USA: NORTHERN PARTS ENJOY UNUSUALLY WARM MARCH WEATHER

USA: NORTHERN PARTS ENJOY UNUSUALLY WARM MARCH WEATHER

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Northern parts of the United States are enjoying unusually warm March weather.

And with the sunshine – in Washington D-C at least – has come the much welcomed blooming of the city’s cherry blossoms.

In the urban jungle of New York, the sun is also shining, though the blossoms are fewer and further between.

The dazzling pink blossoms are a week long rite of spring for those lucky enough to enjoy the colours of Washington D-C.

For Washington’s school children, the trees and their blossoms are a chance to test their artistic skill.

SOUNDBITE: (English)
“Because it’s nice and because it’s pink”
SUPER CAPTION: Amy, Washington, D.C. school student

But for artist Dot Proctor, there is pink and then there is pink.

She’s been coming to this park to paint these trees for several years.

And each time, she says, there’s something different and magical about the blossoms and their surroundings to put on canvas.

SOUNDBITE: (English)
“I love painting trees anyway but there is something about these gnarly trunks and these sort of beatific pink blossom”
SUPER CAPTION: Dot Proctor

New Yorkers were shocked into spring when record breaking temperatures arrived Friday.

By midafernoon the mercury in Central Park registered 83 degrees Fahrenheit – the old record was 75 in 1949.

Just this past Sunday, the park was covered in five inches of snow – after a winter that was anything but white. But that seemed like ancient history on Friday.

Dozens of sun-dazed city dwellers, some in shorts, plastered their bodies to the steps of St. Patrick’s Cathedral to soak up the afternoon sun, while hundreds more along Fifth Avenue clutched coats under their arms and rolled up their sleeves.

SOUNDBITES: (English)
“I think the weather is great
We shouldn’t be working on a Friday like this
That’s right
That’s right we are not going back to work we are going, hanging out”
SUPER CAPTIONS: Two office workers

SOUNDBITE: (English)
I think this weekend I’ll probably end up going to Central Park, maybe kicking back, couple of beers in my hand, lay out the towel, because I think summer is here
SUPER CAPTION: Vox Pop

Folks have also been enjoying eating in the sunshine and there’s lots of people watching to keep them occupied.

While most just want to kick back and relax there are plenty of strollers out there too.

And with the summer sun there has to be music.

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