Record Rain in April

Apr 24 Rain Records


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This post was written by Schnack on April 24, 2013

Weather Hot Shot on Wed. April 24

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This post was written by Schnack on April 24, 2013

SPRING Weather Ahead!!!

UPDATED at 4:30 PM

Tonight: Partly cloudy with a 30% chance of light showers. Low: 31-33. Wind: W 10-15 mph.

Thursday: Mostly sunny. High: 49-56. Wind: W 5-15 mph.

Thursday Night: Mostly clear. Low: 36-38. Wind: S 5-10 mph.

Friday: Partly cloudy. High: low-mid 60s.

Saturday: Mostly sunny. High: upper 60s.

Sunday: Mostly sunny. High: near 70.

Monday: Partly cloudy.  High: low-mid 70s.

Tuesday: Partly cloudy. High: low-mid 70s.

Wednesday: Mostly cloudy with a 20% chance of showers/storms. High: upper 50s.

A cold front (see map below) will track across Iowa tonight with a chance of a few light showers until midnight. After that the clouds will clear allowing temperatures to drop to the low 30s by morning.

Apr 24 Cold Front
Any rain that falls tonight would be just a few hundredths of an inch. Some locations will not see rain tonight.

The weather will remain dry through early next week. In addition to dry weather it will be warmer…FINALLY!!!  High temperatures will be in the 60s and as early as the weekend some 70s can be expected.

There is a cold front forecast to cross the state Tuesday with a chance of showers and storms. High temperatures will be cooler…50s. The map below shows the position of the front Wednesday morning.

Apr 24 Wed AM Sfc Map


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This post was written by Schnack on April 24, 2013

April 24

TodayinWeatherHistoryFrom NWS
: A very warm and pleasant March and early April transitioned into a very cold and erratic couple of weeks, with multiple rounds of snow and severe freezing temperatures between April 15th and 26th followed by record breaking heat on the 28th. The magnitude and duration of freezing temperatures were unprecedented for so late in the season and significant damage was done to trees, shrubs, fruit, and garden vegetables across Iowa. The plants that managed to survive the cold and snow of the 15th-18th were almost completely destroyed by the hard freezes of the 23rd-25th, with more than 90 percent of the fruit crop annihilated by the end of the month. Many stations reported that the blossoms and leaves on trees were frozen black and that by the end of the month the trees were shedding their leaves as if it were autumn. Even in far southeastern Iowa an observer at Keokuk wrote that “the forest trees, which were in full leaf, are wilted and the leaves are falling.” On the 23rd many locations in northeastern Iowa remained below freezing through the day and at Elma an observer noted that “snow fell all day with high northwest wind, which drifted the snow and made regular blizzard conditions.” At Dubuque the high temperature on the 23rd was only 30 F and the low temperature on the morning of the 24th was 23 F with ice up to an inch thick forming in tubs of standing water. Other low temperatures on the 24th included 22 F at Burlington, Clinton, Sibley, and Washington, 21 F at Albia, Delaware, and Fort Dodge, and 20 F at Storm Lake. Amazingly, temperatures would warm significantly a few days later with Inwood recording a high temperature of 99 F on the 28th.

 This Day in National/World Weather History …
 24 April 1880 → An F5 (estimated) tornado struck Christian County, IL, causing farms to vanish. Between 6 and 11 people were killed, with some bodies carried for half a mile.
 24 April 1908 → Tornadoes in the Southeast claimed the lives of 310 people. An F4 tornado at Amite, LA was two miles wide and killed 29 people in town. That tornado was part of a tornado family that was on the ground for 155 miles and took 143 lives. At Purvis, MS 55 people were killed and 143 of the town’s 150 buildings were destroyed.
 24 April 1980 → Three of eight helicopters were damaged in a sandstorm during a failed attempt to rescue 52 American hostages held in Iran. The hostages were later released on January 20, 1981.
 24 April 2010 → An EF4 tornado stayed on the ground for an amazing 149 miles from northeast Louisiana through north central Mississippi, devastating Yazoo City, MS and killing ten people. The tornado was up to 1.75 miles wide.


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This post was written by Schnack on April 24, 2013