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State Climatologist Harry Hillaker compiled a climate summary of this past winter.
He says this is the ninth coldest midwinter season in 141 years of state records and the coldest in 35 years. "Just two winters '35/'36 and '78/'79 in the last century that were colder than this one. The others that were higher up on the list were back in the 1880s, which was a nasty decade for very cold weather in Iowa."
But Hillaker says unusual winters like this one give a good forecast of what weather is to come. "Whatever you had a preponderance of, you're historically likely to see more of that. So we've had a very cold winter; obviously, so that would somewhat increase the odds of the Spring being cooler than usual."

Hillaker says another defining feature of the 2013/2014 winter was its persistence. Colder temperatures began all the way back in mid-October and still haven't really let up, even with relatively warmer weather in the last few days.