April Snow Storm Hits Iowa City

Liam Nicholson, Reporter

Over the last seven days have seen temperatures of around 30 degrees or lower, with an additional 4 inches of snow over the weekend.

“Hopefully we can break this up this consistent cold around April 12th.  However, even after that time, periodic cold surges may still occur. I’d expect May to be substantially warmer, with the potential for multiple rounds of severe weather in eastern Iowa,” Kaj O’Mara, KCRG meteorologist said.

Many students are angry that it is still this cold.

“It sucks how cold it is in April, It’s so crazy, it should definitely be warm by now,” said Dougles Tran‘19.

There are many factors that are causing the bad weather. The Madden Julian Oscillation(MJO)–a major cause–can be characterized as an eastward moving ‘pulse’ of cloud and rainfall near the equator that typically recurs every 30 to 60 days, and it happens to be in the cold phase for Iowa.

Another factor is the Eastern Pacific Oscillation, that forces arctic air to the Midwest through high pressure systems.

After the snow event this weekend it seems like it will gradually get warmer and even be in the 70s this week.