Written by Theresa Rose on October 4, 2016

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

The past week was the driest in Iowa in seven months with a statewide average of only 0.01 inches compared to a weekly normal of 0.71 inches. Most of the western two-thirds of the state saw no measurable rain while the largest amount reported was just 0.15 inches which fell south of Goose Lake in Clinton County. The bulk of what little rain fell occurred on Friday into Saturday. Temperatures were mostly near to slightly above normal. Temperature extremes varied from morning lows of 38 degrees at the Spencer Airport and Sheldon on Thursday (29th) morning and again at the Spencer Airport on Friday (30th) morning to highs of 78 degrees at Shenandoah, Lamoni and Bedford on Tuesday (27th) afternoon and at Hampton and Pocahontas on Sunday (2nd). Temperatures for the week as a whole averaged 1.9 degrees above normal.