Sunday, January 14, 2001

Dream a little dream of spring


Warm weather a brief parole from cabin fever

By Lew Moores
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        CROSBY TOWNSHIP — Darrell Bingham is in training for running the Flying Pig Marathon this May, so he's been running in all kinds of weather anyway. But Saturday was a blessing.

        “This is great,” he said of the unseasonably mild temperatures after he had peeled off his sweat shirt in the parking lot of Miami Whitewater Forest. His T-shirt was drenched. He had just completed running the loop of about 8 miles along the Shaker Trace Trail.

        “I was steaming out there,” said Mr. Bingham, of North College Hill.

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Current weather conditions
        The sun shone, temperatures rose into the 50s and the cars piled into Miami Whitewater Forest Saturday afternoon. They came with loaded bicycle racks. They came with in-line skates, with baby strollers, with Frisbees. They came to walk dogs — and themselves. They dressed in nylon running suits. Some ran in shorts. Kids pushed themselves along on scooters — all of it taking place against a brown landscape and leafless trees.

        “Everybody has cabin fever, it's been so cold,” said Hamilton County Park District Ranger Doug Proud. “This is pretty busy. Easily this is the busiest it's been (all winter). This is ideal weather. People are just wanting to get out and enjoy it.”

        The National Weather Service in Wilmington said temperatures should be more seasonable next week, meaning mid- to upper 30s. Some rain could move through today, with a high still near 50. Lows will be 20 to 25 at night. Normal high this time of year is upper 30s and about 20 for a low.

        “It's pretty crowded out there on the trail,” said Mike Peters, who had just completed a 10-mile bike ride and lives in Green Township. “The weather's real good.”

        Kent Miller, of Fairfield, pulled off his in-line skates after doing a loop on the Shaker Trace Trail.

        “For a January day this is about as good as I've seen it,” said Mr. Miller.

       



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