December 29 2018

Waking up this morning I saw a sign of the dryer air as the fog has dispersed and clouds are breaking. Today will be breezy and cooler, but no rain. However the storm that just passed is part of a frontal boundary that is stalled in the southern US and will make a return our way by Monday. The satellite loop below shows all the moisture waiting to build north again. It will make one last run for rain to end the year and affect outdoor plans on New Years Eve. How else do you think 2018 would close out?

Baltimore Has More Than Double Rain Than Seattle

In case you missed the record rain update on social media, I did a comparison of Baltimore rain to Seattle. In a normal year, we would have more total rain, but they would have more rainy days.

This year, the Baltimore total is more than double that of Seattle!

144 days with rain (40% of the days). *Seattle had 157 days with rain

20 days over 1 inch
14 events over 2 inches
4 events over 4 inches


Local Weather Stats For December 29 in Baltimore

Average High:  42ºF

Record High: 77ºF in 1984

Average  Low: 25ºF

Record Low:  2ºF in 1917

                         *Record Snow:  4.9″ in 1935

Sunrise: 7:25 AM

Sunset 4:51 PM 

*Daylight = 0:28 longer than yesterday 

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


Updated Rain Total

Morning Set Up



Wind Gusts



Satellite Loop

We stay on the dry side, but watching the stalled front and new storm develop to our south. We should remain dry through Sunday


Sunday- Ravens Game Temps


Skipping To New Year’s Eve

Rain will move in during the afternoon and evening. We could see some moderate bands around midnight then the storm moves away Tuesday morning, New Year’s Day


Rainfall Forecast


Next Thursday Snow?

I know the mere mention of snow is met with either excitement or a groan. I need to address that two main models are showing another southern system working to bring us the cold side and snow, but for contrast the European Model is showing it being all rain.

Since this is 5 days away, I wil begin to track this system with caution. If we still see this tomorrow evening and if there are any other models that pick up on this, then we can start to take this more seriously.

Hint of light snow


Canadian GEM- Most aggressive with a coastal Low


European Model – Absence of cold air and showing just rain moving in from the south



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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Related Links:

Winter Outlook

My Winter Outlook 2018-19: Multiple Nor’Easters and more snow

Interactive Snow Report

November 15 Snow Reports- Interactive Map Compared To My Forecast

Winter Snow And Top 5 Wet Years 

Snowfall Seasons at Beginning and End of Top 5 Wet Years In Baltimore


Related Winter Outlooks

Tropical Hints At Winter Snow

Solar Cycle: When Sun Spots Are Low We Get More Snow

El Nino Modoki May Enhance Snow Chances

Sweet Spot: Hitting 70ºF on Halloween is followed by more winter snow

Will A Wet Summer Bring A Snowy Winter?


Winter Weather Folklore

NOAA Winter 2018-2019 Outlook Explained: This Actually Supports Snow

Winter Outlook From Two Different Farmers Almanacs

Maryland Winters: Snowfall Maps and Baltimore Snow History 




Snowstix- We Need You To Measure Snow Too

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