Seventy degrees one day, stocking up for a blizzard the next, and barely any snow to be seen two days after that. That’s what Iowans experienced last weekend after about a week in February that was above 60 degrees everyday, and above 70 a few of those days. Meteorologists throughout the state got a nice break from their usual frigid and snowy February forecasts. Amber Alexander is a meteorologist at WHO Channel 13 in Des Moines. She was able to put numbers to the records.
“We had seven days that were 60 degrees or above which tied the record for the longest stretch of 60 degree and above weather in February,” Alexander explained. “We had four days that officially broke records. The days that didn’t break records were only a degree or two shy of doing so.” The last time we were that warm for that long was 87 years ago back in 1930. Some Iowans have taken notice of the recent trends. Jonna Johnson has lived in Iowa her entire life. She claims she has not seen weather this nice until the last few years.
“In the last two years we have been so extreme, it’s been up and down so I’ve pretty much never seen this before. With Friday being a snowstorm and on Tuesday 70 degrees.” Johnson said. The heavy snow that hit the state on Friday did not stick around. Just two days later there were only faint traces left. Prompting many people to come out of their homes and enjoy the weather. But meteorologists aren’t sure it’s going to stick around.
“Right now I think you’re probably going to see maybe a little snow later on when we have kind of a cold stretch and then most likely seeing temperatures around average or slightly above average.” Alexander explained. It’s clear Iowans are sick of mother nature’s games.
“I could be done with winter and just go right into spring.” Johnson said. For now everyone will have to hope that the groundhog was wrong in its prediction of six more weeks of winter.