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January 23, 2013

NWS seeks feedback on cold snap

OTTUMWA — Want to sound off about this week's cold temperatures? The National Weather Service is prepared to listen.

The NWS Des Moines office has posted a link to a "Post Storm Survey." Granted, this cold snap didn't bring much in the way of winter storm effects, but the survey applies to extreme cold as well.

That's certainly the case over the past few days. High temperatures haven't ventured above freezing since Saturday's unusually warm 56, and they're not expected to break the freezing mark until Sunday. Monday's high was only 9, while Tuesday's low actually hit -3.

The survey is part of a group of meteorological students' studies at St. Cloud State University. The goal is to gain insights into how forecasters are doing when they warn people of unusually cold weather.

Most of the questions focus on whether people were aware of the coming cold weather and made changes to adjust. It also asks how people got their information, so forecasters know which means work best.

Click here to go to the NWS survey page.

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