• Storms and Heat

    DSM Almanac: High Yesterday: 85 Precip: 0″ Average High Today: 84 Record High Today: 108 (1936) Low: 47 (1897) Sunrise: 6:26 Sunset: 8:10

    U.S. High Temperature for Sunday, August 17, 2014
    (as received by 2 am EDT August 18)
    118 at Death Valley, CA

    Low Temperature for Sunday, August 17, 2014
    (as received by 2 am EDT August 18)
    33 at Bodie State Park, CA

    On This Date in Iowa Weather History (courtesy of the NWS): 1925: One of the worst hail storms in Iowa history struck southeastern portions of the state completely destroying crops in a swath 6 to 10 miles wide and 75 miles long and killing countless poultry and livestock. The storm apparently developed in the southeastern corner of Poweshiek County and cut a path southeast to Des Moines and Lee counties before crossing the river into Illinois. An observer reported that “stones were reported of unbelievable size, some disc-shaped were four inches across and two inches thick. Many shingle roofs were pierced and stock of various kinds were killed. Passenger trains caught in the storm did not have a whole window glass left, and all windows on the exposed side of homes were broken. Fields of corn up to 75 acres did not have a single stalk standing. The damage to crops was so complete that many tenant formers abandoned their leases and sought other employment.” This remained the most destructive Iowa hail storm in recorded history, in terms of the size of the area affected, until the remarkable storm of June 23, 1981.

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

    Today: Mostly cloudy… isolated storms today… scattered storms in the evening… 85. Southwest winds 10-15.

    Tonight: Scattered storms… some severe with wind and hail… 68. West winds at 10.

    Tomorrow: Partly cloudy… 84. NW winds 5-10.

    Wednesday: Mostly cloudy… 30% scattered storm chance… hot and humid… 88.

    Thursday: 20% storm chance… mostly cloudy… 88.

    Friday and Satruday: Mostly cloudy… 30% chance of scattered storms… highs in the upper 80′s.

    Sunday: Mostly cloudy… 40% storm chance… 84.

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