A Warm and Rain-Soaked April
The run of well-above normal average temperatures was slowed in March courtesy of more frequent cold spells and even the re-emergence of snow. Once again, however, this was fairly short lived, as the warmer pattern roared back for the meteorological spring’s second month, April. In terms of the old adage “April showers bring May flowers,” there was certainly plenty of rain to go around in what turned out to be an active month as well.
Winter Rallies Back in March
As time in the 2016-2017 winter season went by, the snowless-ness continued across the Midwest courtesy of a January and February that finished with unprecedentedly meager numbers and mild temperatures. Ironically, the transitional month of March brought some winter back to the region, in some cases in record numbers. Old Man Winter’s frosty grip did not totally dominate the month as some of that warm influence of the previous two months would intervene at times. However, it proved to be a bumpy, and at times, chilly ride into the spring season.
January-February: Record Setting Warmth
The year 2016 finished with a cold and snowy flourish across the Midwest, a stark contrast to the lack of snow the last two Decembers. January, however, brought back the mild conditions we have become accustom to as of late. Not to be outdone, February followed with warmth falling into record territory. While occasional variability occurred with a few brief colder spells, above average temperatures simply dominated the landscape throughout the period.
DESPITE THE WARMTH, WINTER DID MAKE A FEW APPEARANCES
December 2016: Cold and Snowy
The meteorological fall leading into December was one of the warmest on record across the Midwest. The run of consecutive months with above-normal temperatures was a long one, going all the way back to spring for the Corn Belt states. The first month of meteorological winter rang a different tune, however, as it was back to reality for many. December proved to not only be a much colder month, but an active one as well.
November/December 2017: A Roller Coaster Ride
The last month of meteorological Fall and first month of meteorological winter proved to be interesting ones across the Midwest for sure. Here is an overview of what happened in chronological order. We start off with the beginning of November 2017.
Warm Weather Continues into November
The fall season for the Midwest has been a warm one so far, and October finished up to be well above normal for the region. The pattern that kept the first part of the season mild proved to have lasting strength into the home stretch. Along with remaining warm, the pattern was dry as well. Let’s review.
Another Warm Month for the Midwest
In the spirit of Halloween, October brought many more treats than tricks weather-wise. Outside of a cool finish to September, the warmer than average conditions continued into fall’s first full month. Was the warm weather also accompanied by an active pattern? Let’s review.
Wild Weather for the West Coast
The Pacific Northwest can be known for patterns of constant waves of potent mid latitude cyclones which can bring high winds and torrential rains. Thanks to a blocking pattern downstream, this region is in one of those patterns, with the first of a pair of powerful storm systems crashing ashore today. The second of the two powerful lows is set to follow this weekend, and it has an interesting story to tell.
Cool Weather Bookends a Warm September 2016
September began on a fairly cool note in the Midwest as the first three days of the month averaged anywhere from 2 - 6 degrees below normal (highs in the mid to upper 70s and lows in the 60s to even the upper 50s). The cooler spell would not last, however, as around a week of 80 degree plus days followed after the 4th. In fact, some of the hottest days of the month occurred in this span, with Rockford, IL reaching 92°F and Chicago, IL hitting 91°F both on the 6th.
A Wet and Active August for the Midwest
Severe weather was largely held in check during the months of June and July 2016 as a relatively quiet summer continued across the Midwest. August, on the other hand, told a different tale as an increase in the activity brewed across the region. Just how active did it get for the Corn Belt states? Let’s review.