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June 15, 2011

Do we need a Washington, D.C. forecast?


Washington DCTom Kusterer, in Ellicott City, writes: “Why doesn’t The Baltimore Sun’s weather page list [Washington] D.C. in its United States cities’ weather and temperature listings, or for that matter, anywhere on The Sun’s weather page?”  That other burg down the road? Actually, we do show their temperature forecast on the Maryland map. And, being just 35 miles away, their weather is much like ours. We could add D.C. to the national forecast, but which city to delete? Okay, maybe Pittsburgh...

(PHOTO: Jewel Samad, AFP/Getty Images)

Posted by Frank Roylance at 12:03 AM | | Comments (5)
Categories: From the Sun's print edition


Even if DC is not included, just go ahead and eliminate that 'burgh' from the SW of the state North of Maryland. Cleveland, Ohio is close enough. And/or include Canton or Akron (I understand quite a number of people, from Baltimore and beyond, have some interest in those two cities in Ohio).

Because I work in Rockville (and live in Hampstead - I know, I'm nuts), a DC area specific forecast might be nice. I have found that while there is only 50 miles geographical difference, the storm paths are often wildly variant.

FR: All we're talking about here is adding DC to the National Forecast tables. You'd get today and tomorrow, high, low and one- or two-letter forecast.

I'd be more interested in seeing some occasional coverage of south-central Pennsylvania (Hanover, York, Gettysburg, and the like) weather here on the blog. Despite being on the other side of the state line, those areas are geographically part of the Mid-Atlantic area, and Baltimore is the closed major city to the group. Plus, many people in the area are originally from Maryland, and commute back to Maryland on a regular basis for work or play -- also lots of Ravens and Orioles fans. It's essentially "Greater Baltimore", regardless of what people's driver's licenses say.

FR: Good advice. I'll see what we can do.

I have a novel idea. Why don't you check a DC paper for the DC weather forecast? Here's a link to make it even easier:


I have a novel idea. Maybe some people like the company here better.

Meaning they like coming to this site over that.

You can get weather info from far and wide and of varying quality. But you only have one "Frank Roylance"

I would come here for weather over anywhere else if I lived in Timbuktu.

Now back to important things. Yes please delete Pittsburgh.


FR: (blush)

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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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