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Thursday’s 79 here topped normal high by 31 degrees!

March 16, 2012

    Although spring doesn't officially begin until next Tuesday, you can't tell by the weather conditions.
    The temperature topped out at a stunning 79 degrees on Thursday at the Decatur weather station — and no immediate end to the warm spell is expected!
    Normal highs for this time of the year are 48, which Thursday's high here topped by a whopping 31 degrees! Normal lows are 28.
    A high of 81 recorded in Fort Wayne on Thursday set a record for the date, the old mark of 76 coming in 1995.
    Meteorologist Nick Greenawalt told the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette that Thursday was the second-earliest day of the year that Fort Wayne reached 80. The previous earliest 80-degree day came on March 5, 1985.
    According to the National Weather Service, the record high for any day in the month was 86 set on March 24,1910.
    Thursday’s low was 57, a record for highest minimum for the date.
    A high of 79 was recorded in Fort Wayne on Wednesday, breaking the record of 78 set in 1995.
    The Decatur weather station also recorded a high of 79 on Wednesday.
    More good weather news: No end to the unusually warm weather is in sight.
    The National Weather Service says a high in the upper 70s to 80 degrees is likely in the Decatur area today and again Saturday. Chances of showers and thunderstorms are placed at 20 percent today and tonight, and 40 percent on Saturday and Saturday night.
    Highs near 80 also are seen for Sunday and Monday as well, with a 40 percent chance of rain and/or storms here on Sunday. The long-range forecast projects a continuation!

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