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  • Showers and Thunderstorms

    DSM Almanac: High Yesterday: 57 Precip: Trace Average High Today: 54 Record High Today: 80 (2012, 1989, 1895) Low: 6 (1964) Sunrise: 7:06 Sunset: 7:35

    U.S. High Temperature for Wednesday, March 26, 2014
    (as received by 2 am EDT March 27)
    87 at Youngtown, AZ

    Low Temperature for Wednesday, March 26, 2014
    (as received by 2 am EDT March 27)
    -26 at Roscommon, MI

    On This Date in Iowa Weather History (courtesy of the NWS): 1975: A major ice storm struck the northern two thirds of Iowa on March 26-27. Heavy ice accumulation of an inch or more in some areas combined with winds of 20 to 30 mph to cause extensive damage to trees and utility lines and heavily damaged or destroyed eight radio and TV towers.

    1887: An unusually heavy late spring snow storm struck southern and eastern Iowa on March 26-27, with lightning and thunder accompanying the heavy snowfall overnight and winds increasing substantially on the 27th leading to much blowing and drifting. Snowfall amounts ranged up to estimates of 12 to 18 inches at Iowa City, Cedar Rapids, and Anamosa. Many stations reported thundersnow on several occasions during the storm, including an observer at Bonaparte in Van Buren County who noted that “…the snowflakes were larger than I ever saw before. At one o’clock in the morning of the 27th vivid lightning and heavy thunder set in…” and another at Hopeville in Clarke County who wrote that “this storm was very severe for the time of year” and was “followed by high wind, drifting to a considerable extent.” At Des Moines a total of 9.1 inches of snowfall was measured and the Weather Bureau observer noted that all transportation was shut down as strong winds drifted the snow badly.

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

    Today: Scattered showers and isolated thunderstorms… a few may produce gusty winds and hail south of highway 92… 56. South winds 15-20.

    Tonight: Evening showers possible… mostly cloudy and windy… 29. NW winds 15-20 gusting 30mph.

    Tomorrow: Mostly cloudy… a few isolated late-day showers possible… 47. N winds 5-15mph.

    Saturday: Partly cloudy… 56.

    Sunday: Nice… 69.

    Monday: 30% rain chance… 57.

    Tuesday: Partly cloudy and cooler… 46.

    Wednesday: A chance of rain and snow… 43.

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