2000: Very strong southwesterly winds gusting to as high as 63 mph at Algona brought warm temperatures to much of Iowa topping out at 89 F at Glenwood, Shenandoah, and Sidney. The strong winds resulted in numerous wild fires and considerable soil erosion with vegetation still dormant. Heavy snow would fall across northwestern Iowa just two days later on April 7th.
1982: The second of three snow storms to strike Iowa in a week brought several inches of snow to the state on April 5-6 with 4 to 7 inches falling across about the eastern two thirds. More than 6 inches of snow was reported from the Des Moines metro area east northeast to around Clinton, Dubuque, and Fayette with the highest amounts including 7.5 inches at Cascade and 8.0 inches at Bellvue and Dubuque. Behind the storm very cold air brought temperatures down to record levels for so late in the year, with several stations in northeastern Iowa reporting April record low temperatures below zero on the 6th including -1 F at Boone, Cresco, and Independence, -2 F at Fayette and Indianola, -4 F at Waterloo, and -9 F at Manchester which is the coldest reading ever recorded in Iowa in the month of April.
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This post was written by Schnack on April 5, 2013