Friday, June 01, 2001

Canada keeps sending cold air

By Michael D. Clark
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        If you are looking for someone to blame for the recent unseasonably cool and wet weather, look no further than our neighbor to the north.

        Thanks to a consistent southerly flow of Canadian air, this weekend will be cooler and wetter than normal with highs in the mid-60s and overnight lows down to 48 degrees.

[photo] Emily Underwood, 5, of Clifton, is ready for the rain as she walks downtown with her mother on Thursday.
(Glenn Hartong photo)
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        “It's a locked-off pattern where we are getting a lot of flow down from Canada,” said AccuWeather senior meteorologist Ken Reeves. “The results are a lot of clouds around and showers.”

        Results for Tristate outdoor restaurants are likely to show empty deck and patio tables and slower overall business than expected for the first weekend in June.

        “This weather really hurts our deck business,” said Mike Finley, manager of Tellers of Hyde Park in Hyde Park Square.

        “We have umbrellas ... but when it rains everybody heads inside where we have plenty of room. Cooler weather means we do a lot more soup business and more coffee and tea,” Mr. Finley said.

        Showers and thunderstorms are possible throughout the day and through the weekend into Monday, Mr. Reeves said.

        Saturday's high will be in the mid- to high 60s with overnight temperatures in the high 40s. For Sunday, there's not much improvement: a daytime high in the mid 60s and a low of 50.

        Normal temperatures for this time of year are 78 and 56 degrees, “and there is no guarantee of dry days in the next four days,” Mr. Reeves said.

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