DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) - If you thought March weather was "madness", you are right.. it was one for the record books.
Many across the Miami Valley shed the winter coat and enjoyed the early start to spring. Spending the day at the park or anywhere outside had everyone shaking off the winter blues.
For five days in a row the mercury soared to new heights. Five new record highs were set including 86 degrees on March 21st.
All those warm temperatures created colors we weren't used to seeing this early. Buds were showing up on trees, and flowers started popping from the ground. Most of the month high temperatures were above average but there was one stretch where the warmth stayed in place.
For ten consecutive days highs reached at least 70 degrees or higher. This has never happened before - but similar conditions were seen more than a hundred years ago. March 2012 will be in the record books for the warmest March ever in Dayton with an average temperature of 53 point six degrees which is 13 degrees above normal.
Many businesses were taking advantage of the weather hoping to cash in from a winter that wasn't.
But either business or pleasure everyone seemed to get out and enjoy it.
Making off with some last minute bargains, shoppers flooded the Dayton Mall Saturday before round two of the storm hits the Miami Valley.
State representatives Mike Henne and Jim Butler spent Saturday morning going door-to-door in a riverside neighborhood.
Christmas comes early for some kids in the region.
Two women were arrested early Saturday morning after leading Dayton and Riverside Police on a slow speed pursuit with a stolen snow plow.
Preble County crews are battling a barn fire this afternoon on Barnetts Mill Road in Camden.