Written by Theresa Rose on June 30, 2015

By Harry Hillaker, State Climatologist, Iowa Department of Agriculture & Land Stewardship
Iowa endured a very wet and stormy week. Thunderstorms were widespread on Monday (22nd), Wednesday (24th) into Thursday (25th) morning, Friday (26th) and over eastern Iowa on Sunday (28th). High winds raked much of northern Iowa on Monday (22nd) morning, with additional severe storms over south central Iowa on Monday afternoon. Hail and high winds were also reported over parts of southwest, south central and east central Iowa on Wednesday (24th). Torrential rains fell over portions of central and south central Iowa on Wednesday night with widespread flooding. However, parts of northwest and southwest Iowa saw only light amounts of rain with Sidney and Shenandoah recording only sprinkles. On the other end of the spectrum Waukee reported 7.98 inches of rain. The statewide average precipitation total was 2.13 inches, or nearly double the weekly normal of 1.17 inches. Meanwhile temperatures averaged from one degree above normal over southwestern Iowa to three degrees above normal over the northeast with a statewide average of 2.0 degrees subnormal. Temperature extremes varied from a Wednesday afternoon high of 94 degrees at Clarinda to a Tuesday morning low of 51 degrees at Elkader.