Baltimore’s Coldest Day

February 10, 1899 is the coldest day on record for Baltimore. With a high of just +3° and a low of -7°, the mean temperature for the day was a frigid -2°. The high of +3° set a record for the coldest high temperature ever in Baltimore, and the low of -7° set a reccord for the date and ties the all-time record low for Baltimore, which has been reached just four more times since then (most recently on Jan. 22, 1984). The coldest day came as a brutal arctic outbreak gripped the mid Atlantic. For five consecutive days the record book was rewritten in Baltimore:

arctic-outbreak-1899

February 9, 1899: record low max temp.
February 10, 1899: record low max temp. and record low min temp.
February 11, 1899: record low max temp. and record low min temp.
February 12, 1899: record low max temp. and record low min temp.
February 13, 1899: record low max temp.

110 years later, we are in the middle of unusual February warmth…enjoy it while it lasts, the forecast is looking more wintery by the weekend.

Tom Tasselmyer

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