Iowa is nearing 5,000 deaths from COVID-19 and has surpassed its previous single-day coronavirus death toll record, with 250 deaths reported on Jan. 31, 2021. Because of the method the state uses to track deaths, not all of the patients died within 24 hours, but the number reflects the highest reported in a single day. […]
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Iowa surpasses 1,500 coronavirus deaths,...
Iowa had experienced an uptick in COVID-19 hospitalizations even before Donald Trump appeared before a crowd of many maskless supporters Oct. 14 at the Des Moines International Airport and is now reaching new highs. Related: Trump plans rally as Iowa reaches somber coronavirus milestone The state, where Gov. Kim Reynolds has never implemented a face […]
February was snowiest on record in Iowa
No surprise: no areas of Iowa are experiencing drought heading into the coming spring. The average statewide snowfall for February was 22.6 inches, making this February the snowiest on record, with more than 40 inches of snow falling in northern parts of Iowa. While the risk of flooding has not completely subsided, the state is […]
Statistics confirm the big chill in Iowa...
Lots of interesting data out today from State Climatologist Harry Hillaker, but perhaps it’s no surprise that Iowa experienced its coldest winter in 35 years. The past three months – December through February – also ranked as the ninth coldest in 141 years of record-keeping, with March, too, off to a cold start, averaging 20.4 […]
Iowa sets record with rainfall; most pre...
Just a month ago, we worried about another drought in Iowa. Now the concern is too much water. Earlier today, I traveled to Tama County and saw the flooding up close, a reminder of what we experienced in Cedar Rapids in 2008. The Iowa Department of Natural Resources noted in its water summary of May […]
New record set for Iowa precipitation
Sure, we’re tired of the wet, cold weather, but at least it’s taken most of the state out of drought status. Here is the latest update, as of May 2, 2013, from the Iowa Department of Natural Resources: