Friday, November 16, 2001

Warmth near final breath

Cold, gray Monday to follow lovely weekend

By Kristina Goetz
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        A giant decorated Christmas tree and holiday songs over a loudspeaker were a strong contrast Thursday to the Indian summer people were enjoying at MainStrasse Village in Covington.

[photo] Third-graders from Western Row Elementary School in Mason have lunch at the lower overlook in Eden Park after they visited the Cincinnati Art Museum. They are: Joey Griffin (left), Adam Leiby, Michael DiSalle and Tyler Downey.
(Glenn Hartong photo)
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        Across the Tristate, residents strolled around in shorts and T-shirts, drove with convertible tops down and ate lunch outside.

        For the third consecutive day, temperatures rose to the high 60s — nine to 11 degrees above the average for this week in November.

        “We've got to milk this sunshine for all it's worth,” said Judy Blaschke, who owns the Christmas Shoppe in Covington, as she ate outside at Cosmo's Bar and Grille nearby.

        Her husband, Jerry, added: “It's hard to believe Thanksgiving is going to be next Thursday.”

        Temperatures this week have been higher than average because a persistent high-pressure system over the Atlantic Ocean has pushed warm air from the South to the Ohio Valley.

        But don't expect Turkey Day to be as pleasant. Mike Ryan, a meteorologist for the National Weather Service in Wilmington, Ohio, said weekend temperatures will still be high — possibly as warm as 70 on Sunday.

        But a cold front coming in Monday will bring cooler weather and a chance of showers. And for the holiday, the low temperature will dip into the 20s with clouds. The high will be in the 40s, closer to what is expected for this time of year.

        “But there's no snow,” Mr. Ryan said. “At least not in the short term.”

        And for that, Gary Moore, who works for Kone Elevator in West Chester, is thankful. He and a construction crew were at Roebling Row apartment homes in Covington doing some work.

        “It's wonderful,” Mr. Moore said, with his sleeves rolled up. “You just get more work done when it's warm.”

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