February 18, 2017

Friday was a record breaking day across the Central U.S. with dozens of locations reporting record high temperatures.

The pink and orange dots indicate tied or broken records and yellow is within 3 degrees of a record. This map shows the records from Friday afternoon:

More records will likely fall over the next six days as the jet stream stays in Canada and cold air gets locked up to the north.

Here are the 500 mb (upper air) height anomalies throug...

February 17, 2017

If it's going to be warm in winter, it might as well go wild! And that's what's happening. Records highs have already been broken in Cedar Rapids, Iowa City, Dubuque, Moline and Burlington as of 2 pm.

We still have about an hour and a half of heating so temperatures could still rise a few more degrees under full sunshine.  Here are the temperatures as of 2pm:

If Cedar Rapids hits 70 today - it'd be the second time ever on record in February. 

Enjoy...

February 15, 2017

Temperatures are *already* running 6 degrees above normal this month and even warmer weather is on the way. Not only that, but many spots in the southern half of my area will likely have 4 straight days in the 60s! The last and ONLY time that happened in February was back in 1930.

Now I dug around and looked at the top 5 warmest February's on record. Then, I checked what happened that following March. I found an interesting trend... measurable sno...

February 13, 2017

We're now 15 days away from the end of Meteorological Winter, and it's been pretty lean on the white gold (as Mr. Swails lovingly refers to it). The numbers don't lie - we're very behind on snow across the Midwest. 

Below is a breakdown of the snowfall we've had so far and the top 5 least snowiest years on record. 

Cedar Rapids so far as had 11.6" of snow, which is 11 inches below normal for this point in the season. Right now, we fit in at the thi...

February 11, 2017

It's been an odd winter to say the least.. but can we measure how odd it has been? The Midwestern Regional Climate Center actually is using AWSSI. AWSSI, Accumulated Winter Season Severity Index, has 5 different categories from extreme to mild. You can see across *most* of the Midwest (really with the exception of the Dakotas), the winter so far has been on the mild side.

AWSSI is calculated based on specific thresholds for temperat...

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