Saturday March 3 2018

Governor Hogan has declared a State of Emergency in Maryland and as the storm moves away we will only get a slow and gradual improvement. The winds have already been gusting over 30 mph this morning and there will be two peaks of wind speeds today, but not nearly as strong as yesterday. So instead of near hurricane force (70 mph), we just get solid tropical storm force winds (up to 50 mph) today. We swap the wind warning for an advisory due to less intense push of air. The long duration event has already weakened trees to the point that more stress will cause more to fall. Basically, we are not done with this thing yet!

Note: Baltimore reported a peak wind gust of 61 mph. Patuxent River hit 69 mph in the morning. Many locations across the Mid Atlantic were close to 70 mph.

Below is a look at the timeline for the winds. It will be a cool day with highs in the 40s. And while we escaped the 3+ Feet of snow part of this storm, there will be another chance for some snow as the next strong storm arrives next week.

Storm Pulling Away

This animation shows the lines (isobars) of equal pressure spread out as the storm moves away. The tightly packed lines translates to more wind, so wider parts represents our slight improvement. See the local hourly wind breakdown slider below.

Trivia for today:

  • We set two record low temperatures in Baltimore in 2014 including the all tie coldest reading for March on the 4th
  • Today is the first day of the year with sunset after 6 PM

Stats For March 3

Average High:  49ºF

Record High: 78ºF in 1923

Average  Low: 30ºF

Record Low: 5ºF in 2014

Snow Record: 10.0″ in 1960

Seasonal Snow To Date (at BWI): 8.7″

Sunrise: 6:36 AM

Sunset 6:01 PM

*Daylight = 2:33 longer than yesterday 

*Bay Water Temperature = 42ºF at Thomas Pt. Light House

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This Morning

About The Wind

Let’s begin with the peak gusts

 

 

Hourly Wind Timeline —> slider

LEGEND:

  • Yellow: 34 knots= 39 mph *Tropical Storm Force
  • Orange: 42 knots = 48 mph 
  • Red: 50 knots = 58 mph   

 

Sunday Peak Winds Easing

Outlook:

Tuesday will make the arrival and development of the next strong Nor’easter. This may arrive with some snow or windy mix on Tuesday an could have some snow on the back end Thursday morning. I still think there is more development to adjust here. I will have more details on this in my Sunday report.

 

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Also See:

My Winter Outlook 2017-2018 for more snow

Maryland Winters

La Nina Formed: What it could mean to our winter

NOAA Winter Outlook: Not The Best But Not The Worst For Snow

Two Farmers Almanacs Winter 2018 Outlooks

Winter Weather Folkore: Suggestions from Animals and Crops

First Frost and Freeze Dates For Maryland (southern PA and northern VA)

My Preliminary Winter Outlook Notes

Low Snow Winters In Baltimore: To Repeat Or Not Repeat

NOAA Ranks Blizzard 2016 4th Worst Snowstorm On Record

Blizzard 2016 Record Top Snowstorm: Area Totals

Extreme Weather of 2015 balanced out on both ends