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Warm weather welcome for last weekend in November

November 27, 2006|by ERIN CUNNINGHAM and JENNIFER FITCH

High temperatures recorded across the Tri-State region on Sunday were five to 10 degrees above normal for this time of year, allowing residents to enjoy early fall weather in late November, meteorologists said.

The high temperature in Hagerstown was expected to reach the mid- to upper 50s, according to an Accuweather meteorologist. The normal high temperature for the end of November is about 50 degrees.

"It's not extremely warm for this time of the year," meteorologist Alan Reppert said. "But it is warmer than normal."

The high temperature Sunday in Martinsburg, W.Va., was expected to be about 60 degrees, Reppert said. The normal high temperature is 53 degrees.

In Chambersburg, Pa., Sunday's high temperature was 10 degrees above normal, according to weather watcher Jerry Ashway.

The high was 58 degrees and the normal temperature is 48 degrees, he said.

"Temperatures are about 10 degrees above average in Hagerstown and probably across most of Southcentral Pennsylvania," Pennsylvania State University Meteorologist Francis Kredensor said.

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Volunteers with the Greater Waynesboro (Pa.) Chamber of Commerce, Waynesboro Studio Art Club and Main Street Waynesboro Inc. said they were grateful for fair weather Sunday afternoon while decorating downtown Waynesboro for the holidays.

"We prayed for good weather," Evie Cook said while working with other members of the art club to fill a vacant storefront.

They scraped paint from the windows of the former Long Jewelers before displaying paintings for sale. The club's displays in the past have generated positive feedback, Cook said.

"Everybody commented how beautiful the windows looked and how it enhanced the downtown," she said.

The nonprofit organization Main Street Waynesboro Inc. filled an additional seven storefronts with holiday decorations.

"We're glad the weather is nice because it's nice to work outside," Downtown Manager Carole L. Malin said. The warm weather also benefited volunteers working inside the unheated buildings, she said.

Filling the vacant storefronts with holiday decorations creates nostalgia and also shows off how nice the buildings can be, Malin said.

MaryBeth Hockenberry, executive director of the Greater Waynesboro Chamber of Commerce, recalled that volunteers worked in chilly temperatures in 2005. For 2006, the Chamber of Commerce has displayed four trees on the corners of Center Square opposed to one in the middle.

For 2006, the Chamber of Commerce has displayed four trees on the corners of Center Square instead of one in the middle.

The Chamber of Commerce has asked the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation to install permanent mounts for four trees when it reconfigures Center Square next year.

The 40 workers connected to the Chamber of Commerce also hung 38 wreaths and wrapped garland around 62 light poles on Sunday.

Reppert said the higher-than-average temperatures in the Tri-State region are likely to remain for at least the next two days. The high temperature in Hagerstown will climb to the mid-60s, he said.

Rain and colder temperatures are expected to move into the area by Friday, when the high should be about 44 degrees.

"We could even see some snow mixing in with the rain," Reppert said.

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