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Big warm up for this February Tuesday

Looking at today and comparing it to last Tuesday, the numbers are just remarkable. Last Tuesday, we were approaching the tail-end of the Arctic air mass. Before we went to warmer temperatures, Joplin Regional recorded a low of -15 Tuesday morning before topping out around 13 for the afternoon. This Tuesday really felt like a heat wave by comparison. After we started with a low of 38 at 7:39 AM, we saw the thermometer top out with a high of 73 as early as 2:05 this afternoon. When you compare the record low from last Tuesday to today’s high, that’s an 88 degree difference between the two numbers. I know we’re accustomed to big temperature swings around here, but I think this is the biggest swing I’ve seen take place in a week’s time in the 9 years that I’ve been here!

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