Monday January 20 2020

MLK Day is going to be cold. We start off in the 20s, but wind chills are in the single digits and teens. It will be dry, but the wind will make this one of the coldest days we’ve had this winter.

Today is the 20th Anniversary of our 10 day winter in 2000. It seemed like there would be no snow, then between January 20 and 30 we had three storms, two of them leaving record snowfall. January 20, 2000 brought 5.7″ snow, then January 25, 2000 left 14.9″ snow, then January 30 – Super Bowl Sunday brought 2 to 4 inches of snow with an icy mix.  That season ended up above average with snowfall in the middle of a warm pattern.

Here we are with a few days of arctic air, but it will repeat to Canada by the end of the week. That is when our next storm will arrive. I do not trust the model handling of this, so it’s worth watching for another weekend wintry mix.  But first, here’s what we have for MLK Day:

Morning Temperatures


Morning Wind Chill


Monday January 20, 2020 in Baltimore

Average High:  41ºF

Record High: 71ºF in 1951

Average  Low: 24ºF

Record Low:  -3ºF in 1985

                      *Record Snow 5.7″ in 2000

Sunrise: 7:22 AM

Sunset 5:12 PM  

*Daylight = 1:8 longer than yesterday 

*Bay Water Temperature = 41ºF at Thomas Pt. Light House 

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Monday Temperatures 






Looking Ahead

The storm for next weekend I began to track yesterday has made that expected shift east (southeast) and sooner. That normally would result in a colder set up. But the modeling does not leave much cold air in place, however it brings in the core of upper level cold air behind.  Here is a look at a big difference contrasting the European ECWMF and GFS Models.  The later does keep colder air around for a start as snow on Saturday morning.

I would just plan for potential wintry weather this weekend. It’s too early for specifics, but worth considering this far out in time.



Temperature Outlook 

The forecast for this weekend is subject to change depending on the timing and track of the storm. Note, the outlook last week for the past weekend was a warmer than what verified.


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Winter Outlook Series:

My Call For Snowfall Winter 2019-2020





Snowy Winters Following A Hot and Dry September


NOAA Winter Outlook Leaves Room For More Snow With Mild ‘Seasonal Average’ Temperatures

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