Windy, chilly weather not good for some Austin businesses

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by SHANNON MURRAY / KVUE NEWS and Photojournalist ERIN COKER

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Posted on May 2, 2013 at 5:19 PM

Updated Thursday, May 2 at 5:21 PM

AUSTIN -- It's typically packed during lunch at the food trailers on South Congress. Thursday a lot of Austinites chose to avoid the cold and windy weather.

"Thursday through Sunday I come out here and play music for the people while the trailers are open," said musician James Anthony Johnson.

Johnson is a staple on South Congress. He's been entertaining Austin since 1996.

Thursday business didn't look so good.

"It will put a hitch in my giddy-up today, it's just one day," Johnson said with a laugh.

Wind and record low temperatures aren't what Austinites expect in May.

"May 1 -- 95, sunny," Johnson said of what it is typically like. "It makes it kind of hard, but I get a good practice in."

"Usually all of this is full, all of this is full," said Jamie Laratta who works at Short Bus Subs. "This is not normal, how this looks at all."

Short Bus Subs is one of the few food trailers open on this chilly day.

"Typically on Thursday during the lunch hour we have lines at every food trailer," Laratta explained.

While the weather may not be predictable, there's one thing that is.

"I'm here, and I'm doin' alright," Johnson said laughing. "Gotta play, gotta make a living."

The good news is it looks like the weather is about to change again. KVUE meteorologists say the Austin area should have a nice, sunny weekend.

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