The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA


April 13, 2014

Valley enjoys a blast of summer

— LEWISBURG — After a long, cold winter, most Valley residents were eager to be outdoors in Sunday’s 84-degree heat.

“I couldn’t be more pleased,” said Bucknell University senior Winona Mold. She was lounging in Lewisburg’s Hufnagle Park with fellow Bucknell senior Julie Frankel.

The two had studied abroad in sunny Australia last year, which made coming back to this winter all the rougher, they said.

“We’ll take 80-degree days,” Mold said. “We hope it sticks around.”

Joyce Medeiros, a fellow Bucknell senior, also was enjoying a day in Hufnagle Park, accompanied by boyfriend Chris Costa, visiting from New York.

“We’re both from Brazil. … We like the hot weather,” Medeiros said.

“It’s a welcome change,” Costa added. “I wish it was like this all year.”

The winter was frustrating for them because it just dragged on, he added.

“It’s the longest winter I ever lived through,” Medeiros said.

Bill Dougherty, of Lewisburg, took his 8-year-old granddaughter, Ava Harmon, to the Lewisburg Area Recreation Park for the day.

“She loves to run, she doesn’t like being cooped up in the house,” he said.

Not everyone was pleased with the warm weather, though. Accompanying Dougherty and Ava was family friend Calista Gonzales, of Selinsgrove. “I hate the heat, I like winter,” she said. Sunday’s temperature was OK, she said, but “I just don’t want it to get warmer than this.”

Luckily for Gonzales, the high temperatures won’t last throughout the month.

Brian Edwards, an AccuWeather meteorologist, said Valley residents should not get used to the warmer temperatures. “People come Wednesday will be quite chilly with the wind blowing and a high of only 50 degrees,” he said. “The rest of the week looks fairly close to normal with highs in the low 60s.”

The weekend bout of warm weather was caused by a strong southeast wind blowing up from the Gulf of Mexico. However, that warm wind is coming ahead of a cold front heading toward Pennsylvania from the Mississippi Valley, Edwards said.

Showers can be expected as early as this evening with steady periods of rain and even thunderstorms continuing into Tuesday night before temperatures return to normal for the season on Wednesday.

Sunday’s warm weather did not break the record high for the date, which was set in 1977 at 87 degrees, Edwards said. However, the high temperatures this weekend were notable in that they came after a winter that shattered several records for cold weather in the region. Two records were broken in January, with Jan. 3 setting a new record low of minus 5 degrees and Jan. 7 a new low of minus 4. Two more records for the area were broken in February, with Feb. 12 setting a record at minus 13 and Feb. 17 plummeting to minus 7. March 27 set a new low at 14 degrees.

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