Warmer Days Ahead

The next 48 hours are going to be cold with temperatures well below normal for this time of year. The weather pattern is going to change at the end of the week into next week. A good portion of the country will not have as much stormy weather as it has during the last couple of weeks….including Iowa.

The best positive thing is the warmer temperatures. Once we get past Thursday, Friday through the next 2 weeks temperatures are expected to be above normal. This would put afternoon highs in the 40s and 50s here in Iowa.
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This post was written by Schnack on March 3, 2015

A Near Record Cold Morning

Temperatures this morning dropped into the double digits below zero in some locations. Dubuque and Cedar Rapids almost tied the record, but fell two degrees short. 1

We also came close to the coldest morning of the 2014-15 winter so far.
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The Climate Prediction Center is indicating that below normal temperatures may continue into the first week of March.
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This post was written by Schnack on February 19, 2015

Iowa Record Low Temp

Temperatures were in the teens below zero this morning. It doesn’t come close to the record low temperature for Iowa. On this date in 1912 Washta (east of Sioux City) had 47 below zero. I hope we don’t break this record anytime soon.

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This post was written by Schnack on January 13, 2015

A Record Cold Year

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This post was written by Schnack on January 1, 2015

Record Consecutive Days of Cold

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Specifically this is the record number of consecutive days, in the month of November, with the high temperature 32 degrees or colder. The data below comes from the National Weather Service.

Waterloo: 11 days (1985)

The chart below shows the temperatures through the 18th. Today (19th) the high was 25 degrees. We are just 2 days away and that is Thursday and Friday. The forecast high for both days is in the 20s. The forecast high for Saturday is low 40s.
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Dubuque: 10 days (1985)…the record will be tied Friday.
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Cedar Rapids: 7 days (1977 & 1937)…the record was broken Wednesday and a new record will be set every day through Friday.
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Iowa City: Date not available

 

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This post was written by Schnack on November 19, 2014

Record Cold Morning

It was another cold start. Here are the low temperatures Tuesday morning.

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We broke records by a couple of degrees.

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The average low temperature of 19.4 degrees, across  the nation, was the coldest November morning since November 30, 1976

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This post was written by Schnack on November 18, 2014

Hottest Day So Far For Some

High temperatures Tuesday with Waterloo and Iowa City with 90+ for the first time this year.

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This post was written by Schnack on July 22, 2014

Monday High Temperatures

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This post was written by Schnack on July 21, 2014

Record Cold

Cold Thermometer

The high today at Waterloo was -1. That is a new daily record for the coldest high temperature. Previous record was 5 in 1943.

The high today at Waterloo was -1. That is a new monthly record for the coldest high temperature. Previous record was 1 on March 1, 1962.

The high today at Dubuque was 3. That is a new daily record for the coldest high temperature. Previous record was 7 in 1943.

The high today at Dubuque was 3. That is a new monthly record for the coldest high temperature. Previous record was 6 on March 16, 1900.

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This post was written by Schnack on March 2, 2014

By The Numbers….A Cold Version

Since the winter has been so cold, I have been able to show you many stats to show just how cold it really has been. The first one is the chart below. It shows the number of days with the temperature zero or colder for each year. Yes, we have had a lot this winter. I want to draw your attention to and compare how many we have so far this winter compared to the previous three years COMBINED. That is correct. We have had more days with temperatures below zero this year than the past three years combined (Waterloo will exceed the 3 yr total by the weekend).

Feb 26 Zero or Colder

 

Now the next graphic is from Iowa Environmental Mesonet. It shows the percent of time spent below freezing (32 degrees) this winter.

 

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This post was written by Schnack on February 26, 2014