Tuesday, April 02, 2013


In interviews that appeared in the Ragister (April 1) and Radio Iowa (April 2), State climatologist Harry Hillaker is reported to have said this about last month's weather --

March 2013 was the coldest March in Iowa since 1975 and the 17th coldest in history.


we have to go back all the way to 1984 to find a colder March, and possibly further back once all the data comes in.

As for temperatures -- In March, temperatures were roughly 22 degrees cooler every day than they were last March, Hillaker said. But that didn’t break any records, falling only 6 degrees below the monthly average.


“Preliminarily, temperatures averaging about seven degrees colder than usual,” Hillaker says.

Snowfall for March -- “Actually, the snowiest March since 1998 — the state average was about 9.8-inches.

The National Weather Service has it at 9.6 inches.

Close enough for government work and the scientific community is united in that fact.


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