Where’s Winter?

Something’s missing. It seems that winter has failed to take hold around here. We’ve had only a few brief shots of cold air and one episode of very spotty flurries.

Yesterday’s airport high of 51 was 8 degrees above average for the day. The period of November 27 through December 27 now ranks in the top 10 warmest in Baltimore. The warmest was back in 1931. Despite the Christmas rain, December has been dry. We are running about an inch and a third below average. Precipitation for the year is close to an inch above average.

This recent weather pattern has been relatively quiet for the east but the west continues to be hit with major storms. Denver takes the prize with its’ second major snow in a week’s time. This time around they received 7-12″ in the metro area and up to 30″ in the foothills to the west. December 2006 is now Denver’s third snowiest on record with 28.4″, nowhere near the record 57.4″ in 1913.

This most recent storm is moving east and it looks like we will ring in 2007 with rain. It appears that the leading edge of the rain will be moving into the area Sunday evening, possibly as early as the Ravens game. Rain gear may be necessary for football fans and New Years celebrants.

The storm’s passage will not drag cold, Canadian air in behind it and temperatures are expected to remain above average early in 2007.


John Collins


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