Past IEM Features tagged: mar13
March 2012 was one of the relatively warmest months on record for Iowa. Our most recent March of 2013 was not a repeat performance. The featured chart displays the daily high and low temperature for March 2012 and 2013 along with the daily climatology for Ames. Places that the bars overlap are the purple color. Only March 4th of this year had a warmer high temperature than for 2012. For some days, there is a 30 degree difference from the low temperature in 2012 to the high temperature this year!
Daily high temperatures have been a struggle in March for Iowa. The featured map displays the number of days since the last day with an above average high temperature. For some locations like Waterloo, it has been over a month! Temperatures have been warming this week and there is some hope for highs to reach the 50s before cooling off again next week. If Waterloo were to finish the month with every day below average for high temperature, it would be the first such occurrence for the site since March of 1960.