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Wet weather to dry, warm

September 26, 2000

Wet weather to dry, warm



By STACEY DANZUSO / Staff Writer

photo: JOE CROCETTA / staff photographer

Weather changesAfter unseasonably cold and wet weather dampened the early part of week, sunny skies and warmer temperatures are in store for today and the remainder of the month.

Monday's rainfall measured 1.4 inches in Hagerstown, and an additional .33 inches fell Tuesday, bringing the total rainfall for the month to more than 3 inches, according to the National Weather Service's regional office in Sterling, Va.

That's only slightly above the normal 2.84 inches for September, but "one to two inches in a day is excessive," said Chris Strong, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service.

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Maryland State Police and Hagerstown City Police blamed the rain-slicked roads for a school bus accident Monday morning near Smithsburg and other fender benders in the city.

The skies began to clear by late Tuesday morning.

The high today is expected to be about 70 degrees, up from 55 degrees Monday. That is still below the normal 75 degrees, Strong said. The sun is expected to stick around through the weekend and highs should hover in the middle to upper 60s, according to the weather service.

The prospect of clear weather is good news for local farmers, according to Don Schwartz, an agriculture extension agent at the Maryland Cooperative Extension office in Washington County. The rain was not damaging, but it delayed harvesting and planting this week, Schwartz said.

"It's getting to the late side of the planting time cycle for barley, but it's not critical," he said.

Harry Harsh said the chilly temperatures and intermittent drizzle weren't bothering him much either as he took a quick break outside of his Washington County Orphans' Court office.

"It's unique, but we can live with a little inclement weather now and then," he said.

Harsh said he hopes a wet summer and fall doesn't forebode a wet winter.

"This has been a totally different year with all of the wetness. I hope the winter is not as wet as the summer or we are in trouble,'' Harsh said.

With about 36 inches of rain so far this year, the region is well above the normal 28.64 inches, according to local forecaster Greg Keefer.

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