Cold comes back

Published: Wednesday, January 21, 2004 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, January 21, 2004 at 12:45 a.m.
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Pamela Greenberg of Gainesville reacts to her golden retriever, Elliot, as he jumps for his stick at a park off of NW 6th Street in Tuesday's cool weather. Temperatures reached a high of 59 degrees Tuesday.

DOUG FINGER/The Gainesville Sun
After a warm weekend, Tuesday dawned cold and dry - part of a weather pattern that will keep North Florida cool all week.
Tuesday's high temperature was 59 degrees, while the average is 66, according to the National Weather Service in Jacksonville. The Weather Service issued a freeze warning for much of North Florida Tuesday night, including Alachua, Bradford, Columbia, Dixie, Gilchrist, Lafayette, Levy, Suwannee, Taylor and Union counties.
Temperatures were expected to reach a frosty 30 degrees this morning. After today's chilly start, temperatures will begin a slow warm-up, with highs in the lower 60s through Friday and lows in the mid-30s tonight and around 30 on Thursday night, according to the Weather Service.
But compared to the bitter weather in other states, this is nothing.
John Middlebrooks, formerly of Gainesville, moved to Ann Arbor, Mich., in 1995. It was 15 degrees there Tuesday afternoon and there was snow on the ground - but Middlebrooks said he likes it that way.
"I couldn't stand the heat in Gainesville," said Middlebrooks, a professor at the University of Michigan. "I used to like January and February in Florida."
Northerners adapt to the colder weather, said David Hackett, a sales manager at Sound Ideas. Hackett, who moved to Gainesville in 2002 from Hudson, N.H., remembered camping in the mountains a couple years ago with no tent.
"It was 15 degrees with a wind chill of -10," said Hackett, who brought along a sleeping bag that keeps people warm in temperatures down to -30. "I was actually hot in there."
Hackett said although he is used to cold weather, he finds Gainesville's winters damp and uncomfortable.
One Gainesville resident who longs for the northern chill is Gainesville Police Sgt. Keith Kameg.
Kameg, who grew up in Michigan, plans to return there someday.
"Ultimately, when I retire I want to go back to the four seasons," Kameg said. "This is my favorite time of year. It's actually depressing when it's warm during the one or two months of the year it's supposed to be cold."
Unfortunately for Kameg, temperatures are expected to warm up by early next week, with highs in the lower 70s on Monday.
High temperatures in the teens to mid-20s are expected in Michigan this week, with lows in the single digits and snow likely all week.

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