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Eastern Iowans enjoy record-shattering temperatures

Record temperatures were shattered Thursday in Iowa.  Iowa City shattered a 1956 record with a high of 61 degrees.

Ed Osborn of Cedar Rapids had never played golf on his birthday until Thursday.

"When I heard it (Wednesday) I said, I gotta go," Osborn said.

Twin Pines Golf Course was one of several open on the day.  It saw more than 130 rounds of golf, which is more than triple the January total on record.

"We should be ice fishing instead of playing golf, but I'm loving it," Osborn said.

It wasn't ice fishing but the real thing at Lake McBride in Solon.  Don Bontrager found the one open spot on the lake.  Normally fishing season is over for him by the end of October.

"None of (the fish) are (biting), but I don't care. It's better than doing yard work," he said.

In Coralville people were doing yard work and plenty more.  The inflated temperatures had many out on mopeds and motorcycles.

"I didn't know it was going to be this nice.  This was kind of a pleasant surprise," said Logan Loring, who spent part of the day riding his moped around town.

Many were surprised to see the crowds at an Iowa City dog park, busier than some weekdays during the warmer months.

"It's the middle of the day.  I thought there might be some people here but there's a lot more than I expected," said Tim Mangold of Iowa City.

People in Eastern Iowa did not let the record temperatures go to waste.

The calendar may read January 5th, but you'd be hard-pressed to find any signs of winter.

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