Looking for a Bright Spot in This Gloomy Weather

By: Denise Wong Email
By: Denise Wong Email

RENO, NV - "It's really incredibly gloomy right now and it feels like it should be snowing. Like we're headed toward the winter instead of away from it," says Liane O'Neill, a Reno resident.

But the dark clouds didn't stop her from taking her daily walk. It did mean an empty Idlewild Park nearby.

"Right now, it's pretty empty and I would think younger moms with their tiny kids would be out there," says O'Neill.

People are changing their plans because this isn't what most people expect to see in May. Just ask the owner of Silver Peak Restaurant and Brewery.

The outdoor deck at the Wonder Street location typically has the best seats in the house. Not so these days.

"We always kind of depend on May to be good so people will come hang out on the deck, enjoy a few beers and take in the view," says Trent Schmidt, co-owner of Silver Peak. "And it hasn't happened yet. It's been a slow start for our deck."

Things are also not looking good for people with gardens who didn't prepare for our recent frost.

"A lot of people who planted vegetables are having to replace those tomatoes because we got down to 32 degrees," says Pawl Hollis, owner of Rail City Garden Center in Sparks.

But even in this weather, there's a bright side to things.

"Now is a good time to plant, good time do do your things. It's actually kind of cool," says Hollis. "You don't overheat. So it's pretty good."

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