Cold front brings record chill to area 28 degrees was lowest here in 21 years

October 24, 1997|By Dennis O'Brien | Dennis O'Brien,SUN STAFF

A cold front that swept into Maryland from the Midwest this week reduced the temperature to a chilly 28 degrees yesterday, breaking a 21-year record at Baltimore-Washington International Airport.

Yesterday's cold can be traced to a high pressure system that moved into the region early this week from the Great Lakes, according to Tom Dougherty, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service.

The thermometer showed 28 degrees yesterday at 5 a.m. and hovered there for about two hours before the sun warmed things up and sent temperatures into the low 50s by late yesterday afternoon, Dougherty said.

The temperature was 39 degrees yesterday morning at the Custom House, he said.

"It's really not that unusual for this time of year. It just got a little colder than it has been in a while," he said.

Temperatures usually drop into the 40-degree range this time of year, Dougherty said.

But BWI's 28-degree reading broke a record of 31 degrees for yesterday's date that was set at the airport in 1976, he said.

Dougherty said the unseasonably cool weather was expected to leave the area today to be replaced by a low pressure system from the South that will bring higher temperatures. Mostly cloudy skies are forecast for today, and temperatures are expected to reach the upper 50s.

Rain was expected to move into the area tonight, with a chance of rain and temperatures in the 60s expected tomorrow, Dougherty said.

Yesterday's cold weather stopped short of creating surges in demand for power to heat homes, according to utility officials.

"It was chilly, but it didn't really cause anything in terms of power beyond what it's done in the past," said Nancy Caplan, a Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. spokeswoman.

Pub Date: 10/24/97

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