What weather will 2013 bring in Maryland? It's impossible to know, but that doesn't stop forecasters from making (educated) guesses.
The Climate Prediction Center in College Park is forecasting long-term trends that suggest another warmer-than-normal year for the mid-Atlantic. The center expects equal chances of a warm, normal or cold winter, but after that, predictions skew warm.
At least a 40 percent chance of above-average temperatures is forecast for most of the continental U.S. in the spring. The same goes for summer 2013, and, for Maryland and a smaller share of the nation, in the fall months.
In 2012, all months but November were warmer than average at BWI Marshall Airport, ranking the year among the top five warmest on record in Baltimore.