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January 4, 2010

Snow flurries today; week ends colder

Baltimore's western suburbs could see some accumulating snow showers Monday afternoon as frigid air swinging around the deep low-pressure area centered on the Gulf of Maine, and a high over central Canada continues to influence our weather.

Forecasters out at Sterling said flurries and snow showers will be widespread later today, with as much as a half-inch accumulating west of the urban corridor. Snow continues to fall, meanwhile, out in far western Maryland, with Winter Weather Advisories continued through tonight for 2 to 4 inches of additional accumulation in the Alleghenies.Cold January in Baltimore

Ah, winter.

And that's not the half of it. As cold as it's been - and we've had 22 days of below-average temperatures since Dec. 1 - there is another arctic outbreak poised to surge into the Great Plains with more sub-zero temperatures and wind-chills.

And forecasters expect the cold air will eventually spread across the eastern two-thirds of the country, all the way to the Florida peninsula. That will drive our temperatures (after a brief "warmup" at mid-week) back into the 20s for daytime highs by week's end, and deep into the teens at night.

With that cold firmly in place, everybody's watching for the next storm systems to arrive. The first will likely be a relatively light snow-producer, tracking across the country from the Northern Plains to the East Coast with just a few inches of fluffy snow, but sending it deep into the South where snow is scarce, forecasters say.

The second shoe to drop will be a coastal low that's also expected to develop later in the week. How that will connect with the cross-country storm, and whether the coastal storm will charge up the beach or head out to sea, remain in question. 

But for now, in this morning's forecast discussion, Sterling's forecasters are saying that conditions expected later this week "favor at least non-negligible chances for precipitation Thursday night and Friday in the forecast area. Expected thermodynamic profiles favor snow."\

(SUN PHOTO/Amy Davis/January 2000) 

Posted by Frank Roylance at 11:12 AM | | Comments (10)
Categories: Forecasts


It seems that the systems that we are hesitant to forecast are the ones that hit us hard.

Frank, Funny how there's not much talk of global warming now...Virtually the whole country has been in a deep freeze and shoveling snow for some time now and it looks like it will only continue. I guess the 'global warming groupies' are running out of scare tactics to use to create a stir...Or maybe they're too busy scraping the ice off their windshields! Thanks.


"I guess the 'global warming groupies' are running out of scare tactics to use to create a stir"

Its historically hotter as a average planet wide. This may in some places lead to actual colder weather and most everywhere "Different" weather patterns. Now why this is happening is still sorta open for debate but really no one with 1/10 of a scientific brain is saying because Maryland is colder Global Warming is a myth. Now that would be a crackpot theory.

I just chuckle at people who say because one tenth of one percent of the earth at one point in the year is colder that the rest of the planet must be also.

We still revolve around the sun right. ??

And Global weather is not determined by what happens in Maryland right ???

Frank As Always Thank You For This "Scientifically Accurate" blog and the occasional humor in some of your comment posts. Keeps me warm on these cold days :-)

FR: Bless you. Wasn't sure I could say "This is weather, not climate" one more time.

And some people are STILL saying that Global warming is real..... HAH!

To F. Smith.... the entirety of the UNITED STATES and North America as almost a whole are UNDER or at record colds for this time of the year.... and that has been true for the entire month of December.

It's time for you and your brainwashed ilk to realize that global warming is nothing more than BUNk that you have been snowed into believing by various people, most of them rabid enviroloonies as I call them.

yes, global warming is a hoax because it gets cold... in the winter. brilliant.

F. Smith - "And Global weather is not determined by what happens in Maryland right ???" No it is not. Take a look at this link:

It is not just Maryland.


Now read the part where the 2000's was the warmest decade which eclipsed the 1990's and eclipsed the 1980's.

Of course its good science to base a "Trend" on a few months data right guys ???

Most global weather change is a result of the global warming we are experiencing. Its going to get colder some places and warmer as a whole planet wide.

yes, global warming is a hoax because it gets cold... in the winter. brilliant.

Posted by: lesley | January 5, 2010 7:05 AM

No, global warming is a hoax because for the last few winters, we have been having NEAR RECORD LOWS most of the time... not 'higher temperatures' than usual, but NEAR THE LOWEST NUMBERS THAT WE HAVE EVER HAD.

Same thing in the summer....while it is hot, many states in June were not any hotter than they historically had been 100 years ago!

Same thing with the rest of the world: no 'big increases' in temperatures in the summer compared to 100 years ago, and no steep DECREASES either.

To F. Smith: If you would have read my earlier entry, I specifically mentioned that virtually all of North America, AND NOT just Maryland has been experiencing very cold and snowy conditions.

As for this decade being the warmest and eclipsing previous decade's, has it ever dawned on anyone in the global warming community that maybe this is just a random act of nature that can't be explained. Of course scientists need to come up with something to put in school textbooks, but it could just as easily be a totally random pattern.

BTW, I'm confused how people who have a different opinion than yourself automatically rate as, 'crackpots' with '1/10th of a scientific brain' use your exact words. Reasonable people can disagree without having to resort to name calling....It's too bad you find that elitist, liberal attitude necessary. It definitely doesn't help your argument.

I'm sorry, but even Germany is experiencing subzero temps that are breaking records---and China has had more snow fall this past few weeks than they have had for nearly 60 years. The planet goes in cycles--just because we happen to see a cycle, doesn't mean its the end of the world--it only means we're seeing a cycle of the planets climate change. The planet will survive long after us humans have destroyed it with our greed and polution.

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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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