Monday, February 3, 2003

Spring is here (but not for long)

Near 60 today, then freeze returns

By Jane Prendergast
The Cincinnati Enquirer

Runners, dog walkers and bicyclists saw their shadows all over the Tristate on Groundhog Day Sunday. The sunny 53-degree weather made the day feel like spring.

Madison Nivens, 6, of Groesbeck, passes a frozen lake at Winton Woods Park as she tries out a scooter she received for Christmas.
(Michael E. Keating photo)
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Kevin Marion and Nicole Spicer of Ludlow spent much of the afternoon chasing their 19-month-old son, Cristian, around Eden Park's Mirror Lake. "We just couldn't wait to get out of the house," Marion said.

While today's high should near 60 degrees, after that it's back to winter coats. Tuesday's high will only be 35 followed by temperatures in the mid- to upper-20s the rest of the week.

Buckeye Chuck, Ohio's official groundhog since 1979, did not see his shadow at 7:38 a.m. Sunday, indicating an early spring. However, his colleague to the east, Punxsutawney Phil, popped out of his Pennsylvania burrow to a splash of sunshine.

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