ROMNEY — This gets a little convoluted, but the bit of summer that rolled through winter last Saturday produced one weather record.
Sunday morning’s low was the highest ever recorded in Romney, which has an official National Weather Service reporting station with records back into the mid-1800s.
Officially, the low was 47 Sunday morning. The previous “high low” for Jan. 12 was 42 in 1975.
Morning temperatures might have been even higher around the county — 1 site in Romney only bottomed out at 57 around dawn — but the recording station maintained by Romney’s water department is the official record for the area.
The warmth — highs in the 60s and 70s on Friday and Saturday — blew away overnight Saturday on a front that brought windy problems.
Crews from Romney, Burlington and Moorefield fought a Sunday afternoon brush fire on Old Pine Church Road in Purgitsville. Downed power lines sparked the blaze.
Potomac Edison recorded a couple of power outages Sunday morning, in Green Spring and north of Slanesville.
That was just glorious, even in the mundane.
Nancy Biggs of Romney had her windows open, along with dozens of other residents. Tracy Hott was doing laundry and hanging it out.
“It is drying quick and smells amazing,” she said on the Review’s Facebook page.
For Tammy Miller the day meant putting away Christmas decorations.
But others were having fun. Dot and Bill Calvert of Romney were sightseeing in D.C. The Kelly family of Springfield went to the zoo.
And then there were the winter holdouts.
“Wishing it was snowing,” wrote Cole Roomsburg.