SIOUX CITY — A 58-degree day in December may as well have been a spring day for local BMX riders and skaters.
Nearly two dozen action sports aficionados descended on the Cook Park skatepark Sunday afternoon, enjoying what could possibly be the last nice weather day Sioux City sees until spring. Sunday's high in Sioux City was one degree short of the record high of 59 set in 1916.
“The beautiful weather and this is like me and my friends' passions,” said Tyler Campbell when asked why they were at the park.
Campbell, 15, lives in the Morningside area, but he and a group of friends biked and skated to Cook Park Sunday to take advantage of the unusual December weather.
“It’s a little windy but it’s better than snow,” he said.
As Campbell and company took turns launching themselves off the park’s various obstacles, skateboarders from near and far were also on deck and showcasing their skills.
“My mom just said, ‘This might be the last day of nice weather,’ so I’d figure I’d come out and skate,” said 13-year-old Chloe Turner of Sioux City, who has skateboarded for about three years.
Marc McKinnon and several of his friends and their children came down from Sioux Falls to board at Cook Park Sunday.
The 42-year-old said he has skateboarded since 1985 and loves the scene in Sioux City and the park, so the nice weather was a welcome surprise for him and his crew.
"I get down here about 10 times a year," McKinnon said.
While this last week provided temperatures 15 to 25 degrees above normal highs, Monday marks the end of the good times, according to the National Weather Service in Sioux Falls.
“Reality hits tomorrow,” said NWS meteorologist Jeff Chapman Sunday afternoon. “There’s a pretty strong system working through the western U.S. today and it will be swinging into the northern plains tomorrow. The big change is going to come as a cold front slams across the area in the morning.”
Chapman said temperatures will be in the 40s early Monday morning but will drop drastically throughout the day. There’s also a chance for rain in the forecast.
“Sioux City, we’re not looking for as high a threat of precipitation as we are in areas north of Interstate 90, but we’ll likely see a little bit of rain develop later in the morning,” he said. “As the colder air really begins to push in in the early afternoon, that rain begins to change to snow.”
There also are chances for snow throughout the week; however, Chapman doesn’t think it’ll accumulate.
“The big story is going to be the colder weather we’re going to have all through the upcoming week,” he said.