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Monday brings first taste of fall weather to area

September 27, 2005|by ERIN CUNNINGHAM

erinc@herald-mail.com

The chilly air and light breeze Monday in Washington County was the area's first taste of fall weather.

While it seemed more seasonable than the 80-degree days that have been common in the first weeks of September, the region's weather was indirectly affected by Hurricane Rita, Accuweather meteorologist Henry Margusity said.

Moisture from the hurricane met with a cold front moving through the area and into Canada, causing light rain and wind gusts Monday, he said.

"You could say it is some stuff from Rita," Margusity said. "If Rita wasn't around and people didn't know about the hurricane, it would be just like any other cold front."

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Only a trace amount of rain fell in Hagerstown, and the high temperature was 77 degrees. The low temperature was 67 degrees. Margusity said he did not expect more than a quarter-inch of rain to fall throughout the day. The small amount of rain that was falling stopped shortly after 5 p.m., he said.

Wind gusts reached 25 mph, he said.

Margusity said the cold front will have passed through the area by today, which is expected to be sunny with a high of 76 degrees.

"It's going to be a beautiful day," he said.

Though the region is experiencing above-average temperatures for this time of year, temperatures Friday are expected to reach only 66 degrees.

"This will be our first real cool day," Margusity said. "It will be sunny, breezy and cool. (The change in temperature) is due to a surge of chilly air coming from Canada - one of many to come in the next eight months."

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