Big Iowa Snowstorm: April 29, 1956

It’s been rain and severe weather across the state of Iowa over the last week, but that wasn’t the case in 1956.  Parts of the state were dealing with a snowstorm that dumped heavy snow.  Here is the surface weather map from April 29, 1956.  You can see the low pressure in Missouri, with northwest Iowa being on that northwest side of the storm.
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This is the latest date more than 10″ of snow has fallen in the state of Iowa.

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This post was written by Kyle Kiel on April 29, 2016

Iowa Blizzard April 8-10, 1973

Yes, we are talking about a blizzard in April, 43 years ago.  It happened April 8th through 10th, and it set all-time snow storm total records for Belle Plaine and Dubuque.  Belle Plaine received 19.2″, while Dubuque measured 19.2″ over the three day period.

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A strong, 992 mb low pressure system developed and track through the state, creating 65 mph winds and very heavy snowfall.  Here is a look at the surface map from the height of the storm on April 9, 1973.  The high winds and heavy snow created low visibility, and at times produced 16 foot snow drifts.

snow april 8-10To read a bit more of some of the other snowfall totals across the state, and to see some pictures from the event, check out this blog post from the National Weather Service in Des Moines.

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This post was written by Kyle Kiel on April 10, 2016

Winter Storm/Severe Weather Alerts at the Same Time

Here is a map showing the number of days, since October 1, 2005, that a state has had a Winter Storm and/or Blizzard Warning with a Tornado Watch at the same time in parts of the state.

tornado watch winter stormNotice Iowa has had 3 days with this happening.  One of those days was this last Wednesday, March 23rd when northern Iowa had Winter Storm Warnings in place at the same time southwest Iowa had a Tornado Watch.

This happens mostly in Colorado and Texas.

 

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This post was written by Kyle Kiel on March 25, 2016

A Look Back at Another March Snow Storm

March 18-19, 2005

As we wait for the potential of a snow storm, here is a look back at different storm with heavy snow in almost the same area currently in the forecast. The map below shows some locations across northeast Iowa near a foot of snow. Notice how quickly the snow amounts drop off as you move south.

 

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Here is a list of some of the snow reports in Iowa.

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The map below shows the position of the storm on the morning of the 18th.

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Click here for more information about this storm.

 

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This post was written by Schnack on March 22, 2016

Most Snow From a Storm on Record in Iowa

From the NWS Des Moines:

On This Date in Weather History…

March 10-14, 1951: A major winter storm began on March 10th with freezing rain in southern and western Iowa, then quickly switched over to nearly statewide snow that continued uninterrupted for an incredible 90 hours in some sections and intermittently for more than 100 hours in a few locations. Remarkable storm total snowfall accumulations resulted, including 27.2 inches at Iowa City which is the highest storm total snowfall on record anywhere in the state. Of the Iowa City total 21.1 inches fell in just two days on the 11th-12th. The storm brought all travel and transportation to a halt across most of Iowa, closed schools and businesses, and took out communications at times. A state of emergency was declared in some cities including Cedar Rapids where 19.9 inches of snow fell, with 11.1 inches of that total falling on the 12th. At New Hampton 18.0 inches of snow was reported on the 12th alone while Elkader reported 16.0 inches and Osage 13.0 inches. Storm total accumulations included 21.0 inches at Davenport and Marshalltown, 20.0 inches at Oskaloosa, 18.0 inches at Grinnell, 16.5 inches at Fort Dodge, 16.2 inches at Burlington, 16.0 inches at Castana, 15.5 inches at Dubuque, 15.0 inches at Ames, 13.9 inches at Algona, and 13.3 inches at Des Moines. The statewide average snowfall of 14.3 inches from March 10-14 makes this easily the heaviest snow storm on record in Iowa, nearly 4 inches above the second-heaviest storm which occurred on January 2-4, 1971.

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This post was written by Schnack on March 10, 2016

Record Warm Saturday

Yes, it is still February.  High temperatures across eastern Iowa on Saturday were in the upper 50s to middle 60s with lots of sunshine and breezy southerly winds.  Parts of southwestern Iowa reached the 70s!

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Record highs were broken in Waterloo and Cedar Rapids, but fell a little short in Dubuque and Iowa City.  Record or not, still a beautiful February day.

Record Highs vs Actual

What a difference a year makes.  On February 27th, 2015..record lows were being broken.  A record low was recorded in Waterloo, Cedar Rapids and Dubuque last year.  High temperatures were only in the single digits.

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Sunday and Monday will be mild, but not record-breaking.  Temperatures return closer to normal by Tuesday.

 

 

 

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This post was written by Kyle Kiel on February 27, 2016

National Weatherperson’s Day

If you haven’t heard already, February 5th is National Weather Person’s Day.

john_jeffriesThis “holiday” is to commemorate the birth of John Jeffries in 1744.  Jeffries is said to be one of the first people to take weather observations beginning in 1774.  Twice daily, National Weather Service offices across the United States send up a weather balloon with a radiosonde that measure different weather parameters at different layers in the atmosphere.  Jeffries took the first weather balloon observation in 1784.

From the National Weather Service: “National Weatherperson’s Day was created to recognize the men and women who collectively provide Americans with the very best weather, water, and climate forecasts and warning services of any nation in the world.”

All of us with the KWWL Storm Track 7 weather team appreciate you tuning in for your eastern Iowa forecasts each and every day.

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This post was written by Kyle Kiel on February 5, 2016

Don’t Do This

The video comes from the Colorado Department of Transportation . The person in the black truck put many people in danger by doing this. It happened on February 2.

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This post was written by Schnack on February 4, 2016

December 25 Snow Depth

Christmas Stat:10 of the last 20 yrs Waterloo had 1″+ of snow on the ground. Deepest snow was 14 in 2010 since 1994.

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This post was written by Schnack on December 16, 2015

Heavy Snow in 1985

FROM NWS:

A winter storm struck Iowa from late on November 29th through December 1st producing heavy snow across much of the state. A wide swath from southwest to northeast received 8 or more inches with many stations from around Guthrie Center east northeast to Waukon and Dubuque recording a foot or more of snow. In northeastern Iowa Decorah, Dorchester, and Waukon all set their single-day snowfall records with Dorchester reporting a remarkable 18.0 inches of snow in just 24 hours ending on the morning of the 2nd. Other reported three-day snowfall amounts included 13.5 inches at Charles City and Waterloo, 14.0 inches at Independence and Waukon, 14.8 inches at Decorah, 16.0 inches at Tripoli, 16.5 inches at Oelwein, 17.0 inches at Fayette, 18.6 inches at Dubuque, and 19.0 inches at Elkader and Iowa Falls. Winds gusted to 40 to 50 mph by December 1st, combining with bitterly cold air to produce wind chills of -40 to -60 and resulting in blowing and drifting of snow that brought travel to a standstill across much of Iowa.

December 1 1985 Heavy Snowfall

The map below is from December 1 showing the position of the storm.

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This post was written by Schnack on December 1, 2015