August 24, 1999
Wilting crops and brown lawns in the Hagerstown area may get some relief this week if National Weather Service predictions of rain showers through Friday are on target. Tuesday's temperature reached 82 degrees and was comfortable with low humidity. A brief shower around 7 p.m. produced only a trace of rain in some areas, forecasters said. Temperatures for Wednesday, Thursday and Friday should be in the 80s with showers predicted each day. The expected rainfall may be welcomed by farmers and gardeners but is not expected to be enough to ease the widespread drought, forecasters said.
August 6, 2000
Constant rain dampens activities A day of gray skies and ceaseless rainfall put a damper on scheduled events throughout Washington County Sunday. About .74 inches of rain had fallen on Hagerstown by 4 p.m., according Hagerstown Weather Observer Greg Keefer's Web site. The precipitation brought the monthly total to 1.43 inches and yearly to 31.45 inches, Keefer's Web site said. The Washington County Ag-Expo rodeo, Hagerstown City Park Jonathan Hager Days and Wheaton Park concert series were canceled or ended early as a result of the weather.
August 25, 1999
Rain fell across Washington County on Wednesday, giving a much-needed boost to flowers, lawns and crops, and more precipitation is expected to fall through the week, according to forecasters with the National Weather Service in Sterling, Va. The high temperature was 80 degrees Wednesday and humidity was low. Gray skies threatened rain for much of the day, and showers started to fall around 4 p.m. and continued into the evening. Hagerstown weather observer Greg Keefer measured about .60 inches of rain by early evening.
January 2, 2000
The new millennium was off to a sunny start Sunday as the temperature in Hagerstown reached a high of 68 degrees, breaking an 83-year-old record, according to Hagerstown Weather Observer Greg Keefer. Keefer's Web site lists the previous record for Jan. 2 at 64 degrees in 1916. Last year at this time, Washington County was in the grips of a snow and ice storm. Nearly 2 inches of snow fell, along with sleet and freezing rain, Keefer's Web Site indicated. Warm temperatures are expected to continue throughout the week with highs in the 60s on Monday, 40s on Tuesday and 50s on Wednesday, said forecasters with the National Weather Service office in Sterling, Va. Monday is expected to be sunny and warm with southwest winds around 15 miles per hour.
November 9, 1999
Those winter coats and gloves can stay in the closet again today with temperatures expected to reach 75 degrees, according to the National Weather Service in Sterling, Va. Tuesday's weather was mostly sunny with little wind. The high was 75 degrees, the third time this month the mercury rose to 70 degrees or better, according to Hagerstown Weather Observer Greg Keefer's Web site. November was off to a warm start with a high of 74 degrees on Nov. 1 and 75 degrees on Nov. 6, Keefer said.
August 11, 1999
The hot, 90-degree temperatures that wilted Hagerstown through much of July and three days this month have returned and are expected to remain through Sunday, the National Weather Service in Sterling, Va., said Wednesday. Temperatures Monday and Tuesday were in the 80s, but on Wednesday the mercury jumped to 94 degrees. It was only the third time this month that temperatures had hit or exceeded the 90-degree mark, according to Hagerstown Weather Observer Greg Keefer's Web site.
April 17, 2010
A storm that blew through the Tri-State region Friday afternoon knocked down some trees and power lines in Washington County, a 911 dispatcher said. Jefferson County, W.Va., also had scattered trees and wires down, a dispatcher there said. Hagerstown weather observer Greg Keefer's Web site reported that .15 inches of rain fell and the top wind speed was 53 mph, at 3:55 p.m. The National Weather Service issued a statement Friday night that strong thunderstorms, with wind gusts of 40 to 50 mph, were on their way to the region.
December 30, 2006
New Year's Eve revelers will need to be cautious on the drive home after singing "Auld Lang Syne. " Periods of rain are expected Sunday, according to AccuWeather meteorologists. The day should start out sunny, but clouds and showers will move in throughout the day, and New Year's Eve night will be a wet one, an AccuWeather meteorologist said. The high temperature on Sunday is expected to be in the mid-40s. New Year's Day will begin cloudy and rainy, but showers should taper off throughout the day. Monday's high temperature is expected to be in the 50s. Last year, New Year's Eve was mild and dry, and the high temperature was 45 degrees, according to i4weather.
June 14, 2007
Gusting winds and driving rains damaged power lines and tree branches Wednesday, and Allegheny Energy reported it was working to restore power for pockets of customers affected by the storm. Weather-related problems were minor in West Virginia and Pennsylvania, dispatchers said. There were scattered reports of trees down in those areas, and in Chambersburg, Pa., falling trees snapped some utility lines, dispatchers said. A Washington County Emergency Services dispatcher said the storm snapped trees and power lines.
October 15, 2012
A total of 40 incidents were reported on Washington County roadways Monday, including 10 personal-injury crashes, a county Emergency Services dispatcher said. The car accidents were mostly minor in nature, although some people were transported to hospitals for their injuries, the dispatcher said. The list of accidents, which included a dumptruck rollover crash on Interstate 70 near Hagerstown, was compiled since midnight Monday through about 9 p.m., the dispatcher said. Showers and windy conditions swept through the area early Monday afternoon, dropping about 0.15 inches of rain, according to local weather observer Greg Keefer's website, i4weather.net . - C.J. Lovelace