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Temperature melts another record

January 05, 1997

Some weather records are more fun to break than others.

Saturday's warm, sunny weather functioned as a pleasant reminder of spring as well as a record-breaker, sending area residents flocking outdoors to places like City Park and raising winter spirits.

In Hagerstown, the temperature climbed to a high of 73 degrees at 12:58 p.m., beating the previous high temperature record of 68 degrees on the same day in 1993, according to weather observer Greg Keefer.

The last time the temperature reached 70 degrees here in January was 30 years ago on Jan. 23, 1967, and the highest recorded temperature for this month was 78 degrees in 1950, Keefer said.

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Saturday's low temperature in Hagerstown was a still-delightful 51 degrees at 4:24 a.m., Keefer said.

Compare these temperatures to this day last year when the temperature reached a high of only 30 degrees and dropped as low as 17 degrees, just three days before the heaviest snowstorm in Washington County history dropped 35 inches on the area.

Another 8 to 10 inches of snow fell just five days later.

Happy New Year.

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