Historic May Snow Totals

May 3130503SnowMap

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This post was written by Schnack on May 3, 2013

Record Rain in April

Apr 24 Rain Records

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This post was written by Schnack on April 24, 2013

Early Heat

HotToday (April 22) is the earliest date in Iowa having a 100 degree temp. The only locations to hit the 100 degree mark on this day were Waterloo and Fort Dodge in 1980. The next earliest 100 degree temperature in Iowa occurred on May 6, 1934 in Sioux City.

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This post was written by Schnack on April 22, 2013

Daily Rainfall Records Broken

Waterloo broke a daily rainfall record with 1.62″ Wednesday. The previous record was 1.43″ in 1960.

Dubuque broke a daily rainfall record with 2.65″ Wednesday. The previous record was 1.678″ in 1941.

 


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This post was written by Schnack on April 18, 2013

Daily Rain Records Broken

Showers and thunderstorms pushed through eastern Iowa last night and this morning with some locations receiving more than 1″. Here is a map showing the rain estimate.

Apr 9 Rain Total Map

Waterloo and Dubuque broke daily rain records today.

Waterloo: 1.26 (old record 1.25 in 1919)
Dubuque: 2.66″ (old record 1.06 in 1890)

The rain totals might be a bit higher since there is a chance of rain before midnight.

Here is more information about the Dubuque rain totals.

Apr 9 DBQ Rain 2

 

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This post was written by Schnack on April 9, 2013

Coldest Temperature in the U.S.

On January 23, 1971 the all-time coldest temperature was recorded in the United States. It was -79.8F at Prospect Creek Camp, AK.

The chart below shows the other coldest temperatures reported in the United States.

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This post was written by Schnack on January 23, 2013

Record High Temperatures

It was a warm day ahead of a cold front. It felt more like early October than early December. Here are the highs across the state.

Here are the records across Iowa:

Daily Record
Waterloo: 67…old record 62 in 1962, 1961 and 1951
Cedar Rapids: 68…old record 64 in 1998
Dubuque: 64…old record 64 in 1970
Iowa City: 68…old record 66 in 1970
Des Moines: 69…old record 63 in 1998
Burlington: 72…old record 71 in 1970
Lamoni: 68…old record 66 in 1962
Mason City: 63…old record 62 in 1962
Ottumwa: 71…old record 64 in 1998 

Warmest December Day
Waterloo 72 tied
Dec. 4, 1998
Dec. 5, 2001

Lamoni 68 tied
Dec. 22, 1933
Dec. 6, 1939
Dec. 8 and 27, 1946
Dec 28, 1984

Ottumwa 71 tied
Dec. 24, 1998

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This post was written by Schnack on December 3, 2012

Warm Temperatures and Records

It was a warm day with temperatures 15-30 degrees above normal for this time of year. Sunshine, a dry ground and a south wind combined for a very pleasant late November day. Here are the high temperatures from across the state.

There were three records that were broken today across Iowa.

Sioux City 72…old record 70 in 1960
Mason City 71…old record 70 in 1990
Sioux Center 70…old record 68 in 1962

Tomorrow will be another warm day. The graphic below shows the forecast high compared to the record for the day (November 22).

These are the warmest Thanksgivings on record from the NWS for Waterloo and Dubuque:

Waterloo: 67 on November 26, 1998
Dubuque: 67 on November 26, 1914

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This post was written by Schnack on November 21, 2012

Record Cold this Morning

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This post was written by Schnack on September 24, 2012

A Hot August Day

Here are the records that were broken or tied.

Waterloo: 96 (old record 96 in 1937)
Mason City: 99 (old record 95 in 1941)
Omaha: 99 (old record 99 in 1913/1951/2000)
Sioux City: 102 (old record 101 in 1898/2000)

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This post was written by Schnack on August 30, 2012