Record & near record Lows over the weekend

News, Weather

August 20th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Record or near record Low temperatures were set across the state over the weekend. In Atlantic, Saturday’s 24-hour Low was 40-degrees, which clipped the old record of 41 set 115 years earlier, in 1897. The 24-hour low Sunday was 42-degrees, which was one-degree short of tying the low set in 1981. And, the 24-hour low for Friday, August 17th, was 40-degrees, two-degrees shy of tying the record for that date. The National Weather Service in Johnston said this (Monday) morning, that Des Moines had its longest cool period in over a year, as well.

The average temperature in the capital city has been normal or below for the last 10-days, and today will mark the 11th day. Officials say that’s in sharp contrast to the very warm temperatures of June and July. The average temperature in Des Moines, is now about one-degree below normal for the first 19-days of August. The last time there was a string of below normal temps in Des Moines longer than the current string, was the 15-day period from the 15th through the 29th of April, in 2011.