Warm Weekend Weather

By: Philip Stewart
By: Philip Stewart

March 11, 2006

Temperatures flirted with the 80 degree mark on Saturday. People came out to enjoy the warm air on the downtown mall.

It sure was a busy night on the downtown mall. There was a show at the paramount, the restaurants had their tables out, and people didn't want to miss the opportunity to enjoy the evening.

"[I] just wanted to come downtown to the mall, have some dinner outside and enjoy the weather," said April Farmer.

She wasn't the only one with that idea and businesses sure noticed.

"Everybody wants outside tonight, everybody wants outside," said Giles Flowers, the general manager at Rapture. "We've had a forty-five minute wait most of the day for tables."

It seemed that restaurants on the mall may have a bit of a competition going on.

"It's always kind of a race to see who's gonna open their patio first on the downtown mall and this year we got it out nice and early, so I'm really happy with the weather," added Flowers.

The temperatures have been above 70 for two days now. Spring is still more than a week away and typically our area doesn't see temperatures like this until late May. But what is it about nice weather that seems to make people so social?

"I'm playing at Fellini's and I'm taking a break and I'm walking just because it's such a nice night. And I was actually sick and cooped up in my home all week so I really needed it," said Evan Mook.

"I mean people do things outside when it's beautiful weather, it doesn't really matter what," said Annelise Rains.

Just two days ago we broke a record high in our area and the rest of the weekend promised to give people at least one more chance to get out and enjoy the warm air. But if you didn't make it out today, April Farmer had an opinion for you.

"They're crazy if they didn't come outside today, it's so wonderful," she said.

Technically it is still winter, but with the recent temperatures, you would never know it.

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