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2014 ranked as Baltimore's 13th-coldest, 12th-wettest on record

2014 was among Baltimore's coldest and wettest years on record.

After one of the coldest winters in decades, an unusually comfortable spring and summer, and wintry late-fall weather, 2014 ended as Baltimore's coldest year since 2003.

Temperatures averaged 54 degrees at Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport over the year, according to preliminary data. That ties with 1892 as the 13th-coolest year on record. 2003 averaged a tenth of a degree colder.

Seven months out of the year were colder than normal, with the largest anomaly coming in January, when the average temperature was 5.5 degrees colder than normal. March was close behind, with an average 5.1 degrees below normal.

July brought the surprising factoid that it hit the 50s more often than the 90s. On seven mornings, lows were recorded in the 50s at BWI, while temperatures only topped 90 degrees on six afternoons.

After record rainfall in April and August, plus with above-normal precipitation in eight months of the year, 2014 ranks as the wettest since 2011 and the 12th-wettest on record.

April was the second-wettest on record for that month, with 8.6 inches of rain. August, a month with plenty of precipitation extremes thanks to tropical storms, was 14th-wettest on record for that month.

An earlier version of this post included an incorrect ranking of 2014 average temperatures. The Sun regrets the error.

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