Summer sneaks back into town

Tuesday, October 21, 2003 | 12:00 a.m. CDT; updated 11:16 p.m. CDT, Friday, July 18, 2008

Columbia was so warm and breezy Monday that it was almost a surprise to see the gold and brown leaves drifting to the ground. In the late afternoon — when dozing in a hammock seemed preferable to anything else — the city reached a high of 84 degrees, two degrees shy of its record. Winds gusted at 15-25 mph.

Across the city, residents threw off their recently unpacked sweaters and headed for favorite warm-weather haunts. At Shake’s Frozen Custard off Nifong Boulevard, Karen Dye bought a box full of cold treats for co-workers at State Farm Insurance Co.

“We just couldn’t pass this up,” Dye said as she walked from the store to her car. “It’s a great ice cream day.”

At the Forum Boulevard trailhead of the MKT Nature Fitness Trail, Bede Clarke paused before going for a ride.

“We may not get too many more days like this,” Clarke said, “so it’s a good idea to get out in it.”

Meanwhile, across the state in either direction, St. Louis tied its record high of 88 and St. Joseph set a record with 90 degrees.“We’ve got similar to a summertime pattern,” said meteorologist Dale Bechtold of the National Weather Service in St. Louis.

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