By Harry Hillaker, State Climatologist, Iowa Department of Agriculture & Land Stewardship
Unseasonably cool weather prevailed throughout the past reporting week. Temperatures were below normal every day at all locations in the state with daytime highs mostly in the 60’s to low 70’s. Temperature extremes varied from a Monday (3rd) morning low of 37 degrees at Elkader to a Saturday (8th) afternoon high of 79 degrees at Keokuk. Temperatures for the week as a whole averaged 6.1 degrees below normal. The temperature has yet to reach 80 degrees anywhere in Iowa thus far in June while Elkader’s 37 degree reading was the lowest recorded in Iowa for so late in the season since 1998. Rainfall amounts were mostly on the light side of normal over southeastern portions of the state and above normal over the northwest. Welcome dry weather prevailed in most areas on Sunday (2nd), Monday (3rd), Thursday (6th) and Friday (7th) Rain was widespread on Tuesday (4th) with locally heavy rain scattered over the north and west. Light to moderate rain fell over eastern Iowa on Wednesday (5th). Finally, rain was widespread over the west on Saturday (8th) and slowly spread to eastern areas on Sunday (9th). Weekly totals varied from only 0.05 inches at Burlington to 3.10 inches at Underwood (Pottawattamie Co.) and 3.11 inches at Rock Valley (Sioux Co.). The statewide average precipitation was 1.11 inches or just under the weekly normal of 1.18 inches.