(Des Moines) Historically speaking, does a cold winter generally mean a warm summer is to follow? I don't know if this can be proved using archived charts or historical data, but be interested to know. In other words, how many warm/hot summers over the past 100 years have followed a cold winter the year previously?
State Climatologist Harry Hilaker points to the summer of 1947 which was the previous snowfall record for the month of May. In that same year June went down as the wettest on record up to that point.
“There was major flooding going on in June following a very cool spring season,” stated Hilaker. “Then things turned hot and dry in July followed by the hottest August on record in Iowa and ended up with a very severe drought the second half of that growing season. So it went from unusually cold and wet to unusually hot and dry in a very short while. It doesn’t normally happen that way, but that is an example, of when it did.”
The 1947 May snowfall record was broken this year.
May 8, 2013
9:00 a.m. news