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Records, Records and More Records…When Does It End?

A record-setting February torch had millions in shorts in short sleeves, from Texas to…Wisconsin. In February.

Yes, places like Milwaukee, Wisconsin and Des Moines, Iowa got into the low 70s on Wednesday…February 22nd. It was all part of another incredible surge of heat uncharacteristic of late February that brought a taste of spring to many areas still typically deeply entrenched in winter.

At least nine different places tied or set their warmest February temperatures on record on Thursday as the mercury soared 30-40° above average across much of the Midwest on Wednesday, the exclamation point in a multi-day and unprecedented heat wave. Several other records were smashed too, but a few records particularly impressed us on Wednesday.

But big changes are in store, and many are already starting to feel them. Winter Storm Watches and Warnings have been posted for parts of Minnesota, Iowa and the Dakotas in advance of a major winter storm that could drop over a foot of snow in areas that basked in the record warmth over the last few days. More information on this system and the associated impending cool down is available here.

WeatherNation will continue to track the record warmth and incoming winter storm, be sure to stay with us for all the latest.

For WeatherNation: Meteorologist Chris Bianchi

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