1937: The last week of October was unusually warm and culminated on the 29th when many stations established records for their warmest temperature so late in the year. Reported high temperatures around the state included 92 F at Knoxville and Winterset, 91 F at Atlantic, 89 F at Des Moines, and 87 F at Decorah and at Belmond where amazingly 10.8 inches of snow had fallen in a storm less than two weeks earlier.
1925: Unseasonably bitter cold weather set in after a pair of early winter storms as the temperature plummeted all the way down to -15 F at Inwood setting the all-time Iowa October record. Other low temperatures included -10 F at Milford, -4 F at Decorah and Mason City, -2 F at Boone and Fort Dodge, -1 F at Iowa Falls, and 0 F at Cedar Rapids. At Des Moines the month would finish as the coldest October on record with an average temperature of only 41.6 F.
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This post was written by Schnack on October 29, 2012