Iowans experienced an unprecidented level of warmth across the state yesterday, with many areas breaking previous record high temperatures by more than 10 degrees.
According to Kevin Deitsh, a meteorologist at the National Weather Service in Des Moines, the cause of the warmth is linked to what meteorologists call “Downslope Warming,” where air masses are warmed as they descend from the front range of the Rocky Mountains.
“Enjoy it – that’s my advice,” said Deitsch. “Get out while you can.”
Though January is typically Iowa’s coldest month, the National Weather Service predicts this unusual warm weather will continue for the next few days.
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