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Welcoming the Warmer Temperatures

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A month ago, a 29-degree high would have felt downright cold. But Friday's sunshine and light wind put a spring in our step heading out the door; and this break in a bitter cold snap has many of us rushing out to enjoy it.
So why do twenty-degree temperatures feel so much better at the beginning of January than they did at the beginning of December?
Valley News Live's meteorologist, Robert Hahn, says there's a physiological reason behind it.
"If you run your hand under some hot water, and then stick it in luke warm water it feels very cold, and then do the opposite, you run your hand under some ice cold water and stick it in that water it feels very warm," Hahn explains."It depends on what you're used to."
Hahn says the last few weeks of sub-zero temperatures have primed most of us for bearing the cold weather. Friday's warm-up can be considered dramatic because it leaves behind wind chills a good 70 to 80 degrees colder.
The Dike East Sledding Hill in Fargo made clear dozens of families are taking advantage of the milder temperatures. The park was filled with kids flying down the hill.
Psychologists with the University of Michigan say the more time these kids spend outdoors during the winter months, the better their mood. Their study also says milder temps contribute to warmer memories.
Since Hahn forecasts a roller coaster of temperatures for the rest of the winter, most of the families we talked to say to enjoy the weather while you can.
So if that merits rolling down the window, shedding a few layers and packing up the kids for a day at the hill, we're right there behind you. 


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