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    DSM Almanac: High Yesterday: 67 Precip: 0″ Average High Today: 65 Record High Today: 85 (1990) Low: 25 (1956) Sunrise: 6:23 Sunset: 8:04

    U.S. High Temperature for Tuesday, April 22, 2014
    (as received by 2 am EDT April 23)
    97 at Phoenix, AZ
    97 at Laredo, TX
    97 at Eloy, AZ

    Low Temperature for Tuesday, April 22, 2014
    (as received by 2 am EDT April 23)
    21 at Waskish, MN

    On This Date in Iowa Weather History (courtesy of the NWS): 1961: Severe weather struck eastern Iowa on the morning of April 23rd. A long-lived thunderstorm produced tornadoes, wind gusts to near 100 mph and hail up to 3 inches in diameter as it traveled through Marshalltown and near Dysart to just west of Monticello, killing 2 people and injuring at least 12. Several planes and buildings were damaged at the Marshalltown airport where damage exceeded one million dollars. Further south another long-lived storm traveled eastward at nearly 50 mph from central Taylor County to eastern Davis County, producing tornadoes between Leon and Bloomfield and hail as large as 3 inches in diameter at Mystic.

    1934: The Dust Bowl was in full swing and Iowa was in the midst of its driest spring on record. In April of that year dust storms were reported in the state on 22 days with the worst storm coming on the 23rd. It covered everything across the state with dust and the fine particles penetrated all buildings, cars, and enclosed spaces. Automobile travel was impossible at times due to low visibility and dust drifting across the roads in high winds. Snow fences were in some cases buried with dust and plows were called out to clear 1 to 3 foot drifts off the roads in Montgomery County. Airmail pilots reported that the dust extended to a height of more than 2 miles above the ground.

    1870: The April 23rd issue of the Estherville Vindicator newspaper used the term “blizzard” in reference to a winter storm that had struck the area the previous month. This is the earliest known publication to use blizzard as a weather term.

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

    Today: Mostly cloudy and breezy… scattered showers and isolated storms… 62. Southeast winds 10-20, gusting to 35.

    Tonight: Scattered storms… breezy… 52. SE winds 15-25.

    Thursday: Scattered showers and isolated storms thru early afternoon… clearing late… breezy… 67. West winds 15-25mph.

    Friday: Partly cloudy and nice… 74.

    Saturday: Mostly cloudy… 66.

    Sunday: Mostly cloudy… 60% rain chance… breezy… 64.

    Monday: Mostly cloudy… 50% rain chance… 60.

    Tuesday: Mostly cloudy and breezy… 30% rain chance… 52.

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