Monday, April 19, 2004

4/19 EVENING COMMENT:
The heat is on... the heat is on--hon. The heat is on, tell me can you feel it, tell me can you feel it..
the heat is..... ON."

- Glenn Fry, thanks to alert reader Lee S. from Altoona

That's an understatement for today. You knew that after last week, summer would do this instant appearance anyway. But the string of nice sunny days will temporarily come to an end. There is a weak cold fron moving through the Northeast tonight. It will deliver a few isolated thunderstorms in northern Baltimore County, the Lancaster-Harrisburg area, and a few might get as far as Chester County, PA.

In it's wake, Tuesday-Wednesday will be cooler, but still in the 70's. As we approach the weekend, a large area of rain and damp weather is moving toward the northeast from the southern plains. It will be difficult to dislodge this area of moisture unless it gets the chance to move east and rain itself out by the weekend. No tornadoes, no severe thunderstorms, just rain.

However, we have definitely moved into a summer like pattern. The long cold grey days of that upper level low from earlier this month are gone, for now. It seems we will be visited by a "couple days war, then a thunderstorm, then a couple days cool" pattern. The only concern is that I've seen this before... way too warm in April, followed by stationary fronts and cold rainy days in May. We shall see.

In the meantime, enjoy the refreshingly gentle warmth of these spring evenings. I think it is fun to go outside at night and pretend that it IS summer, and then remind myself that summer is still YET to come!
Here in Baltimore, it sure is wonderful... still about 80 F even at 8:45 PM with a nice breeze.

Guess that means you can call me a 'summer lover.' Yep, that's the third installment in our seasonal aficinado titles. From powderhounds to spring-a-lings to summer lovers.

THE OVERALL WEATHER SUMMARY IS...

Tuesday - Cooler in all areas, a little breezy. Highs mid 70's.

Wednesday - Cloudy, perhaps some rain late in the day. Cooler, highs around 70.

Thursday - Scattered showers and thunderstorms. Highs near 70.

Friday - Risk of thunderstorms continues. Highs in the upper 60's.







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