February got off to its warmest start in recorded history

February got off to its warmest start in recorded history

Weather in Iowa: February is off to the warmest start in recorded history

Spring-like temperatures dominated the first 10 days of the month.

You know, this past week it was, but it’s still above 40 degrees in the first half of February, which is below average. Normal highs at the moment. It is about 30 for many people in northwest Iowa. You’re still about 30 today because you’ve been stuck under some clouds a little longer than the rest of the state. But the first part of the month was windy, only warm by February standards. Look, we haven’t had a day so far this month that has been colder than average, every one of those calendar days has been orange or red, meaning it’s above average. Or in Thursday’s case, we hit a record high of 63. And the day before that, we hit a record low of 63, meaning we never cooled below 41. Again on Wednesday. This is really very warm. We have beaten that high standard by several notches. Overall, so far, through the first 10 days of February, this is the warmest start to February in recorded history. Here in the Des Moines area, our records go back to the 1870s. And if you’re thinking, oh yeah, well, you know, we have a false spring or, you know, this kind of thing happens sometimes here in Iowa this time of year. Yes, we do, but usually not for a long period of time. Ten days is a long, warm period, and we’ve had a lot of warm months recently here as well. until. If we cool a fair amount in the next couple of weeks, we will likely end up being warmer than average in February. We’ve had the last 12 months, and nine of the last 12 have been warmer than average. Last January was cooler than average, as was July.

Weather in Iowa: February is off to the warmest start in recorded history

Spring-like temperatures dominated the first 10 days of the month.

We’re now 10 days into the month, and nothing feels normal for February in central Iowa. So far, average temperatures in Des Moines have been around 42 degrees — which is 18 degrees above normal. This is the number you can expect during the third week of March. It is unusual to maintain this amount of warmth for such a long period this early in the year. Before now, the warmest start to February was in 1999, when the average temperature in Des Moines was 41 degrees during the first 10 days of the month. Temperatures have been above normal now for nearly three weeks in a row. January 21 was the last time the high or low temperature was colder than average. The mild air is expected to continue for several more days. Even when things calm down later next week, most of Iowa will only fall toward highs in the 30s — not far from average. If February ends up warmer than usual, it will be just another mild month in central Iowa. What about our current winter? If the season ends today, the winter of 2023-2024 will be among the ten hottest seasons on record. Meteorological spring begins on March 1.

We’re now 10 days into the month, and February still doesn’t feel normal in central Iowa.

kcci

So far, temperatures in Des Moines have averaged about 42 degrees — which is 18 degrees above normal. This is the number you can expect during the third week of March.

kcci

It’s unusual to maintain this much warmth for so long this early in the year.

Before now, the warmest start to February was in 1999, when the average temperature in Des Moines was 41 degrees during the first 10 days of the month.

Temperatures have been above normal now for about three weeks in a row. January 21 was the last time the high or low temperature was colder than average.

The mild air is expected to continue for several more days. Even when things calm down later next week, most of Iowa will only fall toward highs in the 30s — not far from average.

If February is warmer than normal, it will be the last mild month in central Iowa.

kcci

What about our current winter?

If the season ends today, the winter of 2023-2024 will be among the ten hottest seasons on record. Meteorological spring begins on March 1.

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