1961: A small but intense thunderstorm produced very heavy rainfall in the vicinity of Quimby and Washta during the evening and early nighttime hours. A post-storm field survey revealed unofficial rainfall totals of 10 to 13 inches in less than 6 hours. Two people drowned when flash flooding on Ashton Creek swept their car downstream.
1934: A summer of record breaking heat continued as the temperature rose all the way to 115 F at Ottumwa establishing an all-time Iowa August record that would be matched the following day. Other high temperatures included 114 F at Knoxville, 113 F at Albia and Guthrie Center, 112 F at Fairfield and Winterset, and 109 F at Des Moines.
1904: Unseasonably cool weather resulted in a light frost being reported in low-lying areas around Atlantic, Britt, Forest City, and Hampton. Morning low temperatures included 39 F at Atlantic, Charles City, Cresco, Decorah, and Iowa Falls, 38 F at Maquoketa, 36 F at Audubon and Fayette, and 35 F at Earlham.
1897: Severe thunderstorms struck southwestern Iowa dropping golf ball sized hail and 7 inches of rain near Council Bluffs where 4.4 inches of rain fell in less than three hours. Heavy rain also triggered flooding on the Nishnabotna River.
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This post was written by Schnack on August 8, 2012