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Warmth ties day's record

January 03, 2000

One on OneBy KIMBERLY YAKOWSKI / Staff Writer

photo: RIC DUGAN / staff photographer




The mercury climbed to 65 degrees Monday, tying a record set in 1997 and prompting people to shed their winter coats and spend some time outdoors.

The new year got off to a warm start on Saturday with a high of 54 degrees and the warming trend continued Sunday when temperatures reached 68 degrees, breaking an 84-year-old record, according to Hagerstown Weather Observer Greg Keefer's Web site.

The previous record for Jan. 2 was 64 degrees set in 1916.

Stephanie Bradley of Greencastle, Pa., took her son Ryan, 6, and his friend Susie Sarabok, 5, to Hagerstown's City Park for a picnic lunch and some playtime Monday afternoon.

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"It's been wonderful. Earlier the kids were playing without their jackets on," said Bradley.

She said she likes the warm weather and wouldn't mind if temperatures remain mild, but her son was a little disappointed because he likes to go sledding.

Cliff and Elaine Walker sat in a pavilion Monday eating lunch from a fast-food restaurant and watching the geese, ducks and swans.

"We're just enjoying the weather and being here," said Elaine Walker, who said she is mayor of Lovettsville, Va.

She said she has been coming to the park for more than 40 years and makes regular visits to Hagerstown with her husband to shop and picnic.

Nancy Wise and her granddaughter Hannah, 4, of Hagerstown, spent time at the park playing on the jungle gyms and feeding bird seed to the park's fowl.

The warm weather suits her fine, said Wise. "I like it the way it is. If we get a lot of snow you can't get around," she said.

Hannah has a different opinion though, she said.

"I want it to snow so I can build Jack Frost," said Hannah.

While temperatures are predicted to rise into the 60s today, the National Weather Service says it will turn much cooler later in the week, with highs reaching only into the mid- or upper 30s on Wednesday. Forecasters say there is a possibility of showers today, but it could be mostly sunny Wednesday and Thursday.

Average temperatures for January are in the mid-30s.

Last year in early January, Washington County experienced weather more typical of the season.

Jan. 1, 1999, was cold and windy with a high of 27 degrees. On Jan. 2 and Jan. 3, around 1.8 inches of snow fell, and sleet and freezing rain snapped power lines and tree limbs, Keefer's Web site said.

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