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  • Weekend Storms

    DSM Almanac: High Yesterday: 68 Precip: 0″ Average High Today: 61 Record High Today: 87 (1930) Low: 20 (1940) Sunrise: 6:41 Sunset: 7:51

    U.S. High Temperature for Thursday, April 10, 2014
    (as received by 2 am EDT April 11)
    102 at Death Valley, CA

    Low Temperature for Thursday, April 10, 2014
    (as received by 2 am EDT April 11)
    4 at Mount Washington, NH

    On This Date in Iowa Weather History (courtesy of the NWS):

    2001: A significant severe weather outbreak produced 28 tornadoes across Iowa which is the all-time state record for a single day. Most of these were toward the weaker end of the Fujita scale but there were two deaths and at least three injuries when a tornado struck Agency in Wapello County. One particularly long-lived tornado moved from northern Missouri to Madison County causing extensive damage in Ringgold County. Large hail was also reported ranging up to golf ball size at Parkersburg and there were scattered reports of 70 to 85 mph wind gusts with the worst straight-line wind damage in Black Hawk and Franklin counties.

    1996: Very warm weather sent the temperature into the 90s in parts of southwestern Iowa, peaking at 95 F at Glenwood. This was the highest temperature recorded in Iowa that April and is made more remarkable by the fact that just two days earlier, on April 9th, much colder weather had dropped temperatures to as low as 15 F at Grinnell. Thus Iowa experienced an 80 degree temperature increase in just two days.

    1980: A late season widespread snowfall primarily affected southern Iowa with reported accumulations including 6.0 inches at Blockton and Ottumwa, 7.0 inches at Beaconsfield, and 13.5 inches at Albia. Another snow storm followed just a few days later in many of the same areas, then remarkably by the 22nd record breaking heat settled in across the entire state.

    1965: The infamous Palm Sunday tornado outbreak, which wreaked havoc in several midwestern and Ohio River valley states, began on April 11th when several tornadoes struck eastern Iowa. The first and strongest of these tornadoes touched down just before 1 pm near Tipton and produced F4 damage on an eastward track, killing one and injuring at least three others before lifting over Clinton County. Another tornado was spotted north of Waukon and several other storms in eastern Iowa produced strong winds, hail, and funnel clouds.

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

    Today:  Partly cloudy and nice… 74. SW winds 10-15 mph with gusts to 25.

    Tonight: Increasing clouds… 50. S 10-15.

    Saturday: A chance of morning storms north of highway 92, then a good chance of thunderstorms in the afternoon. Some may produce strong winds and hail… 76. S 10-20 with gusts to 30.

    Saturday night: Showers/storms continue… 52.

    Sunday: Rain… 56.

    Sunday night: Rain may mix with or change over to snow with little accumulation… 34.

    Monday: Mostly cloudy… 46.

    Tuesday: Partly cloudy… 50.

    Wednesday: Mostly cloudy… 53.

    Thursday: 20% rain chance… 60.

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