Gray and wet ... So what else is new?
The weather service has lots of ways to say it: Showers likely. Showers. Thunderstorms likely. Chance of thunderstorms. Chance of showers. Mostly cloudy. And they've used ALL those labels to describe the weather for Baltimore from today straight through next Monday night.
The wet, gray weather that kicked into gear on April 1 continues to dominate the region, making it easy to forget the few gorgeous breaks we've had, such as last weekend's dry, sunny spell.
Today's weather comes to us straight off the Atlantic Ocean, borne on winds out of the east and southeast, circulating counter-clockwise around a low pressure center to our west. That marine air explains the temperatures, which may not leave the 60s today or tonight; and the gray skies.
Those winds are pushing water up the Chesapeake and holding it there. The National Weather Service has issued a Coastal Flood Advisory through 6 p.m. Wednesday night for low-lying stretches along the Chesapeake and the tidal Potomac River. That switches to a Coastal Flood Watch tonight through Thursday morning.
The advisory and watch warn that bay water may rise 1 to 1.5 feet above predicted levels, and 2 feet at high tides. Moderate flooding of low-lying areas is possible. If you snap any photos of high water today, email them to me (email@example.com) and I'll post 'em here.
Any spit and drizzle we may see this morning will likely give way to more widespread rain this afternoon as low pressure presses in from the west. As that low moves by on Thursday, it will bring a warm front, with temperatures rising well into the 70s and a greater risk of thunderstorms.
Friday and Saturday look downright hot as yet another warm front pushes through the area. High temperatures could reach the upper 80s, possibly setting off more thunderstorms. And that will be followed by a another low and MORE rain late Friday into Saturday.
Had enough yet? Sorry. After a cold front brings some relief on Sunday, more chances for showers and thunderstorms appear in the forecast for Monday. You want sunny? Maybe Tuesday.
Since April 1, the instruments at BWI-Marshall Airport have recorded 17.38 inches of rain. That is 8,64 inches above the long-term averages, almost double.
And for the sunshine-starved, it will come as no surprise that the airport has recorded only 10 "clear" days in the 77 days since April 1. Another 38 were rated "partly cloudy," while 29 were "cloudy."
(SUN PHOTO/Karl Merton Ferron/June 2004)