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Weather Talk: Cold and mild have evened out this winter

There has been some cold weather this winter. There have been a few mild stretches as well. As a whole, the winter has worked out to be about average so far.

The month of November ended up nominally colder than average by a half a degree. December started out mild, but a week of very cold weather starting at Christmas brought the mean temperature for the month down to three-tenths of a degree colder than average.

January had stretches of cold weather and mild weather, but the mild won out, and the mean temperature ended up 1.9 degrees warmer than average. February, so far, has been colder than average.

To some extent, our temperatures this winter have been tempered by the lack of snow. A deep, white ground cover would have made the cold spells colder and would have held back the warmth during this winter’s mild spells.

John Wheeler

John was born in Baton Rouge, LA, and grew up near Birmingham, Alabama. As a teenager, his family moved to Madison, Wisconsin, and later to a small town in northeast Iowa. John traces his early interest in weather to the difference in climate between Alabama and Wisconsin. He is a graduate of Iowa State University with a degree in meteorology. Like any meteorologist, John is intrigued by extremes of weather, especially arctic air outbreaks and winter storms.  John has been known to say he prefers his summers to be hot but in winter, he prefers the cold.  When away from work, John enjoys long-distance running and reading.  John has been a meteorologist at WDAY since May of 1985.

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