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Eastern Iowans enjoy warm weather Saturday


It may be mid-March, but it feels more like April or May outside. Temperatures Saturday climbed into the 60s, making for a perfect day to spend outdoors.

"It's crazy!" said Galean VanBrocklan, who was eagle-watching with her family at George Wyth Park.

"It's great, this is wonderful," agreed dog park visitor Cheryl Kline.

Whether it's in the park, or on the water, families enjoyed a fabulous day outside in Waterloo.

"Just out here trying to spend a good day, trying to catch some fish!" said Shane Gunhus, who was fishing with his son Cayden.

"This is my dog's favorite place to be in the summer!" Kline said of the Waterloo dog park.

It may look like the dog days of summer, but technically, it's still winter for a few more days.

Although typical winter weather -- like snow -- hasn't had much luck this year.

"The snow kept coming and then it melted right away," said 11 year-old Aujolie Stacey.

"I'd rather have this kind of weather over winter any day," said VanBrocklan.

Not everyone enjoyed the unseasonably warm months.

"I was a little disappointed, I wanted to do a little more ice fishing. But I'm happy to get the boat out now," said Gunhus.

Of course, there's always the elephant in the room -- it's only March, which means we could be in store for one more round of chilly temps, or even snow.

"I'm thinking, probably one more time," said Kline. She added, "we got a whole week of nice. So we gotta enjoy it."

"It's Iowa. Expect anything!" said VanBrocklan.

Just to put things in perspective, on March 10, 2011 the high was 35 degrees, with an inch of snow still covering the ground. Back in 1951, the heaviest snowstorm in state history started on March 10th, leaving behind more than 27 inches of snow in Iowa City.

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