If you’re 25 or younger, you’ve never experienced weather this cold in November in the D.C. and Baltimore areas.
Sunday’s high of only 34 degrees at Reagan National Airport (DCA) made it the coldest November day since 1987.
While that 34-degree reading was cold by recent standards, folks born in the 1930s and 1940s have plenty of experience with such conditions in November. Steve Scolnik (@capitalclimate on Twitter) tweeted there have been 14 days as cold or colder than Sunday in November since 1929.
Today’s high of 34 in DC tied for 14th coldest in November since 1929 pic.twitter.com/XDQHveCptJ
— Capital Climate (@capital_climate) November 25, 2013
The cold was a bit more notable at Dulles and BWI Airports. At both those locations, the mercury only ascended to freezing, matching (BWI) or besting (Dulles) the coldest high for the date.
All 3 airport highs: DCA 34 (Coldest since 1987) IAD 32R (4th coldest in Nov record [since ’63]) BWI 32R-tie (Coldest since 1987)
— Ian Livingston (@islivingston) November 24, 2013
Temperatures just missed matching record lows this morning. Dulles dipped to 16 just one-degree above the record of 15 from 1970. BWI’s low of 19 was just one degree above the 133-year old record of 18 from 1956.