This is the 3rd earliest 80 degree day in Des Moines. The last time we made to 80 or above was 81 on March 3, 1983. Before that was March 11, 1972. That time we hit 82.
Those are impressive numbers. But just in case you think we are completely out of the winter woods…. ISU Climatologist Elwynn Taylor said there was only one spring… 1946…escaped a hard freeze after March 15th.
More records are going to fall tomorrow. Even the overnight lows will be the warmest on record.