Daily Rainfall Records

On Monday, October. 13, a few daily rainfall records were broken in Iowa.

1.53″ at Waterloo was set…previous record was 1.15″ in 1956

1.56″ at Dubuque was set…previous record was 1.37″ in 1886.

1.78″ at Ottumwa was set…previous record was 1.47″ in 2012

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This post was written by Schnack on October 14, 2014

Record Cold High Temperatures

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The light rain through the day is part of the reason why it was so cold today.

Sep 12 Rain

 

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This post was written by Schnack on September 12, 2014

Record Cold

Cold Thermometer

The high today at Waterloo was -1. That is a new daily record for the coldest high temperature. Previous record was 5 in 1943.

The high today at Waterloo was -1. That is a new monthly record for the coldest high temperature. Previous record was 1 on March 1, 1962.

The high today at Dubuque was 3. That is a new daily record for the coldest high temperature. Previous record was 7 in 1943.

The high today at Dubuque was 3. That is a new monthly record for the coldest high temperature. Previous record was 6 on March 16, 1900.

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This post was written by Schnack on March 2, 2014

Waterloo Snow Records

As of March 2, 2014
Today 0.0″
Season total 54.4″
Normal 29.1″
Record: 59.4″ (1961-62)

TOP TEN SNOWIEST WINTERS
59.4″ 1961-62
57.6″ 1992-93
54.4″ so far for 2013-14
53.9″ 2007-08
52.8″ 2009-10
50.5″ 1904-05
50.0″ 2012-13
49.5″ 2008-09
48.8″ 1928-29
48.7″ 2010-11 

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This post was written by Schnack on March 2, 2014

A Tied and Broken Record this AM

Feb 26 DBQ Record LowFeb 26 CID Record Low

Cold but no record for Waterloo -10 (record -14 1897) and Iowa City -6 (record -9 in 1897).

 

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This post was written by Schnack on February 26, 2014

Cold Weather Facts for Waterloo

Cold Thermometer
Our good friends at the NWS in Des Moines went digging through the record books to find the following information.

Here are the number of days of zero or colder in a winter year (Jul-Jun):

Record is 62 days (1977-78)

Average is 23 days

So far this year (2013-14) Waterloo is at 42 (including this morning)

Since the 1977-78 winter the only other one to match that was the next year, 1978-79, which had 42 total (we are sure to break that).

Winters with more than 42 days, other than 1977-78, are:

1976-77 (53)

1916-17 (48)

1917-18 (45)

1935-36 (44)

 

Here are the number of days of zero or colder in a winter season (Dec-Feb):

Record is 53 days in (1977-78)

Average is 22 days

Current year is at 40 (including this morning)

Other years at 40 or higher are

1976-77 (50)

1917-18 (45)

1916-17 (44)

1935-36 (44)

1978-79 (42)

1904-05 (40)

 

Records show  from February 27 into spring Waterloo has had only 4 days of a high temperature of 20 degrees or colder (1932 and 1962).

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This post was written by Schnack on February 25, 2014

A Record Cold Morning

Feb 11 Record Cold Mon Tue

Town County Low Temp
Waterloo -25
Dubuque -18
Cedar Rapids -21
Iowa City -19
ELKADER 6SSW, IA Clayton -29
STANLEY 4 W, IA Buchanan -27
CRESCO 1NE, IA Howard -26
BELLE PLAINE, IA Benton -25
MANCHESTER NO. 2, IA Delaware -24
COGGON, IA Linn -24
LOWDEN, IA Cedar -23
CASCADE, IA Dubuque -23
GRUNDY CENTER, IA Grundy -23
IOWA CITY, IA Johnson -23
Dubuque L&D 11, IA Dubuque -22
FAYETTE, IA Fayette -22
IOWA FALLS, IA Hardin -22
MAQUOKETA 4 W, IA Jackson -22
ROCK RAPIDS, IA Lyon -22
NEW HAMPTON, IA Chickasaw -21
HAMPTON, IA Franklin -21
TOLEDO 3 N, IA Tama -21
WASHINGTON, IA Washington -21
TRIPOLI, IA Bremer -19
Anamosa 3SSW, IA Jones -18
POSTVILLE, IA Allamakee -17
OSAGE , IA Mitchell -17
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This post was written by Schnack on February 11, 2014

Record Cold Stats

Cold Thermometer
The forecast highs for Monday are going to range between 5 and 15 below zero. The last time it was this cold was on January 15, 2009. These were the high temperatures:

Waterloo: -9
Dubuque: -10
Cedar Rapids: -12
Iowa City: -7

The coldest high temperatures in Waterloo:
-15 on December 24, 1983
-15 on January 18, 1994
-16 on February 2, 1996. (this is the coldest high temperature ever recorded in Waterloo)

The coldest high temperatures in Dubuque:
-15 on January 18, 1994 (this is the coldest high temperature ever recorded in Dubuque)
-13 on February 2, 1996
-13 on December 23, 1983

Temperatures will drop below zero Sunday and remain below zero until Wednesday afternoon. The longest stretch, at Waterloo, of consecutive below zero temperatures is 140 hours (7 PM Jan, 29, 1996 to 3 PM Feb. 4, 1996)

The state record low temperature is -47 in Elkader on February 3, 1996.

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This post was written by Schnack on January 2, 2014

A Record Cold Kickoff

The coldest temperature in history at kickoff in Jack Trice Stadium (Ames) was 17 degrees. It was the last game of the season in 1991 (November 23) against Colorado. The forecast at kickoff this Saturday is 13.

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This post was written by Schnack on November 22, 2013

Record Heat

Sep 9 Records

Here are some other records across Iowa:
Broken
Des Moines: 101 (old record 99 in 1955)
Mason City: 99 (old record 96 in 1955)
Tied
Burlington: 100 (100 in 1912)
Lamoni: 98 (98 in 1955)

Last time it was 100+ was:

Waterloo: 104 on July 25, 2012
Cedar Rapids: 100 on Aug. 30, 2012
Iowa City: 101 on Aug. 30, 2012

The high temperature of 99 at Waterloo is the warmest September day since 1939.

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This post was written by Schnack on September 9, 2013