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February 14, 2011

Mercury hits 65 at BWI

The noontime temperature at BWI-Marshall Airport was 65 degrees, the wamest reading there since Nov. 23.

Kite BaltimoreIt was 64 here at Calvert and Centre streets, 66 at Washington's Reagan National Airport, 63 at Dulles International, 65 at Charlottesville, Va. and 63 at Annapolis.

UPDATE, 3:30 p.m.: Looks like the front has passed; the barometer is headed up again, and the temperature is headed down. Looks like 66 will be the day's high at BWI, 70 at Washington. UPDATED UPDATE: The FINAL, OFFICIAL high was 67 degrees.

Cooler weather lies ahead as a cold front moves through this afternoon, but we should be back in the 60s by Thursday and Friday.

So what are you doing to enjoy this break in what has been a pretty persistently cold winter? With all the wind that's going to pick up this afternoon, it seems like a perfect day for kites.

(SUN PHOTO: Lloyd Fox, Jan. 2007)

Posted by Frank Roylance at 12:50 PM | | Comments (4)
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Thanks for response to my other question about coldest day. Today validates Punxatuaney Phil huh? I am anxious to break out my bike for NCR trail but I need a little more snow to melt. Thinking Thursday will be a great start to cycling season. YES!

Frank, great job with your weather blog. Just curious if there is any way to find out why the wind speed indicator at the inner harbor NWS weather station is never reported on the NWS website? For those of us listening to the house moan under the heavy winds tonight, it would be interesting to know how strong the wind is downtown.

FR: Thanks! The NWS weather station at the Maryland Science Center is not a full-service station. It does not report wind or precipitation, just temperature, humidity (dew point) and barometric pressure. You can check The Sun's station, but the anemometer there is not in an ideal spot. It's partly sheltered by the Sun building. Our top gust yesterday was only 17 mph. You can also check the NOAA station at Ft. McHenry, where winds gusted to 32 mph at about 9:45 p.m. Monday. http://bsun.md/hui5YI

That was pretty warm for February 14th in Baltimore. Was it near a record high?

FR: The final high on Monday at BWI was 67 degrees. That was three degrees short of the record of 70, set on the date in 1990. The low Monday was 41 degrees, so the average was 54 degrees. That's 19 degrees above the long-term average for the date.

re: Kites -- it really depends on your kite and your line -- make sure they're rated for high, gusty winds!

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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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