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July 16, 2010

Welcome to the Hot Zone

Artscape crowd BaltimoreToday marks the start of what is, statistically, the hottest week (nine days, by one count) of the year for Baltimore. From July 16 through the 25th, the average high temperature at BWI (based on a 30-year average from 1971-2000) is 88 degrees.

After the 25th, the averages begin to go down again, headed for the lows of mid-January. Actually, they probably start down before then, around the 20th, but due to rounding by the National Weather Service, the whole-number averages read 88 degrees until the 26th.

Which, of course, is why the powers that be always schedule Artscape ("Three days of sweat, sunburn and claustrophobia") for this week. Makes perfect sense. 

The high today at BWI-Marshall was 98 degrees, after a high of 95 on Thursday. The forecast calls for highs in the low 90s right through the end of next week, 3 to 5 degrees above the average each day, with no more than a 30 percent chance for a cooling shower or thunderstorm. 

(SUN PHOTO: Christopher T. Assaf, 2004)

Posted by Frank Roylance at 5:10 PM | | Comments (4)
Categories: By the numbers
        

Comments

Frank,
I'm waiting for the post:
http://www.noaanews.noaa.gov/stories2010/20100715_globalstats.html

The Earth is burning! The Earth is burning!

FR: No need. You've done it for me. Thanks.

Is the archived weather data that used to be on this site available anymore or anywhere?

Also what happened to "a year ago today"? Has there ever been a change that was made for the better?

FR: The archived weather data is still available in the "Resources and Sun coverage" section, main page of the Weather Blog. The link is the 6th item down from the top. You can use it to see the weather "a year ago today." I am lobbying to get it back on the Maryland Weather main page. And yes, many changes are made for the better. The entire newspaper - and more - is now available free online. Better for many readers. For the industry? Not so much.

oh, it's soooo miserable outside. Can't wait until Fall arrives.

I'd be happy to see a high of 88 for few days. Sigh.

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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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