Temperature in Baltimore ties record low set in 1932

March 10, 1996|By James M. Coram | James M. Coram,SUN STAFF

Despite near-record low temperatures yesterday, life for many went on as usual.

Crimes were committed at their usual pace for a Saturday in early March, according to police, and there was no added demand at homeless shelters.

The temperature in Baltimore dropped to 17 degrees at 3 a.m. and stayed there for three hours.

Although weather service meteorologists say the city temperature is not recorded as accurately as at Baltimore-Washington International Airport, it tied a low for March 9 set 64 years ago in 1932.

The airport temperature of 11 degrees at 7 a.m. was just one degree away from the record set in 1960.

Later yesterday, temperatures crept up to a high of 28 in the city and 26 at the airport.

Not everyone noticed the unusual cold.

"It was nothing extra special," said Hassan Rasheed, weekend house manager at the Salvation Army on North Calvert Street. "We're relatively full, but we don't have as many people as we usually have."

Bea Gaddy, an East Baltimore advocate for the homeless, said that if more people had tried to come into her East Monument Street shelter, she wouldn't have been able to help them because of the theft of blankets, quilts and pillows Friday night.

"The men on the second floor were throwing blankets and pillows out the windows," she said.

"Maybe they were planning to sell them because of the cold, but I think it was just orneriness."

Meteorologist Jose Marrero at BWI says he fully expects record-setting low temperatures today.

"The record for the city was 16 in 1932, and we may set a record there," he said. "And for the airport it was 13 degrees in 1984 -- and that will surely fall," he said, because of clear skies and light winds. Normal temperatures for this time of year are in the 32- to 51-degree range.

Seasonable weather will begin returning tomorrow as an arctic air mass moves out over the Atlantic.

By Thursday, "we should be in the 60s and close to springtime," Mr. Marrero said. "Hopefully, we won't see this cold again for another year."

Pub Date: 3/10/96

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