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Cold, wet February brought more than 40 inches of snow to Northern Iowa


This news story was published on March 17, 2019.
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2019 snow storm in Mason City

DES MOINES — More than 40 inches of snow fell in parts of northern Iowa in February, while temperatures fell as low as 20 degrees below zero, according to the latest Water Summary Update.

Streamflow was returning to normal levels until the recent March rain and snowmelt. Soil moisture is high, and frost remains in the ground across the state.

“The heavy snow pack and recent rainfall have combined with saturated soils to bring widespread flooding to the state. As a result, this is the first spring in the last three years that has started with no drought in Iowa,” said Tim Hall, DNR’s coordinator of hydrology resources. “Everyone was ready for spring, but unfortunately the rain and warm weather and snow melt have combined to bring us the flooding that nobody wanted.”

Iowa temperatures averaged 15.6 degrees, or 8.4 degrees below normal, ranking February 2019 as the 16th coldest among 147 years of state records.

Information from Iowa DNR

Statewide precipitation totaled 2.25 inches, or 1.20 inches above average, ranking it as the seventh wettest February on record. The average statewide snowfall for February was 22.6 inches, making this February the snowiest on record. For the month, Swea City (Kossuth County) reported 41.1 inches of snowfall while Bloomfield (Davis County) observed only 4.6 inches.

For a thorough review of Iowa’s water resource trends, go to www.iowadnr.gov/watersummaryupdate.

The report is prepared by technical staff from Iowa DNR, the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship, IIHR—Hydroscience and Engineering, and the U.S. Geological Survey, in collaboration with Iowa Homeland Security and Emergency Management Department.

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3 Responses to Cold, wet February brought more than 40 inches of snow to Northern Iowa

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    March 19, 2019 at 9:39 am

    Welcome to the flatters are a and worst climate on the planet. Extremes range from -50 to 110 all with 100% humidity! Combine that with very little to do and a population that grows darker each year, iowa is the new Michigan.

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    March 19, 2019 at 2:42 am

    I remember back when I was a kid, 40 inches was nothing,in fact would get that much in one snowfall

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      Anonymous Reply Report comment

      March 19, 2019 at 7:50 am

      Did you walk 10 miles to school and back ,uphill both ways?