It was an unseasonably cold and mostly dry week across Iowa. Temperatures were well below normal throughout the week with some moderation finally arriving over the weekend.

Daytime high temperatures were only in the low to mid-twenties over parts of northern Iowa on both Thursday and Friday while only small portions of southeast Iowa and extreme western Iowa reached fifty degrees during the week.

Temperature extremes varied from highs of 54 degrees at Centerville, Iowa City and Washington on Sunday while Swea City recorded a Friday morning low of 6 degrees. Temperatures for the week as a whole averaged 8.7 degrees below normal.

The only measurable precipitation for the week came Saturday night into Sunday morning over the southeast two-thirds of the state, including a short-lived dusting of snow over extreme eastern areas on Sunday morning. Precipitation totals varied from none over much of the northwest one-third of Iowa to 0.65 inches just southwest of Iowa City. The statewide average precipitation was 0.14 inches while normal for the week is 0.50 inches.

Source:  Harry Hillaker, State Climatologist, Iowa Department of Agriculture & Land Stewardship

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