By Harry Hillaker, State Climatologist, Iowa Department of Agriculture & Land Stewardship
A slow moving storm system brought light to moderate rain to all of Iowa on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. Greatest rain totals occurred over east central and far western Iowa with a few locations receiving over an inch. The remainder of the reporting week was dry. Rain totals varied from 0.05 inches at Forest City to 1.30 inches at Remsen (Plymouth Co.). The statewide average precipitation was 0.50 inches or just less than the weekly normal of 0.56. The lowest temperatures occurred on Monday (15th) morning with Sheldon and Spencer reporting 26 degrees. Widespread cloud cover kept daytime highs only in the 40s over most of Iowa on both Thursday and Friday. However, there were also two very warm days with high temperatures mostly in the 70s on Tuesday (16th) and Sunday (21st). Donnellson and Keosauqua were the warm spots on Tuesday reaching 81 degrees while Bedford, Des Moines, Indianola and Shenandoah also peaked at 81 on Sunday. Temperatures for the week as a whole averaged 1.7 degrees above normal. Soil temperatures as of Sunday averaged in the low 50s north to mid 50s south and are expected to warm further through Wednesday or Thursday of the coming week.