December 2 2017

What is been advertised for a while is now on our doorstep. If you love cold weather or just winter in general, your time is coming! NOAA and the Climate Prediction Center is now joining the party to highlight the cold month ahead.  The overall pattern is about to turn and tap into extremely cold air sitting overnight Siberia, Alaska, and northern Canada. You may hear the resurgence of the Polar Vortex that could make a visit across the northern US border. This is not like what we had in 2014 (yet), because that visit came at the coldest time of the year. Since there is plenty of land that is lacking snow cover to our north, some of this air mass will modify. But there will be no doubt next weekend… and much of this month. This is a reversal of the warm patterns we have had in recent years and getting snow to fall in some capacity before Christmas is looking pretty good.

Short term:

This weekend will seasonal with near average and perhaps a good view of the SuperMoon Sunday. I will have more on that in my next report.  There will be a warm up ahead of the arctic front on Tuesday and some areas will hit 60ºF. Then the bottom falls out.  While the front will swing through Wednesday, the really cold air will settle in Friday and Saturday next week. Check it out:

Stats For December 2

Normal High:  50ºF

Record High:  72ºF in 1970

Normal Low: 32ºF

Record Low: 9ºF in 1967

Snow Record: 3.0″ in 1952

Sunrise: 7:08 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


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Highs Today


Jumping Ahead… To Tuesday

This is the warm day ahead of the cold front. Temps will be near 60ºF but look for rain to arrive later in the day.


The Big News

Polar Vortex: It’s Back…

The core circulation that does circulate around the Arctic is going to drop south across the US/Canadian border next weekend. This will surge cold air across the eastern US and lock in for the rest of the month. Local high temps will be in the 30s or colder. Snow chances will increase and a hard freeze could reach into the Gulf Coast.

Cold Front And Cold Pattern Animation

This is the GFS Model showing the rain with the cold front… and then some flurries or light snow in blue. I do not place much credit on specifics beyond next Friday… but there will be a chance for our first flakes in the next two weeks.



Arctic Air Next Weekend


Temperature Outlook

Compare the GFS Model outlook shown in the maps to the European Model (which has trended colder).




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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