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Cold Temperatures Across the Northern and Central Plains; Severe Weather Potential for the East

Severe weather and heavy rainfall potential along with warm temperatures will affect the eastern portions of the country through Sunday as a cold front tracks eastward. Meanwhile, much colder air across portions of the Plains will bring frost and freeze conditions into Sunday morning. Dry, mild and breezy conditions linger for the four-corner region where elevated to critical fire weather remains. Read More >

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Please NoteThe data for Marion, IA (Cedar Rapids #1) was taken from the Cooperative Weather Observation Station in Marion, IA.  Observations at this site are taken once a day around 5 pm.  This site has an extensive data set with records dating back to 1892.  The Normals and Average dates are in reference to the climate site at the Cedar Rapids Airport.

 
  Burlington Marion, IA
(Cedar Rapids #1)
(Since 1892)
Dubuque
(since 1948)
Moline
(Since 1884)
         
First Measurable        
   Avg. Date:   11/18 11/15 11/22
   Earliest:   9/26/1942 (0.5") 10/18/1972 (0.5") 10/18/1972 (2.0")
   Latest:   1/6/1913 (0.3") 12/23/2001 (0.3") 1/4/1913 (0.4")
         
First 1"/More        
   Avg. Date:   12/2 12/1 12/6
   Earliest:   10/18/1972 (1.0") 10/19/1976 (1.5") 10/18/1972 (2.0")
   Latest:   2/11/1944 (3.5") 1/26/2001 (1.5") 2/10/1944 (5.2")
         
Last Measureable        
   Avg. Date:   3/30 4/5 3/28
   Earliest:   2/19/1908 (NA) 3/2/2012 (4.4") 2/19/1908 (1.5")
   Latest:   5/11/1966 (0.5") 5/11/1966 (3.1") 5/3/1935 (0.3")
         
Last 1"/More        
   Avg. Date:   3/22 3/26 3/14
   Earliest:   1/12/1968 (NA) 1/12/1968 (2.5") 1/11/1892 (1.6")
   Latest:   4/30/1994 (4.0") 5/11/1966 (3.1") 4/23/1967 (1.1")
         
Seasonal (Jul-Jun)        
   Normal: 23.5" 26.7" 41.9" 31.6"
   Top 10 Least Snowy: 1)
2)
3)
4)
5)
6)
7)
8)
9)
10)
 1) 1932-33  (8.5")
 2) 1921-22 (10.8")
 3) 1967-68 (11.3")
 4) 1965-66 (12.0")
 5) 1988-89 (12.1")
 6) 1927-28 (14.2")
 -) 1913-14 (14.2")
 8) 1980-81 (14.5")
 9) 1926-27 (14.8")
10) 1903-04 (15.0")

 1) 1967-68 (15.0")
 2) 2001-02 (18.2")
 3) 1894-95 (21.0")
 4) 1980-81 (21.7")
 5) 1965-66 (23.5")
 6) 2002-03 (23.8")
 7) 1988-89 (24.0")
 8) 1955-56 (24.6")
 9) 2004-05 (26.8")
 -) 1957-58 (26.8")

 1) 1936-37  (9.9")
 2) 1901-02 (11.1")
 3) 1986-87 (11.6")
 4) 1924-25 (12.4")
 5) 1921-22 (13.0")
 6) 1965-66 (13.6")
 7) 1920-21 (14.0")
 8) 1932-33 (14.4")
 9) 1927-28 (14.5")
10) 1889-90 (14.8")
   Top 10 Snowiest: 1)
2)
3)
4)
5)
6)
7)
8)
9)
10)
 1) 1942-43 (84.3")
 2) 1935-36 (71.7")
 3) 1959-60 (62.4")
 4) 1950-51 (59.8")
 5) 1974-75 (58.2")
 6) 1904-05 (57.7")
 7) 2007-08 (56.6")
 8) 1978-79 (55.5")
 9) 1940-41 (55.4")
10) 1996-97 (54.6")
 1) 2007-08 (78.7")
 2) 1961-62 (75.7")
 3) 1974-75 (75.0")
 4) 1959-60 (71.5")
 5) 1977-78 (71.3")
 6) 1978-79 (70.4")
 7) 1958-59 (65.9")
 8) 1992-93 (63.8")
 9) 2010-11 (63.5")
10) 2013-14 (63.3")
 1) 1974-75 (69.7")
 2) 2013-14 (65.1")
 3) 1978-79 (64.0")
 4) 1959-60 (61.5")
 5) 1996-97 (59.1")
 6) 1971-72 (54.1")
 7) 2007-08 (51.5")
 8) 1969-70 (51.2")
 9) 1911-12 (49.7")
10) 1925-26?(49.3")
         
Fall (Sep-Nov)        
   Normal: 0.8" 1.7" 2.8" 1.2"
   Top 10 Least Snowy:        
   Top 10 Snowiest:        
         
Winter (Dec-Feb)        
   Normal: 20.7" 20.9" 30.8" 25.5"
   Top 10 Least Snowy:        
   Top 10 Snowiest:        
         
Spring (Mar-May)        
   Normal: 2.0" 4.1" 8.3" 4.9"
   Top 10 Least Snowy:        
   Top 10 Snowiest:        
         
   Top 10 Biggest
   MAM Snowfalls
       1 03/29/1972 9.8
 2 03/14/1912 9.1
 3 03/25/1970 8.0
 4 04/05/1982 7.8
 5 03/11/1923 7.7
 6 03/31/1886 7.5
 7 04/17/1912 7.4
 8 04/01/1970 7.3
 9 03/08/1999 7.0
10 03/25/1957 6.9
         
         
Monthly Snowfall        
   Sep Normal: 0.0" 0.0" 0.0" 0.0"
   Least Snowy   1) Many Yrs (0.0")    
   Snowiest   1) 1942 (0.5")    
         
   Oct Normal: 0.0" 0.0" Trace 0.0"
   Least Snowy   1) Many Yrs (0.0") 1) Many Yrs (0.0") 1) Many Yrs (0.0")
   Snowiest   1) 1997 (7.0") 1) 1925 (3.9") 1) 1967 (6.6")
         
   Nov Normal: 0.8" 1.7" 2.8" 1.2"
   Least Snowy   1) Many Yrs (0.0") 1) 1999 (0.0") 1) Many Yrs (0.0")
   Snowiest   1) 1971 (14.5") 1) 1986 (13.9") 1) 1974 (15.6")
         
   Dec Normal: 7.5" 7.8" 11.8" 9.3"
   Least Snowy   1) Many Yrs (0.0") 1) 2006 (Trace) 1) 1889 (0.0")
   Snowiest   1) 1935 (35.0") 1) 2000 (37.6") 1) 2000 (32.9")
         
   Jan Normal: 6.7" 6.2" 10.0" 9.4"
   Least Snowy   1) 1981 (0.9") 1) 1928 (0.7") 1) 1989 (Trace)
-) 1944 (Trace)
   Snowiest   1) 1943 (38.3") 1) 1979 (29.3") 1) 1979 (26.7")
         
   Feb Normal: 6.5" 6.9" 9.0" 6.8"
   Least Snowy   1) 1987 (0.0") 1) 1987 (Trace) 1) 1987 (Trace)
-) 1931 (Trace)
   Snowiest   1) 1962 (24.0") 1) 2008 (32.5") 1) 1994 (20.7")
         
   Mar Normal: 1.9" 3.1" 6.3" 4.0"
   Least Snowy   1) Many Yrs (0.0") 1) 1968 (Trace) 1) Many Yrs (0.0")
   Snowiest   1) 1951 (30.9") 1) 1959 (") 1) 1923 (24.8")
         
   Apr Normal: 0.1" 1.0" 2.0" 0.9"
   Least Snowy   1) Many Yrs (0.0") 1) Many Yrs (0.0") 1) Many Yrs (0.0")
   Snowiest   1) 1973 (17.0") 1) 1973 (19.8") 1) 1982 (13.0")
         
   May Normal: 0.0" 0.0" 0.0" 0.0"
   Least Snowy   1) Many Yrs (0.0") 1) Many Yrs (0.0") 1) Many Yrs (0.0")
   Snowiest   1) 1966 (0.5")
-) 1907 (0.5")
1) 1966 (3.1") 1) 1935 (0.3")
         
Snowiest 1 Day:   *  1) 03/05/1959 15.0
 2) 12/03/1990 13.7
 3) 12/01/1985 12.8
 4) 03/08/1961 11.7
 5) 03/12/1991 11.2
 6) 01/13/1979 11.0
 7) 01/26/1996 10.3
 -) 11/25/1992 10.3
 9) 02/21/1976 10.2
10) 01/27/1949 9.8

  1) 01/03/1971 16.4 
 2) 01/19/1995 15.1
 3) 01/13/1979 14.8
 4) 01/26/1967 11.7
 5) 01/25/1898 11.0
 6) 02/03/1901 10.0
 7) 03/29/1972  9.8
 8) 01/02/1999  9.5
 9) 02/18/2000  9.3
10) 12/15/1987  9.2

Snowiest 2 Days:   *    
Snowiest 3 Days:   *