actually a bit below normal for this time of year at BWI.
Until then we're in for a mid-September scorcher today. If we really do reach 95 today at BWI, it will break the 94-degree record set for the date 77 years ago - back in 1931. It's more than 15 degrees hotter than the long-term average for a Sept. 14.