March is officially in the record books and the final numbers are in. Even with the cool end to the month, 2012 was the third warmest March ever on record. Our average temperature for the month came in at 53.7 degrees, which does incorporate both highs and lows. That is 10.1 degrees above normal. Including this year, we have only averaged a March temp in the 50s 6 times – dating back to the 1800s.

We warmed up to 63 degrees Sunday, on this first day of April. That is back above the average of 59 degrees. There is another round of record heat underway from the Northern Plains back to the Rockies and down to the Gulf. However, it’s not coming our way this time. Temperatures will be at or above average for the next few days before cooling down the second half of the week. The reason for that, the storm track is sitting right over Maryland and will bring a few different storms our way.

The first storm is moving through Sunday night. Scattered areas of rain will continue through the early morning hours of Monday before the cold front pushes off to our south. Gusty northerly winds will dry us our for Monday, while keeping temperatures from warming up too much. The next storm is not that far away. Clouds will be on the increase ahead of it Tuesday, then a few showers are possible later Tuesday into Wednesday as it passes through.

The weather pattern gets interesting for the end of the week. A strengthening trough in the jet stream will push that storm to our south on Thursday. It looks like this trough will stay strong enough that it will force the storm track to stay south of us for the end of the week. That will open the door to cooler air. We will keep a close eye on this for the oh-so-important Orioles Home Opener forecast Friday. Make sure you check back in through the week for the latest.

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