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Many enjoy surprise warmth

November 23, 2003|by RICHARD F. BELISLE

waynesboro@herald-mail.com

Saturday was just the kind of day Eugene Clemmons was waiting for - warm sun beating down on his 10-acre field on W.Va. 230 south of Shepherdstown with temperatures in the mid-60s.

He was painting the final sections of wooden board fence that surround his field - a project his wife began about five years ago, he said.

"I was hoping for a day like this to finish it," Clemmons said. "I opened this five-gallon can three years ago. It's either been too hot, too cold or rainy. This paint needs temperatures of 60 degrees to cure."

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A high pressure system that stretched down into South Carolina pushed a warm front into our area and brought the higher-than-normal temperatures, said Todd Toth, a weather observer in Waynesboro, Pa., where the temperature reached 66 degrees Saturday.

Cold weather lovers can take heart, though. The system is expected to be pushed out by a cold front which is moving into the region Monday, Toth said.

Monday will be a transition day, he said. It could rain and temperatures could start to drop to the 40s and 50s, which are normal for this time of year, he said.

He also said a blast of cold Canadian air is expected to come through, caused by a drop in the jet stream.

"It's dipping down as low as Texas," he said. "It's getting cold in the Upper Midwest and they could be getting snow."

Roger and Mary Belle Danner wouldn't mind a little snow right about now. Owners of Danner's Greenhouse at 17051 Virginia Ave. in Hagerstown, they were putting out the season's inventory of fresh-cut Christmas trees. About 300 were stacked in front of the business while inside more than 1,500 poinsettia plants ready to go.

"I always put my trees out right before Thanksgiving," Roger Danner said. "A lot of people put up their Christmas tree Thanksgiving weekend," he said.

Saturday's spring-like weather was great for Malcolm King of Purcellville, Va., who pulled into a restaurant parking lot in Shepherdstown, W.Va., in his bright yellow sports car - with the top down.

"A day like this is just perfect for a drive," he said. "It's Indian summer."

Ron Hobson was getting gas near Harpers Ferry, W.Va., Saturday morning. He was on his way home to Gristmill Court across the Potomac River in Washington County to cut up a large willow tree that fell in his yard during Tropical Storm Isabel.

"It's gorgeous today. I want to get it out before the snow comes," he said.

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