1986: Several tornadoes struck Iowa including one that inflicted 2 million dollars damage in northeastern Polk County and Jasper County. This tornado touched down at 5:40 pm near Farrar then moved northeastward to Mingo, Ira, and Baxter destroying 7 homes and 65 farm buildings. Elsewhere large hail and tornadoes producing less major damage were reported in Benton, Clay, Floyd, Tama, and Webster counties. A tornado touched down briefly near Colwell in Floyd County, destroying a farm home and injuring a couple inside.
1953: Unseasonably hot weather brought the temperature all the way up to 103 F at Glenwood making this the latest occurrence of a 100 degree temperature on record in Iowa. Many locations around the state set daily record highs that still stand today, including 91 F at Waterloo and 99 F at Des Moines.
1942: Unseasonably cold weather following a very early snowfall a few days earlier brought temperatures down to record levels across Iowa on the morning of the 28th, with most stations recording their lowest or second-lowest September temperature ever (only behind the incredible cold outbreak of September 29-30, 1899 in some areas). Low temperatures included 18 F at Emmetsburg and Sioux Rapids, 19 F at Cherokee, and 20 F at Decorah, Estherville, Fort Dodge, Marshalltown, Mason City, Oskaloosa, and Webster City. At Des Moines the low of 26 F remains tied for their coldest September temperature on record.
1923: A tornado touched down for only about a mile in southeastern Council Bluffs, killing 6 people and injuring 10 others. A mother and her three children were caught outside in the storm and killed by a falling tree. The storm also produced around a million dollars in flood damage in the Council Bluffs area.
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This post was written by Schnack on September 28, 2012