If you think this was a brutal winter, there's data to back it up. An Iowa climatologist says it was the ninth coldest in the state since record-keeping began more than 140 years ago.
Harry Hillaker with the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship compiled data on the meteorological winter season that ran from December 1st through February 28th and says this winter has been the coldest in 35 years.
Temperatures averaged 14.7 degrees, 7.2 degrees below normal. Temperatures varied from about 10 degrees below normal in northeast Iowa to 4 degrees below normal in the southwest part of the state.
The official start of spring is less than two weeks away (March 20th).
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