Past IEM Features tagged: cdd
We have somehow made it to the start of a new month, so it is a good time to look back on August! The featured chart presents monthly computed cooling degree day (CDD base 60°F) totals for Des Moines. This metric attempts to capture air conditioning demand with higher totals indicating more demand / warmer air temperatures. The total for this August came in above the previous month of July, which is a bit uncommon as shown by the chart back to 2002. Looking back on previous Septembers, we find plenty of accumulated CDDs and so we are by no means done with summer time warmth. The near term forecast though does have a taste of fall with very pleasant temperatures expected over the coming seven days.