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Cold, Snowy Winter Goes Against Usual Weather Trend


This winter has certainly been exceptional in terms of the low temperatures and high amount of precipitation, but it’s also been exceptional in bucking a long-running weather trend. State Climatologist Harry Hillaker says this is an “El Nino” year in the Pacific Ocean, which traditionally brings Iowa milder than normal mid-winter conditions. Hillaker says the last time an “El Nino” year failed to bring Iowa a mild winter was in 1978.