ABOVE FREEZING, WHAT IN THE WIDE WORLD OF SPORTS IS GOING ON...
What in the wide world of sports is going on here. In a stunning but expected development, temperatures went above freezing and above normal for the first time in 17 days. It's amazing how good 38 can feel when you've been struggling to get much above zero for nearly 3 weeks. You can see the progress we've made lately looking at highs in Cedar Rapids since February 1st.
Here's the departures showing the the 17 day stretch of below normal temperatures finally coming to an end. Good riddance.
We also had a snow free day Monday which has been unusual during this nasty run of wintry weather. And speaking of that topic, the Sunday system made just enough of a last minute shift in track north to keep the heavier snow confined to my counties NW of the Quad Cities. These are the snow totals reported on the Iowa Mesonet. You can see a very healthy band from WC Iowa into the NE tip of the state. We were very fortunate not to get into that 5-10" swath.
Here's what snow cover looks like around the area Monday morning. Manchester, Iowa in my area reported 23 inches
In Iowa, the most reported is just north of Omaha where 24 inches covers the ground near Onawa. Guttenberg in the NE corner has 21". There's a swath across the center of the state where 12-24" depths are quite common.
By the way, the most snow ever reported on the ground in Iowa was 42 inches at Sioux Center February 20-22, 1936. That's in the far northwest corner. These are the greatest depths ever measured in a few communities in my local region.
The Quad Cities: 28", January 15th, 1979
Dubuque: 25", January 28th, 1936
Waterloo: 25" February 20th, 1936
Des Moines: 22" January 1st, 1942
Chicago: 29" January 14th, 1979
A larger perspective of Midwestern snow depth Monday morning.
From all indications, not only will this be a mild week, it will also be a quiet one with no snow until perhaps Friday night and that won't amount to much (if any). This is the EURO snow forecast through noon Sunday. Pretty meager.
The GFS is similar.
Regarding temperatures, the next 7 days will average close to normal. Today should be the best of the bunch with readings despite the deep snow pack headed for levels we've not seen in some time. In the far south, readings may hit 50 around Ft. Madison and Keokuk where there's less snow (highs Monday in that area already topped out at 45). Further north, most spots should hit 40 as far north as HWY 20 and 45 looks like a good bet to I-80. A cold front will bring us down quite a bit Wednesday and Thursday as winds go back to the north off the snowfields of the upper Midwest. Here's the 7 day departures which are something to behold after what we've seen the past 3 weeks.
I guess we all need a break and the rest of this week will be downright boring after the month long siege. Enjoy, you've earned it. Roll weather...TS
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