Mercury crowds 90 by Friday; more showers due
There seems to be little letup in sight for this showery weather. The National Weather Service has posted chances for showers and thunderstorms in Central Maryland right through Saturday as we remain stuck alongside a stalled cold front just to our north. The most likely period for storms will be today (Tuesday) and tonight, with probabilities of 50 to 70 percent.
But that hardly seems notable given all the wet weather we've seen this month. What's new in the forecast is the first prediction of 90-degree weather for the year. That would come Friday, if the folks out in Sterling, Va. have it right. Think heat AND humidity.
UPDATE, 4 p.m.: The updated forecast now calls for a high of 89 on Friday at BWI. Given the NWS habit of low-balling hot weather at BWI, I think we're quite likely to make 90. And a sunny forecast for Sunday through Tuesday has boosted the predicted highs to 89, 90 and 92 degrees. So how's your AC working?
We're behind last year's pace for 90-plus days in Baltimore. By this time in 2010 we had already seen two (April 6, 7) and would experience three more before the month ended. We tallied 59 before the year was out, a new record.
The week won't be entirely gray. Mostly or partly sunny skies are expected (between the showers) each day through Saturday. And there is no mention of rain for Sunday or Monday - Memorial Day. So at least part of the long holiday weekend will be drip-free.
We are still dealing with a Coast Flood Advisory for the Western Shore until 6 a.m. Wednesday. High tides will run 1 to 2 feet above the norms.
The thunderstorm photo above was sent to me this morning by Karen Pierce-Blandamer, in Pasadena. It was shot Monday, looking east across the Chesapeake Bay. "Our 6-year-old daughter came in from outside yesterday evening saying, 'Doesn't this look like a mushroom cloud?'" she wrote.
It does, but thankfully it's a pretty classic thunderstorm "anvil" cloud that has caught the evening sunilight. Thanks for sharing it.