Des Moines, IA – There was nothing sweet about the weather on Valentine’s Day as the brutal cold continued its grip on the state. State Climatologist Justin Glisan says many areas saw records.
Halfway through the month, we are averaging double digits below the normal February average temperature of 24 degrees.
Glisan says a disturbance in the polar vortex is allowing the cold air to flow into Iowa and many other states. Record snowfall in many areas is also contributing to the low temperatures.
He says you can see the impact in trees.
Glisan sees the impact in other ways as well.
Glisan says we saw the same phenomenon back in January of 2019.
The forecast is calling for things to slowly warm up through this week and moving toward the 20s for highs by the weekend.