Blizzards, drought, record heat ... one crazy year
The Summer of 2010 has ended (for meteorologists, at least) as the hottest on record for Baltimore and Washington. The hot summer weather comes after a Baltimore winter that saw more snow than any other winter since official record-keeping began in the 1880s.
We also had drought, and tied the record for the most 100-degree days in one calendar year (7).
And we still have four months to go. What else could happen? A hurricane?
The Baltimore Sun is going to be writing about this crazy year, and we're looking for your input. Leave us a comment below or email me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org . Tell us what you think about all the news-making weather we've had this year, and how it has affected you and your family.
Have you just hated the cold, the snow, the heat and the disruptions to your life? Or, do the changes in the weather provide spice and variety in an otherwise predictable routine?
How has the weather affected your budget? Did you lose money or make more money during the blizzards? How did the wintry weather affect your family budget? What about the summer heat? Have your air conditioning bills been a serious burden, or have you found ways to cool off without the AC? How have your gardens and lawns fared?
Do you think we're likely to see more extreme weather in the years to come, or has this just been an oddity that should be expected the more years we add to the record books?
Let us hear from you. If we decide to use your comments in the story, we will need to include your name and hometown. Thanks. - FR