(Des Moines) State Climatologist Harry Hilaker says Iowa experienced cool and very dry weather for the past reporting week. Temperatures averaged slightly below normal every day with the week as a whole averaging from 5 to 8 degrees below normal over the east and 1 to 2 degrees cooler than usual over the far west. Temperature extremes varied from a Monday, October 29th morning low of 17 degrees at Elkader to Thursday, November 1st afternoon highs of 66 degrees at Clarinda, Fort Madison, Keosauqua and Lamoni.
Hilaker says there were a few scattered sprinkles on Tuesday (30th) with very light rain falling over northeastern Iowa on Saturday (3rd) night into Sunday (4th) morning. Additionally rain fell later Sunday and into Monday (5th) but will be included in next week’s report. Forest City reported the most rain with just 0.07 inch, while most of southern and western Iowa saw no precipitation at all during the week. The statewide average precipitation was 0.01 inch while normal for the week is 0.55 inch. Soil temperatures as of Sunday (4th) were mostly averaging in the mid 40’s.
November 6, 2012