The End is Near
No, not the second Flood, or the End of the World. The end is near for this five-day stretch of unseasonably cold and very wet weather.
The National Weather Service is forecasting sunshine for Monday - and nearly the entire week (through Thursday) - with high temperatures climbing in to the 60s, to near 70 by Thursday. The deep low-pressure system that has brought us the latest of the cold and rain is now off Delmarva, and will soon be moving off to sea. The rain is moving into New England. That will allow high pressure to build in (the barometer is already rising) and bring us nicer, more seasonable, weather.
But it's been a long time coming. And we still face a 90-percent chance of more rain today, and a high, again, in the 40s.
As we've noted before, we expect today will mark the fourth consecutive day with highs below 50 degrees. If so, it will be the first time that's ever (since record-keeping began in 1871) occurred in October in Baltimore. It will also be only the second time on record (the last was in 1899) that we have set (or tied) all-time record-low maximum temperatures for five consecutive days.
UPDATE: Nope. The airport high today was 52 degrees. So we had only three straight days in the 40s (not four as I stated incorrectly earlier; we touched 50 on Wednesday). That ties the record. Today's high also exceeded the record-low maximum for the 18th of October by one degree. So we had only four straight days of tied or broken record low-maximums - one fewer than the record of five set in 1899. Here are the four new record-low maximums, and today's:
Oct. 14: 50 degrees (tied), 2009
Oct. 15: 43 degrees, 2009
Oct. 16: 48 degrees, 2009
Oct. 17: 45 degrees, 2009
Oct. 18: 51 degrees, 1972 (today 52 degrees)
Earlier post resumes...
Amazing. And that doesn't even touch the snow that readers have been reporting just over the line in Pennsylvania. I suspect we'll hear from others west of the city before long. Here are some Maryland snow totals from the NWS.
We've clocked an inch of rain since midnight Sunday morning here on the WeatherDeck in Cockeysville. The total since the rainy weather began on Wednesday (as of 8:30 Sunday morning) is 3.7 inches. That's about a month's worth of rain in five days. The total for the month so far is 3.86 inches.
At BWI, the NWS has recorded 3.18 inches since Wednesday. Here are some more totals from around the region for the 24 hours ending at midnight Saturday night.
At The Baltimore Sun station, Calvert & Centre streets, the instruments have recorded 2.6 inches of rain since Wednesday.
Some other readings since midnight Sunday morning:
Bishopville, Worcester County: 2.91 inches
Ellicott City, Howard County: 1.92 inches
Columbia, Howard County: 1.77 inches
Eldersburg, Carroll County: 1.67 inches
Severn, Anne Arundel County: 1.43 inches
Jarrettsville, Harford County: 1.26 inches
(SUN PHOTOS/Frank Roylance)