By Robert Stoneback
The Daily Item
DANVILLE — Despite record-breaking highs in parts of Pennsylvania, the fog and damp kept many people indoors during Sunday’s unusually mild winter weather in the Central Susquehanna Valley.
However, there were a few people out taking advantage of the temporary break from the traditional January chill.
Jeff Inch, of Northumberland, broke out his metal detector to search parts of Danville’s Little League fields for forgotten treasures.
“It’s been probably a month since I was out,” he said. “I do it as much as I can. This is what I like to do.”
A metal-detector enthusiast for years, Inch said he has found a lot of coins from the 1800s and once found a diamond ring, although it was not worth as much as he expected.
He went to the fields for the first time over the weekend after online research told him they had been around for a long time. He took along a trowel to dig up anything that gave off a signal in the muddy ground, but had found nothing exciting early on.
Danville resident Chuck Straub, meanwhile, was taking his Jack Russell terrier, Sweetie Pie, for a walk down Mill Street. “It’s nice. On days like these, we take her out for a walk,” Straub said. The cold weather previously prevented Sweetie Pie from going on longer walks, he said.
While the western half of the Keystone State, such as Pittsburgh, and parts of New of York enjoyed a January day with temperatures that climbed into the high 60s, the high in the Susquehanna Valley only reached about 48 degrees Fahrenheit.
“It would have been much warmer had there not been fog for most of the day,” said Brian Edwards, a meteorologist for AccuWeather, State College. The warm weather was caused by a zone of high pressure off the coast, drawing up warmer winds from the Gulf of Mexico. The zone also brought up a lot of moisture, the result being that areas with snow, such as the Susquehanna Valley, received fog due to the warm, wet air cooling from contact with the cold ground.