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September 14, 2011

Summer's final weekend will top out in 60s

Lots of sunshine, highs in the mid- to upper-80s, and the threat of late-day thunderstorms ... Sure sounds like summer, doesn't it? Well, enjoy it while you can, because today may well be the last Mushroomstruly hot summer day of the year.

After the first of two cold fronts moves through with some showers and storms tonight, daytime temperatures Thursday will hold in the mid-70s. And after a second front rolls by with some storm chances late Thursday into Friday, the real Canadian air will arrive, and our highs will hold in the 60s until Monday. 

Next week looks beautiful, with sunny skies. But temperatures will hold in the 70s. And summer will officially end on Friday, the 23rd.

What we'll all probably notice most will be the chill in the air overnight later this week.

The National Weather Service is predicting lows early Friday morning in the 40s to the west of the I-95 corridor. Higher elevations in Western Maryland could record some lows in the 30s. Closer to the relatively warm Chesapeake Bay, we should hold in the 50s overnight, although the BWI forecast for Thursday night into Friday calls for a low of 48 degrees.

(SUN PHOTO: Frank Roylance. Still looking for an ID on these mushrooms. Anyone?  Can we saute them?)

Posted by Frank Roylance at 10:41 AM | | Comments (4)
Categories: Forecasts


Can't wait for the cool air to arrive! I'm always a big fan of the first taste of fall-ish weather.

and your photo looks like my lawn! LOL

FR REPLIES: It's 87 at 12:20 at The Sun's weather station. Wondering whether we might sneak in one last 90-degree day. Only 84, though, at BWI, where it counts.

Fall is my favorite season so I'm definitely looking forward to the cooler weather. Wouldn't mind a frost either to kill off these mosquitoes that are still around.

Frank I did a little research regarding your mushrooms. No way for me to be sure, but it looks like Green Spored Lepiota which can be deadly.The article said it is common on lawns in the south late summer/early fall.

Here's a link:
So sure, saute them if you must...just don't eat them!

FR REPLIES: Always good advice with wild mushrooms unless you REALLY know what you're doing. Thanks for the link (which I've shortened).

Lea beat me to it. Green Spored Lepiotas are really common on grass in hot weather (they'll fruit in early fall if there's a lot of rain, too). They're toxic, but handling them (like any mushroom!) is perfectly safe. Try cutting the top off of one of yours and leaving it on a piece of paper for a few hours: there should be a distinct deposit of green spores left on the paper. While I think that they're pretty much unmistakable, this will nail things down. Also, it's kind of fun.

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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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