Perfect April weather
Thirty years ago this week (more or less), my wife and I were in Baltimore on a house-hunting trip. As we drove around with the real estate agent, we fell in love with the place. The azaleas were in bloom everywhere we looked. Some trees were still in blossom, and flower beds were full of color. And the weather was dry and sunny.
By the time we actually moved here from Massachusetts, of course, it was June. In a few weeks, the temperatures would climb into the 90s and 100s. The candles wilted atop their sticks. We had no AC in our cars (who needed it in New England?) and black plastic seats. And when the humidity soared, triggering thunderstorms just about every evening, we thought we had moved to the Amazon. It would be five more years before we could afford AC in the house. The best we could do was to install a whole-house fan in the attic.
But for a while there, in April, it was perfect. It's still my favorite month in Baltimore.
And this week is a perfect example. The National Weather Service is forecasting highs in the 60s to near 70 degrees all week - just about right for this time of year. We may see some showers by Wednesday evening if a disturbance out of the southwest makes it this far. But the April showers won't last long, and we'll be back into the sunshine by Thursday, if the forecasters are right.
Do you have a favorite weather month in Maryland? Probably not July, I'd wager. And my son is the only person I know who likes gray, cold, gloomy, wet days, like we often see in January. Give me April in Baltimore anytime.
(SUN PHOTO/ Algerina Perna, Roland Park, April 2001)