If you’re like me, then the temperature change between this past Sunday (January 10th) and Monday (January 11th) fascinated you!
On Sunday, temperatures at Jug Bay, MD reached 62°F and Taskinas Creek, VA reached 67°F. It felt weird taking down my holiday decorations in a t-shirt! Children in my neighborhood were outside playing with sidewalk chalk and riding their bikes like it was a pleasant early summer day!
Then, on Monday, frost-covered my lawn and I had to warm-up my car to prevent my alternator belt from shrieking. Just like that, I was back in my winter jacket, scarf, and mittens!
This weather change, unfortunately, has led to more cold-stunned turtles washing ashore in North Carolina. Our partner Dave Jasinski will be writing about this.
But out of my curiosity, I grabbed the past week’s air temperature from Jug Bay and Taskinas Creek to “see” what this change looked like graphically.
At Jug Bay in Maryland, temperatures reached ~62°F by 2pm but by 8am the next morning, temperatures plummeted to 28.4°F. That’s nearly a 34-degree temperature drop!
This was even more extreme in Virginia. Temperatures reached ~67°F around 1:30pm and dropped by 39-degrees when temperatures reached a low of 28.4°F at 7:30am.
Now that is some crazy weather! For reference, the average winter daily temperature range in Chesapeake Bay is between 10.5 and 11.5 degrees.