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Spring springs with tranquility

March 20, 2009|By ERIN JULIUS

HAGERSTOWN -- Anna Rosencrance knows what spring is all about.

"I plan to go out in the garden and look for daffodils," the 4-year-old girl said Friday afternoon from high up on playground equipment at City Park.

Anna was at the park with her mother, Susan Rosencrance, and her grandfather, Robert Morrison, of Williamsport.

Friday was the first day of spring, and an AccuWeather meteorologist predicted this weekend will be a "tranquil" spring weekend.

Today is expected to be sunny, with temperatures reaching the mid-50s, AccuWeather meteorologist Tom Kines said Friday morning. Sunday will be a few degrees warmer and partly cloudy, he said.

The average high temperature for the first day of spring is 53, and the normal low is 32, Kines said.

Friday's high temperature in Hagerstown was 44 degrees, according to www.accuweather.com.

Erin Weaver, her sister. Destiny, sons, Kamdyn, 3, and Jaivyn, 2, and nephew, Ethan, 2, were playing Friday afternoon on the merry-go-round at City Park.

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They probably will return to the park today, Weaver said. The boys like playing on the slides best, she said.

The park's snack bar was open Friday morning, selling duck feed and refreshments to park patrons. The snack bar should be open all weekend, said Albert Hann, who was working behind the counter.

Marlin Campbell and his daughter, 3-year-old Amaraeyana, bought a bag of duck feed.

"So we can feed the duckies," Amaraeyana said.

They plan to go bike riding and let Amaraeyana ride her scooter this weekend, too, Campbell said. She also wants to go swimming at the YMCA because "at home, I have a new bathing suit," she said.

It will be awhile before anyone swims in an outdoor pool because this spring is expected to be a little cooler than normal, Kines said.

"Next week and probably into the first half of April, we're anticipating the temperatures will average out a little bit below normal," Kines said.

Kines said he expects highs in the upper 50s and lows in the mid-30s through March, and highs in the low 60s and lows near 40 for the first half of April.

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