(Des Moines) Not all the numbers are in yet, but it appears temperatures across the state of Iowa for the month of February are coming in very close to the months normal of 21-degrees.
The good news, according to Iowa State Climatologist Harry Hilaker, is the state received an average of 1.35 inches of precipitation which is well above normal for the month.
“Normal for the month is a little over an inch so that is a fair amount above normal with the southeast part of the state getting the most moisture,” stated Hilaker. “Meanwhile, the northwestern part of the state got left out as they have for the past several months.”
On Friday we will flip the calendar to March which went down in history a year ago as the mildest March on record, but it won’t be a repeat.
“It is that time of year when days get a lot longer and people are hoping spring is just around the corner,” Hilaker said. “But, for the next 10-days to two weeks the temperatures look to be on the cool side of normal, and there appears to be a couple of storm systems in our future as well.”
Hilaker says the storm forecast for the area early next week is coming out of the northwest.
“The winds dropping down from the northwest can sometimes bring several inches of snow and are often times accompanied by a lot of wind,” Hilaker said. “Those storms can be disruptive events but not necessarily big moisture producers.”
Hilaker admits the models are still showing signs of above normal temperatures at least for the last part of March, but he is not sure they will hold up.
February 27, 2013