• Much-Needed Rain Continues

    DSM Almanac: High Yesterday: 83 Precip: 0.47″ as of 5am Average High Today: 85 Record High Today: 101 (1918) Low: 53 (1989, 1887) Sunrise: 6:14 Sunset: 8:26

    U.S. High Temperature for Tuesday, August 5, 2014
    (as received by 2 am EDT August 6)
    111 at Death Valley, CA

    Low Temperature for Tuesday, August 5, 2014
    (as received by 2 am EDT August 6)
    41 at Mammoth Lakes, CA
    41 at Embarrass, MN
    41 at 3 miles east of Orr, MN

    On This Date in Iowa Weather History (courtesy of the NWS): 1959: Slow moving thunderstorms produced extremely heavy rain and flash flooding across portions of southern Iowa from August 5-6, with a post-storm field survey estimating that an astonishing 16.7 to 17.0 inches of rain fell in a small section of Decatur County between 9 pm and 6 am. The survey also estimated 10.0 to 13.0 inches of rain in other areas of Decatur County and as much as 11.3 inches at one location in Wayne County. Adair, Clarke, Madison, Ringgold, and Union counties also received generally 2 to 6 inches of rainfall. Further east at Fort Madison an official rainfall measurement of 8.50 inches was recorded, resulting in significant flooding across much of the city.

    1890: A very severe hail storm struck portions of Adair and Union counties producing incredible amounts of hail. One person wrote that near Orient “the hail destroyed all green vegetation and small animals, such as rabbits, ground squirrels, etc., and all the birds. It fell to a depth of four inches, varying in size from a quail’s egg to a hen’s egg, and drifting in many places to a depth of six feet, where it remained, when protected by the trash, for twenty-six days after the storm, or until September 1st.” Another observer in Creston wrote that “hail commenced to fall…for forty minutes…on the bottomlands hail was drifted from four to six feet deep, and where protected by long grass, was found in large quantities twelve days after the date of the storm.”

    Your KCWI-23HD Great Day 7-Day Forecast:

    Today: Scattered storms… some with heavy rain… 78. East winds 5-15 mph.

    Tonight: More scattered storms… 65. East winds 10-15.

    Thursday: Scattered storms, with best chances in the morning. Storms look to become more isolated in nature in the afternoon… 76. East winds around 10 mph.

    Friday: Mostly cloudy… 78.

    Saturday: 20% storm chance… 81.

    Sunday: 30% storm chance… 82.

    Monday and Tuesday: 20% storm chances both days… highs in the low 80′s.

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