A friendly forecast

Columbians take advantage of the rare,
warm weather by enjoying the outdoors
Monday, January 12, 2004 | 12:00 a.m. CST; updated 2:31 a.m. CDT, Monday, July 21, 2008

On Saturday, when it was cold enough to see your breath, 14-year-old Tommy Hendricks and his 10-year-old brother, Kenny, were assigned the task of deflating a 6-foot Christmas teddy bear. They had to shake off the ice and snow.

But as Sunday topped out at 56 degrees, a barefoot Tommy helped his brother and father, Scott, wrap up the red and white rope lights that had lined their Hidden Creek Road driveway during the holidays.

“The weather was finally decent enough,” Scott Hendricks said. “I meant to do it after New Year’s, but the weather was cold and nasty.

“They are easier coming down than going up. The first opportunity you get to, take advantage of warm weather.”

On other streets, Columbians washed their cars, played in the park and flew kites in the unseasonable weather — Missouri’s trademark, it seems.

“I’m happy now that it’s getting warmer, and I am going to take advantage of it,” 13-year-old Allison Klatt said as her 11-year-old friend Veronica Weisman’s kite-maneuvering abilities almost landed a triangular kite on the roof of Klatt’s father’s car.

KOMU weathercaster Josh deBerge predicted clear skies for today, with less wind and a high of about 49 degrees. On Tuesday, expect a few more clouds and a high of about 46 degrees.

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