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Hagerstown residents hope warmer weather is here to stay

April 09, 2013|By CALEB CALHOUN | caleb.calhoun@herald-mail.com
  • Amanda Merkel-Mason takes her children, Oliver and Emilia Mason, for a stroll along the C&O Canal Towpath south of Sharpsburg on Tuesday. Their dog, Luna, joined them on an unseasonably warm day.
By Ric Dugan, Staff Photographer

Temperatures in Hagerstown are flirting with daily record highs this week, and local residents took advantage of the warmest day of the year so far Tuesday just two weeks after more than 4 inches of snow fell on the city.

Justin Blair of Hagerstown took to the one of the softball fields with his friends Tuesday morning at Martin L. “Marty” Snook Memorial Park in Halfway. He said he was not surprised by the dramatic shift from cold weather to warm weather in such a short period of time.

“We haven’t had much of a spring the past few years, so it went from winter to summer,” said Blair, 30. “I think summer’s here to stay.”

Megan Reynolds of State Line, Pa., was celebrating her 24th birthday on Tuesday with her friend, Holly Funk, of Hagerstown.

“It’s always rainy and cold on my birthday, and I was so excited today,” she said. “We decided that we wanted to get lunch and then we decided to go to City Park.”

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Funk, 32, added that she did not expect the warm weather.

“I was happy to get out, and the warm weather better be here to stay,” she said.

Reynolds and Funk had a cookout planned later.

According to i4weather.net, a website maintained by local weather observer Greg Keefer, the mercury hit a high of 83.3 degrees Tuesday, the warmest day of the year so far. The record for April 9 is 87 degrees, which was set in 2001.

At Fairgrounds Park, Devin Black, 23, of Hagerstown, went to the basketball court with his brother. He said they play on the court year round, even in the cold, but that it is more fun when the weather warms up.

“You’ll get 30 or 40 people trying to play, and it gets everybody in the groove,” he said.

Brooke Clemente, 30, of Hagerstown, took two of her three children to the playground at Fairgrounds Park.

“It seems like it sometimes goes from one extreme to the next,” she said of the weather. “Hopefully, it’s made the turn for the long haul.”

Temperatures are expected to stay in the 80s today and Thursday before cooling off Friday, according to the AccuWeather forecast.

Temperature are expected to drop to highs of 55 degrees on Friday and 56 degrees on Saturday, according to AccuWeather.

The drastic change in weather patterns is not unusual for April, said Brian Lasorsa, a meteorologist for the National Weather Service.

“You’re transitioning to summer, so you have very cold air and warm air fighting,” he said. “It’ll be a little bit cool again this weekend.”

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