Hot Spot Wautoma Breaks Zero on Thermometer - WBAY

Hot Spot Wautoma Breaks Zero on Thermometer

Wautoma -

While most of us still dealt with sub zero temperatures today, one community known for its warm summer days managed to get into positive territory.

Many locals call the Wautoma area "sand country" because there is lots of sand in the soil. Some believe that helps to make Wautoma one of the warmest areas in the summer months. And as frigid temperatures continue, Wautoma is holding true to its reputation as the city actually got above zero today.

"I saw on the news that we're supposed to make it to one today," say resident Katie Schaefer. "I was wooo-hooo, look at that."

The sign in front of Wautoma High School read four degrees above zero, that forecast was met before noon.

Wautoma resident Carol Stanek says, "This is warm. When I left my house it was above zero, so now we're on the upside so I'm feeling better about it. I hibernated over the last two days and I think most everybody did, very unusual to have this cold."

And that's why the above zero temperatures are so welcome to the residents of Wautoma.

Katie Schaefer says, "It's sunny. My car started so that's all that matters."

Adds Deb Gabrilska, Executive Director of the Waushara Area Chamber of Commerce, "The wind isn't blowing and the sun is shining. When the sun comes in here this room feels really warm so not quite summer, but it is warmer than yesterday."

That sunshine and lack of wind definitely brought more people outside. The post office was bustling and folks were simply out running errands and doing things the extreme cold kept them from doing earlier in the week.

"There's a lot more people out today than there was yesterday so that makes a big difference," says resident Tom Goetz. "It's warming up and you if you stop and think about it, there's only 75 days til spring."

Not quite that warm yet, but a city can hope for warmer days.

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