(Des Moines) The month of January was relatively drier and colder than normal in the state of Iowa, according to State Climatologist Harry Hillaker.
“As far as statewide average goes, about 43 hundredths of an inch of precipitation across the state; that would be a little less than half of what’s usual for the month,” explained Hillaker. “It’s been awhile since we had a January quite this dry, although it’s usually our driest month of the year.”
Hillaker added, “As far as snowfall itself goes, statewide averaging just a hair under six inches of snow. Usually we get about eight inches in January, so not greatly behind on that. Western and southwest Iowa received much less snow than the rest of the state.”
Hillaker said although this month won’t make the top 20 of coldest January’s, it seemed that way because of all of the frequent wind.
“I don’t have all of the exact numbers available yet, but I know over here in Des Moines it looks to be at least the windiest month of any month of the year going back a dozen years, so very unusual,” said Hilaker. “We expect March and April to be the windy months, but this time around it’s been a very windy January.”
Hilaker said the official outlook for February isn’t out yet, but he said the first couple weeks of the month looks somewhat of the same as far as the cold. However, we could be seeing a little bit more snow than usual.