Record Heat

After a very warm afternoon, records highs were tied and broken today. The record high in Des Moines for this 16th day of March is 84°F, and the official afternoon high of 84° tied this previous record set back in 2012. In Sioux City, the record high was 83°F, but this afternoons high of 90°F shattered that record.

iowa_today_rec_hilo_ptFrom the image above, many previous record highs were in the upper 70’s to lower 80’s. With highs across the state today in the upper 70’s to upper 80’s, many of these records are now being rewritten.

iowa_today_avg_hilo_ptBut where should we be for this time of year? Highs for today are typically in the lower 40’s to lower 50’s. So with highs that are 30° above average, this was a much welcomed gift.


A cold front will begin to push across the state this evening, which will allow for the winds to shift out of the north and will drop our temperatures back near average for your Tuesday. Temperatures will then stay near or just above average for the remainder of the seven day. Even though temperatures will still be a few degrees above average, it is going to feel much colder after this extremely warm day. You can’t complain though as it could always be snowing!

11055384_908716205826303_2899494570551427397_nOn a side note, today Ben McMillan and myself (Zach Sharpe) traveled to Schleswig, Iowa which is a little over a two hour drive northwest of Des Moines. The first group of students we presented to, which is pictured above, was grades 4th-8th. The second group that followed was kindergarten-3rd grade. These school kids were great, and very respectable, as it was a joy to be able to present to them about storm chasing and how we get a forecast put together. We always enjoy getting out of the office, especially on this very warm day!

Zach Sharpe

My name is Zach Sharpe. I am the president and forecaster for the Iowa Storm Chasing Network. You can find me on Twitter @Stormchaserzach and on Facebook at:

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