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By JENNIFER FITCH | waynesboro@herald-mail.com | August 27, 2012
A tornado with winds reaching 85 mph struck Franklin County, Pa., on Sunday afternoon, National Weather Service officials confirmed Monday. The path of the tornado was about six miles long and 100 yards wide. Investigators believe it moved forward with a speed of 35 mph. The tornado has been classified as an EF0, the weakest on the measurement scale, according to Craig Evanego, a meteorologist based in State College, Pa. The tornado that occurred from about 1:56 to 2:07 p.m. Sunday traveled off Williamsport Pike in the Greencastle area.
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February 23, 2012
High winds coupled with a low moisture level on the ground will raise the threat for fire today in the Hagerstown area, according to the National Weather Service. The moisture level in the ground today will be 5 to 7 percent, which is low, said Heather Sheffield, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Sterling, Va. “Anything above 8 (percent), we don't have to worry about,” Sheffield said. A fire weather watch will be in effect for the area this afternoon, when wind gusts could reach 60 mph by late afternoon, the weather service said.
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by Ric Dugan / Staff Photographer | December 2, 2006
Clouds pass over downtown Hagerstown Friday. The National Weather Service on Friday issued a high-wind advisory with gusts of up to 60 miles per hour. A severe thunderstorm watch expired at 6 p.m. Friday.
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June 30, 2012
The National Weather Service said Washington County residents can expect more blistering hot weather Sunday, with a high near 97 degrees. Showers and thunderstorms could move in today after 2 p.m. Today's low is expected to be in the mid-60s. Heather Sheffield, a National Weather Service meteorologist, said temperatures in the Tri-State area will remain above average this week. The average high for this time of year is 88 degrees. “It doesn't look like we're going to get much of a break,” she said.
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February 28, 2011
A tornado watch for Washington County and surrounding counties, including the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia, has been lifted, according to the National Weather service. The watch was issued at 9 a.m. Monday and was to have been in effect until 4 p.m. as a line of strong storms moved through the region. A tornado watch means that weather conditions are favorable for a tornado, said Brian LaSorsa, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service. He said a tornado watch is a step below a tornado warning, which means a tornado is imminent.
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By DAVE MCMILLION | davem@herald-mail.com | January 16, 2012
A Canadian high-pressure system that ushered frigid temperatures into the Tri-State area is expected to break its grip this week as the system moves off the East Coast, according to a National Weather Service spokesman. Another cold front is headed to the area, but milder temperatures ahead of that system are expected to drive the mercury to about 49 degrees Tuesday, said Brian Lasorsa, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Sterling, Va. The region will return to more normal conditions for January later this week.
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March 24, 2003
Boating and other recreational activities on the upper Potomac River should be avoided through Wednesday because of hazardous water levels, the Maryland Natural Resources Police said. For more information on river conditions, call the National Weather Service at 1-703-260-0305.
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June 10, 2013
Washington and Frederick counties in Maryland and the West Virginia counties of Berkeley, Morgan and Jefferson are under a tornado watch until 10 p.m. Monday, the National Weather Service announced at 2:06 p.m. A tornado watch means weather conditions are favorable for the development of severe thunderstorms that are capable of producing tornadoes.
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By DAVE McMILLION | davem@herald-mail.com | May 28, 2013
Summer is still a few weeks away, but the region will be getting a preview as temperatures are expected to rise above 90 degrees in Hagerstown on Thursday and Friday, according to the National Weather Service. The mercury is expected to start climbing Wednesday, when the high temperature is expected to be about 89 degrees, according to the weather service. The hottest days are expected to be Thursday and Friday, with highs expected to be about 93 degrees both days, according to Kevin Witt, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service's office in Sterling, Va. The record high temperature for May 30 in Hagerstown is 95 degrees, recorded in 2006, according to Hagerstown weather observer Greg Keefer's website at http://i4weather.net.
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By JULIE E. GREENE | julieg@herald-mail.com | April 18, 2011
Burnside Bridge Road, at the bridge over Antietam Creek, was closed Sunday night, according to Washington County Emergency Services. Earlier Sunday, some roads near Conococheague Creek were closed. On Sunday morning, Conococheague Creek at Fairview hit 13.63 feet and remained above the 10-foot flood stage Sunday night, according to the National Weather Service. By 4 a.m. Monday, the creek was at 11.4 feet, the weather service reported. It was expected to recede below flood stage after 2 p.m. Monday.
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By JULIE E. GREENE | julieg@herald-mail.com | July 15, 2013
The heat index hit 101 degrees in the Hagerstown area Monday, and that miserable feeling of being hot and muggy isn't expected to diminish until Saturday, according to weather officials. “Pretty much, this is typical summer weather,” National Weather Service meteorologist Howard Silverman said Monday. Temperatures are a few degrees warmer than normal this time of year, but the area is transitioning into its usual hot summertime pattern, Silverman said. The heat wave along the East Coast and reaching west into the Mississippi River Valley is due to a “big dome of high pressure” that came inland from the Atlantic Ocean, Silverman said.
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From staff reports | June 13, 2013
A massive storm system that swept through the Midwest on Wednesday reached the Tri-State area Thursday morning, packing strong winds and heavy rain. A second round of storms could arrive later in the day, according to forecasters, but the main threat of severe weather was to the south of Washington County. A severe thunderstorm watch was in effect in eastern West Virginia through 7 p.m., according to the National Weather Service. Washington County and neighboring counties remained under a flash flood watch through 5 p.m., the NWS said.
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By DAVE McMILLION | davem@herald-mail.com | June 13, 2013
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.
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June 10, 2013
Washington and Frederick counties in Maryland and the West Virginia counties of Berkeley, Morgan and Jefferson are under a tornado watch until 10 p.m. Monday, the National Weather Service announced at 2:06 p.m. A tornado watch means weather conditions are favorable for the development of severe thunderstorms that are capable of producing tornadoes.
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By HOLLY SHOK | holly.shok@herald-mail.com | May 31, 2013
Although the National Weather Service had anticipated Friday's temperatures in Hagerstown would rise above 90 degrees, the day's heat wasn't record-breaking, according to Hagerstown weather observer Greg Keefer. Friday's high was 90 degrees at 3:49 p.m., according to Keefer's website at http://i4weather.net . The record high temperature for May 31 in Hagerstown is 94 degrees, which was set in 1991, the website said. Friday's low was 68 degrees at 5:52 a.m., the website said.
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By DAVE McMILLION | davem@herald-mail.com | May 28, 2013
Summer is still a few weeks away, but the region will be getting a preview as temperatures are expected to rise above 90 degrees in Hagerstown on Thursday and Friday, according to the National Weather Service. The mercury is expected to start climbing Wednesday, when the high temperature is expected to be about 89 degrees, according to the weather service. The hottest days are expected to be Thursday and Friday, with highs expected to be about 93 degrees both days, according to Kevin Witt, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service's office in Sterling, Va. The record high temperature for May 30 in Hagerstown is 95 degrees, recorded in 2006, according to Hagerstown weather observer Greg Keefer's website at http://i4weather.net.
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By CALEB CALHOUN | caleb.calhoun@herald-mail.com | April 9, 2013
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.
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By CALEB CALHOUN | caleb.calhoun@herald-mail.com | March 19, 2013
Today is the first day of spring, but gardening, fishing an other outdoor activities might have to wait because the cold weather isn't ready to loosen its grip on the area. Temperatures are not expected to get higher than the low 50s for the rest of March with another cold front possibly moving in this week, said Steve Goldstein, meteorologist for the National Weather Service based in Sterling, Va. “It's looking like for the next 10 days we're going to have lower than normal temperatures in the mid-Atlantic,” he said Tuesday.
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By DAVE MCMILLION | davem@herald-mail.com | February 19, 2013
Tuesday turned out to be a confusing day for local weather observers. The morning brought snow and other icy precipitation, and by late afternoon, a thunderstorm moved through the Hagerstown area. Such things can happen in winter, said Heather Sheffield, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Sterling, Va. The thunderstorm was the result of a line of showers ahead of a cold front, and the contrasting systems created instability in the atmosphere, Sheffield said.
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By CALEB CALHOUN | caleb.calhoun@herald-mail.com | February 8, 2013
A weather system that was expected to produce up to an inch of snow and a few hundredths of an inch of ice Friday morning missed the Hagerstown area. No measurable precipitation had fallen in Hagerstown as of 10 a.m., according to local weather observer Greg Keefer's website, i4weather.net . Tri-State area schools opened on time, with the execption of Heritage Academy west of Hagerstown, and Jefferson County (W.Va.) schools, which were on two-hour delay. A winter weather advisory issued by the National Weather Service was no longer in effect in Washington County by 9:40 a.m. Friday.
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