Iowa November 27, 2017
It’s Impossible To Forget These 10 Horrific Winter Storms That Have Gone Down In Iowa History
Sometimes, we have to get through one of those winters that makes us all wonder why we live here. People who remember or have heard stories about these ten storms may have wondered the same thing.
The answer is easy. It’s the pork tenderloin sandwiches.
1. February, 1915 was especially challenging for many Iowans. According to Climatological Data for the United States records, the storm raged on for days. Several miles of railroad tracks were encased in ice and had to be chipped out by hand. Many trains, like this one, were stranded.
2. In February of 1907, a series of heavy snow storms followed by freezing weather created walls of snow around railroad tracks in the area.
3. Was it horrifying? Yes. If you hate winter, November 9th of 2011 was awful. Des Moines saw nearly four inches of snow that day. Usually, we expect those snow levels during the second week of January. Just a few days later, high temperatures were in the 50s. Ah...Iowa.
4. In Clinton, a February storm in 1917 cause the entire community to have to dig out the downtown area so they could reopen stores.
5. During the Super Bowl Blizzard of 1975, the entire Midwest suffered when an intense storm system dropped two feet of snow. It's one of the worst blizzards on record. North western Iowa was hit hard. It's estimated that over 100,000 farm animals died in the Midwest during the 4-day blizzard. 58 people in the Midwest died as a result of the storm.
6. The winter of 1936 was the fourth snowiest since 1819, when they started keeping weather records. IT was also the second coldest. For 36 days between January 18th and February 22nd, the average temperature across the state was -2 degrees. Blizzards were back-to-back.
7. In 2016, we blew a 101-year-old record for widest temperature swing away when our wettest winter on record turned to summer quite abruptly. On February, 13 the weather was 17 below zero in Cresco. On the 28th, it was 75 degrees in Sidney.
8. April blizzard? Sure. Belle Plaine had bragging rights during the April 8-10 storm in 1973 that dropped 20.3 inches on the town.
9. It may have been a perfectly nice Thursday in May if it weren't for the freak snowstorm that dumped nearly a foot of snow on Forest City and Britt on May 2, 2013.
10. In 2009, a blizzard that raged from December 7th until the 9th dropped an average of 11 inches of snow on the state. That storm broke a 38-year record for the most snow during a storm.
Iowa is certainly famous for its sometimes-dramatic weather. Do you remember an especially amazing Iowa winter storm? Tell us about it in the comments.