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Rain a welcome relief

July 25, 1999|By DAN KULIN /Staff Writer

A little after 10 a.m. Saturday, Pastor Eleanor Doub called from Williamsport to warn her congregation at St. Peter's Lutheran Church in Keedysville that a storm was heading their way.

Within 10 to 15 minutes - and just ahead of the rain - the church's yard sale items were moved indoors, said parishioner Vivian Clipp.

Later, they set up again outside the church, but were chased inside one more time by another passing shower, she said.

Clipp, 62, said it was a little extra work hauling the goods in and out to avoid the rain, but it wasn't too bad.

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"We were glad to see the rain because we need it," she said.

But Saturday's rain wasn't enough to make up for the recent dry weather, which has threatened area water supplies and crops.

"It was just a small shower. What we need is a good soaking," said Arthur Rhoderick, who has about 550 cattle, and grows corn and alfalfa on his farm just east of Hagerstown.

Rhoderick, 67, guessed Saturday's showers left about a tenth-of-an-inch of rain. He said his farm needs a couple of inches of rain soon to help the crops.

"Maybe we'll get some more tonight," he said.

Calvin Meadows, of the National Weather Service in Sterling, Va., said that according to measurements taken at the Hagerstown Regional Airport, it rained .28-of-an-inch Saturday.

Meadows said there was a 20 percent chance of more rain overnight Saturday. Then, sunny skies are predicted to return and keep the area dry well into this week.

He said the high temperature at the airport Saturday reached 89 degrees. But it felt like 97 degrees outside, according to the heat index, which takes into account humidity in determining how hot it feels.

High temperatures above 90 degrees are forecast for today and every day through Thursday, Meadows said.

So far, there have been 15 days this month during which the high temperature was above 90 degrees.

According to weather observers throughout the Tri-state, Saturday's rains varied throughout the area.

There was no rain reported in Frederick, Md. In Hagerstown, however, as much as 0.36-inch was reported.

Reports from other towns in-cluded: Clear Spring, 0.30-inch; Smithsburg, 0.25-inch; Williams-port, 0.22-inch; Waynesboro, Pa., 0.20-inch; Chambersburg, Pa., 0.05-inch; and Martinsburg, W.Va., 0.11-inch.

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