Comparing April 2013 vs 2014 in Waterloo & Dubuque

April this year might seem bad, but if you look at the numbers April last year was colder and wetter than April this year.

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This post was written by Schnack on April 30, 2014

Average First Frost

Getting to that time of year when I get the question: “when is  the average first frost?”. Here is the answer if you were interested.

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This post was written by Schnack on October 9, 2013

Record Breaking Warmth in 2012

 

You would probably agree that 2012 was a warm year, but did you know it is the warmest year on record. It beat the old record by one degree.

Here are the top 5:

2012: 55.32 deg
1998: 54.32 deg
2006: 54.30 deg
1934: 54.13 deg
1999: 53.93 deg

From NCDC:

According to NOAA scientists, the average temperature for the contiguous U.S. for 2012 was 55.3°F, which was 3.2°F above the 20th century average and 1.0°F above the previous record from 1998. The year consisted of the fourth warmest winter, a record warm spring, the second warmest summer, and a warmer-than-average autumn. Although the last four months of 2012 did not bring the same unusual warmth as the first 8 months of the year, the September through December temperatures were warm enough for 2012 to remain the record warmest year, by a wide margin.

Click here for the complete story from the National Climatic Data Center (NCDC).

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This post was written by Schnack on January 8, 2013

January Normals Across the Country

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This post was written by Schnack on December 31, 2012

December Normals

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This post was written by Schnack on December 9, 2012

September and Fall Outlooks

The September outlook is above normal temperatures and below normal precipitation across Iowa. The fall outlook (Sept/Oct/Nov) is above normal temperatures and near normal precipitation.

Click here for the complete report from the Climate Prediction Center (CPC).

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This post was written by Schnack on September 10, 2012

Contiguous U.S. experiences 3rd hottest summer on record

From the NCDC:
The average temperature for the contiguous U.S. during August was 74.4°F, 1.6°F above the long term average, marking the 16th warmest August on record. The warmer than average August, in combination with the hottest July and a warmer than average June, contributed to the third hottest summer on record since recordkeeping began in 1895.

Click here for the complete story.

 

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This post was written by Schnack on September 10, 2012

90 Degree Days

Today we reached 90+ degrees this afternoon making it the 5th day so far this year in Waterloo. Here is a look back at how many days the high temperature was 90+ in Waterloo. The last two bars on the right are the record max and min number of 90+ days ever recorded in one year and the year it occurred. 

 

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This post was written by Schnack on June 19, 2012

June and Summer Outlook

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This post was written by Schnack on June 4, 2012

May Almanac Totals

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This post was written by Schnack on June 2, 2012