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March 14, 2011

After the clouds and rain Weds., 74 on Friday

We always look forward to Fridays, but this week there's an added bonus - a forecast of partly sunny skies and a high of 74 degrees. That would be our first foray into the 70s since Feb. 18, and only our third day this year with highs that warm.

So if you have a day off due, and you want to hit the trail, or the links, or the park, Friday looks like your day.

Spring sunshineBut first we'll have to deal with another round of rain late Tuesday into Wednesday, and highs no better than the 50s. The clouds start moving in from the north later today. Showers may start to break out Tuesday afternoon, picking up overnight and leaving a quarter- to a half-inch before ending sometime Wednesday morning.

That rain will come on top of the 3.69 inches already this month, and would put us close to, or over the average rainfall for March, which is 3.93 inches at BWI. 

The storm is brewing today (Monday) in the Mississippi Valley, and will begin increasing our cloud cover in the next 24 hours as the high-pressure system that brought us fine weekend weather moves east.

Once the high is offshore on Tuesday, the rain will begin moving in from the southwest. Baltimoreans can expect the showers to start after 3 p.m. Tuesday, picking up overnight and ending by noon Wednesday, forecasters say.

Then the sunshine returns, and temperatures climb toward the 74-degree high forecast for Friday. Another cold front slips by late Friday, dropping weekend highs back into the more seasonable 50s. But the sunshine should remain, if forecasters have it right. 

The spring equinox arrives on Sunday, marking the official start of spring.

(SUN PHOTO: Kenneth K. Lam, March 2008)

Posted by Frank Roylance at 10:56 AM | | Comments (0)
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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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