(Des Moines) It appears the winter coats will stay in the closet a little bit longer, maybe a lot longer.
“The last time we had a New Year’s Eve above 50-degrees was 2006 and prior to that was 1999,1965, 1937 and 1903.” stated Kenny Podrazik, meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Des Moines. “So it is pretty uncommon to have this warm of temperature this late in the year.”
And it appears the mercury will continue to climb all the way to New Year’s Eve when the temperature is expected to reach the upper 50’s, according to Podrazik. “As far as the next ten days to two weeks, it really doesn’t look like too much of a major cold outbreak. It is really tough to get those really cold temperatures when we don’t have a decent snowpack.”
This unusual warm spell is not going to set any records. The record high was set back in 1946 when the temperature reached 64-degrees. The Record low was 20-below in 1886. The last time we saw a 9-straight 50-degree days, was December 2, 1946 to December 11, and December 3, 1939, to December 12.
December 28, 2011