Des Moines, Iowa – The weather in December has followed a trend that’s familiar to Iowans this year. State Climatologist Harry Hillaker says this month will average slightly warmer than normal, despite some bitterly cold temperatures around mid-December.
Some unusually warm conditions arrived last weekend.
This month will also enter the books as slightly wetter than normal, with a statewide average of 1.5 inches of precipitation. Sections of northeast Iowa helped boost those numbers after getting over 20 inches of snow in December. Hillaker says the average statewide temperature for 2016 was 51.7 degrees.
In addition to being warmer than normal, the weather in 2016 will be remembered for record-or-near-record flooding.
Many areas of north-central and northeast Iowa recorded over 50-inches of precipitation during the year.
Meanwhile, it was a relatively dry year over sections of southern Iowa.
A total of 43 tornadoes touched down in Iowa this year as well.
The new year will start off rather quiet before our next system drops in on Sunday night and into Monday bringing with it a mixed bag of precipitation. If you have any travel plans over the weekend or early next week, keep updated on the forecasts.
To view the Top 10 weather events of 2016 from the National Weather Service in La Crosse, WI, click here.