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January Ends Warmer and Wetter Than Normal

January is usually the coldest and driest month of the year, but State Climatologist Justin Glisan says it didn’t follow the norm this time around.

The average high temperature for the state was 24 degrees – and here in Manchester, it was 29.

January also saw more rain and snow than normal.

Manchester received nearly three inches of rain in January and just over 12 inches of snow, with most of that coming during the second half of the month. 

And the weather in January was not limited to just snow, as two rare tornadoes touched down in eastern Iowa on January 16th – breaking a record as the earliest calendar day tornado for the state of Iowa. 

So what does February’s weather have in store for us? Glisan says the early short-term outlook shows it will be slightly warmer and wetter.


story contribution courtesy of Radio Iowa; photo courtesy of NWS

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