2017 TAKES THE CAKE...
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A REMARKABLE STRETCH OF WINTER WITHOUT WINTER...
We all had ourselves a nice taste of spring Thursday with record-breaking temperatures encompassing all the region. Some spots broke records by as much as 9 degrees, which is flat out ridiculous.
As toasty as it was, (with severe weather reported as well), 2017 is the year that takes the cake when it comes to warm February conditions. Below, you can see that most of my area and the eastern Midwest had either their number 1 or 2 warmest February of record that year.
In Moline, record highs were set on 6 consecutive days, with 5 of those days in the 70s. Another record was put up late in the month, meaning 7 of the 28 days had records (25 percent)! Numerous other reporting stations also saw records, with Burlington compiling 6 and Cedar Rapids 5 record-breaking days.
Below, you can see the hours in February where air temperatures in Moline have never been higher than they were in 2017.
In all honesty, it wasn't all that long ago when the spring fling of 2017 happened, but for some reason I don't remember much about that stretch of warmth. Maybe it's because nice weather gets far less attention than bad. Anyway, as pleasant as it was Thursday, it has been warmer and for longer periods of time, especially during February 2021.
With Friday's front out of the picture, A typical El Niño pattern will rule the roost through the Middle of next week. That indicates a split flow aloft with limited incursions of cold air and the primary storm tracks remaining north and south of the Midwest. We'll be stuck in the middle, with seasonal to slightly above normal temperatures and little if any precipitation. Sounds rather boring to me. Roll weather...TS Additionally with my recent health issues, I very much need to reach my fund-raising goals. To keep things as they are, I'm in humble need of your donation to the site more than ever. If you use it and find value in it, please consider a contribution. Thanks to you who have already helped the cause!