Holiday decorators taking advantage of unseasonably warm temperatures

News
This is an archived article and the information in the article may be outdated. Please look at the time stamp on the story to see when it was last updated.

ST. LOUIS – The temperatures in St. Louis are going to be well above normal over the next week. With highs in the 70s and morning lows in the 50s, it’s great weather for local holiday lighting companies to get some great work done. 

Joshua Paske, owner of Paske Holiday Lighting, says this weather is amazing and that his company is slammed this time of year. They have been hard at work since the last week of September and he’s thankful for the stretch of warm weather. 

“Yea the warm weather really helps. The wire is nice and soft these days when its warmer temperatures, even though it’s a little more hot to physically hang the wire. But it does work better with your fingertips. Your hands aren’t drying out as much and not cracking from the cold weather,” Paske said. 

Weather plays a big role in their ability to get the lights up. It also determines the locations of where they hang lights first.  

“In years past we’ve been burnt trying to get out west, coming up that 70 corridor later in the season. So we’ve learned to switch things around and go further out west first in the year and then come back towards St. Louis,” said Paske. “Generally speaking, the 70 corridor seems to always just get hit and be colder longer than it does here in the metropolitan St. Louis area.” 

One reason this happens is because of the urban heat island effect. Metropolitan areas tend to be warmer than their suburbs.  

Weather also plays a big role in safety. Wind, rain, snow, and frost can all slow them down. But frost is an issue Paske runs into a lot this time of year early in the morning. 

“For me, I don’t like frost. It makes it much more like with the winds blowing. Or if the roof has a lot of granules on it, it just slows the pace down. So that’s why it’s hard to say are you going to get 10 done or 6 done or how many homes are you going to get done. Linear footage does play a part in that puzzle, but weather conditions also play a good piece of that puzzle,” Paske said. 

Copyright 2021 Nexstar Media Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

About FOX 2 News

FOX 2 and KPLR 11 in St. Louis cover the news in Missouri and Illinois. There are over 68 hours of live news and local programming on-air each week. Our website and live video streams operate 24/7. Download our apps for alerts and follow us on social media for updates in your feed.

President Harry Truman said: “It is amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit.” That spirit is alive and well at Fox 2. Our teamwork is on display each and every day.

Our news slogan is: “Coverage You Can Count On.” We quite frankly are too busy to worry about who gets the credit. Our main concern is serving the viewer.

We go where the stories take us. Whether it be Washington, D.C when a Belleville man opened fire during a congressional baseball game practice or to Puerto Rico where local Ameren crews restored power after more than 5 months in the dark.

Coverage You Can Count On means “Waking up your Day” with our top-rated morning show. From 4:00 am-10:00 am we are leading the way with breaking news. But our early morning crew also knows how to have some fun! Our strong commitment to the communities we serve is highlighted with our Friday neighborhood shows.

Our investigative unit consists of three reporters. Elliott Davis focuses on government waste, Chris Hayes is our investigative reporter, and Mike Colombo is our consumer reporter. They work in unison with the news department by sharing resources and ideas.

We continue to cover breaking news aggressively and relied on our seasoned journalists to make a difference with the stories we covered. The shooting of Arnold Police Officer Ryan O’Connor is just one example of that. Jasmine Huda was the only reporter who had exclusive access to the O’Connor family during his amazing rehabilitation in Colorado.

Last, but certainly not least, FOX 2 and KPLR 11 are committed to covering local politics. We host debates among candidates and have the most extensive presidential election coverage. Our commitment to politics isn’t just during an election year. We produce two political shows that air every weekend.

Popular

Latest News

More News