Wednesday, April 04, 2001

Ah, spring, and then some, arrives on April's airs




By Tom O'Neill
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        “O! how this spring of love resembleth
       The uncertain glory of an April day!”

        William Shakespeare

[photo] Ranyail Boston of Madisonville walks past daffodils in Eden Park on Tuesday. “I just needed some fresh air, and I love the sunshine,” she said.
(Glenn Hartong photo)
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        Reflections of spring sunshine danced on the Ohio River, that dormant Cincinnati playground of certain glory once April starts acting its age.

        It's starting to. And then some.

        The last day before Tuesday that Greater Cincinnati hit its normal high temperature was March 23, according to AccuWeather records.

        “The weather is definitely a factor,” Michele Zorb, 41, of Springfield Township said as she painted her 1933 wood custom trawler Karizma, docked at Captain's Cove Marine in Columbia Tusculum. “I'm excited. We've been cooped up all winter.”

        Tuesday reached 65 degrees. Temperatures are expected to hit 62 today under sunny skies, with more sun Thursday and a high of 66. On Friday, a high of 69 is expected.

        The weekend: 76 both days, with a chance of brief showers.

        The typical high for this time of year is 60.

        “I don't think we're going to hit 80, but I could see it,” said AccuWeather senior meteorologist Bernie Rayno. “There's a lot of warm air over Texas. That air is coming eastward.”

        Some of it must have gotten here early. On Tuesday, the marinas were humming. People jogged the river's edge in shorts. Kids played Wiffle ball. Construction workers on Cincinnati's riverfront who endured the slings and arrows of outrageous winter wore T-shirts Tuesday.

        “It's been a rush,” said Kenneth Klem, 43, of Covington, a Comair flight attendant who wore shorts and a T-shirt as he speed-walked along the riverfront in the shadow of the Roebling Suspension Bridge.

        “But,” he quickly added with a smile, “don't take it for granted. What do they say, April is the cruelest month?”

        How Shakespearean.
       



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