- The Washington Times - Monday, March 10, 2003

The sun was like a magnet yesterday, drawing many D.C. residents from their homes into springlike weather.
"It's just gorgeous," said James Anderson, a developer from the Capitol Hill area who was walking in the National Arboretum with his wife and two sons. "It's a great juxtaposition, the green grass next to the snow."
Mr. Anderson said he and his family wife Liza, and sons Jamie, 8, and Austin, 4 likely would have been outside yesterday, with or without the sun, because they enjoy weekends spent walking in open spaces.
The temperature reached 60 degrees, though a north wind made it feel like it was about 50 degrees.
The warmth melted pyramids of snow and memories of a harsh winter.
Yesterday's weather was especially nice for Vlad Volkov, 33, and his family who moved from the Ukraine to the United States two years ago.
Mr. Volkov and his family wife Nataliya and daughters Kateryna, 17, and 5-year-old Anastasiya said this winter was like those in the Ukraine and that the warm temperatures over the weekend were a relief.
"It feels like you have more energy," Kateryna said.
Still, most people around the District kept the tank tops and flip-flops in storage.
Forecasters predict temperatures between 30 and 45 degree with cloudy skies through Tuesday. Though temperatures should reach the 50s again by Wednesday, the nighttime lows are expected to drop into the high 20s throughout the week. That was reason enough for people like John Thompson to get outside.
"The weather's awesome," said Mr. Thompson, 40, of Alexandria, who postponed working on an abstract painting to lower the top on his 1993 Ford Mustang convertible and take his dog, Niki, 3, for a ride.
Stacy Mahaney, 25, and Luke VanBelleghen, 27, employees at the National Trust for Historic Preservation, spent their afternoon on a park bench overlooking the Anacostia River.
"I'm sick of being indoors, said Miss Mahaney, of Adams Morgan. "There hasn't been much sun lately."
Said Mr. VanBelleghen: "It's great. We come here a lot."

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