Mother Nature smiles on Maryland voters

November 04, 1992|By David Michael Ettlin | David Michael Ettlin,Staff Writer

Call it a Maryland miracle: While voters had to slog through snow to reach the polls in Wyoming and endure heavy rain in New England, clear skies and spring-like temperatures made the quadrennial exercise in citizenship feel like a picnic here.

"It was a beautiful day," said Ken Shaver, a National Weather Service meteorologist at Baltimore-Washington International Airport -- even more beautiful, he admitted, than had been predicted.

After an inch of rain and gusty winds that stripped many trees of their remaining autumn dress, a frontal system crossed Maryland early yesterday. By the time polls opened at 7 a.m. -- and voters already were getting in line -- most of the state was bathed in sunshine.

Mr. Shaver was unable to say whether it was the nicest Election Day ever, since the date varies.

But "as far as the third of November," he said, it came mighty close to perfection.

The high temperature of 76 in Baltimore fell six degrees short of the record set in 1990, but no one was complaining about it -- or that the weather forecast had called for partly sunny skies, with a high temperature perhaps 10 degrees lower than the actual high.

And for what it's worth, lightning was expected to strike in Arkansas last night -- not a divine sign, though. Just thunderstorms.

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