Sunday December 16 2018

Heavy rain and flooding this weekend continues the trend of weather this year as we added yet another rain record in Baltimore. Saturday brought 2.24″ of rain to BWI making that the wettest December 15th on record almost doubling the old mark of 1.35″ set in 1948.  This added to our yearly total and we may have a chance of breaking 70 inches before the end of the year.


Flood Warnings Remain In Place This Morning


Additional Rain Today

More rain this morning and falling temperatures will make for a raw day. Dress to try and stay warm and dry at the Ravens game.  Less rain will fall today but it may be moderate in some showers. Today’s rain timeline slide is below….


Local Weather Stats For December 16 in Baltimore

Average High:  45ºF

Record High: 71ºF in 1971

Average  Low: 28ºF

Record Low:  10ºF in 1951

                         *Record Snow:  46.0″ in 1973

Sunrise: 7:19 AM

Sunset 4:44 PM 

*Daylight = 0:22 shorter than yesterday 

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



Today’s Weather

The Low Pressure will be a slow move as the upper level circulation will pivot through. Drizzle will trend to more legitimate rain showers through the day. It will be wet and turning chilly for the Ravens game. Colder air will move in during the day, so highs were already reached the morning.  This will eventually cut off the rain, but there could be some snow flakes mixing in near the PA line and we should watch the temperatures Monday morning


Satellite Animation


Upper Air Pattern Today


Rain Timeline — >slider

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It will be getting cooler during the day and near freezing to the north tonight

Morning  Afternoon 


Monday Morning

Near freezing north of Baltimore and across Southern Pennsylvania. Some of these areas will need to be monitored for possible road ice.


Looking Ahead

Another storm at the end if the work week will have some colder air to work with. We need to consider that modeling is NOT PERFECT 5 days out away… Any short to the east or south and we could increase our potential for mixing in more wintery precipitation. There already appears to be some snow potential in the mountains Friday night and Saturday.



Temperature Outlook

Despite the high temp in the upper 50s on Friday, that does not eliminate the potential snow threat

Snow Day Kit

Our ritual the night before a storm is finally in one kit. Maybe if more Maryland kids had this, the storm would reach us 🙂

  • This includes a very soft raglan Tee printed inside out with #FITF AND the check list,  #FITF spoon for under your pillow, ice cube tray with snowflake shapes, chalk, a #FITF wrist-band, a mini SnowStix, and a bag to carry it all in.
  • Order by December 14 and it should arrive for the holiday.
  • This will also help us give a free Snow Day Kit to each of the Just In Power Kids.



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Related Links:

Winter Outlook

My Winter Outlook 2018-19: Multiple Nor’Easters and more snow

Interactive Snow Report

November 15 Snow Reports- Interactive Map Compared To My Forecast

Winter Snow And Top 5 Wet Years 

Snowfall Seasons at Beginning and End of Top 5 Wet Years In Baltimore


Related Winter Outlooks

Tropical Hints At Winter Snow

Solar Cycle: When Sun Spots Are Low We Get More Snow

El Nino Modoki May Enhance Snow Chances

Sweet Spot: Hitting 70ºF on Halloween is followed by more winter snow

Will A Wet Summer Bring A Snowy Winter?


Winter Weather Folklore

NOAA Winter 2018-2019 Outlook Explained: This Actually Supports Snow

Winter Outlook From Two Different Farmers Almanacs

Maryland Winters: Snowfall Maps and Baltimore Snow History 




Snowstix- We Need You To Measure Snow Too

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