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A windy Iowa weekend

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by Brady Smith

WATERLOO (KWWL) - Cold, windy, and crappy. Those were some words that out-and-about Iowans used to describe the weather Sunday. High winds stirred up debris of all kinds, and swept it  across the roads and sidewalks. And if you absoluetly had to go outside, the pace of your walk was probably quick and brisk, because with that wind came cold temperatures, reminiscent of winter.

In fact, it was so cold, even a couple golden retrievers we ran into (named Harley and Riley) wouldn't venture to stick their noses out the window during a car ride with their masters. "And she's a fresh air fanatic," said one of the owners.

It was especially nasty for Val Borsh of Cedar Falls, originally from Brazil. When asked what the temperatures are in Brazil this time of year, Borsh replied, "Oh, 90 to 100 degrees."

But some folks toughed it out, like Rodney Hinton, who we found fishing in George Wyth State Park. "Kinda cold, kinda chilly, but it's an alright day for me."

Out of curiosity, we asked some people how fast they thought the winds might be going. Guesses ranged from 20 to 60 miles per hour.

Regardless of windspeeds, they were powerful enough to knock down branches, power lines, and road signs in Cedar, Black Hawk, and Dubuque counties Sunday. However, authorities aren't reporting any significant wind damage.

Sunday was also the first day of snowfall in many parts of eastern Iowa.  Click here to read that story.

Online Reporter: Brady Smith
Online Producer: Mike Verlo

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