We reached a new record in Des Moines. Our high temperature was 94 degrees, beating the old record of 93 (set in 1988). Temperatures hit the 100s in northwest Iowa today. There have been only three months in Iowa where we’ve had both snow and 100 degree weather in the same month: May 1967, April 1980, and this month.
Here are a few other cool facts on the high heat…thanks NWS in Johnston.
PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DES MOINES IA
308 PM CDT TUE MAY 14 2013
…IMPRESSIVE HEAT ACROSS IOWA TODAY…
READINGS IN PORTIONS OF NORTHWEST AND WEST CENTRAL IOWA HAVE
BREACHED 100 DEGREES TODAY. SIOUX CITY HAS REACHED AT LEAST 106 DEGREES
WITH ESTHERVILLE AND SPENCER BOTH AT 103 DEGREES. THIS IS THE
EARLIEST OCCURRENCE OF 106 DEGREES IN IOWA SINCE SAC CITY HIT 108
DEGREES ON MAY 29 1934.
HISTORICALLY…THERE HAVE BEEN 11 YEARS IN IOWA SINCE 1873 WHERE
TEMPERATURES HAVE REACHED OR EXCEEDED 100 DEGREES IN THE MONTH OF
MAY. 1934 SAW THE MOST DAYS WITH 10 DATES REACHING THE CENTURY
MARK. 1934 ALSO SAW THE HIGHEST MAY READING ON RECORD WITH 111
DEGREES AT INWOOD SET ON MAY 30.
THIS MONTH ALSO NOW MARKS ONE OF THE FEW TIMES THAT SNOW HAS
OCCURRED IN THE SAME MONTH AS 100 DEGREE HEAT IN IOWA. MAY 1967
SAW 8 INCHES OF SNOW IN GLENWOOD ON THE 3RD WITH TEMPERATURES
HITTING 100 DEGREES IN ONAWA ON THE 24TH AND 104 DEGREES IN SIOUX
CENTER ON THE 25TH. IN APRIL 1980…SNOW FELL ON A SEVERAL
DIFFERENT DAYS EARLY IN THE MONTH WITH TEMPERATURES HITTING 100
DEGREES IN FORT DODGE AND WATERLOO ON THE 22ND.
HISTORICAL DATA PROVIDED IN THIS STATEMENT WAS PROVIDED BY HARRY
HILLAKER…IOWA STATE CLIMATOLOGIST.
A cool front is dropping across Northern Iowa this evening. We have a few spotty showers along the front this evening. The cool front will bring us more comfortable temperatures on Wednesday. Highs will reach the low 80s. Skies will be mostly sunny.
More rain chances are in the forecast Thursday and Friday as a stationary boundary stays in place over our state. That will bring us the chance of a shower or storm each day.