In Scranton, one could easily compare the removal of our patio tent to the lighting of the Scranton Times Tower for the Christmas season. Ok, maybe that's overstated. Although, when the first beautiful day (65deg F+) of Spring arrives we start to hear the question, 'when is the tent coming down?'. We hear it so often in fact that this year we've taken out Vegas odds on how many times we would be asked.
I'm going to let you in on a little secret, the answer to the question is simple, and the truth is, 'we have no clue when the tent is coming down.' Historically, we have taken the tent down as early as the first week of April and as late as the first week of May.
However, there is a general rule of thumb that we follow to decide when its time to leave the tent up or take it down. We keep a watchful eye on the 'Night Time' (Not the Day Time) temperature forecast. When the night time temps for the foreseeable future are forecasted to be be at least 40 deg F or higher and the the previous weeks night time temps were also consistently in the low-mid 40s we know we are ready to take the tent down.
For anyone who inquires why the tent is still up when we get that first shot of beautiful weather, I submit Exhibit A. This past weekend we enjoyed beautiful sunshine with 'day time' temperatures in the 70s. We even removed the tent walls and pulled back the tent roof to let the sun shine in. However, tonight as I wirte this Blog, the nightime temperature is 34 degrees and there is a snow squall that is leaving an accumulation of snow in my yard and on my back deck (pictured). Unfortuately, the weather forecast over the next 5 days isn't looking much better. If I were Punxsutawney Phil, I'm guessing I'll see my shadow tomorrow morning and we'll be in for at least 2 more weeks of Tent.
All kidding aside, I want it to be known, we take it as a HUGE compliment that our customers take such an interest in removal of the tent. We take it as validation that we created a beautiful and relaxing sanctuary in the heart of the city that so many look forward to enjoying on warm sunny days. Hold fast friends, the tent will be down soon! Cheers!