Past IEM Features tagged: easter
A rainy Saturday gave way to a very mild and pleasant Easter Sunday. The featured chart displays the daily high temperature reports for Easter for Des Moines. The high of 72 for Des Moines was well above the long term average. Of course, with a holiday like Easter that can vary by a number of weeks, having a late Easter this year helped in the chances of it being warm.
Temperatures on Easter Sunday warmed into the 80s for much of the state. Only extreme northeastern Iowa was left in the 60s with clouds and some rain. For Des Moines, it was one of the warmer Easter Sunday's on record as shown by the featured chart. Only 1987 at 86, 1977 at 85, and 1908 at 84 tied or beat the 84 reported by the Des Moines Airport sensor on Sunday. Keep in mind that Easter falls on a wide range of dates in the spring, so some years are mid April and others are in March! High temperatures this week will be closer to average and back in the 60s.
A saying in weather folklore is that if it rains on Easter Sunday, it will rain for the next seven Sundays after. With rain forecasted this Sunday, the featured chart investigates if this saying is true. The two series of values show the frequency of measurable precipitation after an Easter Sunday with rain and for all Easter Sundays. You can see that the frequencies for precipitation after an Easter with precipitation are no higher than for all cases and they are much less than 50%. Three years had five out of the seven Sundays with precipitation after a wet Easter. Those were 1883, 1884, and 1961.
Tags: folklore easter