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May 7, 2001
Record temperatures recorded by NWS Temperatures Saturday soared to 90 degrees for the second time this month, making it seem more like summer than spring. Saturday's high temperature broke a 36-year-old record of 89 degrees set in 1965, according to the National Weather Service in Sterling, Va. Forecasters said May weather typically reaches highs in the 70s and lows in the 40s. The warm weather earlier this month was the result of a high pressure front from the Gulf of Mexico, said forecaster Jim DeCarufel.
NEWS
By JENNIFER FITCH | July 31, 2007
CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Sunday's thunderstorms did not produce a tornado, according to a press release from the National Weather Service. Witnesses said the funnel cloud they saw did not touch the ground, according to Bruce Budd with the weather service. Instead, downburst or straight-line winds tipped over portable sheds and damaged the roofs of two buildings at Letterkenny Army Depot, Budd said. The Franklin County (Pa.) Emergency Management Agency conducted the investigation for the National Weather Service.
BREAKINGNEWS
May 18, 2011
A tornado warning issued for Washington and Allegany counties in Maryland and Berkeley and Morgan counties in West Virginia has expired, the National Weather Service in Sterling, Va., announced at 11:45 a.m. Wednesday. The thunderstorm that prompted the warning had weakened below severe limits, the NWS said.
NEWS
December 4, 2009
The Tri-State area should experience its first measurable snowfall of the season Saturday, weather forecasters said Friday. The National Weather Service in Sterling, Va., has placed the entire area under a winter weather advisory from 7 a.m. through 9 p.m. Saturday, according to the weather service's Web site . Snow is expected to begin falling across the region around sunrise, with the heaviest snowfall in the afternoon, the weather service...
BREAKINGNEWS
August 25, 2011
A fast-moving thunderstorm swept through Washington County on Thursday morning, and more strong storms could be on the way later in the day. The morning thunderstorm, which moved north and east through Berkeley County, W.Va., to Washington County and into Frederick County at 40 miles per hour between 7 and 8 a.m., dropped 0.36 inch of rain on Hagerstown and produced winds up to 29 mph, according to weather observer Greg Keefer's website....
NEWS
February 17, 2012
The Maryland State Highway Administration is preparing for a possible winter storm this weekend, SHA spokeswoman Kellie Boulware said Friday. "We haven't heard any final reports yet," Boulware said Friday morning. "As the day goes on, we'll adjust as we need to. " Boulware said that even if there is no storm, motorists should still be careful. "We're still in February," she said. "People need to make sure their vehicles are in proper condition, and they need to keep their emergency service kits on them.
NEWS
By CALEB CALHOUN | caleb.calhoun@herald-mail.com | January 13, 2012
Motorists in the Hagerstown area should be prepared for strong winds affecting traffic and possible snow flurries when driving today, National Weather Service Meteorologist Bryan Jackson said. "A cold front went through last night, " he added. "We have the potential for flurries today and wind gusts up to 50 miles per hour. " Jackson added that motorists on Interstate 81 could be most affected by the wind because of the direction it is traveling. "Interstate 81 runs north and south, and it is a west wind," he said.
NEWS
January 17, 2008
Snow began falling in Hagerstown by midmorning today, the beginning of a winter storm that could produce up to six inches of snow in the Tri-State area. Maryland State Police at Hagerstown said the snow emergency plan went into effect in Washington County at 12:30 p.m. today. When the snow emergency plan is in effect, vehicles traveling on snow emergency routes must be equipped with snow tires or chains, and parking along the routes is limited. State police asked that residents not call the barracks for road and weather conditions in order to keep the lines open for emergency calls.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
By CALEB CALHOUN and DAVE McMILLION | caleb.calhoun@herald-mail.com | July 8, 2011
The damage was caused by a downburst, which is rare to see, said Bryan Jackson, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Sterling, Va. People in the southern part of the county reported seeing a black funnel cloud coming down, but it was not a tornado, Jackson said. "That would have been the downburst itself," Jackson said. A downburst is a body of cold air in a storm that eventually "breaks out" and falls to the ground, Jackson said. Jackson said NWS officials are still assessing the storm, but it appears winds could have been between 70 mph and 80 mph. Jackson said his office received reports of "a couple dozen" trees being uprooted or snapped off. On Friday, Joe Howell, who lives on Reed Road, said he and his wife, Judy, were checking out the damage caused by a tree that hit their house.
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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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NEWS
February 17, 2012
The Maryland State Highway Administration is preparing for a possible winter storm this weekend, SHA spokeswoman Kellie Boulware said Friday. "We haven't heard any final reports yet," Boulware said Friday morning. "As the day goes on, we'll adjust as we need to. " Boulware said that even if there is no storm, motorists should still be careful. "We're still in February," she said. "People need to make sure their vehicles are in proper condition, and they need to keep their emergency service kits on them.
NEWS
By CALEB CALHOUN | caleb.calhoun@herald-mail.com | January 13, 2012
Motorists in the Hagerstown area should be prepared for strong winds affecting traffic and possible snow flurries when driving today, National Weather Service Meteorologist Bryan Jackson said. "A cold front went through last night, " he added. "We have the potential for flurries today and wind gusts up to 50 miles per hour. " Jackson added that motorists on Interstate 81 could be most affected by the wind because of the direction it is traveling. "Interstate 81 runs north and south, and it is a west wind," he said.
BREAKINGNEWS
August 25, 2011
A fast-moving thunderstorm swept through Washington County on Thursday morning, and more strong storms could be on the way later in the day. The morning thunderstorm, which moved north and east through Berkeley County, W.Va., to Washington County and into Frederick County at 40 miles per hour between 7 and 8 a.m., dropped 0.36 inch of rain on Hagerstown and produced winds up to 29 mph, according to weather observer Greg Keefer's website....
NEWS
By CALEB CALHOUN and DAVE McMILLION | caleb.calhoun@herald-mail.com | July 8, 2011
The damage was caused by a downburst, which is rare to see, said Bryan Jackson, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Sterling, Va. People in the southern part of the county reported seeing a black funnel cloud coming down, but it was not a tornado, Jackson said. "That would have been the downburst itself," Jackson said. A downburst is a body of cold air in a storm that eventually "breaks out" and falls to the ground, Jackson said. Jackson said NWS officials are still assessing the storm, but it appears winds could have been between 70 mph and 80 mph. Jackson said his office received reports of "a couple dozen" trees being uprooted or snapped off. On Friday, Joe Howell, who lives on Reed Road, said he and his wife, Judy, were checking out the damage caused by a tree that hit their house.
BREAKINGNEWS
May 18, 2011
A tornado warning issued for Washington and Allegany counties in Maryland and Berkeley and Morgan counties in West Virginia has expired, the National Weather Service in Sterling, Va., announced at 11:45 a.m. Wednesday. The thunderstorm that prompted the warning had weakened below severe limits, the NWS said.
NEWS
By DAN DEARTH and DAVE McMILLION | dan.dearth@herald-mail.com; davem@herald-mail.com | March 11, 2011
The head of the Washington County Highway Department said the worst flooding in some parts of the county won’t come until after sunset tonight. That’s when rain from Thursday’s heavy downpours will make its way from higher elevations to low-lying areas, Washington County Highway Department Director Ed Plank said. “Based on the reports we’re getting, it won’t crest until sunset,” Plank said Friday morning. “We’re hoping people stay out of the high waters because it’s very dangerous.
NEWS
December 4, 2009
The Tri-State area should experience its first measurable snowfall of the season Saturday, weather forecasters said Friday. The National Weather Service in Sterling, Va., has placed the entire area under a winter weather advisory from 7 a.m. through 9 p.m. Saturday, according to the weather service's Web site . Snow is expected to begin falling across the region around sunrise, with the heaviest snowfall in the afternoon, the weather service...
NEWS
January 17, 2008
Snow began falling in Hagerstown by midmorning today, the beginning of a winter storm that could produce up to six inches of snow in the Tri-State area. Maryland State Police at Hagerstown said the snow emergency plan went into effect in Washington County at 12:30 p.m. today. When the snow emergency plan is in effect, vehicles traveling on snow emergency routes must be equipped with snow tires or chains, and parking along the routes is limited. State police asked that residents not call the barracks for road and weather conditions in order to keep the lines open for emergency calls.
NEWS
By JENNIFER FITCH | July 31, 2007
CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Sunday's thunderstorms did not produce a tornado, according to a press release from the National Weather Service. Witnesses said the funnel cloud they saw did not touch the ground, according to Bruce Budd with the weather service. Instead, downburst or straight-line winds tipped over portable sheds and damaged the roofs of two buildings at Letterkenny Army Depot, Budd said. The Franklin County (Pa.) Emergency Management Agency conducted the investigation for the National Weather Service.
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