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2012 Weather Summary Shows Warm, Dry Weather

Posted: Wednesday, January 2nd, 2013 at 6:25 am
Author: KCII News - Ben Stanton

It may confirm what you already knew about the weather last year: the weather data from the past year shows drier and slightly warmer-than-usual weather. The National Weather Service office in the Quad Cities has compiled the data for a few cities in eastern Iowa.  The report for Iowa City most closely reflects the experience in Washington County, and it shows the average  temperature for the year is the highest on record.  Precipitation was about ten inches lower than a typical year.

Among the weather events for 2012 included a warm spell followed by a snowstorm nearly a year ago. In mid-January of 2012, record high temperatures were in the 50s, but that warm sunny day was followed by a cold front that dropped temperatures and brought wind.  Wind chills were as low as the single digits below zero.  That storm also brought about 4 and a half inches of snow to Washington County.

But overall, it was a mild winter, followed by a warm March and a dry April.  Severe drought conditions began in June, although the temperatures were roughly normal. But July was both dry and warm.

Besides a few severe weather events in the spring and then the fall, major storms were not  dominant.  However, the end of the year blizzard was especially striking since it was the first noticeable snowfall of the season.