Friday December 1

We start a brand new month today and the beginning of meteorological winter. We group seasons in 3 full month blocks that are just 3 weeks off from the solstice (December 21). We will have a dramatically brand new pattern to match it next week. This will be the coldest stretch this early in the season we have seen in years with highs across the region staying in the 30s. That also means our chances of getting some snow will grow. FITF But let’s not get ahead of ourselves. It is mild this morning, but the weekend will trend back to near normal. Here’s the breakdown plus some December stats:

Stats For December 1

Normal High:  50ºF

Record High:  75ºF in 2006

Normal Low: 32ºF

Record Low: 12ºF in 1967

Snow Record: 1.5″ in 1903

Sunrise: 7:07 AM

Sunset 4:44 PM


Stats For The Month Of December

Highs Cool from 50ºF on Dec 1st to 42ºF starting Dec 28th

Record High for the month: 77ºF on a few dates… Dec 6 and Dec 7 in 1998; Dec 29 in 1984

Lows Drops from 32ºF on Dec 1st to 25ºF starting on Dec 29th

Record Coldest for the month: -3ºF on Dec 29th in 1880

Snow: Average for the month = 3.0″

Snow: Biggest 1 day total = 17″ on Dec 19 in 2009


Sunlight loss between Dec 1 and Dec 21= 12 minutes and 17 seconds


SnowStix Give-Away

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Winners will be announced and contacted tonight


Earthquake Details: This was downgraded to M4.1 by the USGS. It was shallow that allowed a large area to feel it across central Maryland. Also down Richmond, VA and north of New York City.


A cold front is moving through and taking the clouds with it. Cooler winds will filter in and hold our temps nearly steady most of the morning. Slight warming to the 50s this afternoon. 


We will have a quiet weather pattern through the weekend. Next week will bring moderate with with a strong cold front. The arctic air will spill in behind it and be hear by the end of next week

High Temperatures

Temperature Outlook

This has a slightly lower high forecast for today, but the cold next week is the main focus and agreement across the spectrum.


Next Storm: Next Tuesday and Wednesday

This model does show snow in western Maryland and the chance this may end with some flakes in the western suburbs. No stickage expected at this time.


Pattern Change

The core of the cold air will be moving in to the US next week. We will begin to really feel it by Friday December 8th. Then it should hold in place. See the animation below


Jet Stream Animation


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Also See:

My Winter Outlook 2017-2018 for more snow

Maryland Winters

La Nina Formed: What it could mean to our winter

NOAA Winter Outlook: Not The Best But Not The Worst For Snow

Two Farmers Almanacs Winter 2018 Outlooks

Winter Weather Folkore: Suggestions from Animals and Crops

First Frost and Freeze Dates For Maryland (southern PA and northern VA)

My Preliminary Winter Outlook Notes

Low Snow Winters In Baltimore: To Repeat Or Not Repeat

NOAA Ranks Blizzard 2016 4th Worst Snowstorm On Record

Blizzard 2016 Record Top Snowstorm: Area Totals

Extreme Weather of 2015 balanced out on both ends