Step Back in Time features news items from The Daily Star 25 and 50 years ago.
25 years ago
Dec. 21, 1987
Snow may fall on Christmas, or it may not … that is the best forecast weather watchers can give at this point.
But even though the weather on Christmas Day may be dry, the possibility of more snow on Tuesday should leave the area with a white holiday.
It’s too far in advance to predict the weather on Christmas because weather systems are very unpredictable, especially in the winter, said David K. Mattice, National Weather Service Observer for Oneonta. He said long-range forecasting in the winter is about 55 percent correct.
Harold Hollis, weather observer in Cooperstown, said there is a 70 percent chance of snow on Christmas, based on historical averages. “We’ll have something between now and Christmas,” he said.
Weather forecasters had predicted precipitation on Sunday, which turned into rain. The high was 43 degrees and at 10 p.m. it was 40 degrees outside, Mattice said. “It’s been a warm month,” he said.
50 years ago
Dec. 21, 1962
Michael S. Jastremski, a junior at Cooperstown Central School, was named first in the annual American Legion Oratorical Contest held Friday at CCS. Other participants included Judith A. Smith, second prize; Susan V. Langerhans; and Patricia A. Dewey; and Mrs. Robert M. Atwell, English Department. All participants were juniors.