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Weather Puts a Spring in Norwalkers' Step

Rhianna Gilbertson has been having her fair share of fun in the snow , but her mom was happy for her to get some "fresh air" of a different sort Monday. "It's not freezing," Kelly Gilbertson said after she had walked 7-year-old Rhianna and 4-year-old Quinn out to the end of the pier at Calf Pasture Beach.

Rhianna said she liked the temperature, which hit 55 degrees , one shy of the record for Feb. 14 set in 1990, the Weather Underground reported. The website said the normal maximum for Feb.14 is 38 degrees.

Linda Kriewold and Sara Goulding were also at the beach, as they are several times a week. They reported many more people there than usual, but were more impressed by 12 swans just offshore. "It's the first time we've ever seen that many together," said Kriewold.

"I couldn't be happier," Stacey Maguire said before setting out for a walk in Cranbury Park with her dog Chili. The warm temperature inspired her to research the trip they're taking next week to Puerto Rico. "It's a good incentive," she said.

A group of men who like to visit Cranbury Park after work speculated how long the piles of snow will remain. June, said one. April, said another. Gintas Radze, who grew up in Colorado, said he likes cold weather. "It's just like my childhood," he said.

"It's been an unusual winter," said Todd Hansen. The snow has been nice and powdery, but Hansen expects it to snow again and to be ugly, the "wet stuff we all hate."

Norwalk Police Sgt. Andre Velez expressed a similar thought as he spent a day outdoors, guiding traffic on Knapp Street as workers from Asplundh Construction put up new electrical wires. "I'm not going to let this get my spirits all up," he said. "I mean, it's nice especially because I've got an outdoor job today, but I think that Mother Nature is still going to give us another spanking. Not because we deserve a spanking but just because she can."

Velez and co-worker Sgt. Pete LaPak had heard the weather forecast: It's supposed to get up to 57 degrees Friday. "I'll have to get my folding chair and put it in the snow," LaPak said.

Are you planning to go outside Friday? Will you bring your suntan lotion?

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