Sudden chill surprises Tucson
Reporter: Craig Smith
TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - Not even two weeks ago temperatures in Tucson were over 100.
Thursday, we didn't even make it to 75 and now that we're chilling out, folks are starting to bundle up Southeastern Arizona style.
Being in the sixties isn't exactly freezing but a 30 plus degree drop in the temperature is a pretty big deal, especially around here.
Near UA you could see contrasting reactions to the chill, from people who wrapped themselves with scarves, to people dressed as if there'd been no temperature dip at all.
Elli Akridge is from Minnesota so she's accustomed to real cold.
"I like the change personally. I mean, I'm kind of sick of the whole heat situation...so..."
KGUN9 reporter Craig Smith asked: "So are people here weenies when it comes to cold?"
Elli Akridge: "Yeah."
Gwen Gascoigne appreciates the chill: "I wasn't prepared for it. I've been shivering out here since I've been out here on the patio; but it's a nice change. It's welcome; finally. Finally we're getting some autumn."
Seven and a half year old Hanna Aussie says, "I went outside and when my hands get super duper cold they start turning blue and my face was blue."
Craig Smith: "It was that cold?"
Hanna: "Uh huh."
The chill warned up business for Clint Baker at Caffe Luce. He said, "Usually around this time we're selling a lot of cold drinks, iced drinks and stuff like that but today it was all hot coffee. Nobody wanted anything cold for the most part, so it was a lot busier than normal. We had a huge pick up in business in things like that so it was a big change for us."
Thursday was a high school football night; so anyone not staying warm with some exercise needed to dig out the jackets.
Palo Verde High fan Tracey Myers says, "I put on a sweatshirt and put on a jacket."
Craig Smith: "Did you have to dig around a little to find those?"
Myers: "No. They were right there. I have a side of my closet where I have my winter clothes and my summer clothes."
Smith: "Is this the first time you've reached that part of the closet for awhile?"
Myers:"Yes it is; it is. Well yesterday...it was hot yesterday, wasn't it?
Smith: "And now you've got this."
Myers: "Now I've got this, yes."
Other times we have run into people who simply have no winter clothes. They moved to Arizona and thought they'd never be cold again, found out how wrong they could be, and were doing some emergency shopping.