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May is eighth wettest in area

June 02, 2004|by LAURA ERNDE

May 2004 went down in the record books as the eighth wettest May on record in the Hagerstown area.According to the Web site of Hagerstown weather observer Greg Keefer, 6.27 inches of rain fell during the month.

Much of the rain was combined with storms and even one small-scale tornado.

The National Weather Service confirmed that a tornado packing winds of 80 to 90 mph hit Leitersburg on May 25. During the tornado, classified as an F1, the winds peeled back the roof of a barn off Miller's Church Road and downed several trees along Clopper Road and Herman Myers Road.

Despite the soaking, the month did not come close to the all-time May record, which was set just one year ago. Last year, 8.21 inches of rain fell.

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