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A nice warm day and a birthday to share
CINCINNATI (Joe Webb) -- It was a rare and beautiful February day in the tri-state.
After weeks of temperatures in the single digits and teens, it hovered near 50 degrees Tuesday and is expected to reach 60 on Thursday. The sun and the warmer air were like a magnet drawing people outside from their offices and home.
February 18th can bring all kinds of weather but Mother Nature brought her A-game to Cincinnati Tuesday. The combination of sun and warmth started turning those snow piles into puddles. You could taste a little spring one drip at a time.
It restored the basic freedom to assemble and, for some, the right to bare arms.
Corey Clark was downtown and told us, "This past week the weather's been terrible with the ice on the streets. Like I said it plays tricks on you. It's only about 40 degrees out right now but it feels like 60!"
At Fountain Square there was an official attempt to put winter behind us. Crews dismantled the holiday skating rink while other workers chopped up, scooped up and hauled off the near-record piles of snow we've accumulated this season. Like a good neighbor, they even took down the Christmas decorations.
There are more and more hints of spring but in places like the Crestview Hills Towne Center, the massive piles of snow are reminders that winter is still here and these hills will be around for awhile. Maybe, but for at least a couple of days we get a break and motivation to get off the bench and get back in the game.
It is warm Tuesday but 20 years ago, February 18, 1994, it was 65 degrees in Cincinnati. I remember because I did a story that day on how it was 85 degrees warmer that day than just one month prior. But I didn't get to finish that story. I left work to be with my wife for the birth of our daughter, Grace. So Tuesday, February 18th is her 20th birthday.
Happy birthday Grace!
And while it's nice to share a warm day with everyone else, for the last 20 years, I've always had a warm feeling on February 18th.