Spaced Out

There was an interesting sight in the predawn sky today. Just before sunrise a fireball rose in the southern sky, leaving behind a jagged contrail. It was the launch of a Minotaur rocket with Air Force and NASA space packages. The rocket was expected to reach a speed of 16,250 mph 9 minutes into its’ flight and was to cross the equator 20 minutes after launch. The jagged contrail was evidence of high altitude winds blowing the remnants of the rocket exhaust away from the trajectory.

A weak cool front moved across the area overnight. Aside from a few sprinkles Friday evening north of the Inner Harbor the weather was dry with the frontal passage. High pressure will bring fair weather to the area over the weekend. A more southerly breeze on Sunday is expected to push temperatures back into the low 60s and mild temperatures wil prevail into the early part of the work week. The approach of a cool front on Tuesday may bring s few showers to the area. More typical temperatures are expected for the rest of the week with highs in the 40s.

For the past week computer models have pointed toward the possibility of a storm just before Christmas. Right now it appears that temperatures will be too warm for snow chances around Baltimore but some colder air will be parked just to our northwest so it will be interesting to see how the computer models evolve this system over the next few days. Keep in mind that since 1893 only 29 Christmas’ have been white. A typical Christmas day is partly cloudy with a high of 43 and a low of 28. Have a merry one!

John Collins


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