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Warmer days ahead, sun making a big difference

NEWPORT, Ky. (Joe Webb) -- Outside Atlas Cleaners in Newport there's an icy reminder on Monmouth Street of just how cold hearted Mother Nature has been in 2014.

She's been flipping us the single digit for weeks now and it's easy to feel stuck because many of us are.  But there is light at the end of this frozen tunnel.

You know we can calculate the wind chill but I don't know that we've come up with a formula for what a difference the sun makes.  It makes everything feel better and seem better.  It's 9 degrees on a sunny, calm February morning and it doesn't feel half bad.

Maybe I'm just numb.

But the sun seems to shrink the piles of geometric shapes scraped off streets and sidewalks.  It eats away at the stalactites that have us locked in place.  People were motivated to get outside Tuesday.  Richard and Heike Schade were sun-inspired to go to the Krohn Conservatory.

Richard Schade said, "When the sun comes out you get sort of an extra spirit to go out and just enjoy the contrast between the blue of the heavens and the white of the snow."

Good, but not quite like the contrast between a blue sky and green grass.  But it's coming.  Temperatures could return the genius of water to its liquid state later this week, 40's next week.

Martin Moore of Anderson Township said, "I think I'll get my shorts out. I'm ready for it.  I mean, if this isn't what it's all about!  40 degrees here in Cincinnati?  That's beautiful, that's balmy!"

And before long winter gloves will give way to ball gloves.  No more temperatures that could freeze the ball off a Brass Johnny.  The Reds open against the Cardinals at Great American in just seven weeks.  Pitchers and catchers report to spring training on Friday, Valentine's Day.

So Mother Nature, please be Cincinnati's Valentine and melt this heart long before Opening Day.




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