Tuesday December 4 2018

Today will feature more sun, but colder winds. Temperatures are back below average and will stay there for at least the next week. This is the pattern change we saw weeks ago, but the real concern is whether this will churn out snow.  Well, we will have a disturbance tomorrow that will bring flurries and snow showers. This will be more ambiance, but also could hint at what the weekend storm might do. I discussed this last night, as it is very important to note this:  The potential weekend storm is still west of California this morning.


While two well known models have shifted the weekend storm a little later and south, I think it is still on the table. Besides the potential model error, and other models still showing it, we have atmospheric memory on our side. There is a strong historical force may pull this storm back our way. It’s not FITF wishful thinking, but just applying the theory I have shown here for years…


Local Weather Stats For December 4 in Baltimore

Average High:  49ºF

Record High: 74ºF in 1982

Average  Low: 31ºF

Record Low:  13ºF in 1966

                         *Record Snow:  7.8″ in 1957

Sunrise: 7:09 AM

Sunset 4:43 PM 

*Daylight = 1:04 shorter than yesterday 

*Bay Water Temperature = 42ºF at Thomas Pt. Light House 


Record Rain Year Update:

Saturday brought 0.23″ to BWI. The yearly total is now 65.51″


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Cool winds will be with us all day. Dress like it wil be in the 30s, because that is what it will feel like 🙂


December 5th- FITF Day

Gather your friends and co-workers: Wear your #FITF gear to honor and celebrate this unique calendar holiday. This is the date almost every year last decade marked the first snow of each winter season.  I will have the history to show shortly and will debut a project I have worked on for 3 years!!!!

Snow Chance

Vorticity –> slider

The quick hint at vorticity: This is a spin aloft that can help lift the air column to produce clouds and showers.  There can be multiple spin ups along the fast moving jet. When there pass overhead or to our south in Virginia or North Carolina, they can support snow showers in central Maryland. Here is the timeline for Wednesday:

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This is very subtle, but the kink in the isoheights (lines at 500mb) shows a weakness in the atmosphere and it is in a good spot Wednesday afternoon for convective activity. That means showers may develop in the afternoon from daily heating.


Snow Showers —> slider

The surface display is spotty and may not look like much.  But shows morning snow showers around Washington DC- west and south… but brings a few bursts into central Maryland by evening. I think we may see more than is shown here.

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Weekend Storm?

The two main models still have this south, but they are not the final word. I have seen many events show this trend only to come back north to where they initially showed the storm.


Atmospheric Memory

There have been at least half a dozen systems since Hurricane Michael that have had Low Pressure pass through this highlighted region. It is an invisible force where storms have trended to track.  There is not reason to suggest it has lost its grip yet…


Canadian Model Holding Firm

This model has it’s flaws, but is most reliable in cold winter patterns. This takes that core Low of the storm into the atmosphere memory region of the southern Chesapeake Bay



  • The forecasting accuracy increases dramatically within 5 days of an event. Since we are looking at Sunday, that would put tomorrow in that window to look for a shift.
  • Also, the energy for this storm is in the Pacific Ocean. When it gets ‘in the grid’ on the west coast, we will have more data infused into the models.
  • That may be the caveat to show any wobbling back to the original track for more agreement with the Canadian solution… Or the GEM to go the other way. 
  • We still have a day before we take this seriously or begin to write it off.


Temperature Outlook

The atmosphere often has some give and take. After a blow average November and cold start to December… The cold should hold for another week. Mid month ‘might’ have a mild spell.. I would not look at specific numbers, but rather a trend.  The overall pattern still supports cold weather with perhaps anther snow chance before Christmas.


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