1992: A backward March started with record-breaking warmth before transitioning to unseasonably cold weather by the second week of the month. The warmest readings of the entire month came on the 1st when the statewide average high temperature was 72 F which is a remarkable 34 degrees above normal. Reported high temperatures at individual stations included 78 F at Clarinda, 79 F at Shenandoah, 80 F at Williamsburg, and 81 F at Glenwood.
1962: The bitterly cold air that had settled across Iowa on the last day of February intensified on the first day of March with many locations across the state setting all-time low temperature records for the month. These included Des Moines with a low temperature of -22 F and Hampton where the morning low of -35 F established the all-time Iowa March record. At Waterloo the temperature bottomed out at -34 F, setting an all-time station record that has only been tied once since (on January 16, 2009). Other reported low temperatures included -34 F at Vinton, -33 F at Decorah and Fayette, -32 F at Atlantic, Chariton, Charles City, and Marshalltown, -24 F at Clarinda, and -19 F at Bloomfield.
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This post was written by Schnack on March 1, 2013