November 20 Record Cold Today And Thanksgiving Weekend Outlook
November 20 2022
Sunday Morning Update
The core of the cold air has arrived. You may have noticed the wind pounding outside already. The final surge in this event has pushed through with a burst of wind overnight. As soon as we get the sun shining, this will mix the atmosphere and develop more wind into the afternoon. Combine this with the cold air mass and the thermometer will struggle. In fact, the high temperatures may have already been reached.
For Baltimore, that was 36ºF between 4:30 AM and 5:30 AM. The thermometer at BWI may struggle to get back there this afternoon. So if this holds or is matched, it will break the old record for COLDEST DAY (Nov 20) set at 38ºF in 1984
For the 71,000 people expected at the Ravens Game today in Baltimore, BUNDLE UP! It will feel very cold, especially when standing or sitting outside for a few hours.
Top Wind Gusts and Low Wind Chills This Morning
From NWS Baltimore/Washington Region
Wind gusts in mph
Blackwalnut Harbor 39 430 AM 11/20 WXFLOW
Sabillasville 3 SSW 47 439 AM 11/20 AWOS
I-68 At Us 219 46 339 AM 11/20 MESOWEST
Afton 3 SW 53 205 AM 11/20 Mesonet
Martinsburg Arpt 40 409 AM 11/20 ASOS
Petersburg 1 W 45 1120 PM 11/19 AWOS
Cumberland Reg 39 435 AM 11/20 AWOS
Upper Tract 47 1117 PM 11/19 RAWS
LOCATION WIND TIME/DATE COMMENTS
Frostburg 5 WNW -6.0 440 AM 11/20 Wind Chill
I-68 At Us 219 -5.0 439 AM 11/20 Wind Chill
Accident 2 NNE -4.0 445 AM 11/20 Wind Chill
Garrett County Airpo -2.0 435 AM 11/20 Wind Chill
McHenry -1.0 445 AM 11/20 Wind Chill
Monterey -1.0 430 AM 11/20 Wind Chill
Slanesville -14.0 1049 PM 11/19 Wind Chill
Morning Temps at 7 AM
Morning Surface Weather
These winds are the final push form this cold air mass. These same winds are still producing Lake Effect Snow, however the winds have shifted and the intensity is not the same as the last few days.
In case You Missed This…
My Lake Effect Snow Posts Yesterday
Record Snow At Orchard Park
Wind Forecast: 7 AM to 7 PM
Steady, strong winds will last much of the day, but begin to settle down late afternoon and evening.
3 PM Snapshots
Steady winds 10 to 20 mph
Peak Winds up to 30 mph
The record COLDEST AFTERNOON (MAX TEMP) was 38ºF in 1984. This forecast would set a new record!
Most of the region will feel like the 30s or colder.
TODAY November 20
Normal Low in Baltimore: 35ºF
Record 22ºF in 1951
(Coldest AFTERNOON HIGH = 38ºF in 1984)
SNOW: 2” in 1955
Normal High in Baltimore: 56ºF
Record 79ºF 1942
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Near or below freezing. This is NOT the record cold. That will be later in the day.
With less wind, temps 10 degrees warmer will actually feel pleasant.
Thanksgiving Storm Outlook
This storm continues to show up, but models are having trouble with the development. I mentioned this in my report a few days ago and still expect more fluctuations. So the specifics about timing and temperatures will adjust as the elements to form the storm get closer.
The European Model still shows the storm on Friday, while the GFS has delayed the organization until Sunday, resulting in a milder more rain event.
ECMWF- European Model
While we see all rain here, I’ve highlighted the line where freezing temps are identified at cloud level… Which could involve sleet or snow. It is still early….
GFS Model: Snapshot Sunday
This product is nearly 2 days later and a little warmer. This is the model that showed ice and snow for Friday just two days ago.
I have been showing you this to highlight that despite all the advances, long range forecasting heading into winter will continue to be a challenge and NOT trustworthy beyond a week.
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Also See: Winter Outlook Series:
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