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The coldest November weather in decades in Washington, D.C. and Baltimore

(Thomas Stewart von Drashek via Facebook) (Thomas Stewart von Drashek via Facebook)

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.

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.

 

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.

Related: Abnormal cold to close November: possibly coldest in decades

Link: Detailed D.C. region-specific information on Tuesday-Wednesday East Coast storm

Jason is the Washington Post’s weather editor and Capital Weather Gang's chief meteorologist. He earned a master's degree in atmospheric science, and spent 10 years as a climate change science analyst for the U.S. government. He holds the Digital Seal of Approval from the National Weather Association.
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At a Glance

Wed.

partlycloudyday
30° /40°

Thu.

sunny_clear
22° /30°

Fri.

partlycloudyday
19° /34°

Sat.

partlycloudyday
21° /25°

Sun.

sunny_clear
/24°

Mon.

snow
17° /37°
Drop 30%
National Airport
Dulles
BWI

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Washington, D.C., Snow Tracker

Current Snow Total
18.8"
Record Most Snow
(2009-10)
56.1"
Record Least Snow
(1997-98, 1972-73)
0.1"
Last Winter's Snow Total
18.3"

D.C. Area Almanac

 
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