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September 4, 2009

Who needs Hawaii? Perfect weather here continues

Ocean City, MD 

This is why I love living in Maryland; the long, beautiful autumns and springs. Although it is nominally summertime for 18 more days, we have shifted into an early-autumn weather pattern that promises more mild and pleasant temperatures and dry air as far as the old weather-eye can see. Which is about a week.

High pressure over the Great Lakes continues to spin clockwise, pulling cool, dry air down from New England and Canada, holding hotter, more humid and rainy weather at bay well to our south and east. The weak coastal low that is sending rain bands into coastal New Jersey and Long Island won't make it here. So we're cleared for a terrific, long Labor Day holiday.

The fine weather is slated to stretch well into next week, with some moisture creeping in toward the end of the 7-day outlook.

And that outlook beats Honolulu's forecast hands down. They're looking at temperatures in the high 80s, with showers likely both day and night. We're expected to see highs mostly in the lower 80s (except for Saturday, when we could reach 87 at BWI) with no rain in sight.

ErikaOut at the beaches, temperatures will be a bit lower - near 80s degrees. But skies should stay clear. The only worry for holiday visitors will be the onshore winds, which are forecast to bring some rough surf and a moderate risk of rip currents.

In the meantime, Tropical Storm Erika has fallen apart (left), and its remnants are expected to stay well east of Maryland after the middle of next week, with no impact here.

Party on. 

(SUN PHOTO/Barbara Haddock Taylor 2008)

Posted by Frank Roylance at 9:56 AM | | Comments (2)
Categories: Forecasts


All of a sudden there's rain in the forecast for all week. How does that change so unexpectedly?

FR: Meteorology, not economics, is the dismal science. The Great Lakes high moves offshore, spinning clockwise, drawing Atlantic moisture inland; a coastal low develops off the Southeastern states, spinning counterclockwise; and the two combine to send us clouds, cool temperatures and the threat of rain. Forecasters and their models do their best to see into the future, but it is a science with a bazillion variables that cannot be safely predicted more than 3 to 5 days in advance. The "all-clear" forecasts were made late last week.

Hi... Somewhere on this site, I think I saw something about meteorological seasons as opposed to astrological seasons. I wrote a little tiny piece about it on my blog here.

FR: Thanks for letting me know.

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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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