Cold front brings chili crowds and football weather


by MORGAN CHESKY / KVUE News and photojournalist DATHAN HULL

Posted on October 26, 2012 at 10:44 PM

Updated Friday, Oct 26 at 11:00 PM

AUSTIN -- It's a day you won't find on the calendar, the kind of forecast the summer almost makes you forget.

"It's a little chilly for me," said Hannah Farris. "I don't like the wind."

"It's not real cold," Debbie Mclain said. "Very cool though."

Cool front, cold front, call it what you want, it's the crisp fall air that's a game changer for more than just color.

"Definitely long sleeve weather," said Jay Saseem on an Austin sidewalk. 

On South Congress, that meant a few more clothes, non-stop coffee and only a slightly shorter line at Amy's ice cream.

"Yesterday was really nice," said one customer. "Today it just got super cold all of a sudden."

The lower the temperature, the higher the expectations at one Austin landmark. At the Texas Chili Parlor, they keep almost 30 gallons of their famous stuff ready for the extra boost in customers.

"A good bowl of chili always feels like a hug from the inside out," Saseem said. "So it'll definitely warm ya up pretty quick."

As for the cool down, that comes on the trail with a flurry of sweats, hoodies, even some headgear.

"This is keeping my temperature level right here," said Brandon Tory as he grabbed his beanie.

Once the sun goes down, in this climate, you might as well head for the lights. It doesn't matter whose side of the field you're on, when it comes to the first night of football weather, everyone's a winner.