Past IEM Features tagged: mar16
March is in the books and the preliminary precipitation totals for the month indicate some remarkable contrasts over the Midwest. A value of 1 would indicate the wettest March on record for the climate district since 1893. The very wet areas in and near Wisconsin are contrasted with the drier areas just southwest of there. Iowa got a little bit of both. The US Drought Monitor has been slowly creeping analyzed dry areas closer to Iowa as we have gotten further removed from the epic wetness of last December.
Tuesday was an exceptionally warm day for this early in the year for Des Moines. The featured table presents the hourly temperatures for Tuesday and the previous date with as warm of a temperature for that hour of the day and for a date prior to 8 March. For a number of the morning hours, there is no other warmer temperature on record for the site! Temperatures will be cooler today, but still above average for this time of the year.