Weather Hot Shots on Mon. January 21

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This post was written by Schnack on January 21, 2013

Very Cold Tonight

UPDATED at 4:00 PM

Tonight: Mostly clear and very cold. Low: -1 to -11. Wind: NW 5-15 mph. Wind Chill: -10 to -25.

Tuesday: Partly cloudy and very cold. High: 8-12. Wind: NW 5-10 mph. Wind Chill: 0 to -15.

Tuesday Night: Mostly cloudy and not as cold. Low: 4-9. Wind: S 5-10 mph.

Wednesday: Mostly cloudy. High: low 20s.

Thursday: Mostly cloudy. High: low 20s.

Friday: Mostly cloudy and breezy (NW 10-20 mph). High: upper teens.

Saturday: Mostly sunny. High: mid 20s.

Sunday: Mostly cloudy. High: mid 30s.

Monday: Mostly cloudy. High: upper 30s.

It has been a very cold day with the cold temperatures and the gusty northwest wind. Here are the wind chill readings at 3 pm.

Tonight will be a little colder than it was last night. Here are the low temperatures last night compared to the coldest temperatures in 2012. The lows last night are the coldest in 2013 so far except for Waterloo. The coldest temperature in Waterloo in 2013 was on January 1 when it was 7 below zero.

A WIND CHILL ADVISORY will remain in effect until late Tuesday morning. Wind chills at times will drop as low as 25 below zero.

The wind chill tomorrow morning as you go to work and school will be dangerously cold…see map below.


Wednesday and Thursday will be mostly cloudy with a couple of flurries possible.  Highs will be a little warmer reaching the low 20s. Friday will have another surge of cold air from the north with highs in the teens. 

There is a bit of a sign warmer temperatures may return for a short period of time. Sunday and Monday highs are forecast to reach the mid and upper 30s. After today and tomorrow that is going to feel like a heat wave. No big storms are forecast for the next seven days.


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This post was written by Schnack on January 21, 2013

January 21

From NWS
: Very cold weather settled across Iowa from January 18-21 with a statewide average temperature of -11.2 F over that stretch and numerous stations recording low temperatures of -25 F or colder on all four days. The coldest temperatures came on the 21st when reported lows included -24 F at Des Moines, -27 F at Harlan and Toledo, -28 F at Indianola, -31 F at Le Mars and Waterloo, -32 F at Clarion and Decorah, and -33 F at Cherokee.

This Day in National/World Weather History …
 21 January 1985 → The lowest temperature recorded in North Carolina was -34F at Mt. Mitchell.
 21 January 1985 → President Reagan’s second Inauguration Day was the coldest Inauguration Day in history as cold temperatures and wind combined to produce a wind chill reading of -30.
 21 January 1993 → Winds gusted to an incredible 176 mph and sustained winds were measured at 122 mph in Lake Tahoe, CA as a major Pacific low pressure system moved ashore.


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This post was written by Schnack on January 21, 2013