Iowa officials: Past winter 9th coldest on record

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — If you think this was a brutal winter, there’s data to back it up: Iowa officials say it was the ninth coldest in the state since record-keeping began more than 140 years ago.

Harry Hillaker, state climatologist with the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship, compiled data on the meteorological winter season that ran from Dec. 1 through Feb. 28. He says the past winter was also the coldest in 35 years.

Temperatures this winter season averaged 14.7 degrees. Hillaker says that’s 7.2 degrees below normal.

The data show temperatures varied from about 10 degrees below normal in northeast Iowa, to 4 degrees below normal in the southwest part of the state.

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