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Meteorology, astronomy and climate conditions in the Baltimore region
Rain and blustery winds Wednesday

A low-pressure system moving up the East Coast has brought blustery winds and rain showers Wednesday.

Precipitation is forecast to be light throughout the day. But heavier-than-predicted rain fell Tuesday night into Wednesday morning, with more than an inch at Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport from 7 p.m. through 7 a.m., according to the National Weather Service.

A 15-20 mph breeze and gusts of 25 mph are forecast throughout Wednesday.

Temperatures are forecast to reach the upper 50s and lower 60s but hovered around 53 degrees at BWI from late Tuesday night through mid-morning Wednesday.

Wet weather is forecast to move out by Thursday, though strong winds could stick around, with 10-15 mph breezes and 25-30 mph gusts. Temperatures are again forecast to top out in the lower 60s Thursday, with partly cloudy skies.

That weather pattern is forecast to continue through Friday and into the weekend, with winds calming by Saturday. Mostly sunny skies and highs in the...

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Sun to enter partial eclipse Thursday evening, but clouds, sunset could block view

A partial eclipse will be visible across North America on Thursday afternoon and evening, but chances to see it from Baltimore will be limited, and clouds could make it even more difficult.

In Baltimore, the eclipse begins at 5:51 p.m., as the new moon passes in front of the sun, casting the moon's shadow onto Earth. But we will only be able to see the very beginning of the eclipse as the sun is setting. Only about 15 percent of the sun's surface will be obscured before the solar disc slips below the horizon about 6:15 p.m., according to the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center.

Partly to mostly cloudy skies are forecast over the Baltimore area Thursday evening.

In parts of Alaska, western Canada and the Pacific Northwest, as much as 60 percent or more of the sun will be blocked. In Seattle, for example, the eclipse lasts from 1:35 p.m. to 4:20 p.m., with up to 55 percent of the sun obscured.

The sun will be nearly 80 percent obscured in the Arctic Canadian territory of Nunavut, according...

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Scattered showers or storms, milder temperatures forecast Tuesday

Light, isolated showers and storms are forecast Tuesday with temperatures in the 60s, before cooler air moves in for the middle of the week.

About a 60 percent chance of precipitation is forecast but with only light accumulations expected.

Highs are forecast in the upper 60s, after morning lows in the upper 40s and lower 50s.

More rain chances and blustery winds are forecast Wednesday, with highs only in the upper 50s and lows in the lower to mid-40s.

Mostly cloudy skies but dry weather are forecast Thursday, with highs again only in the upper 50s.

Highs return to the lower and mid-60s Friday and Saturday, with sunshine returning as well.

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Tornado confirmed to have hit Howard County on Wednesday

A weak tornado downed a tree and snapped large tree limbs near Savage during storms Wednesday, according to the National Weather Service.

The tornado was one of two confirmed to have formed during the storms and rated EF-0 on the Enhanced Fujita Scale. The other passed through Fairfax County, Virginia.

The Savage tornado lasted about a minute, touching down at 1:13 p.m. about 200 yards south of Knights Bridge Road in eastern Howard County. It uprooted a large tree that fell onto an apartment complex, and it also snapped branches and a street sign, according to the weather service's storm damage surveys.

The tornado is estimated to have had winds of 55-65 mph, with a maximum path width of 75 yards and a path length of 0.4 miles, according to the weather service.

The same storm system spawned a tornado of similar strength but with a longer path, 1.5 miles, in eastern Fairfax County and Alexandria. That tornado touched down from 12:23 p.m. to 12:26 p.m.

The weather service issued several...

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A cool and cloudy Monday forecast; frost advisory in suburbs

Unseasonably cool air that moved in Sunday dropped much of Maryland close to freezing Monday morning, with highs expected in the 60s in the afternoon.

A frost advisory was in effect for Carroll, Howard, northern Baltimore and Harford counties through 9 a.m. Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport dropped as low as 35 degrees, the coldest there since April.

Closer to Baltimore and to the Chesapeake Bay, overnight lows were forecast in the upper 30s to lower 40s.

Partly to mostly cloudy skies are forecast throughout the day, with highs in the mid-60s.

Rain showers are possible Tuesday, with morning lows closer to 50 degrees and highs again in the mid-60s.

Another burst of cold air is expected Wednesday, with lows dropping back into the 40s and highs in the mid-50s Wednesday and Thursday.

 

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Frost advisory called for Baltimore, Harford, Howard overnight

The National Weather Service has called a frost advisory for the Baltimore-Washington region from 2 a.m. until 9 a.m. Monday.

Low temperatures are expected to drop into the mid-30s, leaving a light frost and possibly damaging sensitive plants left outside overnight, especially in north Baltimore, Harford, Howard and Montgomery counties, the Weather Service said.

Nighttime temperatures should be a little more moderate the rest of the week, with evening lows in the 40s most nights, the weather service said.

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