Heat slows down work and walkers in Hagerstown

July 12, 2011|By CALEB CALHOUN |
  • Boonsboro residents Taylor Langston, left, and Kaitlin Stone, right, fall into Antietam Creek near Burnside Bridge after letting go of a rope swing Tuesday afternoon.
By Joe Crocetta, Staff Photographer

William Orndorff of Hagerstown was walking his dog, Buddy, Tuesday afternoon, even though the temperature was hovering around a steamy 90 degrees.

Orndorff said that he cannot go outside as often as he wishes during the summer due to the effect the heat has on his health.

"My dog really likes to get out, but when it gets hot with humidity like this, I can't do it as much," he said. "It really affects my health, but sometimes I have to overlook it because (my dog) needs to go outside."

Mark Catherman, of Hagerstown, who works for Just Stumps, was grinding stumps for a customer Tuesday afternoon. He said that his main concern was staying hydrated.

"I have a lot of water in my truck to handle the heat," he said. "At least it's windy, though, so the bugs aren't as bad."

The temperature climbed to a high of 91.5 degrees at 3:14 p.m. Tuesday, after reaching 94.7 degrees Monday, according to Hagerstown weather observer Greg Keefer's website at

 The record high temperature in Hagerstown for July 12 was 101 degrees, set in 1908, according to the website.

Howie Weeks of Funkstown, who owns Crenshaw's Auto Repair in Hagerstown on West Baltimore Street, said that when the weather gets this hot his employees cannot work as fast.

"This is usually August weather, and we have to drink a lot of water when it gets like this," he said. "Luckily, we are not directly in the sun, and we have the air conditioner and lots of fans running, but it's still hot."

Jacob Dawson of Hagerstown, who was painting a curb on Baltimore Street for the Hagerstown Department of Public Works, said working on the street can be frustrating when it's hot.

"You can lose focus of what you're doing in the heat, especially when you hear traffic going by all the time," he said. "You try to get in the zone when you're working, and the heat doesn't make that easy."

Kelly Wilson of Hagerstown said the heat has affected her ability to walk outside.

"I have to stop and take breaks now when I walk just to cool off," said Wilson as she walked down South Potomac Street. "I can't stay out very long on days like today."

Temperatures in Hagerstown were expected to hit 90 degrees again today, according to the National Weather Service's website at

After that, however, it is expected to cool off a bit in the area, with the high for the rest of the week not exceeding 85 degrees, the weather service predicted.

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