Tuesday December 18 2018
This morning starts off chilly but nothing out of the ordinary. In fact looking ahead this week to yet another storm, warmer air will be streaming with it. There is a possibility that this event puts Baltimore over 70 inches on the year and temperatures will surge into the upper 50s and lower 60s almost erasing the cold air we had this month. So, where is the snow?
Our weekend storm is still producing snow in eastern Maine, while the upper level winds have carried Lake Effect snow across central NY.
The outlook does bring back some colder air in time for Christmas and we could have some flurries around the holiday. The long rain outlook does show a shift back to what was expected a month ago. A push of arctic air in the jet stream will set up around the New Year with potential snow. I DO NOT like to suggest storms two weeks away, so I will not show the maps for it. But the pattern itself if leaning back in that direction for January.
Local Weather Stats For December 18 in Baltimore
Average High: 44ºF
Record High: 72ºF in 2006
Average Low: 27ºF
Record Low: 7ºF in 1919
*Record Snow: 4.0″ in 1916
Sunrise: 7:20 AM
Sunset 4:45 PM
*Daylight = 0:14 shorter than yesterday
*Bay Water Temperature = 43ºF at Thomas Pt. Light House
Bullet Point Weather
- Tuesday = Dry
- Wednesday = Dry
- Thursday = Showers arrive afternoon, rain at night
- Friday = Morning rain, afternoon showers. Warm air surges ‘near’ 60ºF
- Saturday Windy and cooler
- Christmas Eve/Day = Colder with possible flurries
Storm Animation Thursday Through Saturday
Rainfall Record Review
The North Atlantic Oscillation shows us trends for the jet stream in the northern part of the Western Hemisphere. I need to point out that the forecast big drop in November for early December did not verify. That is one reason we have not had our big storm yet. But there are other signals to support that this drop will happen at the end of December.
- Index values above zero tend to mean warmer for us. But while they are rising we can have some transition wintry precip. That is why I see flurries around Christmas.
- Index values below zero are colder.
- When the index is falling, we often have the best chance for colder storms to move up the eastern US coast.
Snow Day Kit
Our ritual the night before a storm is finally in one kit. Maybe if more Maryland kids had this, the storm would reach us 🙂
- This includes a very soft raglan Tee printed inside out with #FITF AND the check list, #FITF spoon for under your pillow, ice cube tray with snowflake shapes, chalk, a #FITF wrist-band, a mini SnowStix, and a bag to carry it all in.
- New Orders are likely to be delivered after the holiday.
- This will also help us give a free Snow Day Kit to each of the Just In Power Kids.
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