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March 13, 2009

Snow dusts Southern Maryland; rainy weekend ahead

Maybe this was our Farewell to Winter storm. Parts of St. Mary's, Calvert, Charles and Prince George's counties reported a dusting to a half-inch of snow on unpaved surfaces this morning as a weak storm drifted across the Carolinas and bumped into the dome of cold air to the north.

 Here is the radar loop. Here are some of the reports from the NWS and CoCoRaHS::

Park Hall, St. Mary's County:  0.8 inch

Waldorf:  0.5 inch

White Plains:  0.3 inch

Salisbury:  0.3 inch

Solomons:  0.2 inch

Lusby:  0.1 inch

There was a bit of snow in the air behind the White House TV reporters this morning. But the best this disturbance could manage across the region was 3 inches in Pendleton County in West Virginia's eastern panhandle. Hightown, in Highland County, Va., reported 3.5 inches.

Temperatures will remain well below normal, with rain for the weekend. Pretty dreary. Good for reading or sitting in a pub. And we won't break out of it until mid-week. Forecasters see a high near 60 degrees on Wednesday.

I think we should hang up the snow shovels for the year; we're through with winter. What we need now is a long, hard rain. And forecasters at Sterling are giving us a 40 percent chance of rain Saturday and Sunday. No good for the St. Patrick's Day Parade, but whatever we get - and they're calling for less than an inch - should be very welcome. BWI has had barely 3 inches since New Year's Day.

Looks like Prof. Foot's prediction of surprise delays for school openings in Southern Maryland today fell short. But there were a few late openings out in west-central Virginia - Nelson, Rappahannock and Page county schools, according to Steve Zubrick, the science officer at Sterling.

Posted by Frank Roylance at 11:18 AM | | Comments (1)
Categories: Winter weather



What gives with the dry weather? I think they should hang a "closed for business" sign on the Gulf of Mexico and Atlantic Ocean. There has to be some overridng reason for this drought. Strong La Nina? The NAO tilting the wrong way? Something? What say you?

FR: La Nina. This is a pretty typical La Nina-driven, southeast drought pattern. Ditto for the Southwest. Last year's shift to the cold phase of the Pacific Decadal Oscillation may be reinforcing it. At least that's what the climate folks have told me.

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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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