By Jimmy Orr, Cowboy State Daily
If you thought it was warmer than usual this weekend, you aren’t dreaming.
Record high temperatures were set across the state on Saturday and Sunday and more records could be toppled on Monday as the unseasonable weather for the area continues.
You know it’s a heat wave when Big Piney, Wyoming — frequently known as the icebox of the nation — hits 70 degrees in April, which it did on Sunday.
Normally this time of year, Big Piney averages 44 degrees for the high temperature.
Records also fell in Buffalo, Casper, Cheyenne, Cody, Lander, Laramie, Rawlins, Riverton, and Rock Springs.
Some of the previous record highs had been around for a long, long time too.
Cheyenne’s high of 76 degrees on Sunday broke a 132-year record as the previous high of 72 degrees had stayed on the record books since 1889 — before Wyoming was a state.
The real hot stuff occurred just to the east of Wyoming where Scottsbluff, Nebraska hit 85 degrees. That beat the former high of 81 degrees which was set back in 1942.
As it’s April in Wyoming, these warm temperatures won’t stick around for long.
As Dubois artist Gary Keimig said on Saturday: “We are in what might be called a false Spring.”
Record high temperatures for some areas of Wyoming will likely continue on Monday before a cold front rushes in and brings more typical April-like weather to Wyoming.
Enjoy it while it lasts…