COLUMBIA — A new high temperature record was set in Columbia on Monday, but the winter season has dropped in rank from the 8th warmest on record to the 9th, according to the National Weather Service in St. Louis.
The new high temperature measured early Monday afternoon was 70 degrees, up one degree from the previous record set on the same day in 1990.
Despite the record-breaking temperature, the variability of weather during the past week led to this winter's drop in the ranks of warmest winters on record, Kris Sanders of the National Weather Service said.
Coupled with remembrance ceremonies during the Martin Luther King holiday and a successful evening for MU men’s basketball, Columbia residents had ample reason to enjoy the warm weather, however brief it was.
Contrary to the sunny reception on Monday for students returning for the start of spring semester at MU, the first day of classes welcomed them with stiff gusts of winter reality as temperatures dropped into the 20s Tuesday morning.
Temperatures were projected to stay in a similar range before rising again during the weekend, with a high of about 56 degrees expected for Sunday.