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November 2017 is driest month in 10 years

December 11, 2017
Amy H. Peterson - Staff Writer ( , Estherville News

The month of November was the driest in a decade in all aspects of weather recording, according to State Climatologist Harry Hillaker.

"Every reporting point was less precipitation than usual - especially the further northwest and west the you get in the state," Hillaker said. "Some areas, especially in northwestern Iowa didn't have any rain whatsoever. Places like Holstein in Ida County, Washtaw in Cherokee County were a whopping zero for the monthly total."

Since 1886, it was just the eighth November in which the state averaged just a trace of snow. The most snow measured was in Maquoketa, which had just three-tenths of an inch, Hillaker said.

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"The statewide average was just a trace of snow, and typically we'd get three to four inches of snow during the month of November," Hillaker said.

Hillaker says one day stood out for its warmth. It was the day after Thanksgiving on the 24th, where most of the state set daily record highs in the upper 60s to lower 70s. Iowa City had the warmest temperature of 74 degrees. Hillaker says you probably are noticing your heating bills for the month were up quite a bit from last year as the temperatures returned to normal after the record warm month last year.



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