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Weather in 2000 was up, down, unusual

January 01, 2001

Weather in 2000 was up, down, unusual



By LAURA ERNDE / Staff Writer


One year ago today, the temperature in Hagerstown hit a record-busting 68 degrees.

A blast of warm air made some days in January feel more like June.

But by the time summer rolled around, the heat never rose above a simmer. July never even saw 90 degrees.

Such unseasonable temperatures distinguished the year 2000 in weather, according to Hagerstown weather observer Greg Keefer's web site.

It all evened out by the end of the year, though, and the average annual temperature was just two-tenths of a degree above normal.

The other big weather story last year was the rain.

After three dry years, the faucet was turned back on again. A total of 41.18 inches of precipitation fell all year, which was 3.22 inches above normal, Keefer said.

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On average, it rained one out of every five days last year.

During June, July and August, 13.8 inches of rain fell, double the amount during the summer of 1999.

The rain gave farmers a good growing year for a change. The longest dry spell came Oct. 19 through Nov. 7, after most crops were harvested.

More precipitation also meant more snow and ice - a yearly total of 34.5 inches, or almost 5 inches more than normal.

Some highlights of the year in weather:

- The highest temperature of the year was 94 degrees on June 11.

- The lowest temperature was 3 degrees on December 23.

- The warmest month was June and the coldest month was December.

- The wettest month was June, with 6.22 inches of rain and the driest month was October with just under a half-inch.

- There were only a dozen days last year that the temperature rose to 90 degrees or above. In a normal year there would be 28.

- There were 24 days when the temperature never got above the freezing mark. Normal is 17.

- The biggest snowstorm was Jan. 25, with 13.5 inches of snow.

- The most snow on the ground at one time was 16 inches on Jan. 25 and Jan. 30.

- Number of days with snowfall of an inch or more: five.

- The last freeze of the spring was April 13 and the first freeze of the fall was Oct. 9.

For more local weather stats, visit Keefer's web site at http://i4weather.net.

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