« Beautiful weather goes downhill from here | Main | UM Clark School team lofts human-power 'copter »

May 13, 2011

Get used to it: showers and T-storms through Thurs.

If you were planning any gardening, camping, hiking, parties or weddings during the next seven days, the forecast from the National Weather Service will not be a pleasant read for you today.NWS

There is no sunshine to be seen in the document, just words like "scattered showers, cloudy, possibly a thunderstorm, new rainfall amounts," and, finally, for four days running next week, "a chance of showers and thunderstorms."

At least the new grass will get a good start, right? And the pollen counts should be lower. I know I can be thankful for that.

AccuWeather.comOh, and the Coastal Flood Advisory posted a few days back has been extended to 8 p.m. Saturday, as south and east winds continue to hold water in the Chesapeake. High tides will run 1 to 2 feet above normal Friday and Saturday, with "minor" flooding in low-lying areas. The Hazardous Weather Outlook posted Friday morning also notes that the onshore winds will strengthen this weekend, and could increase the flooding to "moderate."

The problem appears to be a low-pressure area in the Ohio Valley that is drawing moisture up from the Gulf and the Atlantic Ocean. It is expected to stall for the next few days, so the counter-clockwise circulation around the low will continue to bring us unsettled weather into the middle of next week. Nice.

The highest risk for rain, storms and flash flooding today will be in the western counties. Flash Flood Watches are already up for Allegany County, including the cities of Frostburg and Cumberland. One to two inches of rain are expected there today. Amounts could be higher in thunderstorms.

The big rain risks for Central Maryland come Saturday night and Sunday, when the chances rise to 70 and 80 percent. Forecasters aren't entirely sure how bad it may get here. But they do seem to be hinting that Sunday could be more problematic than Saturday.

Not that it matters much. Wet is wet.

Posted by Frank Roylance at 10:13 AM | | Comments (0)
Categories: Forecasts

Post a comment

All comments must be approved by the blog author. Please do not resubmit comments if they do not immediately appear. You are not required to use your full name when posting, but you should use a real e-mail address. Comments may be republished in print, but we will not publish your e-mail address. Our full Terms of Service are available here.

Verification (needed to reduce spam):

About Frank Roylance
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

Sign up for FREE weather alerts*
Get free Baltimore Sun mobile alerts
Sign up for weather text alerts

Returning user? Update preferences.
Sign up for more Sun text alerts
*Standard message and data rates apply. Click here for Frequently Asked Questions.
Maryland Weather Center

Area Weather Stations
Resources and Sun coverage
• Weather news

• Readers' photos

• Data from the The Sun's weather station

• 2011 stargazers' calendar

• Become a backyard astronomer in five simple steps

• Baltimore Weather Archive
Daily airport weather data for Baltimore from 1948 to today

• National Weather Service:
Sterling Forecast Office

• Capital Weather Gang:
Washington Post weather blog

• CoCoRaHS:
Community Collaborative Rain, Hail and Snow Network. Local observations by volunteers

• Weather Bug:
Webcams across the state

• National Data Buoy Center:
Weather and ocean data from bay and ocean buoys

• U.S. Drought Monitor:
Weekly maps of drought conditions in the U.S.

• USGS Earthquake Hazards Program:
Real-time data on earthquakes

• Water data:
From the USGS, Maryland

• National Hurricane Center

• Air Now:
Government site for air quality information

• NWS Climate Prediction Center:
Long-term and seasonal forecasts

• U.S. Climate at a Glance:
NOAA interactive site for past climate data, national, state and city

• Clear Sky Clock:
Clear sky alerts for stargazers


• Hubblesite:
Home page for Hubble Space Telescope

• Heavens Above:
Everything for the backyard stargazer, tailored to your location

• NASA Eclipse Home Page:
Centuries of eclipse predictions

• Cruise Critic: Hurricane Zone:
Check to see how hurricanes may affect your cruise schedule

• Warming World:
NASA explains the science of climate change with articles, videos, “data visualizations,” and space-based imagery.

• What on Earth:
NASA blog on current research at the space agency.
Most Recent Comments
Blog updates
Recent updates to news blogs
 Subscribe to this feed
Charm City Current
Stay connected