Last week, I mentioned that this past weekend we could set a new record or tie the old record of 69 degrees that was set back in 1889. Well, it happened! The 126 year old record was snapped and the new record of 72 degrees was set on Sunday (yesterday) at 2:32 p.m.
Not just for Baltimore, but for much of the East, high temperatures were more typical of October than December, ranging 20-30 degrees above normal.
The warm conditions were because of High pressure over the southwest Atlantic Ocean which generated southerly winds. The southerly winds aided in pumping in warm air from equatorial region across the East. A very strong jet stream that lifted well north of the eastern United States was also the reason for above average temperatures this past weekend.
The jet stream is the high way in the sky that storms ride along and helps steer weather patterns. Plus, it separates the cold air to its north and warm air to its south.
If you are a fan of the chilly/cold air, it will not arrive until the jet stream dives south. Which is what will take place this upcoming weekend, as highs will be in the low 40s. It will feel more like the holidays once the temps fall and the first day of Winter arrives on Tuesday, December 22nd.
In the meantime, enjoy another day in the mid to upper 60s because change is on the way! We will flirt with record highs, again. Today I'm forecasting 68 degrees. The record is 71 which was set back in 1929.