Hagerstown residents warm up to record-setting Monday

January 08, 2008|By DAN DEARTH

HAGERSTOWN - While some people were dragging their Christmas trees to the curbside Monday, Hagerstown resident Shirley Grove was mowing the lawn at her Wayne Avenue residence.

Grove was among several people in the Tri-State area who took advantage of Monday's record-high temperature to tackle outdoor projects that are uncommon this time of year.

"I was looking out my picture window and just started thinking, 'I need to mow my grass,'" Grove said. "I'll probably trim around the walk and gather up a few more leaves when I'm done."

According to, a Web site operated by local weather observer Greg Keefer, Monday's record temperature of 69.7 degrees was set at about 2:15 p.m. The previous record, set in 1907, was 69 degrees.


Josh Newhard, an AccuWeather meteorologist, said the Hagerstown area should enjoy record-high temperatures of 66 degrees today and 57 degrees Wednesday. The average high temperature for this time of year is about 38 degrees, he said.

"We're seeing temperatures in the average of 20 to 25 degrees above normal," he said.

Newhard said a large area of high pressure around the Eastern Seaboard is causing the temperature to rise. Temperatures should return to normal this weekend, he said.

At local carwashes, some people donned shorts and T-shirts as they washed road salt from their vehicles.

"It's so gorgeous outside," said Hagerstown resident Ashley Wiles, who spent a portion of Monday afternoon cleaning the inside of her car. "I have to work tomorrow, so I have to take advantage of (the weather) today."

Cara Cline of Hagerstown said the mild weather prompted her to take her daughter, Brianna, 2 months, for a stroll through City Park. Cline said she wasn't certain how long they would stay.

"It all depends on Brianna," Cline said. "She's the little dictator."

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