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Severe Storms For The Northeast U.S..; Heat And Fire Out West

A strong cold front will likely trigger severe thunderstorms and locally heavy rain on Friday from the Interior Northeast into the eastern Ohio Valley and northern Mid-Atlantic region, especially in New York state and Pennsylvania. Meanwhile, in addition to the ongoing heat wave in the West, fire weather concerns are increasing across the Great Basin into the Four Corners region. Read More >

The winter of 1978-1979 will long be remembered for not only heavy snow, but bitterly cold temperatures.  A winter season record of 52.9 inches of snow fell over the area and the average temperature during the winter was a record low of 14.1F. 

January 1979 was a record breaking month in terms of both snowfall and arctic cold temperatures.  From January 12th to the 14th, a winter storm dumped an estimated 18.4 inches of snow.  This was a record amount for a single snowstorm.  A record 26.7 inches fell during the month of January, while the snow depth was a record 28 inches from January 14 through the 19th

Besides being a month for record snow, January was also the coldest month ever in the Quad Cities.  The average temperature for the month was only 6.3°F.  The second coldest reading ever occurred on January 2nd, when the temperature dropped to 27°F below zero.

Figure 1:  Total January 1979 precipitation (inches) at Cedar Rapids Airport
 
Figure 1:  Total January 1979 precipitation (inches) at Dubuque Regional Airport
 
Figure 3:  Total January 1979 precipitation (inches) at Moline Quad City Internaltional Airport

 

 

 

Table 1: Janurary 1979 maximum and minumum temperatures (°F) and snowfall (inches) at the Moline Quad City International Airport

Day

Maximum Temperature (°F)

Minimum Temperature (°F)

Snow (inches)

1

14

- 10

1.0

2

- 5

- 27

0.0

3

3

- 14

0.0

4

3

- 12

Trace

5

2

- 19

0.2

6

10

- 19

0.0

7

10

- 7

0.0

8

4

- 17

0.0

9

13

- 6

0.0

10

5

- 18

0.0

11

8

- 17

1.3

12

18

7

2.3

13

20

11

14.8

14

11

- 21

Trace