Chill cools the area's demand for power

June 23, 1992|By Frank D. Roylance | Frank D. Roylance,Staff Writer

The same cool weather that has kept the snowball stands shuttered and slowed business at Ocean City also has slowed the dials on your electric meter and saved you money.

The number of "cooling degree-days" -- a temperature-based estimate of the demand for power to spin fans and run air conditioners -- is down 67 percent so far in this cooling season compared with last year's unusually hot late-spring weather, according to the National Weather Service.

Early yesterday temperatures hit a record low of 46 degrees at Baltimore-Washington International Airport. The average temperature yesterday was 58 degrees, 16 degrees below the 74-degree norm for the date.

Another record low in Baltimore was expected early today as a cool Canadian high pressure system settled in over the Eastern United States.

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