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Published March 12, 2012, 03:54 PM

Outdoor Enthusiasts Enjoy Warmer Temperatures

GRAND FORKS (WDAZ-TV) Exceptionally warm weather in North Dakota had some cities seeing record high temperatures. People are taking advantage of the warmer weather by doing things outdoors they wouldn't normally be able to do.

GRAND FORKS (WDAZ-TV) Exceptionally warm weather in North Dakota had some cities seeing record high temperatures.

People are taking advantage of the warmer weather by doing things outdoors they wouldn't normally be able to do.

"Well I like to bike so it's nice to have snow clearing off the streets so I can maybe get out the bicycle and go for rides," National Weather Service Senior Meteorologist Jennifer Ritterling said.

"I'm thinking about my garden growing," Janice Sayers said.

"Just opening your windows once and a while to air out your house, I think that's healthy," Bobbi Wood said.

It was a good weekend to be outside. Many North Dakota cities either broke or tied record temperatures.

"We hit 57 and in Fargo they also tied their record high at 59 and both of those records were set in 1981," Ritterling said.

With such an early thaw, if there isn't any significant rainfall, the spring flood outlook could be good as well.

Meteorologists say because of the lack of deep snow cover, it all depends on the amount of rainfall we get over the next few weeks.

"Water is starting to move into the system, however there's still a fair amount of frost down in the lower depths of the soil. It's going to take a while for rivers to respond but we should see some response within a week or so," Ritterling said.

With warmer temperatures continuing throughout the week, people are cautiously optimistic that spring may be just around the corner.

"Just because it's not snowing doesn't mean we won't have a late frost, so you have to worry about that here," Sayers said.

"The year we moved here, we had the wind chill factor of 60 below, you know this is awesome," Wood said.

Meteorologists say a lot of the water will be making it's way into the rivers over the next few weeks.

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