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Enjoying holiday outdoors a labor of love this weekend

September 02, 2000

Enjoying holiday outdoors a labor of love this weekend



By LAURA ERNDE / Staff Writer


A summer marked by persistent rainfall is ending a lot like it began - with more rain.

Showers and thunderstorms are likely today. Rain is expected to be heavy at times, according to the National Weather Service.

The Labor Day forecast isn't much better. Expect cloudy skies and a 50 percent chance of scattered showers and thunderstorms.

Temperatures will be in the 80s both days, the weather service says.

It's a fitting end to a summer marked by wet and cool days.

The temperature reached 90 degrees only 12 days this summer. In a typical year, Hagerstown will see 28 days above 90, said Greg Keefer, Hagerstown weather observer.

Despite that, the average summer temperature of 72.5 degrees was only slightly cooler than the normal of 73 degrees, he said.

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The summer began with showers for Sharpsburg's annual Memorial Day parade.

Measurable rain fell on 42 days during June, July and August, Keefer said.

The rain didn't prevent many people from enjoying City Park, said Harry Ragland, who patrolled the park on many summer evenings.

"It keeps a few of them away, but not many. We've had a good crowd all summer," he said.

A pavilion at City Park sheltered the family of 2-year-old Sean Moran of Silver Spring, Md., who came to celebrate his birthday with a picnic Saturday.

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