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May 17, 2010

Gray and drippy; not summer yet

Okay, so now we pay the price for the terrific Preakness Weekend weather we just enjoyed. Low pressure over the Ohio Valley Monday is dragging clouds and showers across much of the region. The most substantial rainfall is confined to Southern Maryland and Virginia, while Harford County and points north and east seem to be escaping it for now.

But we're stuck here under gray, damp and chilly skies. Temperatures may not get beyond the low 60s today, and will struggle to reach the 60s on Tuesday. Normal highs for BWI at this time of Rainy day in Baltimoreyear are in the mid-70s.

Later today into Tuesday, a secondary low will develop over the Carolinas, forecasters say, then move off the coast and up toward New England. That will pump cool Atlantic moisture into the region, keeping us damp and chilly on Tuesday, while producing heavier rains to our north and east.

We'll still be seeing light showers on Wednesday, with highs still stuck in the 60s before these systems move along. (Hey, it could have been raw and drippy for the Preakness. Count your blessings.)

By late Wednesday into Thursday, things should finally begin to clear out as high pressure moves in. Sunny skies are in the forecast for Thursday, with highs in the mid-70s. Friday looks even better, if the forecast holds up, with more sunshine and a high near 80 degrees at BWI as the high moves off the coast.

That, of course, is the prelude to the next round of showers and thunderstorms, which are forecast for - sorry - the weekend. They're calling for mostly cloudy skies Saturday and Sunday, with highs in the mid-70s. 

(SUN PHOTO/Amy Davis, 2005)

Posted by Frank Roylance at 10:52 AM | | Comments (0)
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This site is the Maryland Weather archive. The current Maryland Weather blog can be found here.
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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