Enjoying weather's inconsistencies

NEIGHBORS

January 23, 1995|By CINDY PARR

I certainly have enjoyed the unseasonal weather we have been experiencing over the past couple of weeks.

It beats the snow and ice we had one year ago.

Like many people, I have a need to know what the weather has in store for me on any given day.

Weather forecasts are offered with the nightly news.

But being a native of Washington County, I have a tendency to follow weather predictions presented by the "Hagers-Town Town and Country Almanack."

Throughout its history of 198 years, the publication has given a fairly accurate account of weather in the Mid-Atlantic region.

I guess it hasn't been until these past few weeks where I noticed some inconsistencies. For example, several days the week before last brought us unusually mild temperatures.

If I remember correctly, they were Jan. 12, 13, 14 and 15 when records were broken and it seemed as if winter was preparing to take an early vacation.

I am not complaining -- I am just a little confused about what happened when I was expecting a totally different weather picture. After carefully reading the 1995 Almanack, it was very clear that the temperature was not supposed to be anywhere near 60-plus degrees.

As a matter of fact, the Almanack stated that weather for the 12th and 13th of January was going to be fair and very cold.

Even more interesting was the prediction for Jan. 14 and Jan. 15 when snow showers were expected in our area.

It has only been a little more than a week, but I remember vividly my children's request to wear shorts to school Friday the 13th.

Could it be true? Could the "Hagers-Town Town and Country Almanack" be that far off? Indeed it was.

But even with a few failed predictions, I figured I would give the Almanack another shot. After all, even the most well-trained and experienced meteorologists make mistakes.

So this week, in an effort to further scrutinize the almighty Almanack, I invite everyone to join me in a little weather watching.

According to the "Hagers-Town Town and Country Almanack," the weather for today, tomorrow, Wednesday and Thursday should be fair and quite cold.

By Friday, snow showers should pay us a visit and stick around for the weekend.

I really hope the Almanack is correct with its predictions, particularly for the weekend. It would be great to watch Sunday's Super Bowl game while snow is falling outside.

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The Carroll County Board of Education and the Carroll County Department of Recreation and Parks are sponsoring an activities program for children ages 4 and 5.

The program, which began Jan. 9, will run each Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday through April 13 from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Robert Moten Elementary School in Westminster.

Songs, dances, storytelling, arts, crafts and games from different countries and cultures will be presented for children and their parents or caregivers.

The program is free and children can attend as many nights as they like. Child care is provided for siblings ages 1 to 3.

Information: call Pat Amass at 848-8280.

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Over the past several years, recycling has become a very necessary part of our everyday lives.

To shed a little light on the process, Bear Branch Nature Center is offering a Recycle Paper Making Workshop Jan. 31 at the Nature Center from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

The workshop will show how paper is made and how to make your own paper out of recycled material.

The workshop is open to everyone 13 years and older. Registration is required. The fee is $4 for members and $6 for nonmembers.

Information: 848-2417.

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