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67 high here 26 above normal

March 1, 2012

Zion students enjoying sunny recess. (Photo by Jannaya Andrews)

    Spring fever hit Decatur and Adams County — as well as most of Indiana — on Wednesday as the temperature soared to a surprising 67 degrees here on the final day of February.
    Decatur weather station officials said that reading was achieved Wednesday afternoon under sunny skies. The normal high for the date is 41
    Fort Wayne recorded a high of 66, which tied a record there.
    It was quite a bit chillier this morning, due mainly to stiff winds.The local weather station had a reading of 36 degrees at 7 a.m. today and the National Weather Service at Fort Wayne reported 36 degrees. But a west wind at 20 mph, gusting to 29 mph, dropped the wind-chill reading to 25.
    Although today won't be nearly as warm as Wednesday, readings should still be above normal. The weather bureau predicted a high of 46 degrees in the Decatur area, with a west wind at 15 mph, gusting to 25 mph.
    Tonight's low will be around 33, with winds backing off to around 5 mph and from the southeast.
    Friday's high will be back up to 64, forecasters say, but there's a 90 percent chance of rain in this area, with severe storms possible. Friday night's chance of rain is set at 60 percent, with a low around 35.
    South winds at 10-15 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph, are seen for Friday's daytime hours, with forecasters saying the winds could pick up Friday night.
    It will be breezy Saturday, with a high near 39, according to the weather bureau. No weekend precipitation is forecast for the Decatur area.

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