There is a lot of support for the Global Cooling
crowd this week as signs of winter have arrived across parts of the nation. This morning Minneapolis took it on the chin with a forecast of 2-4 inches of snow and falling temperatures. This just a day after the Twins lost their post season bid to the Yankees. That pales in comparison to nearly 17 inches of snow in parts of Nebraska. Meanwhile, rain was developing in the south in what made the weather map look a lot more like December. While we have not yet had our first frost, temperatures have dipped into the 30s in western Maryland this morning.
Denver is known for wacky weather, but it was what they had over the weekend was a bit extreme even for them. They shared in 87 new record lows set this weekend. About 2 inches of snow fell, but a bitter chill forced the postponement of the baseball playoff game with the Phillies on Saturday, after setting the record coldest 'maximum' temperature at 26F and the coldest October 10th in 104 years. It warmed up a little for Sunday night's game, which turned out th be the coldest professional baseball game ever played with a temperature that dropped to 27F in Denver at midnight.
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The outlook for cold and snow in Denver and Minneapolis is important to us, because it lays the foundation for the cold air that will be heading our way. This week will feature an arctic air mass sliding into Maryland, and another storm along an active split jet stream. As it looks now, it will build in a chill rain for the end of the week, but establish a pattern that may last most of this month. See more in the slide show below. for the first look at the winter weather outlook. I will gather more outlooks and share them here. Personally, I am in line with a colder than normal winter with above normal snowfall. So if you heard the BGE expectation for lower utility bills reported last month, I don't see where they gathered a warm winter forecast from. Perhaps in the northern plains it will be above normal, but by no stretch will it be warm.
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