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Hagerstown dodges massive storm system

June 13, 2013|By DAVE McMILLION | davem@herald-mail.com
  • A cannon on Doubleday Hill in Williamsport is silhouetted against an omnious sky Thursday evening.
By Ric Dugan, Staff Photographer

Although up to 4 inches of rain were forecast for Hagerstown, the city largely dodged a massive storm system rolling across the nation, ending up with just 0.62 inches of precipitation on Thursday.

By 7:45 p.m., the city was declared in the clear.

“We’re done,” said Andy Woodcock, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Sterling, Va.

Although it was described as unusually massive, such weather systems can be hard to predict, said Woodcock, explaining that a variety of factors — including atmospheric conditions and jet streams — have an affect on the severity of thunderstorms.

The system was initially menacing during the early morning hours Thursday when skies turned black, and heavy rains doused parts of the Tri-State area.

But consistent heavy rain failed to mount during the day, and by Thursday evening, the system was off the East Coast, weather officials said.

A cold front is following the storm system, pushing it out of the area, Kris Nation, chief meteorologist with HMTV6, said Thursday night.

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Today’s expected high temperature for Hagerstown is expected to be 76 degrees.

Woodcock encouraged people to enjoy it while they can.

“Summer might be rearing its ugly head,” he said.

Although the system was more timid than the worst of forecasts, there were some tense moments in other parts of the state Thursday afternoon. Tornadoes were reported near Olney in Montgomery County,

Laurel in Prince George’s County and Snow Hill in Worcester County on the Eastern Shore.

The Maryland Emergency Management Agency was reporting only minor damage to buildings from the reported tornadoes.

Weather service officials said they could not confirm any tornadoes before taking a close look at the damage.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.

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