Ad-Express and Daily Iowegian, Centerville, IA

January 9, 2013

Weather roller coaster ahead


OTTUMWA — Enjoy the next couple days. By the end of the weekend things won't be nearly as nice.

Temperatures through Friday are expected to be well above normal in southeast Iowa. This is traditionally the coldest part of the year with an average high of only 31. But today's high is expected to be near 50 degrees. Friday is supposed to be even warmer: near 60 degrees.

On Saturday, though, reality starts to set back in. It won't be cold, at least not compared to the normal temperatures. But temperatures will nearly be cut in half, to a high of 31. Sunday drops into the mid-20s.

Temperatures will rebound slightly next week, but the big warmup of this week won't be repeated. And, truth be told, these conditions aren't unprecedented.

Friday's record high of 55 in Ottumwa dates to 1992 and it will be threatened. The record low came 30 years earlier, in 1962, when it dropped to -12. On Sunday, the day where people will be back in heavy coats, the record high of 59 was set in 1961. The record low was set just two years later, when it dropped to -16.