Wednesday December 21 – At 5:44 AM Winter officially began with the solstice as the sun’s direct rays were the farther south they will get all year.. on the Tropic of Cancer. That translates to the shortest daylight for us in the northern Hemisphere, but it is not the coldest day. There is a lag in temperatures. The next few weeks will show a slow, gradual rise in sun angle and increase in daylight that we will hardly notice. So the cold get’s colder, and our average coldest time is the second week of January. But each year depends on the actual weather pattern. It appears that once again we will have to wait a few weeks for the jet stream to become more favorable.
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Food for thought:
December 21 Averages in Baltimore
- Shortest Daylight of the year:
- Sunrise at 7:23 AM
- Sunset at 4:47 PM
- = 9 Hrs and 23 min
- Low Temperature: 27°F
- Record Low: 5°F in 1942
- High Temperature: 44°F
- Record: 71°F in 2013
- Most Snow: 4.3″ in 1962
Average Winter Snow
The most snow usually occurs in February. No Snow in December does NOT mean a snowless winter.
I will have a more detailed look at Maryland Winters later today.
What is Ahead –> slider
The next system will arrive with rain on Christmas Eve/First Night of Hanukah Saturday. This may begin with some snow in western Maryland and the mountains of central PA, but warmer air will dominate.