Past IEM Features tagged: oct16
With the preliminary data for October in the books, it is a good time to check in how the month stacked up against past Octobers. The featured map displays average temperature ranks by climate district based on IEM estimates for the month. A value of one would represent the warmest October on record. The southern half of the Midwestern US was the warmest while northern sections were still above average.
The coldest air, by far, of the season arrived in Iowa on Wednesday with very chilly temperatures observed throughout the state by the afternoon. This was the coldest air since early April and even March as computed by an hour by hour basis shown in the featured table. The graphic presents the hourly air temperatures reported by the Des Moines Airport and the most recent date with a colder temperature at that given hour. Warmer weather will soon arrive and is expected to stick around through next week.