2004 weather events and records

January 02, 2005

· Jan. 3: Record high of 66 degrees for the date. The previous record was 65 degrees in 2000.

· Jan. 10: Low of 3 degrees in the morning, with wind chills reaching minus 20 degrees overnight. Wind chills hover near zero degrees all day, with a high temperature of 18 degrees.

· Jan. 23-24: Total snow accumulation of 6.9 inches with the largest daily amount for the year, 4.2 inches, on Jan. 24.

· Jan. 25-26: Another round of snow. Seven more inches of snow leaves a total of 11 inches of snow on the ground.


· Feb. 6: Freezing rain. Heavy rains and ice buildup result in flooding problems and power outages.

· April 13: More than an inch of rain falls, giving the area 2.78 inches of rain since April 11.

· April 27: A brief shower after 7 p.m. results in what Hagerstown weather observer Greg Keefer's weather report refers to as a "spectacular double rainbow."

· April 2004 was the third wettest April on record, with 6.81 inches of rain. The wettest April was 7.8 inches in 1952.

· May 21: A thunderstorm in Jefferson County, W.Va., downs trees and power lines. A weak tornado is reported in Berkeley County, according to fire and rescue personnel.

· May 25: An F1 tornado in the Leitersburg area results in moderate to heavy damage in areas, with trees knocked over and structures damaged. Quarter- to golf ball-size hail reported.

An F0 tornado touched down a half-mile east of the Washington County line in the Wolfsville area in Frederick County.

Golf ball-size hail is reported in Harpers Ferry, W.Va., and nickel-size hail is reported in Martinsburg, W.Va.

· May is the second warmest on record, with an average temperature of 68.6 degrees. The warmest May was in 1991, with an average temperature of 69.4 degrees.

May is the eighth wettest May on record with 6.27 inches of rain. The wettest May was in 2003, with 8.21 inches.

· June 1: Smithsburg-area weather observer Jim Vaughn sees a funnel cloud between Ringgold and his home northeast of Smithsburg. Tornado is unconfirmed.

· June 14: Tropical downpours from thunderstorms, including 1.05 inches of rain falling in 20 minutes. Some streets and creeks flood.

Flash flooding is reported in the Smithsburg area, with three houses on Wolfsville Road flooded.

An F1 tornado touches down north of Woodsboro, Md., in Frederick County.

· July 5: Walnut-size hail reported in the Smithsburg area by emergency personnel.

· Sept. 8: Rains and gusty winds from the remains of Hurricane Frances.

· Sept. 17: The remains of Hurricane Ivan hit the area. An F0 tornado hits the Boonsboro area and another one touches down east of Hancock.

· Sept. 27-28: The remains of Hurricane Jeanne bring 3.51 inches of rain and flooding.

· Nov. 9: A record for the latest date for the Hagerstown area's first fall freeze. The old record occurred when the first freeze happened on Nov. 5, 1971. Keefer's records date to 1898.

· Dec. 1: Strong winds, with several peak gusts of 61 mph. Keefer's Web weather software recorded a peak gust of 67 mph, but that was an error. Winds result in some damage and power outages.

· Dec. 31: Still no measurable snow this season, according to Vaughn. When measurable snow arrives, it will set a record for at least the third latest first measurable snowfall of the season. Vaughn's records date to 1976.

Sources: Weather observer Greg Keefer's Web site,, the National Weather Service storm reports and Smithsburg-area weather observer Jim Vaughn.

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