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Weather Talk: We have reached the winter's midpoint

Climate normal reaches its inflection point this week. We are at winter's midpoint. This means that average daily high and low temperatures rise steadily for the next six months or so. Coincidentally, warmer weather is expected soon. However, this is purely coincidental. Some years, the coldest weather comes in February. Some years, it comes in December. On rare occasions, the coldest days of a winter are in November or March. The average high today is in the teens. On March 9, the average high reaches 32 degrees. On April 21, it hits 60. But average temperatures should be used as a guide only with extreme caution. Most of the past fall and winter have been warmer than average, but the past three weeks have turned colder than average. Role reversal is typical for our climate and it has been especially so this winter season.

John Wheeler

John was born in Baton Rouge, LA, and grew up near Birmingham, Alabama. As a teenager, his family moved to Madison, Wisconsin, and later to a small town in northeast Iowa. John traces his early interest in weather to the difference in climate between Alabama and Wisconsin. He is a graduate of Iowa State University with a degree in meteorology. Like any meteorologist, John is intrigued by extremes of weather, especially arctic air outbreaks and winter storms.  John has been known to say he prefers his summers to be hot but in winter, he prefers the cold.  When away from work, John enjoys long-distance running and reading.  John has been a meteorologist at WDAY since May of 1985.

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