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October 16, 2009

Ireland on the Patapsco; cold drizzle continues

The full range of temperatures here at The Sun from Thurday afternoon to Friday morning was a measly 6 degrees - from a high of 47 to a low this morning of 41. It was colder out on the WeatherDeck this morning, and out at BWI, too, where we dipped to 40 degrees and tied the coldest reading for the season so far.

The prospects aren't any better. Forecasters out at Sterling expect daytimes highs will be stuck in the 40s through Sunday. And that, as we've noted, will set a new record of four straight days in October below 50 degrees. We've had three straight October days in the 40s before, but never four since record-keeping began in 1871.

Official forecast highs for the airport:  45, 44 and 46 degrees, for Friday through Sunday.

And, there are more records set to fall, says Steve Zubrick, science and operations officer for the NWS forecast office in Sterling:

"Also, today (Thursday), broke  the record low maximum of 50 set in 1876 ! And, if we actually get three more days of sub-50 Fahrenheit ... those will all be new record low maxima. Yesterday's (Wednesday's) high of 50 degrees F at BWI tied the record low max ... Impressive early-season cold."

And wait! There's more...

"If our forecast holds...that would make  5 days of record LO-MAX readings. I'll have to look that up...and I did. The longest number of consecutive days in a given year of setting the record LO-MAX happens to be 5 in a row...back from Feb. 9-13, 1899. What a cold snap that was! (Daily high temperature) readings were 8 / 3 / 11/ 11/ 10 during that spell...and the reading of 3-above on the 10th of Feb. is the all-time lowest LO-MAX reading for Baltimore for not only the month (Feb) but for the entire year."

Then there's the drizzle. The dripping that began on Wednesday has added up to just two-thirds of an inch here at The Sun. Ditto for BWI. But it has made for plenty of headaches on the morning and afternoon commutes. Not sure why that is. I know rain flummoxes drivers in Los Angeles, but I thought it took a "wintry mix" to do that to Marylanders.

Speaking of wintry mixes, forecasters are still noting the possibility of rain AND snow for Saturday night in suburbs west and north of Baltimore and Washington, including WestminsterHagerstown and points west could see snow mix in by tonight. Garrett County is looking at some accumulating snow today and through the weekend.

State College, PA. recorded its earliest measurable snowfall, with 0.3 inch on the ground Thursday.

And then there are the high tides. The lingering low pressure off the coast is drawing more water up into the Chesapeake Bay, and easterly winds are throwing it up against the Western Shore. Coastal Flood Advisories are posted for the region.

Add to that the new moon on Sunday and we have water lapping up over the shoreline. Eric Bates checked in from Quinby, Va., this morning, with a photo of the flooding along the piers there. Anyone else have any Maryland high-tide photos this morning?

Minor flooding Quinby, Va.

Then there's this, from the Associated Press:

An autumn storm brought snow to parts of Pennsylvania, New York and New Jersey, the earliest snow on record in some towns used to harsh winters.

Cornell University weather scientists say the snow that started Thursday set records for the earliest date with an inch of snow in Binghamton, Ithaca and Olean in New York and Altoona and State College in Pennsylvania.

The National Weather Service says there's 4.5 inches of snow in State College, Pa., and 2 more inches are possible through Saturday morning.

Port Allegany in northwestern Pennsylvania and Perrysburg in western New York both got more than 3 inches of snow. Most areas east of Lake Erie and parts of northwestern New Jersey got 2 inches or less.

Posted by Frank Roylance at 10:39 AM | | Comments (5)
Categories: Forecasts


What a week for an outdoor play ! (Julius Caesar, Ellicott City,

Will we be rained out all weekend? Will future weekends be nicer, possibly? (show runs till 11/1).

FR: Yes.

3F as a record Lo-Max? I recall a day with a range of -2 to +2 during one of those two to three week cold spells, probably in the late 1980s-90s.

FR: Sounds like you're recalling Jan. 19, 1994, when the HIGH temperature at BWI was 5 degrees. (The low was minus-5 degrees.) That set a record for the date and for the month. It's also the only single-digit high temp for Baltimore in the 20th or 21st centuries. Maybe it was colder where you were.

Frank, This weather is a joke. Will it ever end? I lost my sunglasses last week, but why worry since I won't be needing them for quite a while anyway!! Thanks.

The sound of rain has stopped here in Ellicott City, at least for the time being. I've recorded a soggy 3.51 inches of rain since Thursday. I'm going to be very happy to see the sun tomorrow!

FR:Thanks for the report. It's been quite an event. We have 3.69 on the WeatherDeck in Cockeysville. That's the total since this all began on Wednesday. We've had 0.99 inch since midnight.

Hmmm. The photo of the weirdos -- could it be the Roylance family perchance!

Good pic.


FR: I really couldn't say...

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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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