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Hagerstown set heat record Tuesday

April 06, 2010|By DAVE McMILLION
  • Donn Rotz spots a bucketful of limbs hauled from Antietam Creek Tuesday at Harpers Ferry Road bridge. Recent snow melt and rain flooded the creek and carried tree trunks and other debris to the bridge's base. The bridge will be closed from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, and Monday through Thursday next week, or until all the debris is removed. Rotz works for Eisenhart Crane Service of York, Pa. Crews from Washington County Roads Department cut and cleared the debris dumped on the bridge surface. The wood is hauled to county property along Harpers Ferry Road near Sharpsburg.
Kevin G. Gilbert, Staff Photographer

HAGERSTOWN -- Two months ago, Hagerstown was in the midst of one of the snowiest winters on record.

On Tuesday, the city set a heat record.

Thanks to a high-pressure system blowing southern air into the region, the mercury rose to 91.8 degrees at 4:12 p.m. Tuesday in Hagerstown, according to Hagerstown weather observer Greg Keefer's Web site at i4weather.net.

The previous high temperature for the city on April 6 was 85 degrees, in 1929, according to Keefer's Web site.

The record high temperature for today is 87 degrees, set in 1991, the Web site shows.

AccuWeather.com forecasts a high temperature of 84 degrees for Hagerstown today, while the National Weather Service forecasts a high of 91 degrees.

The warm temperatures are being caused by a large ridge of high pressure that is centered off the Atlantic Coast in the area of Florida and South Carolina, said Greg Schoor, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Sterling, Va.

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Clockwise spinning winds from the system are sending warm air north, Schoor said.

"We're basically getting air from the deep south," Schoor said.

The winter season's snowfall total of 70.5 inches made it the second snowiest winter behind 1960-61, when a record 74 inches of snow fell in Hagerstown, according to Keefer's site.

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