1925: One of the worst hail storms in Iowa history struck southeastern portions of the state completely destroying crops in a swatch 6 to 10 miles wide and 75 miles long and killing countless poultry and livestock. The storm apparently developed in the southeastern corner of Poweshiek County and cut a path southeast to Des Moines and Lee counties before crossing the river into Illinois. An observer reported that “stones were reported of unbelievable size, some disc-shaped were four inches across and two inches thick. Many shingle roofs were pierced and stock of various kinds were killed. Passenger trains caught in the storm did not have a whole window glass left, and all windows on the exposed side of homes were broken. Fields of corn up to 75 acres did not have a single stalk standing. The damage to crops was so complete that many tenant formers abandoned their leases and sought other employment.” This remained the most destructive Iowa hail storm in recorded history, in terms of the size of the area affected, until the remarkable storm of June 23, 1981.
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This post was written by Schnack on August 18, 2012