Warm weekend smashed five temperature records in Baltimore

December 23, 2013|By Scott Dance, The Baltimore Sun

The bizarrely warm temperatures this weekend broke five records, including one that was 124 years old and another that stands as the warmest ever during meteorological winter in Baltimore, according to the National Weather Service.

First, Saturday's high of 71 degrees at Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport smashed the record of 62 degrees for Dec. 21, set in 2011. Forecasters had predicted a closer brush with the record, but the day ended up 27 degrees above the normal high for the date and nine degrees above the record.

Saturday's low temperature, reached early in the morning, was 54 degrees, two degrees warmer than the mark for the highest minimum temperature on that date, 52 degrees in 1895.

On Sunday, BWI again hit 71 degrees, enough to surpass the record of 70 degrees set in 1889.

A low of 62 degrees was reached Sunday afternoon and then again late Sunday night. That smashed the record for the highest minimum temperature of 48 degrees by 14 degrees, set in 1923 and 1931.

That mild low temperature, which is 18 degrees above the normal high for this time of year, was also the highest minimum temperature ever recorded in Baltimore during December, or any of meteorological winter (from December through February), for that matter.

The previous record for highest minimum temperature of the winter was 61 degrees Jan. 4, 1950.

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