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June 21, 2014

Warmth of summer welcomed

FAIRMONT — Today is the first official day of summer.

It’s the season for swimming, vacations, picnics and fireworks.

The weather is warmer, and people are heading outside.

“My favorite thing about summer is there’s no school, and you get to do a lot of things with your friends,” Jaden Kuroski, 13, said.

He and his friends go to the river, swim and play sports a lot through the summer, he said.

Mariah Cunningham, a Fairmont resident, is happy to have the cold, snowy winter behind her. The warm summer weather gives her more options as far as activities and things to do, she said.

“I’m enjoying the 80- and 90-degree weather. The thunderstorms aren’t even that bad,” said Cunningham. “So after as cold as it was, I really enjoy the temperatures being better.”

Cunningham is a director at a local day care, so she looks forward to taking the children to the splash park and the other playgrounds and parks in town.

While the spring brought storms and rain in the area, it hasn’t been out of the ordinary for this time of year.

So far, the area has seen 11 1/2 inches of rain, which is slightly under the spring precipitation rate of 12.08 inches.

We’re going through a warm spell right now, said Paul Walker, meteorologist at

This will continue into July, but some large storms will move into the area from the upper Midwest in a few weeks, which will lead to an above normal level of precipitation throughout the first two-thirds of the month, Walker reported.

The weather could be a problem when it comes to outdoor vacations and activities, he said.

For beachgoers, water temperatures have been above normal along the eastern seaboard.

Campers, hikers and outdoor enthusiasts should be on the watch for early summer storms, though.

The area will see a warmer and drier end of July that will continue into August, ending the summer with a warmer pattern than normal, Walker said.

While summer may end for students and parents on Aug. 21 — the first day of school — fall officially begins at 10:29 p.m. Sept. 22.

Email Chelsi Baker at or follow her on Twitter @cbakerTWV.

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