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October 20, 2010

Hot weather contest winner sees two big snows

The WeatherBlog reader who correctly predicted the record 59 days of 90-degree-plus weather we saw this summer at BWI-Marshall is looking ahead to this winter's weather.

Ginger of the North"For the upcoming winter," said Angel Hernandez, of Easton, "I predict it to be less eventful than last year, with two notable storms of 6 inches and up. I hope I'm wrong for both my dog's and my inner child's sake."

The dog, Ginger, and the inner child, both want more snow than that. "Ginger loved the huge snows," Angel said. "See the attached 2 photos for reference." Here's one of them (left). Nice doggie.

Angel's prediction of 59 days of 90-degree weather over the summer was dead-on. The guesses from 16 other readers ranged from 38 days to 66 days. The average was 52 days, just below the previous record of 54 days, set in 1988.

"When I read your blog post," Angel said, "I figured we had already endured a record winter, so it would only make sense to be bold and choose a number that would blow away the previous record. Sixty days seemed too uniform; 58 was too even, too predictable. Fifty-nine had that edge; it said risktaker, but not outlandish." Very meteorological.

The long, hot summer came with its advantages, he said. "I usually hate Maryland summers andSun blizzard shirt the humidity they bring, but I can say that, thankfully, I embraced those string of 90+ temp days. I must've lost at least 15 pounds walking in the thick of it."

Thanks to Angel for participating. He will receive a fabulous Baltimore Sun "I Survived the Blizzards of 2010" T-shirt (photo, held by my editor, Kim Walker), originally available only to Sun staffers who helped keep the newspaper publishing (if not always physically delivered) during the blizzards of December 2009 and February 2010.

On the reverse, it features the Feb. 11 "Snow More" front page, with my byline among the many, and Jed Kirschbaum's terrific photo of wind-whipped snow on Park Avenue in Baltimore.

Runners-up get only glory. They are "Mark" (nucker1) with a guess of 60 days, and "Jack" and "Amer," with guesses of 61 each. "David" gets an honorable mention with his close-but-too-few guess of 55 days.

Watch this space on Dec. 1 for the opening of the Winter Snows Contest. You can submit your predictions then for the seasonal snow total at BWI-Marshall. and NOAA will be issuing their winter forecasts tomorrow, but we'll give our readers another few weeks to run their models and do their calculations.

Thanks to everyone who participated.

Posted by Frank Roylance at 11:08 AM | | Comments (2)
Categories: Forecasts


Thanks again for running the contest and the sweet gift! Just one *tiny* correction - I'm a guy. After 27 years of living with the name, you get used to it, so it's no big deal.

FR: Omigod. I'm so sorry. Never occurred to me to ask. It's been fixed.

Angel's comment about losing weight because of the heat made me laugh--me too! But I'd still rather lose it by eating less than by moving around in sweltering heat like we had. Don't miss that a bit!

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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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