Winter Settles In

This January has been unusual. It was not very wintry for the first half of the month. It hit 71 degrees on the 6th. Six days this month registered highs in the 60s and seven made it into the 50s. Only one day so far never made it out of the 20s. Typical highs this time of year are in the low 40s and we have been much closer to that mark in the last week and a half.

January 28 is a significant date in the region’s record books for big snows. In 1772 the Washington/Jefferson storm marooned both patriots on their plantations. Three foot snows were reported across Virginia and Maryland. In 1922 the Knickerbocker storm struck. 28 inches of snow collapsed the roof of the Knickerbocker Theater in Washington, DC, taking the lives of over 100 people. The storm dumped a record 23.3 inches of snow on Baltimore. In 1998 a major nor’easter was pulling away from the area. Ghent, West Virginia received 42 inches of snow. Flat Top, West Virginia piled up 35 inches in 24 hours and Beckly received 31 inches. Wind gusts to 83 mph were recorded along the Mid Atlantic coast. An unofficial wind gauge on the roof of an Ocean City hotel recorded a gust to 112 mph. Frederick, Maryland received only some wet snow in the storm. It was all rain in Baltimore, 2.02 inches to be exact, over the two day period. The peak gust at the airport was 37 mph.

It looks like the end of January in Baltimore will be a little colder than average. Highs are expected to be in the upper 30s to near 40 with lows ranging from the upper teens into the low 20s.

Keep Warm.

John Collins


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