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The National Weather Service has been continuing to examine date from the December 15th derecho/tornado outbreak in the Upper Midwest... and it turns out it's even more record-breaking than originally thought.

Courtesy of Nick Stewart at KGAN here's a look at the totals for each state on December 15 so far:

The National Weather Service in Des Moines says the state of Iowa had 61 tornadoes on that day (preliminary numbers still and subject to change). That 61 number is quite remarkable... considering it was December and exceeds the number of tornadoes the state of Iowa typically sees in a year (around 50). It also nearly doubled the last largest tornado outbreak in the state:

Prior to this event there had only been FIVE tornadoes in total recorded in the month of December.... You can read more about this event here:

Now of course we've taken quite the turn into winter. We got past the ice and went back into a cold day on Sunday:

You can still see the influence of the snowpack too in eastern Iowa up through Minnesota and Wisconsin. The snowpack won't be melting much on Monday either (other than from the sunshine) as temperatures remain cold:

More melting will happen Tuesday as warmer air starts to move in:

Temperatures will remain near and above freezing through the week as a big ridge of high pressure stays in place:

That'll be the case until our next storm system around Friday/Saturday:

Enjoy the little warm up while it lasts!



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