Here's a review of the past two weeks or so, by the numbers:
- 67: Wind speed, in mph, at BWI Marshall Airport during the derecho storm June 29.
- 675,000: Power outages the storm caused in the territory Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. serves; later, heat and smaller storms raised the number as high as 748,000 outages within a week.
- Nine: Days it took BGE crews to restore all the storm-related outages.
- 12: Consecutive days with high temperatures at 90 degrees or above at BWI, starting June 27.
- Eight: Place that 12-day streak ranks among the longest stretches of 90-degree-or-above high temperatures at BWI; the record is 25 days, set in 1995.
- 104: Highest temperature recorded at BWI during the stretch, on July 7, the hottest day of 2012 so far in Baltimore.
- Three: Temperature records set or tied at BWI over the weekend, including the 104-degree record high Saturday, a 100-degree high Sunday, and an 82-degree low Sunday.
While BWI had recorded a high temperature of 103 degrees at about 3:58 p.m., the 104-degree mark wasn't reached until 4:16 p.m. Weather service meteorologists can't easily reprogram when their instruments report the high temperature, and the official report for the day doesn't come out until after 1 a.m., when the 104-degree high was made official, Zubrick said.
Either way, it was the hottest July 7 on record in Baltimore, easily surpassing the old record of 101 degrees.
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