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By Scott Dance, The Baltimore Sun | May 20, 2013
April was a chilly month across the U.S., but it was still a 338th-straight month of global temperatures averaging above the 20th century mean, according to U.S. climate statistics. The monthly global average temperature was nearly 1 degree above normal, the 13th-warmest April on record, according to the National Climatic Data Center's monthly state of the climate report . In the U.S., temperatures averaged 1.4 degrees below normal, the 23rd coolest April on record. Some anomalies from around the world the report notes: A new record was set in Austria for the time span between the end of winter (the last full day of sub-freezing temperatures)
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By Raffi Joe Wartanian | April 9, 2013
- A lazy Sunday morning. Arising later than usual. A long week of work in the books, a promising week ahead. Now living in Armenia, I correspond regularly with colleagues, friends and family back home in the States. Birds chirp as I check some emails and enter the social media labyrinth. And there I found them: farewell messages written to my friend, Anne Smedinghoff, 25, praising her brilliance, grace and kindness. She was delivering a truck full of books to schoolchildren when it happened.
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By Scott Dance, The Baltimore Sun | March 11, 2013
Maryland and the rest of the east got a taste of spring this weekend, but that warmth is not here to stay, according to weather and climate forecasts. Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport reached 62 degrees Saturday and 59 degrees Sunday, and it is expected to near or surpass those marks Monday and Tuesday despite clouds and rain moving in. But by the end of the week, colder temperatures are forecast, and that general trend could continue to the end of the month.
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By Scott Dance, The Baltimore Sun | January 29, 2013
National Weather Service forecasters are raising predictions for Wednesday's warmth, from the upper 50s to the lower 60s and now, closer to 70 degrees. When a cold front reaches that mild air late Wednesday night, it could fuel storms, though they are not expected to be severe in Maryland. The weather service is forecasting a high of 67 degrees at BWI Marshall Airport Wednesday. The record high for Jan. 30 is 72 degrees, set in 1914. A record the airport could come closer to threatening is that for the warmest low temperature recorded, a 50-degree minimum on Jan. 30, 2002.
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By Mary Carole McCauley, The Baltimore Sun | January 12, 2013
Like kids bursting out the schoolhouse doors for recess, when the Maryland Zoo's 11 chimpanzees were allowed outside Saturday for a rare bit of winter sunshine, they couldn't help, well, monkeying around. They climbed to the very top of the mesh enclosure surrounding Chimpanzee Forrest, hung by one arm and gawked at the goings-on in a nearby construction site. They banged thunderously on the glass window separating them from human visitors, tickled themselves with tufts of grass, and chased one another around the compound as the thermometer rose to a balmy 57 degrees.
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By Scott Dance, The Baltimore Sun | January 2, 2013
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.
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By Scott Dance, The Baltimore Sun | December 10, 2012
As a cold front heads toward the warm, moist air that has kept things mild the past couple of days, some rumbles of thunder are possible Monday night. The system has already spawned tornado reports and severe weather to our southwest. The northern half of Maryland, above Annapolis or so, stands a slight risk of severe weather, according to the Storm Prediction Center. Odds are extremely narrow of any actual storms, but the instability expected when the cold front moves in could cause some thunder and lightning.
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By Scott Dance, The Baltimore Sun | December 5, 2012
A return to seasonal temperatures is forecast by Wednesday night, but it turns out it will be short-lived. Highs are expected to bounce back to the 60s by Monday with more above-normal warmth ahead. Lows should reach the mid-30s for the next two nights, just a few degrees above normal. A daytime high of 45 Thursday would be about five degrees colder than average this time of year. But by Saturday, highs could reach the upper 50s and break into the 60s by Monday and Tuesday, according to the National Weather Service's Baltimore/Washington forecast office.
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By Scott Dance | June 1, 2012
Summer-like heat waves throughout the past three months have made it the warmest meteorological spring on record at BWI Marshall Airport. A stubborn rainfall deficit made it the sixth-driest spring on record, to boot. Unseasonably hot temperatures struck each month, with high temperatures of 81 in March, 90 in April and 93 in May. Normal highs are in the 50s in March, 60s in April and 70s in May. Compound those anomalies, and the spring warmth record isn't a surprise. This, of course, follows the sixth-mildest winter on record.  Altogether, the warmth this year has gotten the allergy season off to an early start, contributed to massive algae blooms and fish kills in the Chesapeake Bay, and encouraged earlier-than-normal plant and crop growth.
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By Scott Dance | March 17, 2012
Farmers and backyard gardeners may be tempted to plant early this year. But it's risky, said one agriculture expert. The mild winter and early spring weather has flowers and trees in bloom several weeks earlier than usual. But even if soil has warmed, there is still too high a risk of frost or cold rain, said Robert Kratochvil of the University of Maryland Extension . Crops like wheat and barley that have gone further in their reproductive cycle because of the warm weather could especially be at risk, he said.
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